Well, here comes the new, revitalised Democratic Party -- same as the old Democratic Party.
One notes that they still think that any problem can be solved by wrapping Massive Amounts of Someone Else's Money around a Brand New Law and throwing the result at the problem.
Case in point: The Democrats -- and not a few Republicans who have seen which side of the bread holds the butter -- have rammed a bill through the House which mandates the full inspection of all sea and air cargo entering the United States.
Hey, it sounds good, and that's what counts, right? As long as it looks and sounds good, why bother doing any research?
Here is the Official Port of Houston Authority website. Just out of curiosity, let us look for some statistics.
Here are some statistics of interest.
Bear in mind, these are for one port only.
In 2005, the Port of Houston handled 1,582,081 cargo containers. That's for one year. One year having about 365 days in it ... off come the boots, shift this little piggy ... about 4,335 containers per day, or 180 containers per hour.
If my math isn't totally off, that comes to 3 containers a minute, all day, all night, 365 days a year.
Now, I don't have any idea how long it takes to "fully inspect" a 20-foot cargo container, but I'm willing to bet it takes longer than a minute. I'd guess probably somewhere between 30 minutes and a couple of hours.
I wonder how many new Federal employees -- paid for with money gouged out of the American taxpayer -- will be required to "fully inspect" cargo containers coming off the ships at the rate of one every 20 seconds?
And that's one port on the Gulf of Mexico. I'm willing to bet that the East and West Coast ports can match that easily.
I guess it's easy to solve problems when you think you have the right to coerce -- I'm sorry, tax -- all the cash you need out of the citizenry.