If you can rate a government’s shrewdness by its ability to extract payments for services that once were free, give top marks to the Transportation Security Administration.
Sure, this federal agency and its emissaries can look hapless as they greet you at airport security checkpoints, waving you through body scanners and reminding you to take off your shoes. But this is a mere veneer masking a calculating collective.
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