Letter to the editor
Milt Zall certainly hit the nail on the head in his column, "More feds, not fewer" [Federal Computer Week, Oct. 15, 2001]. I've been
thinking much the same thing, but he is the first person I have noticed
saying it publicly.
Airline security, when entrusted to the private sector, was mostly for
show and done as cheaply as possible. As soon as the Sept. 11 attacks happened,
politicians of every political stripe suddenly were jumping on the bandwagon
of federalizing airport security, yet about half of them are in the camp
that says that the private sector can to a better job than the federal government
at any task. I hope the next time they are tempted to say that, they think
of that smoking pile of rubble in lower Manhattan.
What's next? I trust you have noted, as I have with a mixture of amusement
and outrage, that the insurance industry now wants the government to get
involved as the insurer of last resort. The private sector will make all
the money, of course, but if they don't have enough in reserve to accommodate
their liabilities, the American taxpayer is supposed to bail them out.
All I can say is that we certainly live in curious times.