U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has been a vocal critic of the full-body scanners used by the Transportation Security Agency, but he is not supporting a Thanksgiving Eve protest in airports. A grass-roots effort is urging people to refuse to use the scanners while traveling on what is always the busiest and most stressful day of the year for airports. Instead, Chaffetz is urging people to take the issue to Congress, where their protests would actually make a difference. In this case, Chaffetz is right. For opponents of the full-body scans, a protest on Thanksgiving Eve will only frustrate TSA employees and fellow travelers and end up hurting their cause a lot more than helping it.
The federal government offered Utah $101 million in funding for education this summer. State leaders fully anticipated accepting it, but they were also knee-deep in an election season where the Republican base was angry at everything federal. What to do? Easy—accept the money immediately after elections, which is what Gov. Gary Herbert and the Legislature are doing by calling a special session on Nov. 17. That way, voters won’t be able to punish anyone at the polls this year, and they will have forgotten about it by the next election cycle.