The shoe has not yet dropped, but according to Don Phillips, a columnist for Trains Magazine, in the April 2007 issue, the government is holding the shoe precariously above at least one industry (and who knows how many others) and it may fall at any moment. Government, in the form of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a part of the Homeland Security Department, seems anxious to involve itself in the protection of all freight and passengers. The current shoe is more like a hobnail boot. Other dropping shoes include airlines or container ships and their ports, but the TSA hasn’t gotten much beyond making airline passengers remove their shoes yet, and worrying the airlines over their unexamined cargo.

So, what’s wrong with a little security? Well, perhaps nothing, if you never receive anything that may have been shipped by rail (such as your new automobile), stuff shipped by UPS, your latest head of lettuce, or if you never ride a train. I suspect many Claims readers, at least those outside of the Northeast, Chicago, or a few other isolated locations, may never have ridden a train, with the possible exception of the choo-choo at Disney World. Oh! That may be included.

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