Opinion: Our government is failing to protect us

Not only is our government way too big, far too expensive, and riddled with ineffective and inefficient agencies and programs, but we now have to face the reality that our government is failing to protect us.

The reported failures of Homeland Security TSA agents at our airports are all too common.  Add to that our government does not even know how many foreigners with visas have overstayed their welcome, and are therefore in America illegally.

Now, we have reports of people immigrating to America who have Islamic extremist ties, as well as people in America going to the Middle East to fight for those extremists, and then being readmitted back into our country.  Our government is failing to protect us.

We all know that career politicians go around with their hands out, looking for campaign contributions, even as they “borrow” money from Social Security to spend on other programs.

We also know our tax code is grossly unfair and riddled with loopholes for special interests.  All of this is outrageous in and of itself, but now we are faced with homegrown and foreign Islamic extremists who pose a very real security threat, and our government appears unable to protect us.

When pundits wonder why Donald Trump is so popular, or why so many people are unhappy with President Obama, just stop and think.  Our government is failing, and has been getting worse for some time.

Americans are understandably frustrated and fed up, and that frustration and accompanying fear too often provides fertile soil for extreme solutions.

Responsible leaders need to move quickly to reform our government and provide much needed effective security, beyond taking off shoes at airports.  Failure to improve may well result in the election of extremist politicians, who will only make our current problems even worse.

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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