U.S. Representative John Mica (R-Florida) was named (as predicted) this afternoon as the new U.S. House transportation committee chairman, having previously served as the ranking member. He claims to be a reformer of things like Amtrak and the nation's air traffic control system, and talks about wanting to "privatize" airport security and transportation systems.
But he shares a lot of similarities -- belief in Big Government -- with his chairmanship predecessor, defeated liberal Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-Minnesota). Despite his "conservative" rhetoric, Mica joins most of his Republican colleagues in a lip-service-only preference for free enterprise. Also, he played a key legislative role in the creation of the TSA. And his idea of privatization is a cover for State-corporatist fascism.
Read Beck Akers's recent sketch of the new House chairman.