In another case of government regulation run amok, a story published on CNN.com this weekÂ discusses the case of mule skinners in a historic Pennsylvania park, who are being required to apply for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.
Though the name sounds likeÂ aÂ taxidermy term, mule skinners areÂ people who drive mules. In this case, theÂ mule skinners work at Hugh Moore Historical Park andÂ guideÂ a pair of mules that pullÂ a boat down a two-mile long canal.
Despite the fact that the canal doesn't pass through any areas considered to be high-value targets for terrorists, the TSA, as is typical with most government agencies,Â has thus far failed to use common sense and grant the workers an exemption.
According to the story, when Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania)Â triedÂ to get the skinners a waiver, the TSAÂ responded by saying, "We encourage the crew members... who possess Coast Guard mariner credentials to obtain a TWIC at their earliest convenience to comply with these requirements and not risk suspension or revocation of their other credentials."Â Â Â
Dent is currently working with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to see if they can find a solution to the dilemma.