[QUOTE=Rich Bogad;146322]The Coast Guard inherited its maritime regulation duties in the 1940s. At the time they were part of the Treasury Dep’t. The Coast Guard was transfered to the Dep’t of Transportation when that department was created. That made sense since it had inherited many more functions since it was first created, to catch ships sneaking into the US, skipping paying duties.
That’s why they regulate the maritime business.
The Coast Guard is an “armed service”, but is not part of the DOD. The vast majority of its functions are law enforcement, lifesaving. maintaining navigable waterways in coastal areas. The other armed services are prohibited from action on US soil unless very strict criteria are met.
“Officer rotation policy does not allow build up of expertise”. As opposed to the geniuses in other branches of government? Boy, the CDC has shown their genius with this Ebola thing. The IRS does not seem to be able to keep backups of emails or hard drives. The DOE is forcing colleges to set up kangaroo courts for boys because some girl gets horny, has sex, regrets it and it’s all the boy’s fault. The federal government is made up of bureaucrat idiots.
“Revolving door” rewards officers who cooperate with industry." You will find that most CG officers, as well as officers of other services, who leave, do not go to work for companies they had dealings with while in the military. Most CG officers have nothing to do with regulation in the first place. You WILL find politicians and bureaucrats very often do go to work for, or become lobbyists for, companies that came under their purview.
“Military officers “tilt” conservative and republican, biased towards business, view maritime labor unfavorable.” Any number of CG personnel involved in regulation are civilian employees. The CG has absolutely nothing to do with labor negotiations.
“Coast Guard both regulates and investigates marine incidents an inherent conflict of interest.” ALL other transportation regulation and accident investigation falls under agencies of the DOT. The DOT sets the regs and investigates the accidents If the CG had not been moved to Homeland Security in 02, they’d still be part of DOT.
“Coast Guard reactive not proactive on maritime safety.” Do you expect them to stop every ship and boat for inspection after inspection after inspection? The simple fact is that the US has very few serious accidents in its waters, and even fewer that result in serious injury or death.
“Why should a military organization be the leading maritime regulator? The Air Force does not regulate the aviation industry.” Again, they’re not part of DOD and have been in charge of this stuff for a very long time. They’re also in charge of aids to navigation, life saving, interdicting drug runners, oil spills, ice breaking and myriad other things.
The last thing the US needs is another regulatory agency.[/QUOTE]
Nice explanation. Don’t necessarily agree with it all, but it is well stated.