I used to have this stereo. Sometimes the turntable didn’t work.
That’s right, the turntable. If you’re under 30, look it up.
Here’s how I got it to work. I banged it on the left side until it start spinning correctly. Worked every time.
My point is, you don’t always need high technology or a study from the RAND Corporation to solve a problem.
So amid all the agonizing about what to do about White House fence jumpers who might again make it into the building, I have a solution.
Here it is.
Are you ready?
Build a bigger fence.
That’s right. Employing the time-tested theory, Good fences make good neighbors, I have determined that the solution to the president’s problem is to increase the size of the current fence, which stands at seven and a half feet.
That’s too small. Double the size to fifteen feet.
Is is still scalable? Maybe. But it certainly would be quite a production getting over it, in which case security would have more time to mobilize. Even one man standing on the shoulders of another can’t reach the top.
Now, admittedly, a team of al Qaeda acrobats or Islamist pole vaulters may be able to make it over. Which leads me to second part of my low-tech solution: Put two Secret Service officers in front of the White House at all times.
EVEN AT NIGHT! (In the private sector, these are known as night watchmen.) There is even a guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 24 hours a day, and that person is dead. You’d think the president and the White House could receive similar treatment.
In case several people get over, which is not going to happen with a 15 foot fence, station a few more Secret Service just inside the building. If they are in shape, they should be able to walk out a door within a few seconds.
Problem solved. No searches of citizens a block away required. Unless they are carrying a 15-foot ladder. Then, search them.