Originally Posted by nolatom
I wouldn't try to debate with you who has the sea coursing through his veins and who doesn't, but historically, you indeed used to have a government agency comprised of merchies and not the Coast Guard, it was the Old Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation (the BMIN). But they were taken off the helm in the mid-1940s due to rampant back-scratching and corruption, and their duties given to the Coast Guard (marine inspection, licensing, investigation) and Customs (documentation).
Be careful what you wish for... just sayin'
AH THE GOOD OLD DAY'S. I'd rather a merchie, scratching my back than a Coastie sticking me in the rear. I think in this day of information the corruption would not be as rampant. My wifes uncle is a captain in the Coast Guard and you may be surprised at some of the shananigans that go on in that institution. What's that saying, absolute power corrupt's absolutly.