Saturday, December 1, 2007

Strange Budget Priorities

While I think the "Department of Homeland Security" has been a boondoggle full of pork barrel spending that fails to increase security, I never thought shrub would be the one to scuttle it:

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration intends to slash counterterrorism funding for police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The Homeland Security Department has given $23 billion to states and local communities to fight terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks, but the administration is not convinced that the money has been well spent and thinks the nation’s highest-risk cities have largely satisfied their security needs.

The department wanted to provide $3.2 billion to help states and cities protect against terrorist attacks in 2009, but the White House said it would ask Congress for less than half — $1.4 billion, according to a Nov. 26 document.

Just try to imagine the reaction if this were a Democratic proposal. I suppose that shrub believes that our occupation of Iraq is providing all the security that we need.

DHS has been riddled with odd spending priorities, but this is weird:

The plan calls outright elimination of programs for port security, transit security, and local emergency management operations in the next budget year. This is President Bush’s last budget, and the new administration would have to live with the funding decisions between Jan. 20 and Sept. 30, 2009.

I'm speechless.


SweaterMan said...

No, see, it's perfect.

This way, scuttling even the minimal amount of security that's in place, will allow another terrorist attack sometime in the near future, scaring the bejesus out of Americans and benefiting the Repubs.

It all makes sense if you look at it that way.

I have to go take off my tinfoil hat now.

Mauigirl said...

I hate these hypocrites. They are such scum. Thank you for posting these things which strangely enough never make the TV news and get buried in the back of the newspaper somewhere.