Thursday, June 01, 2006

No National Monuments or Icons


"National Monuments or Icons: 0"

So said a Department of Homeland Security worksheet of New York, first capitol of the United States, and the place where George Washington was sworn in as our first President.

The report was meant to justify the Bush Administration's decision to slash anti-terrorism funding for the relatively insignificant New York and Washington D.C., while diverting funds to cradles of liberty like Ohio and Florida. These are, not coincidentally, swing states. (And one of them has a Bush for a governor.)

In the president's defense, the Stock Exchange and United Nations and Empire State Building clearly do not present as attractive a terrorist target as the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

6 comments:

chris soth said...

Shameless. Just frickin' SHAMELESS.

Sean Tisdall said...

... I'm at an absolute loss for words in my native language, Canadian English. What the hell are they trying to pull?!

howard said...

I've been receiving Google alerts whenever "homeland security" pops up in the news. I can tell ya, untold millions have been disbursed to Barney Fifes all over the country to buy Al Queda-spottin' spy equipment. Egah!

Sean Tisdall said...

Now admittedly howard, having Don Knotts get homeland security money would have been worth every penny. Ah, dear departed Don Knotts.

"Graft is defined as a good thing that you're not in on."

-Bob Edwards, Canadian journalist.

Juancho said...

I live in Cleveland, and boy, do we need the money, let me tell you...

Not to mention the Barney Fifes getting things like bullet-proof vests for doggies (don't get me wrong, I love animals and I know trained search/rescue dogs are expensive), bomb robots, and shelves full of preventative antibiotics.

Anonymous said...

In the Cowboy State, where there are more mule deer than people, we are getting oodles of HS cash. Of course, Cheney has to protect his Wyoming home.