Wednesday, December 01, 2004


All your homeland security money are belong to us

New Democrats Online has a great analysis of why Tom Ridge failed as Secretary of Swatches and why his successor ain't gonna succeed either:
Code Orange for Homeland Security

Whoever is chosen to replace Ridge will face a daunting challenge. In combining 22 separate agencies into a single Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the administration has created a super-bureaucracy that is a far cry from the lean, efficient agency needed to keep the country safe. Myriad examples of this failure exist: from lax cargo screening, to porous border control, to failures in the visa system that have kept many prospective foreign students out of American universities. The new director must also contend with an administration and Republican Congress who didn't want a DHS in the first place and now continue to look at homeland security spending as just one more kind of pork they can bring home.
But hey, if you didn't really want it in the first place, but it's there anyway, you might as well make good use of it. So who cares if New York is getting much less money than it needs while Alaska is getting much more? And who cares if we don't really know what's being carried in all the containers landing at our ports, or where all the nuclear material in the world is disappearing to? If there's another terrorist attack, you can always blame Bill Clinton or claim that, even though it happened on George W. Bush's watch, you can't really hold him responsible.

It's just money and power to the Republicans.
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