In a shrewd move, President Bush is slashing counterterrorism funding:
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.
This makes perfect sense to me. Terrorism has been contained in Iraq, so spending our tax money on cities is a waste of resources. Why should my salary finance some Democrat cityslicker’s wasteful pork reelection project for his brother-in-law, instead of going to where it belongs- the terrorist-killing heroes fighting for our freedom in Iraq? The increased funding could be just what it takes to push us to final victory in Iraq, destroying terrorism there and ushering in a new age of freedom in the Middle East. Bush is wise to provide funding for that, not for some corrupt politico’s scams.
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.
President Brownback will have no problem whatsoever with these proposals. He knows that killing terrorists is something better accomplished over there than over here. He knows that sometimes you have to stop throwing good money after bad money. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if he figures out some kind of special tax that enables us to get our money back from the wasteful cozeners in the cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, etc., who stole it in the first place.
Stealing counterterrorism funding from decent American taxpayers is no more than an economic form of terrorism. President Bush is right to cut the cash spigot; his successor would be wise to get the money back.