Nickel and Diming Homeland Security

The war in Iraq so far has cost $150 billion; for the Department of Homeland Security, the administration has allocated $27 billion this year, with the bulk of that going to the routine operations of agencies like the Customs Service. When it comes to new programs to make planes, trains, ports, and urban centers safer, there’s precious little left over—which is why a range of critics, from local firefighters to Republican members of Congress, have lambasted Bush for shortchanging the nation’s true homeland security needs. Below, a sample of those needs, along with Bush’s budget allocations, compared with the time it takes to burn through the same amount in Iraq.

There’s really not much point in commenting on this. Just click through and read the numbers. They speak for themselves. (Don’t worry, it’s not long, just a small sampling.)


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