Friday, June 02, 2006

Lady Liberty, Tarnished

Yesterday, we reported on the government's logic-free distribution of anti-terror funds - which have states like Wyoming recieving significant increases, while New York's funds were slashed by 40%.

Further confirming that our country is run by people who don't get out much is the given reason for the cuts:

New York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent--from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.

The formula did not consider as landmarks or icons: The Empire State Building, The United Nations, The Statue of Liberty and others found on several terror target hit lists. It also left off notable landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Times Square, City Hall and at least three of the nation's most renowned museums: The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and The Museum of Natural History....The form ignored that New York City is the capital of the world financial markets and merely stated the city had four significant bank assets.

Seriously. Apparently, the Statue of Liberty is not a landmark. Or an icon.

Which is kind of like saying that Marilyn Monroe was not a movie star.

I may not always love Bloomberg's approach to his Mayoral office, but I admire his candor always. This is no exception:
"I think the facts are clear," Bloomberg said. "What they've really done is taken what was supposed to be threat-based and just started to distribute it as normal pork."

Amen to that, 'berg.
I invite you to explain to me why this makes sense.


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