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DHS cuts anti-terror funding ... in NYC

I can't begin to figure this one out so I'll just quote the story from Politico.

The Department of Homeland Security told congressional officials Wednesday that it's moving to make cuts in anti-terror funding to New York City, less than two weeks after cops helped thwart and attempted car bombing in Times Square -- an effort the White House has since pinned on the Pakistani Taliban.

The cuts, lawmakers were told, amount to about 25 percent for port security, and another 27 percent for transit security, according to several reports.

In the wake of the failed Time Square bombing, this doesn't seem like a well-timed decision. Even Chuck Schumer (D-NY) agrees.
It "just makes no sense at all, particularly in light of recent events," Sen. Charles Schumer told cable station NY1's "Inside City Hall." "The worst nightmare we probably face is some kind nuclear device placed in a container in the ship in the harbor and exploding ... we need all the help we can get."

Schumer criticized the cut, but didn't blast the president -- saying Obama understands the need for the funds and blaming Washington bean-counters.

While Schumer doesn't blame Obama, it is ironic that Obama is making a photo-op appearance in NYC today. Given the breaking developments in the Time Square bombing case, this also seems like an ill-timed decision.


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SUBMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! ... (Below threshold)
914:

SUBMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! Right Barry!

blaming Washington bean-... (Below threshold)

blaming Washington bean-counters

Ummm...These people control the Congress, which funds things, and the White House, which approves those expenditures.

They've really given up even pretending to live in the real world, haven't they?

"Schumer doesn't blame Obam... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Schumer doesn't blame Obama"

Of course not! The TOOTH FAIRY is responsible!

Hahahahahaah... (Below threshold)
914:

Hahahahahaah

TOOTH FAIRY??You m... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

TOOTH FAIRY??

You mean rouge unicorn, don't you?

If Chuck Schumer is your re... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

If Chuck Schumer is your reality check then you're literally doomed.

Hey Dan, you forgot this...... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Hey Dan, you forgot this...

But the White House pushed back hard, saying the measure - which had been in the works and which officials were aware of - is being misreported as a "cut" when it really isn't.

"When all federal funding is totaled, NYC has received a net increase of $47 million for port and transit security over the previous year's budget, which was signed into law by the Bush Administration," said Shapiro

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37174_Page2.html#ixzz0npnuvCsb

It was right there in the article you linked to...

It seems that the funding c... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

It seems that the funding cut is being made up, and more, from other sources. Unfortunately, some of it is from the stimulus. Yep, we're stimulating security now.

Ah the lovely irony... left... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Ah the lovely irony... lefties don't like it when the same logic that allowed them to decry school lunch cuts and medicare benefits cuts is applied to "their team".

They made these cuts for th... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

They made these cuts for the same reason that whenever government agencies are forced to cut their budgets the first things that they cut is the stuff that is most popular.

Park and Wildlife Dept cutback? Don't cut administrative staff in the capitol, cut the hours of the most popular attraction. Then say "Sorry folks. That's what happens when money gets tight."

All the years republicans r... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

All the years republicans representatives wanted to reduce the increase in entitlement programs but the dems with the MSM reported it as a cut in the program, now Lee Ward is concerned about the fairness of the reporting. You lefties are simply a joke. And Lying Lee is at the top of the list.

NYC should get the bulk of DHS funding as they seem to be ground zero for threats, events and many diplomats from all over the world stay there. Barry is simply stupid. ww

Lee Ward wrote:<block... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Lee Ward wrote:

Hey Dan, you forgot this...

Strange, isn't it, that Democrat Schumer seems to think there's a cut in funding.

But the White House pushed back hard, saying that the Sun always rises in the West.

Here's a hint, Leeward--the "White House" lies.

"Yep, we're stimulating ... (Below threshold)
Geoffrey Britain:

"Yep, we're stimulating security now." Oyster

Small correction:

Yep, we're StIMULATING security now.

Yeah, that's great 'securit... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yeah, that's great 'security', achieved by 'temporary' money. So how long is this 'temporary security' supposed to work?

Perhaps the all-knowing Lee Ward can tell us.

GarandFan, Leeward is smoki... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

GarandFan, Leeward is smoking Steve Green tonight. He/she isn't around. He/she will be back tomorrow. Cheers.

"It seems that the fundi... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"It seems that the funding cut is being made up, and more, from other sources. Unfortunately, some of it is from the stimulus. Yep, we're stimulating security now."

Yep. The truth is that when you include stimulus money given to New York for security purposes - - New York got $47 million more than last year.

"Yeah, that's great 'security', achieved by 'temporary' money. So how long is this 'temporary security' supposed to work?"

A year. It's an annual budget process.

If and when New York does indeed receive less then you nutcakes may have a point - until then, you're wrong as usual.

Try again next year - maybe you'll be right.

So we have to read the enti... (Below threshold)
Digital Amish:

So we have to read the entire Politico article to get the point. The point being that the total Federal funding for NY port and transit security has increased for this fiscal year over last fiscal year but NY politicians want more money.

To get the point of your post we only have to read "I can't begin to figure this one out..."

I don't blame Obama for thi... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I don't blame Obama for this - it's Congress. The major cities, especially NYC, SHOULD get the lion's share of anti-terrorism funding, both for federal presence and local initiatives. As it is, in order to get the appropriation through, nearly every state and congressional district has to get a share of the pie, needed or not.

The little town (pop. roughly 12,000) hosts our County airport, a small facility which can land most smaller jets, but doesn't see much activity. Homeland Security included a grant of nearly $500,000, half of which was used to install a fence around the property, which is the stupidest waste of money since a terrorist can still just drive up to the terminal - no guard, no gate. The rest was used to improve the runways; how this helps stop terrorism is beyond me.

Obviously, what is being "cut" is NYC's share. Odd that Lee suddenly doesn't see this - he has seen every proposed reduction of a spending increase on social programs as not only a "cut," but an unconscionable one, since the day he got here. But I guess part of being a lying leftist is not being a slave to consistency, eh?

"The truth is that when ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"The truth is that when you include stimulus money given to New York for security purposes

Stimulus money was supposed to stimulate the economy. Thanx for admitting this money is being used improperly. It's a blatant admission that the government is using it as a slush fund to make up shortfalls elsewhere. And it's not the first instance.

"Stimulus money was suppose... (Below threshold)
Digital Amish:

"Stimulus money was supposed to stimulate the economy. Thanx for admitting this money is being used improperly"

Boy, nobody's gonna pull the wool over your eyes, are they Oyster? And this is just the tip of the iceberg. A bunch of that stimulus money went to education projects. Instead of stimulating the economy they're building schools and hiring teachers. A bunch more went to transportation. Instead of stimulating the economy they're fixing roads and building light rail projects. They gave a big chunk to defense. Instead of stimulating the economy they're repairing and modernizing facilities and infrastructure. They doled some out to housing. Instead of stimulating the economy they're repairing and insulating houses. Then there's the money they put into environmental projects. Instead of stimulating the economy they're building water treatment plants and cleaning up waste sites. The list goes on and on.

It's clear that almost all that stimulus money just went to building stuff and hiring people instead of stimulating the economy.

"Obviously, what is bein... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"Obviously, what is being "cut" is NYC's share. Odd that Lee suddenly doesn't see this "

The original post laments cuts in funding.

When that turned out to be false -- and in fact MORE money is being given to New York City instead of less -- 47 MILLION DOLLARS more -- suddenly the issue shifts to an being about their share of money.

You clowns can't think, or hate, straight.

"But I guess part of being a lying leftist is not being a slave to consistency, eh?"

"Being a slave to consistency" would mean $47 Million less for the city of New York for homeland security... which 24 hours ago would have been a bad thing! Now you're suggesting less money for New York is a plus because it would be "consistent"? Lol!

You people amaze me... your large capacity to hate forces all logic out the window. I don't think you even realize how idiotic some of these things you write sound.

"Boy, nobody's gonna pul... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Boy, nobody's gonna pull the wool over your eyes, are they Oyster?"

That's right. It amounts to nothing more than, "Let's get a bunch of things done that should have been paid for all along with the taxes collected (and a bunch of other pet projects for those in favor) and tell 'em it's to stimulate the economy."

If they really want to stimulate the economy (insted of just maintaining at best) then change policies to promote growth and quit threatening more and more taxes and singling out individuals and certain job sectors as evil.

So, whatever.




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