IF I CAN'T BE PRESIDENT ANYMORE, I'M GOING TO TAKE MY WAR ON TERROR AND GO HOME
What the hell is he thinking?
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 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. The plan calls for outright elimination of programs for port security, transit security, and local emergency management operations in the next budget year....
Oh, and a big loser is the region where, er, that huge terror attack happened a few years ago:
Tens of millions in federal anti-terror funds that bolster New York metropolitan-area police, fire and emergency response agencies could be cut in half under a Bush administration proposal.
...The leaked document calls for slashing the federal program geared to the highest-risk cities, from which the New York region receives the lion's share of its funding -- about $134 million this year....
Another proposed change would prohibit federal funds from being used to cover salaries -- a huge potential hit to New York City, which uses a portion of its grant money to pay some of the 1,000 cops assigned to terrorism.
...Since the 9/11 attacks, the federal government has poured more than $23 billion into state and local coffers for anti-terror efforts, but "it remains unclear what years of annual grant awards have achieved," the memo said....
Um, maybe what they've achieved is a lack of terrorist attacks on the U.S.?