Saturday, June 03, 2006

New York Terrorism Funding

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is cutting the anti-terrorism funding for New York City by 40%. According to an AP story, Chertoff defended the decision by saying, "the city has zero national monuments or icons and only four major financial institutions." I am beginning to wonder if there is anyone in the Bush administration who is actually connected in any way to reality. Here's a reminder of an "icon" in New York City:

That is a picture of the Statue of Liberty on 9/11. Which is also a National Monument, by the way. According to the National Park Service, there are 8 other National Monuments in New York City. He also said the city only has 4 major financial institutions. That may be correct, but many would argue that the single most important financial institution in the country, if not the world, The New York Stock Exchange is in New York City. NASDAQ, the high tech stock market, is also located in the Big Apple.

New York is also the home of other landmarks such as Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Empire State Building, etc.

I haven't posted anything political on here for a while, but this absolutely floored me. I simply cannot believe that the man who is responsible for protecting our homeland security said:

"the city has zero national monuments or icons and only four major financial institutions."

You can read the article by clicking here. This is yet another example of the need for change in the 2008 election.

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