Thursday, July 19, 2007
Playing Dangerous Political Game with New York’s Safety
The Federal Government is sending a clear message to New Yorkers, “You’re on your own in protecting yourselves from terrorist.” The Federal Government is ignoring the fact that New York City is considered and remains the number one target by terrorists. The intelligence community has discovered through confiscated plans and evidence gathered that our city is still the primary target by Al Qaeda. Despite these chilling reports, New York gets a disproportionate amount of Homeland Security funding compared to cities across the country less likely to be attacked. Here are some numbers regarding anti-terror funds on a per capita basis:
New York City - $134 million = $17 per person
St. Louis - $9 million = $27 per person
Washington DC - $62 million = $111 per person
Kansas City Mo - $8 million = $19 per person
Fort Lauderdale - $7 million = $43 per person
Amazingly, New Jersey will receive an 18 percent increase in funding this year compared to a 7 percent increase to New York City. Even cities like El Paso and Memphis are getting large sums of money to protect them against the threat of terrorism. The Patriots have nothing against other cities across the United States and want them to remain safe, but come on, are the terrorists really interested in bombing Graceland?, the El Paso zoo? Anheuser Bush brewery (although that would be a tragedy) or a Florida beach? No they’re not and we know it and the Feds better start understanding it.
I hope that our representatives in the federal government actively start fighting for the amount of funding that is fair for New York City. This is an important issue that should not be victim to the political game and back room deals. New York City is undeniably the center of the world and therefore it is should not be denied the money it needs to protect itself from terrorist attacks.
Posted by Patrick Henry at 12:32 PM