Tuesday, January 3

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: SCOPE CREEP

How is it that President Bush's $41+ billion boondoggle response to September 11, 2001 -- the Department of Homeland Security -- is now engaged in blatant scope creep and, typical of government bureaucracies, is devoting more time to expanding its mission (and thereby its funding), then in getting the job done for which it was originally created? After all, and just for starters, the DHS since its inception has done precious little to thwart millions of border-jumpers breeching this country's southern contiguous border with Mexico. As a result, there are now 11 - 12 million illegal aliens afoot in the United States. Are our national security interests being well-served by Michael Chertoff and his legions? Hardly!

The following is from an Associated Press story published in today's Houston Chronicle:

The Homeland Security Department is poised to alter the annual competition for its federal grants, seeking to direct money to cities that face multiple threats — and not just from terrorism.

Understand that this is the sort of thing that cities are doing with DHS' grants -- grants that in 2006 will total $765 million of taxpayers' hard-earned money. And here, too, is a wonderful example of how Chertoff's band of bureaucrats judiciously spend your money.

The Bush administration and this country's Republican Party-led spendthrift Congress would do well to reign in this monster.

Readers of ACSOL would do well to re-read this column by James Carafano (published by The heritage Foundation), in which he writes:

It was right there in the recommendations of the 9/11 commission: Don’t let homeland security become the newest outlet for pork-barrel spending.

Unfortunately, the commission’s concerns have proven all too accurate. Homeland security grants have become the main way the federal government doles out money to states and local law enforcement. As a result, the worst fears of the commission are coming true: We’re spending more on homeland security and getting less.

Maybe fencing isn't needed along our border, so much as it is needed around this rapacious, under-performing, government monolith.