Monday, January 17, 2005

He Got Re-Elected! Part 3

In which the President demonstrates he is the President of all Americans. As a primer, let's turn to the Post article:
With his inauguration days away, Bush defended the administration's decision to force the District of Columbia to spend $12 million of its homeland security budget to provide tighter security for this week's festivities. He also warned that the ceremony could make the city "an attractive target for terrorists."

"By providing security, hopefully that will provide comfort to people who are coming from all around the country to come and stay in the hotels in Washington and to be able to watch the different festivities in Washington, and eat the food in Washington," Bush said. "I think it provides them great comfort to know that all levels of government are working closely to make this event as secure as possible."

But he's not providing security! That's the crux of the complaint. The sole reason the issue is not being raised. The District government is being forced to use its budget to protect the President's party (small p party, bit P Partying). The District is a special city. Seat of the national government- the world's hegemon- and host of an unending procession of national and international leaders. In other words, a permanent target with very regular security responsibilities.

The difference between who pays for Thursday is nearly meaningless. Cash is cash. What counts is the rest of the year. The money the city spends to secure this week is money the city can't spend to prepare evacuation plans, train first responders and keep them equipped, etc, etc. Of course, that's not too much of a problem for the President. The odds of a DC based homeland security crisis threatening him are relatively small. First, he's not here all that often. Second, the resources devoted to his personal security are fantastic. The threat during the rest of the year is born by DC residents- overwhelmingly black, overwhelmingly Democratic, and far poorer than this week's celebrating guests. DC's well heeled visitors this week can be assured that no cost will be spared for their security. DC's day to day residents are denied that security. Yet, as the President said:

On the election Bush said he was puzzled that he received only about 11 percent of the black vote, according to exit polls, about a 2 percentage point increase over his 2000 total.

"I did my best to reach out, and I will continue to do so as the president," Bush said. "It's important for people to know that I'm the president of everybody."


At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Aaron Patterson said...

It's been a while, Teg. Looks like you haven't blogged on your own site for a while, either.

I have written an open letter to all Commandos, past and present, calling for a revival of the Team and all the madness it propagated.

Will you join us in one more wild ride??!


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