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Here's a classic example of Bush's priorities.  He found all sorts of money in the budget to give tax breaks to the wealthy, but when it comes to homeland security, he's trying to cut as many corners as he can.

Some background: there are chemical weapons storage sites in Richmond KY and Pueblo CO that need to be dismantled for two reasons: (1) as a matter of safety, as the Cold War-era weapons are deteriorating; and (2) because the United States is obligated to destroy them by 2012, due to the Chemical Weapons Convention Treaty.

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The Bush budget has severely underfunded these projects.  According to the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader:

The Pentagon agency responsible for the destruction of chemical weapons at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County and in Pueblo, Colo., will receive $31 million in fiscal 2006. The two sites will share the money.

The agency was in line to get about $250 million. The bottom line for the depot: A cut of about $110 million.

Because of the budget deficits, they're actually considering transporting these weapons across the country to existing incinerator sites.  (Shipping aged chemical weapons via the nation's highways?  What could possibly go wrong?)  From the Pueblo (CO) Chieftain:

The Pentagon has come under criticism from local officials and Colorado's Congressional delegation for revisiting the transportation question, and Wakefield admitted that moving the weapons would require a change in federal law or an order from the President after the determination that there was a national emergency.
(Emphasis mine)

The MSM has been almost completely silent on this.  Fox News actually covered this story, but they left many details out.  I know, it's hard to believe that such a reputable news organization would omit any details!

Originally posted to Wynonie Harris on Sun Feb 27, 2005 at 07:39 PM PST.

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  •  And yet (none)
    I know several Republican friends who tell me with a straight face that "it is because of Bush that we haven't had a terrorist attack". And yet news reports like this come out every day and somehow they cling to this false image of Bush and terrorism. Their main point is that if we aren't "protected", then why hasn't anything happened? It's like a pool with a bad fence that a 4 year old can break through. Yes no child has drowned recently, but it doesn't mean that 4 year olds are protected either.
  •  Laws, we don need no steenking laws... (none)
    As you yourself said this will be done on the cheap! They'll rescend those federal laws faster than you can say "no bid contract"...

    "Hey Mom, look at this big silver can I found laying down by the road!"

    The Cognitive Dissonant... "Bringing Marshmallows to the Firestorms of Freedom!"

    by Dood Abides on Sun Feb 27, 2005 at 07:39:28 PM PST

  •  not only has the MSM dropped the ball (none)
    so has the DNC.  Where are they on this?

    I blog here (music) because man cannot live on politics alone!

    by jdavidson2 on Sun Feb 27, 2005 at 07:43:45 PM PST

  •  These aren't the only cuts. (none)
    The Veterans Administration is losing millions of dollars.  And this at a time when thousands of soldiers are returning wounded, maimed, having lost limbs, or are (as in my case) are paralyzed.

    The Bush Admistration has also cut funding for the hiring of policee officers.  Remember the 100,000 more cops program.  Departments received grants for the C.O.P. program in order to hire more cops.  My old department lost funding, just like a lot of others.  Guess what?  Layoffs!

    He's gutting the internal American security infrastructure and the Veterans Administration, and many, many other programs to fund this war in Iraq.

    And my family wonders why I voted against him.  [SIGH]

    ~DB

    It might be nice to soar with Eagles, but Weasels ever get sucked into jet engines. ~Author Unkown.

    by DrainBamaged on Sun Feb 27, 2005 at 08:04:38 PM PST

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