As the mid-term elections concentrate minds in their usual wonderful way, the administration is showing admirable receptivity to reality-based policy models. New York and Washington have been known since late 2001 to be much more prone than the rest of the country to hosting terrorist attacks; finally, DHS has figured out that if you reward bad behavior with money, you just “encourage them”, just as giving sick people medical care will only make them more likely to be expensively ill, like the British.
It’s always good to kill two birds with one stone, and in this case we note that New York, at least, proposed to waste its security grant money on blue-collar workers who will never be able to pony up meaningful amounts at the contribution window. Much better to be helping places who will buy hardware, especially from our friends who have done so well, and so well for us, at the nation-building trough. Body armor, humvees, and the artillery urban peace officers so desperately lack, that’s what federal money is for. Sole-source contracts are OK, if you really insist on buying services.
And if you can kill three, a hat trick: New York per capita grant funding is down to less than $3 per goddam blue-voting-liberal-free-thinking capita; we’re paying $15 each to save Wyoming folks, who know how to vote properly, which certainly seems like a sound judgment of relative individual worth.