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Inauguration To Protect Us From Terrorists?

"D.C. officials said yesterday that the Bush administration is refusing to reimburse the District for most of the costs associated with next week's inauguration, breaking with precedent and forcing the city to divert $11.9 million from homeland security projects."

"It's an unfunded mandate of the most odious kind. How can the District be asked to take funds from important homeland security projects to pay for this instead?" said Davis spokesman David Marin. Davis is Rep. Thomas M. Davis III chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, which oversees the District, oh and he's a REPUBLICAN.

DC had earmarked federal homeland security money for silly things like increasing hospital capacity, equipping firefighters with protective gear and building transit system command centers. You know, actual homeland security type things.

Here is my favorite part though, the Bush justification, "OMB spokesman Chad Kolton said no additional appropriation is needed for the inauguration.

We think that an appropriate balance of money from [the annual reimbursement] fund and from homeland security grants is the most effective way to cover the additional cost the city incurs," Kolton said. "We recognize the city has a special burden to bear for many of these events. . . . That's expressly why in the post-9/11 era we are providing additional resources.'"

What? They gave DC extra money for homeland security so they could pay for a lavish inauguration? I don't know how they can keep a straight face.


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