Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Asteriod protection

Headline: GOP does better on protection from terror, Dems on Iraq.

A recent CNN poll revealed that while people trusted the Democrats more when it comes to the War in Iraq (and pretty much everything else), they still prefer Bush and the Republicans when it comes to protecting them from terrorists. I am trying to figure out how that can possibly be. Why would people think that way? Because no more airplanes have flown into buildings in this country since 2001?

Well, no asteroids have hit us either, so obviously the Republicans are doing a fine job of protecting us from asteroids.

Under the Republicans the budget for airport explosives detection has been reduced, as has funding for protection of New York City, while Homeland Security is protecting a Dunkin Donuts in Nebraska. We are building nuclear submarines and anti-ballistic missile system systems, while only 10% of the cargo containers entering this country are inspected for dangerous materials. We are taking off our shoes before boarding airplanes, while virtually none of the air cargo that rides on those airplanes with us is inspected in any way at all.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security is apprehending such dangerous plots as clowns in Miami who are planning to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago by magical remote control and without any explosives, or flood Lower Manhattan despite natural laws mitigating against any possibility of success, or some poor mopes in Michigan who were actually just wholesaling cell phones.

It seems to me that the fact that no big bomb has come into one of our harbors on a ship, or an airplane has not blown a lot of people up, has very little to do with anything that the Republican Administration has done right.

I just don’t get it. Maybe I’m just not enough afraid.

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