Friday, June 02, 2006

New York and Washington's budget reduced

When Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff was appointed, New York City--Chertoff's "neck of the woods"--will be taken care of. But Chertoff did the opposite, and the City doesn't like it at all. He slashed New York's budget by 40%, from $207 million to $124 million. Washington did no better, cutting $77 million to $46 million. Chertoff said he would divert the funds to somewhere more effective.

"He assured us before we supported him that he would fully support New York. Now that seems to have gone completely down the drain", said Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat from NYC. "I want to meet with him to hear his explanation, but this sure looks like betrayal to me."

I believe 40% is a nice beginning. But, do you want to make NYC and Washington feel the most secure from terrorists? Liberty! We would slash $207 million from New York and $77 million from Washington. And we will erase anti-terrorism funds from Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, as well as the rest of the United States.

"But, what about the terrorist striking us?" To be sure that terrorist don't have any reason to attack, we would bring the troops home from over 130 countries across the world. The United States will never again meddle with foreign nations.

However, we would let the private sector loose to trade with the rest of the world. Like Frederic Bastiat observed, "When goods don't cross borders, armies will." The opposite is also true. When you trade with someone, you trade in peace; you never start a conflict. The old saying fits: you never bite the hand that feeds you. As Thomas Jefferson once said about foreign relations, "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." If you want to reduce or eliminate terrorists attacks from our country, the libertarian paradigm of individual liberty, free-market economy, and limited-government republic holds the key.


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