The Associated Press has gotten asneak peak
at how Homeland Security will be doling out its dough next year. Some cities, like Dallas and St. Louis, will see a sharp drop in funding; some will see a big hike.
The "good" news -- Houston is one of the biggest beneficiaries. It's going to get $37.5 million, a 50 percent increase from 2007.
The bad news -- it's because they think we're going to get hit.
"Most of the money goes to the seven areas considered at highest risk of terrorist attack: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, San Francisco and the District of Columbia," the AP writes.
("Newark?" you're probably asking. "How would they even know it's been hit?" It turns out Newark is a thriving city with a huge port, so there.)
Since 9/11, if not before, Houstonians have known that the refineries and the Ship Channel are prime targets for an attack. An attack that would not so much be intended to damage Houston per se as it would be to cause an economic bottleneck that would have a disproportionate effect on the entire country.
So, more money for us. Some of which might actually go to smart, effective anti-terrorism programs and not just new toys or pork-barrel stuff, we hope.
Although we're sure the $11,872 in Homeland Security funds that were sent somehow to Throckmorton County was well-spent.
No terrorist attacks there so far!
-- Richard Connelly
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