No, My City is the Biggest Deathtrap!
The Department of Homeland Security is revamping its anti-terrorism grant strategy, funneling more cash to mid-size cities and slashing budgets for some major ones. New York, D.C., and Phoenix will take cuts; big winners Jacksonville and Sacramento can go ahead and order kevlar vests for their dogs. Mayors from cities on the short end of the anti-terror stick, not surprisingly, want the decision reversed. The result? Each mayor insists that his city is the most vulnerable, terrorist-coddling, al Qaeda-baiting bull's eye in these United States. Phoenix mayor Phillip Gordon swears his city is chock-full of targets. And Mayor Bloomberg offers New Yorkers this bit of reassurance:
"When you stop a terrorist, they have a map of New York City in their pocket," he said. "They don't have a map of any of the other 45 places."
In Reason's March ish, Veronique de Rugy uncovered the sorry state and stunning waste of homeland security spending.