Congressional Republicans have historically threatened to put the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in furlough. Some have expressed a willingness to let the department run out of money.
Maybe we should.
The country isn’t any safer than it was fifteen years ago. In fact, it’s gotten worse.
The DHS started as a terrible reflex to the September 11th attacks. Those responsible for the agency’s implementation can hardly be blamed. It was chaos after 9/11 and then-president George W. Bush along with Congress were under massive pressure to take action to protect the nation. As a result, we got the PATRIOT Act and the DHS, and our culture of security began.
The DHS has had a chilling effect on the American public. We have been subjected to substantial suppression of our civil liberties, and law enforcement activity which would have been unimaginable twenty years ago is now routine for us.
For a budget upwards of 39.3 billion dollars, DHS sure is good at wasting money. In 2007, the department wasn’t even able to pass basic auditing because of its atrocious accounting system. The agency was responsible for 15 billion dollars in failed contracts in their first five years alone.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina demonstrated just how abysmal the DHS’s disaster preparedness and response can be. People were stranded for days without food or water on the rooftops of New Orleans. Patients died for lack of medical supplies. Clearly DHS is not up to the job.
The purpose of law enforcement should be to protect, help and reassure people, not to make war on the public. Increased militarization of our police force is a huge problem in a free country. Cops are now armed with military-issue weapons, partially funded and provided by the DHS.
Do we need any more reasons to let the DHS run out of money? Perhaps it’s time to call their bluff.
Together We Can Survive Anything,
P.S. The dollar is DOA. Trillions of currency units have been printed. Near-zero interest rates have done nothing to stimulate the economy.
Now, up to 40 different countries are leaving the dollar.
Federal Reserve members recently held a private meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss a disruptive new “monetary technology” that—if implemented—could wipe out the savings of millions of Americans.