Maybe it’s because it is really late at night as I write this, or it’s because I have been really, really busy and not able to focus, but this story is really confusing to me. I mean, talk about something right out of the twilight zone. Things are not as they appear, or just the opposite of what you would expect.
The Hill has a story headlined “Napolitano says thanks, but no thanks, DHS has funds” and then reports on a Senate hearing about border security. Here is a quick synopsis.
Chairman Lieberman (D-CT) said he requested $380 million for enhanced border protection. But Napolitano said that she had already found the money within the agency to make sure such enhancements are “budget neutral.”
Senator McCain jumped into the discussion and suggested that Napolitano take the money. She said she didn’t need it – that we are in difficult times and need to make do with current funds.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) jumped in and criticized Napolitano for not taking the money and said that he would support sending military to the border to deal with the drug cartel violence.
Lieberman concluded saying that he was going to work to get more funding whether Napolitano thought she needed it or not. “This is kind of war,” he said referring to the border violence.
So let me get this straight, the Chairman of the committee says he is requesting more money for border security, he is supported in that by two Republican Senators (whose position on immigration is no secret) and Napolitano says, no, wouldn’t be prudent.
I only have one question: Where in the h*** was this prudent, fiscal responsibility from Napolitano when she was the Governor?!?!?