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ShaneGR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:04 AM
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Bush Admin forces DC to pay for inaugaration with Homeland Security Money
Never before has this been done. Guess what, now DC has less money to protect itself.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6810085 /

D.C. officials said yesterday that the Bush administration is refusing to reimburse the District for most of the costs associated with next week's inauguration, breaking with precedent and forcing the city to divert $11.9 million from homeland security projects.

Federal officials have told the District that it should cover the expenses by using some of the $240 million in federal homeland security grants it has received in the past three years -- money awarded to the city because it is among the places at highest risk of a terrorist attack.

But that grant money is earmarked for other security needs, Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) said in a Dec. 27 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua B. Bolten and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Williams's office released the letter yesterday.

Williams estimated that the city's costs for the inauguration will total $17.3 million, most of it related to security. City officials said they can use an unspent $5.4 million from an annual federal fund that reimburses the District for costs incurred because of its status as the capital. But that leaves $11.9 million not covered, they said.

"We want to make this the best possible event, but not at the expense of D.C. taxpayers and other homeland security priorities," said Gregory M. McCarthy, the mayor's deputy chief of staff. "This is the first time there hasn't been a direct appropriation for the inauguration."

A spokesman for Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, which oversees the District, agreed with the mayor's stance. He called the Bush administration's position "simply not acceptable."
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Emboldened Chimp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:06 AM
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1. Man, it's just one thing after another with these ass clowns...
I can't keep up any more.
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:11 AM
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2. Hey man, I want to have a party: You Can Pay For it!
Idiots.
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:13 AM
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3. Now that the election is over,
there are no security threats so that money can be spent on Bush. Right? /sarcasm
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:14 AM
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4. Homeland security money?
Outrageous. What does this knob's coronation have to do with Homeland Security anyway?

There is literally no shame in these pigs. None.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:37 AM
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5. That's the Great bush!
BUSH; PUTTING THE ERROR IN TERROR SINCE 2001!
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:18 AM
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6. Great slogan for t-shirts.
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Nimrod Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:43 AM
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7. Maybe, JUST maybe
This will make one or two more people realize this whole terror thing was bullshit from the word go. Not many, but maybe one or two.
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proudbluestater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:14 AM
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8. Ok, now this is shocking and disgusting
He paid a visit to my town twice during the campaign and he has YET to pick up the tab here, though Edwards paid his debt quickly.

No acceptable is RIGHT!
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