Rethinking America’s Priorities: $8 Trillion for Homeland Security
July 4, 2013
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The recent revelations about the scope of the NSA’s tracking of telecommunications raised the question (again) for me about the nation’s priorities. I’m all for combating terrorist threats but not at the cost of ignoring all other national needs. Nick Kristof’s op-ed piece posits the question more elegantly than I could. He notes that American’s are much more likely to die from in-home accidents, bee stings and, of course, gun shots than from a terrorist attack. And Congress continues to ignore our crumbling infrastructure and massive unemployment and any rational gun control. But anything couched in terms of preventing terrorism gets funded, no questions asked; adding up to $8 trillion spent for homeland security since 9/11. The country needs to rethink its priorities.