Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Project Safe Neighborhoods or Pork?

2 gunsMuch has been written (Chicago or Tennessee for example) about the fact that explicit funding for Project Safe Neighborhoods is not included in this years budget. A Google News search turned up over 250 articles on the subject. But it is clear that Pork-barrel politics is alive and well

In case you haven't been paying attention to gun crime initiatives, Project Safe Neighborhoods dedicated some number of federal prosecutors to handle federal gun crime. Say a convicted felon is caught (recidivist) with a firearm during a crime. This can either result in little time in state court or 10 or 15 or 20 years in federal prison - which is not someplace your family can usually get to for a Sunday visits, since it will be somewhere like South Dakota. It has been very successful in several areas.

The Justice Department maintains that there is enough money in its general fund to support this initiative, but most people feel that it should have been left in the budget.

But why did Congress cut funding (or appear to anyway) for a very successful anti-crime program while explicitly funding the following (a very abreviated list!):

  1. The Baseball Hall of Fame - $450,000
  2. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - $350,000
  3. Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum - $200,000
  4. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame - $35,000
  5. Country Music Hall of Fame - $250,000
  6. Grammy Foundation - $150,000
  7. Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame - $75,000
  8. etc. etc. etc.
Best bet seems to be to start a Sports or Music Hall of Fame. (Greater Syracuse?)

This would be funny if it didn't cost so much money. (That's your money and my money by-the-way.)

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