President Obama has framed the choice as one between higher taxes or lower security, bolstered by Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano’s warning Monday that the U.S. Border Patrol will be forced to furlough agents, costing nearly a quarter of the workforce.
So, why target border security? Why not cut elsewhere - or shift other resources to fill the security gap?
Why not park the MRAPs, and use fewer SWAT-like teams to serve everyday warrants?
How about disbanding those VIPR teams waiting in the wings to set up domestic roadside checkpoints to delay motor vehicle travelers or frisk people at bus stations?
Would Big Sis have to cut border agents if DHS hadn't spent 2012 committing to contracts to acquire a billion rounds (or more) of ammo?