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Good news, New York! Maybe there'll be less money going to protect our ports and landmarks, but it's only because if we spend it, the terrorists win:

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday warned a Senate panel pushing for new funding that Osama bin Laden thinks he can defeat the United States by creating a spending frenzy. After the September 11 attacks, the terrorist leader said "he wanted to bankrupt us," Mr. Chertoff told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "He understood that one tool he had in waging war against the United States was to drive us crazy, into bankruptcy, trying to defend ourself against every conceivable threat," Mr. Chertoff said.

Damn right. If there's going to be any spending frenzy that bankrupts this nation, it's going to come from a combination of tax cuts for the wealthy and pork-fuelled earmarks. Nobody forces us into running massive deficits but us! USA! USA!

Security spending too much? [Washington Times]

Earlier: NYC Finally Free of Danger