It used to be when we thought of homeland we were looking at a building lot or some acreage to construct a house upon.
But in all the terror and propaganda generated these past 8 years, "homeland" has taken on a new meaning now that we have a Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Last year the DHS budget was $61,300,000,000 (sixty one billion, 300 million dollars).
That is the cost for only one year (it equals the cost of 408,667 homes valued at $150,000 each).
One wonders if that cost to taxpayers, who need to spend it on food and shelter, would go down if we stopped those expensive activities (wars, etc.) that make it easy to recruit terrorists who want to harm us.
DHS has 218,501 employees, 81% of which are civilian and 19% are military.
Thus, it is another fusion or confusion of the military with the civilian, which would have Eisenhower turning over in his grave.
By the way, have you taken the duct tape and plastic covering off of your windows yet?
This infamous department has made two great failings in the four or so years it has existed.
The first was "doin' a heckuva job" during Katrina, and the second was not protecting us from Bush and Cheney.
The republican controlled congress and the republican president created this monstrosity, but they now want to call certain expenditures "pork" when we talk about helping millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and homes.
Brazen blindness is the mother of DHS, necessity is not its mother. Time for a paternity test too?
Links to Critiques: Homeland Pork, Security Against Homeland Pork.