Thursday, June 09, 2005

New York Back To Business As Usual

I'm not a fan of the New York elite - all ones I've met were raving lefties. After rising to glory after 9/11, they're back to where they started - demanding subsidies and propagating their creepy agendas as "education".

Here's the subsidy demand (WSJ, subscription):

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Washington generously pledged $20 billion to help New York City recover. Included in the aid is $175 million earmarked for workers injured in the attack. Nearly four years later, it's clear that need was hugely overestimated; only $50.8 million has been spent. And so, reasonably enough, the feds are asking for $120 million back.

Last week two-thirds of the state's Representatives fired off a letter of protest to President Bush, whose budget proposes to reclaim that money. It has "been our understanding," they write, "that if it was ever determined that certain 9/11 disaster relief funding was not able to be fully used, we would have the flexibility to use this funding on other pressing needs related to 9/11."

Keep in mind that President Bush made his initial pledge to save the state from extraordinary expenses resulting from the 9/11 attack. Washington has done that and more by spending or committing to spend far more than the President promised. About $8.8 billion went to support debris removal and other emergency actions, $5 billion toward tax incentives for downtown development and billions for housing assistance, transportation repairs, health care costs and more.

No one is getting shortchanged here except Uncle Sam. Taxpayers across the country were generous in giving New York $20.8 billion to recover from 9/11. It would be nice if New York politicians returned the favor by giving back money that wasn't needed after all.

Meantime, with the backing of Soros and the ACLU, the NY lefties are busily building a Memorial at Ground Zero that is,er, Not About 9/11. Instead it's:

... a high-tech, multimedia tutorial about man's inhumanity to man, from Native American genocide to the lynchings and cross-burnings of the Jim Crow South, from the Third Reich's Final Solution to the Soviet gulags and beyond.

Using:

...300,000 square feet of space to teach us how to think about liberty, the actual Memorial Center on the opposite corner of the site will get a meager 50,000 square feet to exhibit its 9/11 artifacts, all out of sight and underground. Most of the cherished objects which were salvaged from Ground Zero in those first traumatic months will never return to the site.

So you go to NYC to understand the worst attack that has been made on the US homeland and the ways Americans dealt with it. And the lefties "put it in context", said context including bad things in US history.

Here's their slimy apologist in today's Opinion Journal:

To be sure, the International Freedom Center will host debates and note points of view with which you--and I--will disagree. But that is the point, the proof of our society's enduring self-confidence and humanity.

Moreover, the IFC will rise above the politics of the moment. It will not exist to precisely define "freedom" or to tell people what to think, but to get them to think--and to act in the service of freedom as they see it. And it will always do so in a manner respectful of the victims of September 11.

He believes that freedom is subjective. But, as Natan Sharansky has demonstrated, freedom is real, and if these creeps really wanted to celebrate it they'd use the 300,000 square feet to honor the victims of 9/11 and the Americans who have since died to provide freedom to the Afghans and Iraqis.