Any Taxes You Pay Can and Will Be Used Against You

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Reason contributor Trey Garrison looks at the stimulus wish lists of cities in Texas, and finds lots of toys for cops:

• Frisco wants $125,000 for an armored vehicle and $200,000 for a mobile command vehicle. You know, for all that gang tank warfare going on up in Frisco.

• McKinney wants $5 million for SWAT toys and stuff.

• North Richland Hills wants $51,000 for volunteer patrol volunteers. Let’s throw in $10 for a dictionary so they can look up the word “volunteer.”

• Irving wants $5 million for biometric scanners, digital cameras, RFID scanners — nothing Big Brother there.

• Grand Prairie wants $1.25 million for nicer landscaping around the public safety building.

• And finally, Arlington is really gearing up for urban warfare. Arlington wants $1.6 million for SWAT toys like military grade carbines, $625,000 for unmanned aerial surveillance drones, and $130,000 for “covert ops”…more equipment for those deadly but camera-friendly no-knock raids…

It isn’t just in Texas. For example, I’m thinking the last thing Frank “Worst Mayor in America” Melton of Jackson, Mississippi needs is a Bearcat armored tactical vehicle.

Other examples:

• Sparks, Nevada wants $600,000 to purchase a “live fire” house its SWAT team can shoot up, and another $420,000 for a SWAT armored vehicle.

• Pleasanton, California wants $250,000 to buy a vehicle for its SWAT team.

• Gary, Indiana wants $750,000 for a host of “modernization” upgrades to its police department, including “sub-automatic machine guns” and an “armored vehicl” [sic].

• Hampton, Virginia wants a whopping $3.5 million for “Air Tactical Unit Support and Equipment,” which I’m pretty sure means they want a sweet helicopter for the SWAT team.

• Ottawa, Illinois (population: 18,307) wants $60,000 to purchase, among other things, five “tactical entry rifles.”

• Glendale Heights, Illinois wants $96,000 to purchase red light cameras, and another $67,000 to hire someone to monitor them.

• Toward a more Orwellian America!  The following cities requested stimulus funds to supplement, initiate, or upgrade public surveillance camera systems: Brockton, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; Burnsville, Minnesota; Caguas, Puerto Rico; Cerritos, California; Columbia, South Carolina; Compton, California; Homestead, Florida; Hormigueros, Puerto Rico; Indianapolis, Indiana; Inglewood, California; Lewiston, Maine; Lorain, Ohio; Lynn, Massachusetts; Marion, Ohio; Merced, California; New Rochelle, New York; North Richland Hills, Texas; Oakland, California; Orange, New Jersey; Orem, Utah; Orlando, Florida; Pembroke Pines, Florida; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Riverdale, Illinois; Shreveport, Louisiana; Silver City, New Mexico; Sumter, South Carolina; Tallahassee, Florida; Warren, Ohio; and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina requested just under $85 million in security-related stimulation. But top prize goes to Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is asking the rest of the country to stimulte its economy with a whopping $135 million in public safety-related requests.

All in all, America’s mayors asking for a little over $5.5 billion in public safety “stimulus.”

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52 Responses to “Any Taxes You Pay Can and Will Be Used Against You”

  1. #1 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    What are these people so afraid of?

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    If they really wanted to improve public safety, they would take the 5.5 billion and pay their SWAT teams severance pay.

  3. #3 |  SJE | 

    Any stimulus money going to things like a salary for a medical examiner in Mississippi? They could certainly use one.

  4. #4 |  Burrow Owl | 

    “• Sparks, Nevada wants $600,000 to purchase a “live fire” house its SWAT team can shoot up, and another $420,000 for a SWAT armored vehicle.”

    Oh goody.

    These are the numbnuts who, a few months ago, brought out their entire bomb squad and most of their police force, locked down a neighborhood for several hours, and caused at least one officer-involved traffic fatality- all for the purpose of ‘defusing’ a concrete counterweight in a service station parking lot.

    I feel safer already.

  5. #5 |  Ganja Blue | 

    In similar news, with a DHS grant the City of Memphis Police Department is outfitting 100 squad cars with LPR, license plate reading technology. The first victim is a non-violent drug offender:
    http://memphiscrime.blogspot.com/2009/02/mpd-crime-probe-stikes-back.html
    The cameras will be used for homeland sec.. nevermind:
    “A word of warning to the people of Memphis and Shelby County – keep your tags up to date and avoid the fines and court costs!”

  6. #6 |  Ben | 

    What are these people so afraid of?

    The population getting so pissed off that they decide to ‘uninvite’ the police to their town.

  7. #7 |  nobahdi | 

    All of the Texas “cities” are Dallas suburbs. If the suburbs want $14 million, I wonder how much Dallas-Fort Worth is asking for.

  8. #8 |  Marty | 

    ‘• Gary, Indiana wants $750,000 for a host of “modernization” upgrades to its police department, including “sub-automatic machine guns” and an “armored vehicl” [sic].’

    maybe they could put a few bucks into GED classes, so they might be able to spell out their requests. This could be an underlying reason why they violate the constitution so much- they can’t read the rules…

    I couldn’t help but notice nobody requested funds for police oversight comittees…

  9. #9 |  mike | 

    The Dallas Cowboys are moving to Arlington, so you can kind of see how they might be out-gunned.

  10. #10 |  solinox | 

    I miss Texas, I can’t wait to go home…but I am getting more and more turned off to DFW. The Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex is just a completely different social animal from the rest of the state, and no longer representative of Texans as a whole. Too bad people outside the state will think that’s what we’re all like.

  11. #11 |  mike | 

    Dear Solinox,

    Please don’t lump us in with Dallas.

    Fort Worth

  12. #12 |  Greg N. | 

    This story needs something more than a blog post. Turn it into a WSJ op-ed, please.

  13. #13 |  jeff762 | 

    “The Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex is just a completely different social animal from the rest of the state, and no longer representative of Texans as a whole.”

    You could substitute Nashville for Dallas/Ft. Worth and Tennesseeans for Texans and it would be just as true. By the way, I used to live near Killeen long ago. Loved it.

  14. #14 |  Mister DNA | 

    Q: What’s the best thing to ever come out of Dallas?

    A: I-35 South.

  15. #15 |  hamburgler007 | 

    Must be tired today, I read that as Frito’s wanted said money, which I would have been for.

  16. #16 |  Michael | 

    Your post puts a feeling of extreme, gnawing, sick feeling of emptiness in my stomach! I think it is anxiety related! If that is not a list of freedom denying pork, I don’t know what would be! Hello police state!

  17. #17 |  GreginOz | 

    “Your post puts a feeling of extreme, gnawing, sick feeling of emptiness in my stomach!” DITTO! As an Aussie, there is a sinking realisation that what happens in the States sooner or later infects Australia. Just how many ‘Merkin civilians actually walk around with Milgrade weapons? Just who are the cops targeting? Ah yes; their motto is really “To Detest & Serb”, or perhaps “Ve had to kill ze civilian…to, like, you know, “to protect the chillun”.

  18. #18 |  Pamela | 

    SJE@#3
    No, they don’t really want one. Things are working just find the way they are.

  19. #19 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    “• McKinney wants $5 million for SWAT toys and stuff.”

    LMFAO!!! I live in Mckinney! Trust me…this would be a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. 5 million? Really? For SWAT stuff? In Mckinney? heh heh…for what…busting down the door of some lady who got a bad boob job and dares to drive an American made car that’s not a convertible? Seriously. What a laughable waste of money.

  20. #20 |  Lee | 

    I live in Frisco. Guess I need to go to a city council meeting now.

    Dammit.

  21. #21 |  Jim Keech | 

    “Ottawa, Illinois (population: 18,307) wants $60,000 to purchase, among other things, five “tactical entry rifles.”

    Jumpin’ Jehosophat…you can buy five milspec, fully auto M-4s for about $13,000.00…retail. Where is the rest of the money going?

  22. #22 |  KBCraig | 

    Obviously McKinney needs their own megabux SWAT team. A cooperative megaplex SWAT agreement would never work, because DPD SWAT is too busy starring on “reality” (sic) shows.

    Once upon a romantic idealist time, Keynesian “stimulation” worked (arguably, at least) because the funds were used to parks and trails as destinations, and roads for those who would travel to them. The workers received subsistance wages for long hours of back-breaking ant labor.

    Under this “New Keynesism”, no one benefits directly except those who get to buy new “toys” (and their vendors). The idea that you can generate an economic stimulus by hiring more government employees, and paying them more money, is far more “trickle-down” than the so-called “trickle-down”, “voodoo economics” of the Reagan tax cuts.

  23. #23 |  Aspasia | 

    “Any taxes you pay can and will be used against you”, yeah, that pretty much sums it up. And I’m sorry, but Ottawa, IL doesn’t need anything stronger than a pea-shooter and a box of rubber bands. Please.

  24. #24 |  SayUncle » Stimulating | 

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  25. #25 |  Tomcatshanger | 

    “North Richland Hills wants $51,000 for volunteer patrol volunteers. Let’s throw in $10 for a dictionary so they can look up the word “volunteer.”

    The volunteer’s should also provide their radio’s, uniforms, and other equipment?

    REALLY? I guess our “volunteer” military doesn’t need any funding either.

    Hospital “volunteers” as a rule don’t provide their own tools.

    Trey Garrison needs to look up what a “volunteer” does.

  26. #26 |  Shay | 

    The Washington Post has a story about where the Real Drug War is……Mexico. When’s the last time you heard about our brave SWAT heroes attacking a Drug Cartel? But that would be too dangerous you say?! Our SWAT heroes are much safer attacking families, old people, kids and pets……and that’s what it’s all about ….officer safety.

    If their wish list dreams come true and our cities get all these new SWAT toys, maybe they should ship the stuff across the border to Mexico where they are really needed.

    Warrior in Drug Fight Soon Becomes a Victim – washingtonpost.com

    Warrior in Drug Fight Soon Becomes a Victim – washingtonpost.com

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