Sunday, December 27, 2009

Spillover

Some year-end news from the Failed State of Arizona:

Seizures of money bound mostly for Mexico's violent drug cartels more than quadrupled this year on the Arizona border, and government officials are crediting beefed-up screening at checkpoints.

Inspectors intercepted $1.1 million heading into Mexico in fiscal 2008. This year, they netted $4.9 million.

...Until this year, U.S. inspections on the border primarily targeted incoming traffic from Mexico while ignoring vehicles headed south.

But federal authorities intensified outbound screening amid reports a year ago that weapons smuggled from the United States were providing most of the firepower in Mexico's drug wars. Authorities estimated that 90 percent of the guns used in police assassinations and cartel bloodshed originated in the United States.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assigned an additional $400 million to border security, much of it for screening outbound traffic. That money went for more inspectors, X-ray machines and other gear.

Despite both the state's senators voting to freeze government spending in the middle of a massive recession, taxpayers shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars to help Arizona get control of its money-and-guns pipeline, and yet we still only netted less than $5 million. The nickname "The Grand Canyon State" is starting to sound appropriate, Arizona, though "The Great Black Hole of Suckitude" might be a little edgier.

No comments: