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  • FEMA Encourages a "Show Me the Money!" Mentality

    “Show me the money!” is one of the most memorable lines from a movie—Jerry Maguire—in the last twenty years. Coincidentally, that movie came out in 1996, which was a reelection year for President Bill Clinton. Not coincidentally, President Clinton in fact showed them the money in 1996 when the Federal … More

    We Are Safer, But Will Our Gains Last?

    On this 8th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack, we are without question safer today than we were on that crisp, clear September morning in 2001. With each passing year, the challenge to remain vigilant grows harder as many Americans struggle to make ends meet after losing their jobs, … More

    The Obama Administration's Version of Immigration Reform

    As widely noted, President Barack Obama has comprehensive immigration reform on his 2010 legislative agenda. Given the policy changes made during his first nine months, it is clear that President Obama sees reform through the prism of perceived Hispanic votes and union payback. First, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano changed the … More

    Obama "Endorses" Heritage's Federalism Approach for Homeland Security

    In remarks last week to the H1N1 Preparedness Summit, President Barack Obama made what might be his most accurate statement since becoming president. When talking about efforts to deal with a possible pandemic, President Obama said: “And we’ve looked at past cases of this being properly handled and situations like … More

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    It was bad enough that the federal government utterly failed to enforce our interior enforcement immigration laws during the Clinton years and during the first term of George W. Bush. It was only after Michael Chertoff arrived as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and started taking … More

    Napolitano’s Words and FEMA’s Actions

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano should be vigorously applauded for telling the good folks at the National Emergency Management Agency mid-year conference that FEMA is and should not be a first responder. Napolitano is dead right that too many Americans see FEMA as the end-all and be-all of disaster response activity. … More