Deficit, Schmeficit; Jesse Jackson Junior feels nervous:
Just last week, the House voted to slash its operating budget by 5 percent, or $35 million, as part of the GOP drive to reduce federal spending the cut the deficit.
Jackson wants that money restored, plus 10 percent, in order to augment security in the Capitol and in districts, where he said some lawmakers may need to hire security for constituent events and install surveillance cameras in their district offices.
“After the events of last weekend, it is clear that our district staffs are vulnerable,” Jackson said in an e-mail. “Members should have the resources and the latitude to take appropriate security measures in order to protect themselves and their staffs.”
Representative Jackson: there were over 430 homicides in Chicago last year; that’s seventy Tuscons, each one as bloody, horrible and ghastly as the one in Tuscon. There were 25 murders in December – more than four Tuscons, over the holiday season.
The people in your district are hunkered down against a three-year-long rash of gang warfare; more prosaic, perhaps, than an insane man shooting up a congresswoman and her constituents at a store, but really no less insane.
Hire an off-duty cop when you make your rounds of your constituents, if you still do that, and shush.
Lawmakers are also nervous about security inside the Capitol complex, despite the hundreds of armed police officers who already guard it each day and the extensive screening required for those entering Capitol Hill buildings
And those “lawmakers” are being just a tad dramatic. The Capitol has been like a maximum security prison – only for people coming in – for decades.