Refreshingly, it seems that–for once–just about everyone has held their tongue and kept themselves from leveling blame at their dearest political opponents.
Everyone, that is, except for Senate Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer (D-Md).
Hoyer’s first response was to blame the sequester for the bombing:
At his weekly Capitol briefing Tuesday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said the explosions in Boston demonstrates “why having the ability to dress security concerns is important,” and thus provides more evidence that sequestration should be turned off.
Asked by a reporter whether Monday’s attack makes the argument for addressing sequestration, Hoyer explained, “I think there are multiple reasons for ensuring that we invest in our security — both domestic and international security. That we invest in the education of our children. That we invest in growing jobs in America. And don’t pursue an irrational, across-the-board policy of cutting the highest priorities and the lowest priorities essentially the same percentage…. I think this is another proof of that — if proof is needed, which I don’t think frankly it is.”
Since Democrats have tried to pin the blame for the sequester on Republicans, effectively, he is saying that Republicans were responsible for the bomb blasts and the carnage. Later in the press conference, he tried to walk back his remarks, saying,
I doubt that [sequestration’s] having any impact presently — and the reason for that, this is a priority item and I’m sure they’re shifting what resources are necessary. Even if they’re shorter resources than they otherwise would’ve had, I’m sure they’re putting all the resources necessary on this effort. Certainly at the federal level — I think the President’s made that pretty clear.
Thus, the President, in his infinite wisdom, has kept the sequester from harming American security, despite Republican foolishness and intransigence, so there is probably no relation between the sequester and the Boston Marathon bombing. However, if we do not restore those funds and increase federal spending, the Republicans will have blood on their hands. Or something like that.
One thing we have learned through these hard years is that every accusation, no mater how ridiculous or factually incorrect, must be refuted.
Fact: Security for the Boston Marathon was primarily the responsibility of local and state police, and not the federal government. There may have been federal funds used to help pay for security (why this should be so is a mystery), but if there were, there was no outcry before the event that these funds were insufficient, and no complaints about a lack of federal funding from the event organizers after the fact. So, the sequester had nothing to do with the bombing. Nothing. There is no relationship at all.
Fact: There were police crawling all over the Boston Marathon. Security was already very tight. Having said this, it does look like they may have dropped the ball. Why weren’t they paying more attention to unsecured bags, trash cans, etc.? If this was a factor in the attack, then it comes down to a lack of proper foresight and training, and not a lack of funds.
Why should federal funds be provided to pay for security at a local sporting event, when the people in the local community are already among the wealthiest in the US, and already have enough qualified police? Such funding seems unnecessary. It is also truly doubtful that an increase of funds alone would have stopped an attack, if the perpetrator(s) were truly determined to carry out the deed.
Now, it may be possible that somewhere in all the chatter that the NSA or other organizations picked up, there might have been a warning or signs of an attack, and we did not have the time or personnel to look into it. However, there is no indication anywhere that US intelligence organizations are under the sequester, or that their funds were ever in danger of being cut.
Hoyer is simply full of bat guano.