The 3,134 page justification material for the fiscal year 2013 budget request that was sent to Congress on Monday is an eye-glazing, pre-formatted pile of … paper. Let’s hope for the tree’s sake that no one prints it out.
Besides the outrage (blog coming) that the Department of Homeland Security seems immune to even the most modest and substantive cuts – except for the Coast Guard – I’ve been trying to think of a way, beyond the one-day story, to actually describe the department’s priorities, and the message the budget is intended to convey.
I’ve taken the entire budget, indexed it by words mentioned, and then sorted it in various ways. This is one way to read it:
Top 10 words in the 3,134 page (number of times mentioned)
Top 10 substantive words
Institutions mentioned in the budget
|Customs and Border Protection||1555|
|Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)||780|
|Domestic Nuclear Detection Office||436|
|Secretary of Homeland Security||389|
|Department of Defense||124|
|Federal Air Marshal Service||55|
|Department of Justice||50|
|U.S. Secret Service||37|
|Joint Terrorist Task Force||9|
|Directorate of National Intelligence||1|
|Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency||1|
What’s the Department of Homeland Security is doing
|adjust, adjusted, adjusting, adjustments||3736|
Get the Message?
|flood, floods, flooding||571|
|terror, terrorism, terrorist||566|
|IEDs (improvised explosive devices)||22|
WMD-rules, and though terrorism is the threat, al Qaeda and Islam can’t be mentioned. Also, for the hurricane threatened, beware.