Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By Paul Martin

By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
June 23, 2010

While the Obama Administration allows Mexican drug smuggling violence to shut down thousands of acres of public parklands in Arizona, it’s giving the state more than a million bucks to save an “endangered” rodent, according to a Washington, DC watchdog group.

This inconceivable example of government waste was exposed this week by a major news organization — ABC News — that reveals the feds have given Arizona $1.25 million to build bridges for endangered squirrels to cross over a mountain road.

The new structures will keep the squirrels from becoming road kill and will therefore allow officials to monitor their health, claims Judicial Watch, a public-interest group that investigates government corruption.

The project is essential because the Mount Graham red squirrels are on the verge of extinction and cars kill approximately five a year near the mountainous area where around 250 of them live. The taxpayer dollars will be used to build rope bridges over the road that runs through the squirrels’ habitat. More than 40 canopy tunnel crossings will be erected at a cost of $400,000 each.

Incredibly, the federal government refuses to allocate the resources necessary to battle the Mexican smuggling violence that has overrun the state. The problem is so severe that 3,500 acres of taxpayer-funded parklands in Arizona have been shut to U.S. citizens out of safety concerns created by Mexican drug and human smugglers. The section of land is part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and extends north from the international border for about three quarters of a mile.

In the past, officials from the Government Accountability Office testified before members of the U,S. Congress on three separate occasions in order to describe security vulnerabilities that terrorists could exploit to enter the country. Yet, even with reports of border security deficiencies, President Barack Obama cut the number of Border Patrol agents.

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