Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Arizona Rep. Jack Harper is back with his idea of creating a citizen militia to protect the border, this time with a veto-proof House and Senate. Oh joy. Read more from the Huffington Post here.
Harper, a rabid cost-cutting conservative who once sparked outrage with a blunt letter warning Arizonans that he was planning to sever entitlement-program lifelines in order to address a mounting budget crisis, claims that the National Guard is too expensive and the Border Patrol is too weak.
"It'd be volunteers trained by volunteers, maybe with — with, definitely, oversight by the Arizona Army National Guard — that shouldn't take more than one full-time employee and maybe about $50,000, $60,000 a year of state funding," he said. "Border Patrol's under — you know, it's under Janet Napolitano, and that's not really an intimidating factor."