When I consider all the things the federal government spends money on that is just flat out ridiculous, you would think it would take a bit to surprise me.

But this quote from Big Sis, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left me a bit apoplectic.

More than 524 troops have been active in Arizona, 250 in Texas, 224 in California and 72 in New Mexico, officials have said. More than 100 additional troops from the border states serve in command and control positions.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said last week that the administration is considering extending the mission, but that costs of the deployment remain a concern.

“The administration has not made a final decision about whether to continue to deploy them because one of the issues is who pays for the guard,” Napolitano told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

“We have asked the Congress,” she said. “I have asked our appropriators twice to allow us to reprogram funds to pay for the guard and to continue to pay for the guard at the border. That reprogramming has been denied. I asked our appropriators and it was denied last year.”

Some Republicans, who have proposed cutting funding for border security in their budget proposals for 2012, also oppose spending millions of dollars more to keep the troops deployed.

In 2008, the federal government earmarked $2,000,000 for a manufacturer of wooden arrows for children.

In 2009, $2.2 million went to the Center for Grape Genetics in upstate New York.

In 2010, Congress found $18.9 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate.

But they are having a hard time finding money to pay the National Guard to secure the border?

Are you freaking kidding me?

Maybe if you could skim just a bit off the money you are shoveling into the “green” jobs that are going to save America and the world from fiery death, you could have enough to stop the flood of drugs, illegal immigrants and threats to America that are coming across the southern border.

Or better yet, take the $15 billion or more you are going to waste fighting the War on Drugs and funnel it to securing the border. That will at least accomplish something.

But let’s not pretend there’s no money to pay people to secure the border.