Fear == money
The 2009 budget for homeland security is $50 billion.
The budget for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is about $1 billion.
From the article: “We fund terrorism prevention at about $17,000,000/fatality (i.e., $50 billion/3,000 fatalities) and accident prevention at about $25,000/fatality (i.e., $1 billion/40,000 fatalities)”
This is just one more example that the government’s priorities are way messed up based on where it’s spending money.