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Closures would hurt defense

March 18, 2013

The idea of a new round of military base closings has surfaced again in Washington, D.C., as lawmakers look for ways to cut spending as the nation’s budget deficit crisis continues....

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Mar-19-13 10:00 AM

Aaah, yes, the gifts that keep on giving...our AFB's. How would our cities and state survive without these gifts? And remember to give your votes for these gifts....

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Mar-18-13 9:39 AM

"But let's hope the discussion of closing more military installations doesn't even get started."

What? If not now, when? And what is this..."discussions...(shouldn't) even get started"? Apparently the MDN is not serious about debt/deficit reduction.

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Mar-18-13 8:30 AM

Well it is a novel idea to close the base by Minot and just move Minot to the base. Last time this was talked about the base by Minot got bigger, that was when ND had a very depressed economy and ND was the cheapest place to keep our Military people. Maybe now with ND being quite allot more expensive they may find cheaper places to be.

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Mar-18-13 7:53 AM

We cannot close any bases at all. We need Great Falls, Minot, Grand Forks, Rapid City, for our core defense especially in the event of an all out Korean attack? As Independent said, "not in my legislative district". Eisenhauer warned in his farewell speech to beware of the military establishment and he was not referring to soldiers. As to military bases on the east coast, they are all over the place. We are still building planes and ships that the military says they don't want or need. We spent a billion dollars for a computer system that did not work. The MDN would rather cut food programs, medicare, and school programs than close a base or keep the big military supply corporations in check. Please explain the military significance of Ellsworth air base.

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Mar-18-13 7:12 AM

Almost 50 billion in cuts have to come from somewhere. Now is the perfect time to discuss reducing the DOD's overall footprint. A classic case of cut the DOD but not in my backyard.

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