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This time, Obama's killing jobs in my hometown. Needless to say, this stinks!
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a series of steps Monday aimed at reducing overhead in the defense budget and redirecting the money saved to the war effort and preparation for future conflicts.
Among his directives is the elimination of Norfolk's Joint Forces Command, which locally employs nearly 1,000 service members and about 4,000 civilians, many of them contractors.
It is part of a broader effort to trim $100 billion from the military's mammoth budget in the next five years, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin to wind down and Congress turns its attention more to domestic priorities. Gates stressed that the money is not being cut outright - rather, the military services will be able to use the savings they find for war-fighting needs.
Once again, this White House interprets "hope and change" to mean "screw the military." It's curious, though—Are there any non-Defense jobs being cut by this Administration, anywhere?
(via Shad Plank)