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How badly will defense cuts affect D.C.'s economy?

The defense industry in metropolitan Washington is bracing for a major contraction, as
Defense Secretary Robert Gates calling for reducing spending on "support contractors" by 10 percent for each of the next three years.

With this in mind, how concerned are you about the regional economy over the next several years?

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 10, 2010; 7:22 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Vote out the Democrats! Vote out Obama! Only Republicans care about national security. When George Bush was president we never heard about upcoming terrorist attacks because the terrorists knew they'd be blown to bits if they tried anything. Obama has promised them lots of hugs if they would just be nice to us. Uh, huh! Vote out the Democrats! Vote out Obama! Keep a strong defense industry!!!

Posted by: georges2 | September 10, 2010 11:03 PM

I don't care if there is a downturn - get those leeches out of here!

Posted by: dottie_b | September 10, 2010 11:06 PM

This is a FAKE POLL, in that the one question posed is not about a central issue.

"Regional economy" is not a valid excuse for us to keep developing expensive weapons of mass destruction. "Regional economy" is not a valid excuse for us to keep bullying innocent foreigners and controlling their resources by force. "Regional economy" is not a valid excuse for us to keep taking insane numbers of young Americans away from their families and send them to foreign lands to die and kill for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans and Zionist ambitions.

We need to develop industries where we can employ those hundreds of thousands of young soldiers. The same companies that make the weapons can provide other goods and services via government contracts to avoid massive layoffs.

A valid poll question would be: "Should our government immediately end the wars and invest the money saved into job programs that keep soldiers and weapons industry personnel employed?"

We are being manipulated by the media because media people have a vested interest in violence war.

Violence is not reasonable. Intelligent beings can live without violence. Let's not follow corrupt media, or this puppet government that is reacting to special interest puppet masters into endless war.

Peace is not only possible, it is the easiest course. All peace requires is for the violent people to do nothing. We could even PAY THEM to do nothing.

The world has no use for violence. No matter who perpetuates it or the excuse presented in its support.

Violence is overrated.

Posted by: peaceandprotest | September 10, 2010 11:23 PM

peaceandprotest says the world has no use for violence, if that is si then why does the world kill so many people a year...
truth is, the west has lots of enemies and these enemies are here now attacking us...
until the world is at peace, true peace, having the bigger gun is all that will protect us and our families...
don't let obama disarm us...
the russians are giving nuclear materials to iran...
giving arms to iran to use against us is war by proxy...
the worst is yet to come...
and those like peaceandprotest are our enemies in disguise, trying to get an advantage for thir masters...
and obama is listening...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 11, 2010 6:31 AM

The issue is not whether this is the right thing for the DC region, the issue is whether this is correct decision based on the nation's security needs and the nation's budget situation. It would be immoral to artificially inflate the economy of DC and its suburbs at the expense of the other 99% of the country.

Posted by: afpre42 | September 11, 2010 6:52 AM

>>When George Bush was president we never heard about upcoming terrorist attacks because the terrorists knew they'd be blown to bits if they tried anything.

duh... the worst attack happened on G Bush's watch. A few days after 911 the war criminal flew the Bin Laden family out of the country.

Jesus is mentioned almost 100 times in the Qur'an and the idiot preacher wants to burn them. Mary has a chapter named after her.

Posted by: slave_of_god | September 11, 2010 8:23 AM


Benn dodging any terrorist bullets lately?

The best defense is a well armed citizenry.

The fact that we are surrounded by water helps a lot too.

The fact is we have over 200mil weapons in the hands of Americans, Not counting the military, we have a history of being mentally unstable, of being too willing to fight over the littlest infraction or snub
and when threatened we will fight!
AND then there is the draft when the need arises.

Unlike you fear mongers I don't subscribe to imminent danger from all corners, the reality is I don't fear 10,000 or so radical muslims, I live in peace with the knowledge that when confronted I will be the one left standing, I am confident of my skills, so what I am basically saying is why depend on someone else to fight for your beliefs?

Posted by: victorlove1 | September 11, 2010 9:55 AM

We cannot and should not support a bloated defense industry just because..... insert whatever reason you want.

Corporate welfare is corporte welfare no matter what they produce.

Posted by: grobinette | September 12, 2010 7:20 AM

Any notion that our Defense Department has anything to do with National Defense should be dispelled by the need to create a bloated monstrosity called Homeland Security! We need to eliminate that corruption called Homeland Security entirely! And bring the "troops" home from everywhere; stop using Contractors for anything, if the "troops" can't do their own dishes and garbage, then live with it! With all the pretty Generals back home, maybe they can actually do there job which is to defend the "homeland"! I figure, the Defense budget should be about 1/10 of its current stupidity! We don't need the world's largest Air Force, the world's second largest Air Force, and probably the 3rd largest Air Force with Marines, Navy, Army, and the Air Force having their own toys ! 2 or 3 Naval Battle Groups is more than enough and I doubt we need more than 5 Fleet Subs! Make the Air Force drone based, get rid of the flying gas stations, consolidate Marines and Army, Consolidate Air Forces, eliminate all military intelligence people, and end the Contractor drones sucking on the governments tits! And while your at it; RIF about 3/4 of the Generals and Admirals!

Posted by: CHAOTICIAN101 | September 13, 2010 7:14 AM

In all honesty, it's time for the DC Metro area to feel what the rest of the country is feeling, other area's such as where I live, have been struggling horribly the past few years, while DC has been somewhat isolated and protected economically because of the Federal Government. Cut the fat and the wasteful spending in the defense budget, it's a necessity, and let the cards roll, the DC area will recover. I for one applaud the Defense Secretary for taking on this task, as we can no longer afford to waste money.

Posted by: Ronnymac | September 13, 2010 9:05 AM

Why do some of you think this will only hurt DC? It is not just about local support of the military think about all the workers building stuff for the military and contracts on building equipment, that will be cut too. This is a nation wide cut not regional.

Posted by: flonzy1 | September 13, 2010 9:33 AM

Defense can easily be cut by 50% with no adverse effects. Huge defense budgets have served no purpose other than to promote unnecessary wars we can't win, and which increases the debt.

Posted by: Maddogg | September 13, 2010 9:57 AM

Jesus is mentioned almost 100 times in the Qur'an and the idiot preacher wants to burn them. Mary has a chapter named after her .......Posted by: slave_of_god

But it's how he's mentioned. You obviously have not read the Qur'an either.


In the Qur'an, there are many stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called 'Isa in Arabic). The Qur'an recalls his miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he performed by God's permission, AND HIS LIFE AS A RESPECTED PROPHET OF GOD.

The Qur'an also repeatedly reminds that Jesus was a human prophet sent by God, not part of God Himself.

Jesus Was a Humble Servant of God - a Prophet: "And behold! God will say [i.e. on the Day of Judgment]: 'Oh Jesus, the son of Mary! Did you say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of God?' He will say: 'Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). (5:116-117).

Posted by: asmith1 | September 13, 2010 10:03 AM

Vote out the Democrats! Vote out Obama! Only Republicans care about national security. When George Bush was president we never heard about upcoming terrorist attacks because the terrorists knew they'd be blown to bits if they tried anything.

Except for that little incident on 9/11/2001, and that whole anthrax thing!

Posted by: ginabw | September 13, 2010 10:50 AM

The Teapublicans are acting like Bolsheviks and are usiing the same tactics, the ones that gave them control of the Soviet Union for 70 years of terror and lies. Bolsheviks believed that the end justifies the means and they used intimidation, fear, terror, lies, internal spying, blackmail, media control, propaganda, duplicity, false promises, false claims of treason and so on to gain and retain power.

Let me give you an example: recently there were reports that certain radical Christian sects (there are many) began compiling a house by house map in the USA of those who were similar adherents, and others whom they consider enemies of making the US a Christian controlled state.

Also there are innumerable instances of just plain out lying by the right for political purposes, and saying the opposite of what is true to turn supporters of the opposition into opponents. No lie is too big, and no dirty trick too evil.

The military budget is a scandal beyond belief, and taking money from the real purposes of a government. Vast budget allocations and militarism destroy the real America. We are destroying our national security by undermining our economic stabilty, borrowing from the Chinese to buy weapons the military doesn't want, can't staff or maintain, and that are pretty useless in any plausible war - witnes the super expensive F-22s going unused in Iraq and Afghanistan. Strategic economic weakness is a gift to the Chinese.

Posted by: enough3 | September 13, 2010 11:31 AM

Any "benefits" to regional economies is surely offset by higher debt or taxes incurred to build weapons we cannot use or to "re-make" countries that hate, resist, scuttle, or squander any attempts at re-making. China is succeeding quite nicely without spending a fraction of what we waste by trying to police the world.

Posted by: jkoch2 | September 13, 2010 12:27 PM

"I joined the British Army believing that if you want peace, you should prepare for war.
I now believe that if you prepare for war thoroughly enough, you will surely get it."
General Sir John Frederick Maurice, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1920

The United States is better prepared for war than any other country on Earth.

And sure enough, the United States has fought, and is fighting, more wars than any other country on Earth.

Posted by: Bud0 | September 13, 2010 12:59 PM

The effect is diminished by the new federal employees that will be hired to perform at least some of the work. Still smart to do because in this case we have gone too far towards contracting.

Posted by: justsayin | September 13, 2010 1:06 PM

JUSTSAYIN- that is, until all these new federal employees can't do the job. And then the pendulum will just return the other way again.

Posted by: Comunista | September 13, 2010 2:15 PM

TO: georges2 who wrote:
“…Only Republicans care about national security. When George Bush was president we never heard about upcoming terrorist attacks …”


Under GWB, we were hit with the worse terrorist attack in the history of the United States!

Democrats have already kept us twice as safe as GWB ever did, AND we did hear constantly about terrorist attacks under Bush, whenever the Republicans were unpopular they’d raise and lower the “threat level” and even absurdly claimed that terrorists tried to assassinate GHWB.

Republicans’ oil-rich friends are terrorists, and they let them hit us on 9/11 just so they could be re-elected.


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 13, 2010 5:34 PM

...Americans really do like "socialism" when it comes to their own communities!

The US military is the greatest socialized system ever created.

Posted by: howard5 | September 13, 2010 5:36 PM

"hurt who?"

is the question.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 14, 2010 1:04 AM

We need a strong, able, responsible military second to none on the face of the earth. But we should not purchase weapons that are not needed or thought useful by the Pentagon. The military procurement proceedure needs straightening out. Weapons jobs are not an entitlement. If the demand is not there than jobs will be lost. Adapt.

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 14, 2010 6:17 AM

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