Politicians of all persuasions love to complain about government waste. It’s this great big shadowy thing that is always there, even if it’s not.
Except, of course, when it’s their waste. The Department of
War Defense wants to eliminate what it considers to be a wasteful and redundant command headquartered in this part of the world.*
Not surprisingly, elected officials across the state and region lambasted Gates’ announcement and said they would fight it, but it’s not clear what they can do to halt the process. Unlike the Navy’s plan to relocate an aircraft carrier from Norfolk to Jacksonville, Fla. – which requires Congress to approve funds to make Mayport Naval Station ready to host a nuclear carrier – Gates indicated this bureaucratic reshuffle doesn’t require legislative approval.
It is noteworthy that many of these pols, especially on the state and local level, have willingly eliminated teachers, garbage collectors, police officers, and highway repair persons because they couldn’t figure out how to pay them.
It reveals how much of the caterwauling about government “waste and bureaucray” is just so much cant.
“Cut his waste,” they say’ “but don’t cut mine.”
*I don’t have a position on this particular command, but I do believe the government spends far more than needed on ways of ending lives and far less than needed on ways of improving them.
Addendum, Later That Same Day:
Noz points out the inconsistency:
but if that’s the case, how to they explain the bipartisan outcry whenever something like this (base closure–ed.) happens?