Fighting The Ax

Local politicians are working hard to keep local military bases off the list of closures

Governors and mayors across the country are lining up political firepower to keep their military bases--and the jobs and income they generate--off the Bush Administration's hit list. Florida Governor Jeb Bush is paying a team of lobbyists, including former House majority leader Dick Armey, $50,000 a month to help fortify his state's 21 installations. Presumably, Jeb has George's cell number, but Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is the chief bullet biter. That's why California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger buttonholed him at January's presidential Inauguration; the Golden State has 62 bases to protect. The Governator has also enlisted former Democratic Congressman and White House...

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