Comments for: Automatic cuts looming in federal budget could affect Maine defense contractors

Posted Aug. 24, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 25, 2012, at 8:53 a.m.

BANGOR | Substantial across-the-board budget cuts that will kick in automatically next year if Congress fails to act first could result in the loss of almost 6,000 military-related jobs and private-sector earnings of $239 million in Maine. Last August, when Congress agreed to raise the country’s debt ceiling after …

Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com

The Bangor Daily News encourages comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service.

  1. Keep it civil and stay on topic
  2. No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks.
  3. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.
The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more):

  • Anonymous

    The Defense contract spending is essentially stimulus money under another name. The individuals and groups within the states rely on the government funds to create jobs.  Somehow the Defense contractors don’t get their names smeared in the media like the stimulus money that let’s say went towards building a bridge. 

    • Anonymous

      Excellent point about defense being stimulus.  A good portion is for “pet” projects that congressman want and often the Pentagon does not.  BTW, large defense contractors learned a long time ago to put plants in as many states as possible.  That way, they have all of Congress helping them.  Seems like a small or reasonable cut is managable.

  • Anonymous

    Everybody wants to cut pork but don’t cut “our” pork.  10% across the board is the fairest way to do it and let the chips fall where they may.  Why don’t we cut some of the pork from our foreign bases?  This is just a propaganda scare tactics to keep us from cutting the military industrial complex budget.  

  • Anonymous

    How are the cuts to defense disproportionate ? Isn’t it 10 percent across  the board? Olympia wouldn’t have voted for it, but the GOP promised her that sequestration would never happen… Someone’s not being forthright.

  • Anonymous

    R/Tea Party voodoo economics does it again.

    • Anonymous

      Obama has stated many times that the defense dept. had to make many cuts.  And you blame the other side? 

      • Anonymous

        They were the ones who agreed to make these cuts – not Obama.

        This all happened last summer.

        How soon some people forget…

        Yessah

        • Anonymous

          Obama is the first player to have made the CUTS statement…………..get over yourself.

          • Anonymous

            You are wrong.

            Obama wanted a “clean” budget continuation without any strings or gimmicks attached.

            It was the Tea Party GOP that threatened to throw the nation into default if they didn’t  get the spending cuts they demanded.

            The Tea Party GOP were the ones that agreed to cut defense – not Obama – but Obama got them NOT to cut  Medicare,  Social Security or other safety net programs.

            Some of us are well informed.

            Please try to keep up.

            Yessah

      • Anonymous

        And the Secretary made deep cuts, telling Congress that this is for real…let’s see if YOU have the stomach for it.

        I’m sure everyone who wants deep cuts in defense is writing to our delegation to cut deep, starting with Portsmouth, Bath, and Bangor.

        • Anonymous

          Stand my ground.  Obama did say Many times that Cuts would be made all over and they would hurt.  That was over a year ago.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry, I should have been clearer.  Pinetta was addressing Congress asking if *they* had the stomach for the cuts they were threatening…he’s quite ready to make them.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the American Military should buy everything it needs from American manufactures. I think it is time for an amendment to the NAFTA agreement, the US Military is exempt. Seems this would be in the National Interest.

  • Anonymous

    Brought to you by the Tea Party.

    They got our credit rating reduced and threatened to throw the country into economic chaos if they didn’t get there way.

    They agreed to these massive defense cuts as part of last summer’s budget agreement.

    They created the “Fiscal Cliff”.

    And they don’t care what the consequences are…

    Yessah

  • Anonymous

    They will roll over the budget like they always do, the real crisis will come when there is no more credit.

Similar Articles