Moth-balling of deep underground military bases
On December 1st 2008 Peter R. Orszag (pictured) posted his first blog entry since becoming the Office of Management and Budget Director appointee - in his previous role, Orszag was first director of the Congressional Budget Office to have his own blog.
Orszag presented calculations for the hundreds of billions of dollars of potential savings from cutting a number of government programmes. Many had been red-circled in order to transfer resources to employment creation activity following the loss of 500,000 US jobs in November 2008.
The President-elect had previously indicated that Guatanemo Bay was certainly closing, and a number of deep underground military bases including Denver International Airport would almost certainly be moth-balled during 2009.
The Federal Government had spent over $4.8bn constructing a survival area for the American political leadership two miles under the Mile High plain of Denver, and maintenance costs had escalated alarmingly since 1995.
Purchases of surrounding land by Queen Elizabeth II had even fueled a conspiracy theory labelled the United States is still a British Colony in which the Crown was intentionally bankrupting the US Treasury Department.
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