Our multinational corporations are often taken to task for outsourcing plants and jobs overseas. Yet, when our government continues to maintain about 800 military bases in foreign countries, no one complains about this outsourcing of military personnel who are supported by hundreds of foreign civilian workers. Many of these U.S. military bases are obsolete holdovers from the Cold War. Many are located in wealthy countries like Germany, France and Japan, who should be responsible for their own national defense.
President-elect Trump should add the return of significant numbers of our overseas armed forces to his plan to have U.S. corporations bring their plants and jobs back to our shores. Having thousands of these military personnel based in this country would boost spending and create hundreds of new civilian support jobs.
John F. Bridgers