Keep in mind that Bush doesn't care about the following:
* Military bases within the US
* Small businesses
* Local economies
* The little guy
Bush does care about:
* Overseas military bases
* Big businesses - especially of his friends (oil, banks, military contractors)
* Wall Street economy
By closing bases and cutting pay to smaller contractors, they free up more money that can go to new contracts. You can bet that the existing bases will need new buildings and investments, and that means new, large contracts.
Families will be forced to move. Small businesses will be ruined. Communities will suffer. But this won't affect our military might overseas, big business, Wall Street or Bush's power.
And Bush gets to pretend that they are cutting costs. They're not. The military budget will continue to rise. This will mean lots more money for contractors.
If Bush decreases overall military funding and spending next year, I'll gladly eat crow.