View Poll Results: Should DoD close Commissaries?

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    Default Re: Closing Commissaries

    Quote Originally Posted by jondstewart View Post
    If the commissary closed at Elmendorf, we'd be screwed! Buying groceries at Carrs Safeway and Fred Meyer is awfully expensive in comparison, so that only leaves Costco, which I hate going to with a passion.
    Did you actually read the linked story?

    The Wal-Mart executive also sent Spencer data showing that the company has stores less than 10 miles from 70 percent of domestic commissaries. The other 30 percent didn’t worry him. Except for a few remote locations — such as the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico — he figured other retailers close to those facilities would agree to establish similar cash-register discount programs. The federal government, after all, couldn’t just hand over an exclusive concession to Wal-Mart; other stores would have to be allowed to participate.
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    Default Re: Closing Commissaries

    ...but will Wal-Mart return their profits to base MWR programs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VFFTSGT View Post
    Those who are out on individual missions to save the military have been successfully duped by the powers that be. Closing commissaries and cutting thermostats up to 80 degrees in the summer (Robins AFB, GA) is not going to save us from economic collapse.

    I am all for saving money, but until it starts at the very top (President and staff) and works it way down..."savings" mean nothing because it's all smoke and mirrors now.

    Exhibits: (And this is just a small sample)
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...94J0V020130520

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01...mid-criticism/

    http://dcclothesline.com/2013/05/31/...r-afghanistan/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_2950062.html

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...ces-in-3-years

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...ated/?page=all

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatt...wn-a-rat-hole/

    Reminds me of the people who dismiss any kinds of savings because they are so small in comparison to the overall budget. Small savings here and there adds up. A point, if I remember correctly, you have made in the past. Now it sounds like you have taken a defeatist attitude...i.e. it doesn't matter. Well if that's the case, then screw it, right? Get it while the gettin' s good 'cause it's the end of the world as we know it!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Measure Man View Post
    ...but will Wal-Mart return their profits to base MWR programs?
    That's AAFES claim to fame, not DeCA as far as I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimreaper View Post
    Reminds me of the people who dismiss any kinds of savings because they are so small in comparison to the overall budget. Small savings here and there adds up. A point, if I remember correctly, you have made in the past. Now it sounds like you have taken a defeatist attitude...i.e. it doesn't matter. Well if that's the case, then screw it, right? Get it while the gettin' s good 'cause it's the end of the world as we know it!!!!
    Yes, I do advocate for the small savings...but for it to work, we also have to cut the fat that starts at the top.

    These penny cuts today have nothing to do with actually trying to save money. Every thing cut has served one purpose...make people suffer. It's a political ploy one party or the other hopes will pay off in 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimreaper View Post
    That's AAFES claim to fame, not DeCA as far as I know.
    That is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VFFTSGT View Post
    Yes, I do advocate for the small savings...but for it to work, we also have to cut the fat that starts at the top.

    These penny cuts today have nothing to do with actually trying to save money. Every thing cut has served one purpose...make people suffer. It's a political ploy one party or the other hopes will pay off in 2014.
    I don't see how closing Commissaries has anything to do with political parties. I am fiscally conservative and if this were to happen under Obama, I would say good on him for doing it. Keeping 179 CONUS stores open at a cost of over a billion a year cannot be justified IMO, especially when it looks as though we can get the private sector to provide the same service. Poo-pooing the idea because we have enormous waste in other areas of government is not a logical argument against it IMO.

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    Default Re: Closing Commissaries

    Just as with the BX, the Commissary should be scrapped stateside. Walmart is ALREADY comparable in price and, in addition, I don't pay a surcharge on EVERY SINGLE ITEM off base. The only problem with getting rid of it is you'd have 10,000 Asian women out of work (bagging).

    BTW, I would have answered the poll question, bit it didn't have the choice of closing it stateside but leaving it overseas.
    Last edited by sandsjames; 06-03-2013 at 11:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OtisRNeedleman View Post
    Many employees don't make enough to stay off food stamps and Medicaid.
    The same can be said of any minimum wage employer.

    Joe, In what manner does Wal-Mart consume government assistance dollars? I am serious in this question because other than tax incentives I can't think of what you might mean.
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    That and AAFES can go stateside. I'd keep them at OS locations though so technically for this poll I'd vote yes.
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