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Response to donco (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:36 AM

9. I remember Nixon doing something like that

I had a friend who lost a job when Nixon pulled NASA funding out of Massachusetts. I don't recall the details at this point, but Googling turns up that in December 1969, Nixon closed NASA's Electronics Research Center in Cambridge, which he supposedly saw as a Kennedy pork project. That sounds like it.

I also find that Nixon later closed Westover Air Force Base and the Charlestown Navy Yard to punish Massachusetts for being the only state he didn't carry in 1972. And that he wanted to retaliate against MIT for something or other by not renewing their government contracts.

I'm not really sure we want to play the Nixon game at this point. But the precedent is certainly there.

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