From comments on another thread, where it was noted that Governor Easley had raised the issue of economic incentives tied to the OLF deal:
Gov. Easley, we are not for sale. If we need monetary help, we come to YOU, not the US Navy. Do not pawn off your responsibilities onto the Navy. They are a military organization with the purpose of protecting and defending our nation, not buying a water system for a county as an appeasement or a bribe.
The Navy has the responsibility to prove to us that this OLF is required. They failed on that score. They proved to us it is not required. So now the only thing the Navy can hope for is for some politician to think their community can be bought. Are you saying we are for sale?
Did any county ask for a "bribe" to take this? NO. They all said, NO OLF. Period. End of story. This economic-incentive you're talking about will run out in how many years - but this OLF will be in our community for 70+ years. The Navy cannot make that kind of deal today. You are not empowered to make that kind of deal, my county commissioners are not empowered to make that kind of deal.
So stop thinking in those terms. Some of the communities you're potentially allowing to be displaced have been here for how long? Before the Wright Brothers flew off a sand dune in Kitty Hawk in Currituck County. How ironic that is. No, we do not want this OLF in our communities.
This line of thought is a short term bribe. We are not opposing this OLF because we think we can get something out of it. We are opposing it because it will hurt us.
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