The situation is akin to a drug addict who lies permanently in bed hooked up to an IV that is feeding heroin into his veins. The people in areas where military bases are located live in a constant state of deep fear that U.S. officials could, at any time, decide to close their base, which, in the minds of the local populace, would spell economic doom to the area.
President Eisenhower alluded to this phenomenon in his Farewell Address in 1961. While he was referring to the entire military-industrial complex and its related weapons industry, the principles he enunciated apply equally well to the thousands of military installations across America:
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience.