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The World War II Memorial on America's national mall has two main sections. A central core honors the bravery and sacrifice of our service men and women who fought abroad, and an outer ring celebrates the effort here at home, from the children who ran scrap drives to the workers who built the defense machinery needed to win the war. "Most historians agree that World War II was won as surely on the American home front as it was on the battlefield," according to the government's Home Front study published in 2007.
But now, both our battlefield capabilities and our industrial base are being needlessly placed at risk. Sequestration, a four-syllable word for mindless spending cuts, threatens to put a million more Americans out of work, close down defense production lines and handicap our military for decades.
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