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Air Force Academy Cancels July 4th Celebration
Fox News Radio ^ | 3/20/2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 03/20/2013 4:32:16 PM PDT by markomalley

Edited on 03/20/2013 4:40:08 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The U.S. Air Force Academy has cancelled its annual July 4th celebration and military officials are blaming it on the sequestration.

“Faced with so many uncertainties about the future budget, we have to look at ways to save money,” said Lt. Col. John Bryan, Director of Public Affairs at the Academy. ”But for now, we’ve had to cut back on many things we normally would support.”


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1 posted on 03/20/2013 4:32:16 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

The U.S. Air Force Academy has cancelled its annual July 4th celebration and military officials are blaming it on the sequestration.

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Meanwhile there’s plenty of money for Bucko Fama to fly off to Israel.


2 posted on 03/20/2013 4:35:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: markomalley

wth?


3 posted on 03/20/2013 4:35:47 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: markomalley

Good! Not being able to do everything you want, whenever you want - as dear old dad used to say - -

“Builds Character”!


4 posted on 03/20/2013 4:36:23 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: markomalley

Everything is blamed on that “sequestration” - out of 3,500 billion, 85 billion has made this huge impact on our nation? Like if you had 3,500 dollars 85 dollars would impact your household???


5 posted on 03/20/2013 4:36:30 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: markomalley

i wonder if we can get enough AF vets to jump in and contribute to give something to these cadets who are offering up their lives for the country? it doesnt need to be formal, but a few hundred vets and families can put together a big bbq and fireworks show.

i know there are the bigger political issues with the seq fraud but i’m thinking of the cadets to know the rest of us thank them.


6 posted on 03/20/2013 4:38:42 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: markomalley

Whatever it takes so long as there is enough money left over for federal studies on duck penis lengths and snail mating habits.


7 posted on 03/20/2013 4:38:44 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: markomalley
So,... when did Ebenezer Scrooge become Sec Air Force?
8 posted on 03/20/2013 4:39:39 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: markomalley

” Lt. Col. John Bryan, Director of Public Affairs at the Academy”

Is this idiot the new Baghdad Bob or does Carney still have the title?


9 posted on 03/20/2013 4:43:05 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: markomalley

US Air Force Academy Hosts 4th of July 2012 Celebration: Canceled all Fourth of July events due to Waldo Canyon Fire.


10 posted on 03/20/2013 4:44:08 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: markomalley

I’m a USAF vet (1970-1974). But this smacks of the utter politicization of our armed forces. They have the money to celebrate Independence Day. But because of PC they’ll dump that and use the money “saved” to fund a study as to why Air Force Academy lesbians are fat.

The left has won. They control the press, the schools, the courts, and now the military (well, the hierarchy, anyway; I think a good portion of the lower-ranking officers, and the rank and file, may have other ideas).

I have a suspicion that the dropping of the flag for the start of CWIII is not far off.


11 posted on 03/20/2013 4:47:56 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SkyDancer
out of 3,500 billion, 85 billion has made this huge impact on our nation?

And would returning to the budget of 2007 -- $1 trillion and change less -- plunge us into ruin? How did we ever get by just those six short years ago?

12 posted on 03/20/2013 4:48:31 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment. -Ludwig von Mises)
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To: markomalley

Air Force by order of 0bama.


13 posted on 03/20/2013 4:48:49 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: markomalley
What the. . . if they celebrate May Day, then it's time to march up country. .
14 posted on 03/20/2013 4:48:56 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: markomalley

I’m fine with this if it truly saves money. Cuts need to be made, and some of them will be things we like. It’s the nature of living within your means...something responsible Americans do every single day.


15 posted on 03/20/2013 4:49:02 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: markomalley

The C-in-C doesn’t believe in the Fourth of July. He has shown his true colors time and time again, and they are not red, white, and blue.


16 posted on 03/20/2013 4:49:42 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: markomalley
I am okay with this; In fact, cancel all Military expenditures that are not related to training or executing the countries mission. All of these public events like parades, bands, fly bys, etc are in my opinion a waste of money while our country has economical issues. We should have cancelled these events a long time ago!
17 posted on 03/20/2013 4:51:59 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: markomalley

They will no doubt be available for Eid al-Fitr.


18 posted on 03/20/2013 4:53:50 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: markomalley

And yet the AFA spends millions every spring installing new sod and keeping it well watered every year for the big wigs who come in for graduation and the 4th.


19 posted on 03/20/2013 5:02:14 PM PDT by Last of the Mohicans
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To: markomalley
and military officials are blaming it on the sequestration.

and military officials are blaming forced by the Obama administration to blame it on the sequestration.

Fixed for accuracy.

20 posted on 03/20/2013 5:04:45 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: SkyDancer

If you know the particulars, then you’ll understand why $85 billion out of $3.5 trillion is significant. First off, the government didn’t reduce spending in anticipation, so the cuts are effectively twice as large as they would have been otherwise. We’re halfway through the government’s fiscal year. Secondly, a lot of spending was isolated from sequestration. In the DoD, for example, active duty pay was off limits. That significantly increased the impact of the cuts (again) on those areas that were cut. Finally, the DoD took 1/2 the cuts even though it’s far less than 50% of the budget.

For these reasons, the DoD will be far more seriously impacted by sequestration. Yes. Even the cost of a holiday celebration is a significant expense when there’s so little discretionary money left in the DoD’s budget.

I know some FReepers think all government employees are scum. There are even some FReepers who think the military needs to be decimated. However, the military is one of the few constitutionally enumerated jobs of the federal government, and the active duty force does not work alone (without their civilian counterparts). That’s why these cuts are militarily significant even if active duty pay is untouched. It’s like making your car payment while not having enough money for gas and oil.


21 posted on 03/20/2013 5:10:31 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: markomalley

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/3/12/129129091068448137.jpg

22 posted on 03/20/2013 5:12:25 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Obama sucks. End of story.)
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To: markomalley

It’s not like this country has any liberty or freedom to celebrate anymore, anyway.


23 posted on 03/20/2013 5:16:21 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Mich Patriot
I agree cuts need to be made, but isn't it also important where they're made? I'm not arguing this is an important expenditure, but I am claiming the cuts are especially directed toward the military. Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and a whole lot more? No cuts. Food stamps? That's going strong and growing.

As a nation, we're choosing butter (actually free government cheese) over guns. That might be fine if we had a nation like us to protect us (much like Europe has done for the last 50 years).

Again, I'm not saying the military should be as big as it is or spread all over like the world's police force. I'm saying our leaders are cutting the military largely at the expense of everything else. What good does it do to cut the money for a 4th of July celebration when entitlement spending is off limits and growing like cancer?
24 posted on 03/20/2013 5:19:38 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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But the thing is, I read where every section, office, department, whatever will still get what they did last year. They just won’t get an increase. I get Rush down here and I heard the way he explained it. It’s all nonsense the way these different gov’t departments say they can’t do their job because of the sequester. They and the MSM are flat out lying to the public.


25 posted on 03/20/2013 5:29:15 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer
If you read my other post in this thread, you'll understand why these cuts are so much more significant for the DoD. It also makes clear why having even more money this year doesn't mean the cuts won't be significant. To add to that, the price of everything is going up. That affects government operating expenses, too. Fuel, for example, costs more than last year. So does a lot of other things thanks to the lack of leaders in BOTH parties.

In fact, I'd say the impact of sequestration proves inflation is much worse than the government claims, because they themselves have to ramp up spending each year just to stay even. In other words, spending 10% more doesn't mean they're getting 10% more. I suspect inflation hits the military far more than other government agencies, because the military probably uses far, far more rapidly inflating things like food, ammo, and fuel (not counting the billion rounds of hollow point ammo purchased by DHS).
26 posted on 03/20/2013 5:44:03 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: markomalley

Maybe they could fly all of the cadets to the District of Corruption and they can attend the 4th celebrations being held by the EPA and DHS. Sequestration means nothing to them.


27 posted on 03/20/2013 5:49:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: CitizenUSA

It is interesting to read how money is spent on stupid research. Millions. But yet they can’t open the WH which costs like 18,000 per week to run????


28 posted on 03/20/2013 5:57:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer

The White House might be targeting some of the cuts for maximum political effect, but many programs were insulated from the sequestration. I can’t say what’s going on with the White House’s budget cuts, but I do think it looks like a political ploy. The same thing typically happens when a state doesn’t get more money it wants. It starts cutting the most visible and painful things, like police and the fire department.

However, the DoD really is the exception. It’s getting hit way out of proportion to amount of money cut. It’s like I told you to save $100 out of a $5000 budget, but I didn’t tell you until you were halfway through the year’s spending and refused to let you change spending on $4500 worth of items.


29 posted on 03/20/2013 6:16:56 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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Well to me the whole thing is political aimed at Republicans. Obamalamadingdong lied both ways. The man is a menace to the US.


30 posted on 03/20/2013 6:19:07 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: markomalley
The community-wide celebration is traditionally held at Falcon Stadium – with barbecues, patriotic music and a fireworks display.
lose the fireworks...now what ?

31 posted on 03/20/2013 6:37:44 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: ought-six
I’m a USAF vet (1970-1974).

Same here!

But this smacks of the utter politicization of our armed forces.

I knew as soon as the carrier deployment was cancelled. Inexcusable...

32 posted on 03/20/2013 7:25:54 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: CitizenUSA

I TOTALLY agree that indeed most of the cuts are in the wrong place. Some of the stupid projects like money spent so humans can relate to elephants better are a farce to line pockets, and don’t get me started on Solyndra and all the other failed greeny weeny projects. Those industries will explode on their own when the technology is right. There are probably thousands of cuts that should have preceded ANY military cuts.


33 posted on 03/21/2013 5:13:49 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: markomalley

UN Fn believable. Another slap at America


34 posted on 03/21/2013 7:34:07 AM PDT by capt B
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