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Sequester: Pentagon Suspends Thunderbird, Blue Angel Air Shows
Breitbart ^ | 3/25/13 | Mike Flynn

Posted on 03/25/2013 1:34:22 PM PDT by Nachum

In its continuing bid to make the automatic sequester cuts as painful to the public as possible, Obama's Pentagon has announced that it is suspending its aerial acrobatic flying teams, like the Air Force's Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels. With the decision, the Obama Administration is continuing the fiction that the last dollar government spends is on services most valued by the public.

Each branch of the military operates its own aerobatic team. The Navy and Marines have the Blue Angels. The Air Force has the Thunderbirds. The Army has a parachute team called the Golden Knights. These teams are publicly popular features of air shows across the country. After performances this past weekend, the Pentagon will suspend public appearances until at least after September 30th, the last day of the fiscal year subject to sequester cuts.

The decision raises two, almost conflicting, questions. First, is the Pentagon's budget so efficient that cutting the aerobatic teams is a natural place to trim spending? When the government has to shave pennies off every dollar it spends, does it always need to first go to the areas the public most sees? To save $2 million, over a 7 month period, out of the Secret Service budget, Obama chose to cancel self-guided tours of the White House. I appreciate the Obamas' predilection for luxury vacations, but couldn't they have scaled back these, rather than shutter the White House from the public?

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airshows; pentagon; sequester; suspends; thunderbird
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But Joe Biden can spend two nights in Paris for over a cool Million, and the Obama girls can vacay in the Bahamas.
1 posted on 03/25/2013 1:34:22 PM PDT by Nachum
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...and 500 mil for Palis, and 200 mil for Jordan, a bunch of F-16s for Egypt. This administration is a serious cluster****.


2 posted on 03/25/2013 1:37:00 PM PDT by EEGator
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Wow, with all the money the govt is saving by cancelling all these shows, along with closure of 150 FAA towers, they’ll have plenty of money to add to their stocks of hollow points, purchase more AR’s, and buy a few more MRAPs.


3 posted on 03/25/2013 1:37:34 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Nachum

More “visible pain that is supposed to make us go “AwWWwwww”

What about the freakin U.N.? Did they cut any funding to that?????????


4 posted on 03/25/2013 1:38:13 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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But Ubama's gun control tour is fully-funded by the US taxpayer.
5 posted on 03/25/2013 1:40:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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and Sasha and Mahlia are vacationing in the Bahamas....


6 posted on 03/25/2013 1:41:24 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (When will the rest of America's citizens wake up to the Obamanation?)
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To: Nachum

Obama needs the money to help support his ever growing Brotherhoods.


7 posted on 03/25/2013 1:42:07 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: Nachum

With all of this push to “save money” someone should point out that waste continues.

Cutting important programs and keeping waste.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 1:53:05 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Nachum

BOHICA!!!


9 posted on 03/25/2013 1:56:03 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Nachum

All animals are equal, some are more equal than others.


10 posted on 03/25/2013 1:56:38 PM PDT by Josa
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To: Nachum; EEGator; Wisconsinlady

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http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/03/25/Obama-Kids-Enjoy-Third-Luxury-Vacation-in-Past-Month


11 posted on 03/25/2013 1:59:24 PM PDT by LucyT
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With the decision, the Obama Administration is continuing the fiction that the last dollar government spends is on services most valued by the public.

No, they wouldn't want the public to view it that way. If all of government was basically useless except the last couple of percent (that's the sequester size), why have the big government at all?

They want you do believe something different--that vital services are being cut everywhere, including the obviously small things that are symbolic (like WH tours, the airshows). They still think they can sell the idea that they wouldn't manipulate the cuts for maximum political input because they are honorable public servants. And, as of the last check in November 2012, maybe they're right in their assessment.

12 posted on 03/25/2013 2:03:53 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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It’s okay, they’re black...and more important than you.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 2:04:41 PM PDT by EEGator
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With the decision, the Obama Administration is continuing the fiction that the last dollar government spends is on services most valued by the public.

No, they wouldn't want the public to view it that way. If all of government was basically useless except the last couple of percent (that's the sequester size), why have the big government at all?

They want you do believe something different--that vital services are being cut everywhere, including the obviously small things that are symbolic (like WH tours, the airshows). They still think they can sell the idea that they wouldn't manipulate the cuts for maximum political input because they are honorable public servants. And, as of the last check in November 2012, maybe they're right in their assessment.

14 posted on 03/25/2013 2:07:57 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: EEGator

‘It’s okay, they’re black...and more important than you.’

Time always swings the pendulum back in the other direction.


15 posted on 03/25/2013 2:08:53 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Nachum

Fine by me.

Get yer azz to work.

Patriotism is on sequester ....


16 posted on 03/25/2013 2:11:11 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: lurk

True, especially at only 13% of the population.


17 posted on 03/25/2013 2:14:48 PM PDT by EEGator
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That's one of the things black conservatives keep trying to tell black people. Nothing lasts forever, and one day Obama will not be office. Then what?
18 posted on 03/25/2013 2:26:21 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: Nachum

Cleveland Labor Day airshow was just canceled for this year.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/03/cleveland_international_air_sh.html#incart_m-rpt-2


19 posted on 03/25/2013 2:31:38 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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I am okay with this, In fact it should have been done a couple of years ago. Personally, I see it as a waste of taxpayer money during these economical times. The entire government should be operating in this manner. For the Military if it does not involve training or mission readiness it is a luxury that can wait until we can afford it.
20 posted on 03/25/2013 2:34:50 PM PDT by martinidon
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