Government Shutdown: Miramar Air Show Grounding Cost $700,000.00

October 16, 2013


miramar air show canceledThe Obama Administration’s move to shut down the Miramar Air Show has cost the Marines $700,000.00. 

The day before the already sequester-slimmed Miramar Air Show was to take off October 4th, the Obama Administration ordered it shut down. That move cost the Marine Air Base $700,000.00 and maybe more in terms of  lost recruitment opportunities.

The Union Tribune reports vendors, aircraft, personnel were already set up for the air show which was largely privately funded. The Blue Angels had been grounded by the by the Obama Administration’s due to sequester limits, so private air acts had been contracted to perform. They were gassed up and sent packing after the Pentagon called base command to shut down the show.

And the cost? 

It remains unclear how the financial drain will affect base programs. Air show profits typically contribute about 15 percent of the annual budget for Marine and family programs at Miramar, out of a total Marine Corps Community Services budget of roughly $50 million.

The show’s producers had received private funding for the parts of the show that were shut down due to sequester, but that wasn’t enough for suits in DC who decided to make cuts as painful as possible, referring to orders from the Obama Administration.

During the sequester debate, the White House asked all government agencies to compile a list of horribles that would occur if cutbacks occurred. Then, when the sequester occurred and the horribles didn’t transpire, the Obama Administration sent a memo to the agencies ordering them to make good on their dire predictions,

In the internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts in his region to minimize the impact, and he said he was told not to do anything that would lessen the dire impacts Congress had been warned of.

“We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,” Mr. Brown, in the internal email, said his superiors told him.”

And the orders to Park Police  who put up Barry-cades at national parks, memorials and monuments during the government shutdown,

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

It looks like the Miramar shutdown was par for the course for the Obama Administration.

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