Great State of Maine Air Show canceled due to federal cuts

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Rob O'Neal

In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform their precision aerobatics over the Florida Keys during the Southernmost Air Spectacular at Naval Air Station Key West near Key West, Fla. The weekend air show concludes Sunday, March 24, and may mark the the last Blue Angels performance, at least through the end of September 2013, due to sequester budget cuts. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal)

BRUNSWICK (AP) — The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has canceled the 2013 Great State of Maine Air Show because of the mandatory federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

Executive Director Steve Levesque said Wednesday that the difficult decision followed the Pentagon's decision to cancel flyovers, jump team demonstrations and civilian air shows effective April 1.

The Navy's Blue Angels were set to be perform at the air show on Sept. 14 and 15.

Levesque said the Navy flight demonstration team was a major draw, and that replacing the team with civilian teams would've come at a great cost.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

A vote of confidence.....

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Republican Party for their diligence and hard work. Their total refusal to compromise with anyone, has cemented their stranglehold on the US economy. I mean hey, if you can't get someone to see it your way, do the next best thing, nothing at all. What an ingenious idea. Who would have ever thought that by "Black Mailing" the American people, it's almost like you won the election. After all, you don't need to rely on the outcome of a dumb election, in which the voters obviously made a terrible mistake. Thank you for stepping up to the plate, and setting all those people strait. We all know that "Grover Norquist" is the only true economic guru this country needs.
I would also like to thank you for stepping up and derailing all the so called progress that Obama guy was making. Can you believe it? He was wasting all that time and energy trying to help the poor, sick and unemployed. What a waste of time, we all know the big money is at the top. Forcing the cancellation of the "Great American Air Show" was a work of art. Why should we allow those thousands of venders and local businesses to benefit from anything. What have they done for us lately?
Finally, I must applaud you for your success at convincing the little people out there, that every time something is cancelled or removed, every time the cost of something is increased, every job lost or just not created in the first place, "was NOT YOUR FAULT". Where else can a small group of angry old men, with the combined IQ of a house plant. Reek so much havoc on the little people of this country, and still, in my opinion anyway, come out looking good? Or at least they have convinced themselves, they look good.

I hope my point is made.......

Noel Foss's picture

While you're at it...

Make sure you congratulate the Democrats who also refused to compromise to avoid the sequestration cuts.
Oh, and be sure to hold responsible folks who engineered the lack of a budget for the last several years that made an agreement to impose sequestration (originally intended as a political motivator to force a budget) possible in the first place. As I recall, that WAS the entire purpose of Sequestration in the first place. The problem was that the Republicans refused to compromise on raising taxes and defense spending, and the Democrats refused to compromise on not raising taxes and social welfare programs.

Perhaps blame should be placed with John Q. Public, since we all elected this bunch of idiots to try to run the country.

FRANK EARLEY's picture


Taxes need to be raised. Like it or not. The "Sequestration", was the direct result of the Republicans refusing to compromise, they seem to confuse that word with "caving in". You can sugar coat it any way you like, you can blame whoever you want. The Fact of the matter is, we need to do something. By drawing that line in the sand, The Republicans and they alone are responsible for this mess. The "sequestration, was threat, It was intended to force people to work harder in finding a fair solution. Evidently the Republican Party confuses a lot of things. They seem to think that an offer they don't like is actually, a refusal to compromise. It's supposed to work like this. One side makes an offer, the other side counter offers. That is called compromising. This may go on for a long time. It may get testy, but it needs to be done to reach a compromise. Compromise, is the direct result of TWO sides working together. When that process is stomped on, well then it becomes the Republican way.......

Noel Foss's picture


One party is completely responsible for the massive debt hole that's been dug over the last 40 years, and the massively bloated amount of spending that the government does. Despite the fact that both parties have held sway, at one time or another, over both the presidency and congress. And despite the fact that no matter who's in charge, they keep voting to spend, rather than to cut.
THAT is the sole reason why the country is in the financial position it's in today. That's why BOTH sides were unable to reach an agreement about the Sequestration that's currently in place. It's all the Republican's fault, and the Democrats haven't had anything to do with it.
Now, you can wake up and smell the stuff the roses are growing in, or you can continue to think that raising taxes is all that needs to be done to correct the massive gap between what the government takes in and what it spends. I don't know about you, but I currently watch about 1/3 of my paycheck taken away before I even see it, because of taxes. Then I get to pay the taxes on my house, taxes on my car, and taxes on the things that I buy. And then any tax refund that I'm lucky enough to get back, I'm supposed to report it as income, so that they can tax it again. You want more taxes? You're welcome to them. Personally, I'd like to see a reduction in spending rather than yet another tax hike.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

The only guarantee's....

The only guarantee's in life are death and taxes. If those are my only choices, I'll take the taxes. Besides I'm so used to paying them I really don't care anymore. As long as I get something in return, anything.
Now I can't even go to the air show. That may seem trivial to some rich people, but not me. I'm not going to spend $120.00, to fill my gas tank, drive all the way down to Brunswick. Spend another $40.00 or $50.00, on food, unless I bring a guest, then it might be $60.00. Then as long as I'm in Brunswick, I may as well travel down to Bailey Island. The gift shop down there has some really neat gift ideas. Then I'll need to get a quart of clams on the way back. By this time I'll probably need to fill the truck up again. Then it's back home again. A nice day is had by all.
Wait.. We can't even accomplish that. You see, even though the middle class is paying thru the teeth, we have to shut everything down,and cause untold inconveniences, just to protect a few grossly over paid individuals. These are people who protect their wealth with more tenacity than they do their immediate family members. I would just like to know, where the Republicans got the idea, that taxing the so called rich will result in immediate "Armageddon". I can't help but feel that the only ones not getting screwed in all this, are the "Upper"class. Heaven knows, we can't be a burden on the "Rich". They may stop contributing to campaigns. Well here's some new for ya. I come from a fairly wealthy family. My father referrer's to my brothers as "aloof", I have another word for it., but I can't use it here. As far as being a burden on the "Rich", I say go for it, Hell, I've been a burden on my family for years. I'm no worse the wear for it. I feel it's time to take back our right to enjoy the little things in life, without feeling guilty about it. Even if, God forbid, we have to pay a little more in taxes......


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