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Blue Angels Fly One Of Final Shows In El Centro Before Sequestration Grounding (Video)

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Blue Angels Fly NAS El Centro Air Show 2013

| News for Yuma, Imperial Valley, El Centro, AZ

The Blue Angels held their first (and possibly one of their last) shows of the season this past Saturday at the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show.

Sequestration cuts are expected ground the Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds next week.

The final flight demonstration planned for both elite flight squadrons is March 24 in Florida, according to USA Today.

Defense spending researcher Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments told USA Today that while the savings of grounding the squadrons may be small, it must be done when crucial military programs face the budget ax:

"As a strictly budget matter, these are low priority from a military perspective. Flyovers and air shows don't help you defend the nation."

NAF El Centro is the winter home of the Blue Angels. KSWT-TV hung out with the squadron before they performed Saturday. I've posted that video up top (try not to let the anchors playing musical chairs distract you).

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bailarin | March 19, 2013 at 8:25 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

This is why our country is in a decline. Legislators are not doing what is good for the country; they cater to the deep pocket lobbyist. Corporate America (CA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have a lock on the country's trade policy. The most damaging is the recognition of China as a Most Favored Nation (MFN) renewable every year and made Permanent Normal Trade Relation (PNTR) nation in 2000. These lowered the import tariffs on Chinese made goods from a high of 46% to 6% that made it profitable for CA to move their manufacturing and supply chain operation to China. What they used to manufacture in the U.S. for domestic consumption and export are not manufactured in China and imported to the U.S. MFN and PNTR is the largest transfer of wealth program the transfer the wealth from the American workers/middle-class and government coffers to CA and members of the U.S. Congress. Congress exempts themselves from the insider trading law to partake in the fleecing of America.

The excuse of increase export politicians use to sell free trade agreements always end up with American jobs being exported at the expense of the workers/middle-class and the fiscal health of the nation.

MFN/PNTR China drastically decreased the import tax revenue, individual and business tax base, and funding of Social Security and Medicare. Economic and manufacturing superiority are the prerequisites to military superiority and the U.S. Congress and White House ceded those to the Chinese for the sake of theirs and CA greed.

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