Saturday, August 5, 2017

Yes, Brunswick; just like we told Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus

 

Brunswick airport gets $2M-plus for hangar

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick Executive Airport will receive more than $2 million in federal funds for improvements to one of its hangars.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, announced Monday that funding will come from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Military Airport Program, specifically for work at Hanger 5.

The airport was formally part of Brunswick Naval Air Station, which was decommissioned in 2011 and has since been redeveloped into a private airport and business campus.

It takes some world class chutzpah to call this a PRIVATE AIRPORT.   But as history tells us, politicians are chutzpah specialists.  You know….”we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” and other classics.  And that pales in comparison to spreading pork (taxpayer money) the government doesn’t have wherever you go.

Wonder why this deserves to be called ANYTHING but a private freakin’ airport?  Just take a look at these snips, from the Forecaster as well:

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Private airport you say?  The hell it is!  The figures above come to “more than”

$12,778,000

That’s right – nearly $13 million over a period of 6 years, or more than $2 million per year.  And judging from the nature of these reports, one could assume that the spigot will stay on ad infinitum, thanks to those Santas we send to the seat of our nation’s government, Virginia.   Santa Susan, Santa Angus, and Santa Rochelle in these cases.  We all know Maine is in the far northern frozen reaches of our great nation, but now we have a right to think of ourselves as the North Pole.  Better start watching for reindeer crossing our highways and byways.

You may think this sum is a great investment, and we’re sure MRRA officials, Brunswick officials, and representatives of our congressional delegation will rave about the good things that issue from this largess, courtesy of you, your correspondent, and whoever buys our debt, and whoever supplies ink and paper to government printing presses.

Turns out we’ve got some insight for you.  According to staff at the facility, the average day at Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) sees 3 (three) takeoff and landing events.  That’s equivalent to 1,100 a  year. 

Surely you can see why millions of dollars for improving those hangars are critical to BXM success!  You can, can’t you?  Trust on this, because we’re not like all the others.

In round numbers, then, the federal government has been chipping in about $2,000 for each and every takeoff and landing event.  That doesn’t count the fed’s administrative costs, interest expense, and all the rest.  Our wild guess is that easily adds another $1,000 per event, for a grand total of $3,000 per that taxpayers and lenders and printers have to cough up.

And they want us to think of this as a PRIVATE AIRPORT?

And this is the same federal government that millions are clamoring to have create a single payer health care system?

           

What do they think?  That money grows on trees?

Apparently does, as you can see, and if you have the right connections, and elected representatives who love to trade pork for press releases, you can pick copious amounts.

Is this a great country or what? 

At least before it goes bankrupt.

2 comments:

  1. Airports nobody uses...trains nobody rides....do we see a pattern here ?

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  2. My hat's off to the writer. He's one of the few who cares enough to speak up. Sadly, his is a voice in the wilderness.

    To the airport beneficiaries, it's $12.8 million but, to the average American, it's four cents...not worth getting your undies in a bundle about.

    https://www.cato.org/blog/concentrated-benefits-diffuse-costs-local-airports-edition

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