Friday, June 28, 2013

You Get What You Pay For

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Sequestration has claimed the free tours of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station offered by its Public Affairs office.

According to a Florida Today article:

The 45th Space Wing said the suspension of the tours is a direct result of the sequestration from the Budget Control Act, which requires the Department of Defense to cut more than $487 billion from the defense base budget over 10 years beginning in fiscal year 2013.

“We hope to continue the tours in October at the start of the new fiscal year, but there has been no determination of an approved budget from higher headquarters,” said Christopher Calkins, 45th Space Wing public affairs spokesman.

“It's too early to know at this point what the future of these tours holds.”

These tours should not be confused with the Cape Canaveral: Then and Now tour offered by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. That tour costs $25 on top of $50 admission to the park. The tour differs somewhat from the Public Affairs tour, but essentially they cover the same material.

If you read through KSCVC reviews on, a few people complain that the park and its tours should be free. They seem to think it's all funded by taxpayer dollars. It's not. Not one penny of tax dollars go to the park's operation. The park pays for itself.

For those who want a free ride from Congress, look no further than what just happened to the Public Affairs tour. You get what you pay for.

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