Published: Thursday, Oct. 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Was this article written by Obama himself?
Perhaps it will serve to be educational as to just how invasive we have allowed
the Federal government to become in our lives.
Shame on Obama and Harry Reid for imposing this shut down just to get their
flawed scheme funded. Have they no shame? (No, not really...)
The closures are BO's attempt to push our buttons, to further his poor
agenda. When we had the last shut down almost 20 years ago, none of the national
parks, monuments, trails, and other facilities, not requiring someone to take
tickets or monitor access (like museums), were closed. He is spending far more
to close the parks, monuments, trails, etc. than it costs to leave them open.
Here in Arizona, the feds have closed the STATE highway that runs by the Grand
Canyon because motorists were stopping at the scenic pullouts and looking (oh
no!!!) at the Grand Canyon. All of the public access to lakes in the National
Forest has also been Barry-caded. Public boat ramps that almost never see USFS
personnel now have USFS presence to make sure you can't launch your boat.
It is taking more employees to man the closure than it does to leave them open.
In addition, he has closed the px's at the military bases, but his precious
golf course at Andrews Air Force Base remains open. Is there any greater proof
that this is all about political manuvering and maximizing public inconvenience?
We are now learning that the National Park Service police have been sent out to
closed down facilities that the federal government doesn't even fund...like
Ford's Theater, Mount Vernon and 100 campgrounds in Arizona that are
privately run and actually pay money into the Treasury.Obama is conducting
another sequester charade to falsely show how important the federal government
really is.Too bad the media aren't covering this aspect of the
The fact that the government has money to hire people to put barricades around
parks and to arrest people who enter the parks, but not simply leave the parks
open says it all. This is a manufactured crisis that Obama and Reid have cooked
up. I am hoping the American people are smart enough to see it for what it is -
President Obama's my way or the highway bullying.
"Faceless DC bureaucrats"???????? My husband is a furloughed federal
employee and we don't live in DC. Neither is he faceless or a bureaucrat.
He works in a military support position. He has nothing to do with Obamacare.
Our livelihood is being held hostage to rabid tea party Republicans who would
rather make us suffer than give an inch. They can talk about Obamacare, defund
it, change it, scrap it, or whatever on their own dime. They should open the
government and put federal workers back to work and our financial lives out of
jeopardy. Then they can do whatever they want to Obamacare.
CTM - actually, you are mistaken. The House Republicans voted to fully fund the
government, except Obamacare. The Senate Democrats refused to go along and
Obama threatened a veto. Unless your husband is working on Obamacare, it is not
the Republicans that refused to fund his job. By the way - it is Obama and Reid
who said they will not negotiate. It is the job of the House to
control spending. That is why all bills that generate revenue (i.e. taxes) must
originate in the House. ART 1, Sec. 7. Obamacare did not originate in the
House, but the Supreme Court held that Obamacare was legitimate because it was a
tax. Thus, the part of government that was requied to initiate Obamacare
decided not to fund it. Obama and Reid threw a fit and have refused to go along
with any bills to fund the government that does not get them everything they
want. While I feel for your family, I feel more for the families
who are losing their health insurance or getting their hours cut because health
insurance premiums are going through the roof. Of coursen your husband is
likely to get back pay. Nice vacation.
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