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Published: Thursday, Oct. 3 2013 12:36 p.m. MDT

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Was this article written by Obama himself?

GiuseppeG
Murray, Utah

Perhaps it will serve to be educational as to just how invasive we have allowed the Federal government to become in our lives.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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...)

AzPete
Mesa, AZ

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?

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

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 shutdown.

RBB
Sandy, UT

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.

CTM
SAN ANTONIO, TX

"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.

RBB
Sandy, UT

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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