Park Ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.”

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The White House says it “doesn’t matter” to them when the current government shutdown ends, so long as there’s some political advantage to be wrung from average people’s inconvenience and pain. Just as we saw during the sequestration scare-fest, Team Obama is actively and deliberately trying to inflict as much pain on ordinary people as possible, hoping to stoke public outrage at Republicans over the impasse. They’re soliciting sob stories on the White House website — paid for by taxpayers, by the way — meaning that “essential” executive staffers who haven’t been furloughed are being tasked with culling through personal anecdotes Obama can exploit for political gain. The Washington Times surveys the administration’s tactics, eliciting a money quote from a frustrated park ranger:

 

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help. “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

 
House Republicans plan to step up their efforts to restore funding to various federal programs on a piecemeal basis, and the White House has already issued pre-emptive veto threats against each and every legislative item. Remember, Obama’s people are admitting to reporters that they don’t care when the shutdown ends, since they think they’re winning the political argument. While many media outlets are harping on divisions within Republican ranks (and there are plenty), the press has stayed rather tight-lipped about the dozens of Democratic defections on GOP-sponsored government funding initiatives:

 

Fifty-seven House Democrats have broken ranks with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to vote with Republicans to fund parts of the government like veterans programs, national parks and the National Institutes of Health. Sixteen of those Democrats voted for all six targeted appropriations bills, introduced at the behest of House Speaker John Boehner, including measures to fund the National Guard and Reserve, NIH, national parks, the District of Columbia and two separate votes for veterans programs. (The House of Representatives voted twice to restore funding for veterans programs, once Oct. 1 and a second time Oct. 3.)

Park Ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.” – Guy Benson.

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Senate BLOCKS funding for cancer patients, national parks, veteran’s services and National Guard salaries

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I guess Harry Reid really doesn’t want to help cancer patients:

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Senate Democrats blocked four resolutions to fund government programs, including paying the National Guard and opening national parks, as Republicans offered the limited measures in an attempt to win the government shutdown fight by financing popular programs and leaving those they oppose untouched.

“Unbelievably, today Senate Democrats went on record to oppose funding for National Guard and Reserve salaries, veterans’ services, lifesaving medicine and cures, and national parks and museums,” Senate Republican Conference chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said in a release following the procedural battle.

Thune offered a measure that would ensure the National Guard and Reserve units do not see their pay interrupted, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., called for the Senate to fund the National Institutes of Health. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., blocked the measures.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., defended the maneuvers during a press conference Thursday afternoon. “To fund these piecemeal bills would give Ted Cruz a veto power over what is funded and what isn’t,” Schumer said. “We are not going along with that — how could we?”

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Obama Administration Caught in Open Lie About Needing to Close Memorials

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The Obama administration has deployed an army of feds to barricade public AND private parks, memorials and statues in the name of a government shutdown. Clearly this move is calculated with the intent to project pain upon the American people, with the hope they will rebuke Republicans and force a clean CR.The Obama administration is actually telling a lie when they say they cannot avoid barricading sidewalks that pass memorials. This is obvious in that it actually costs money to create the barricades, whereas it costs nothing to leave them out of the way.  But it goes beyond that… War Memorials have NEVER been closed off during a shutdown.

Via Daily Caller.

Although President Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments, war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns.  The administration’s decision to barricade the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown.

The administration has also balked at efforts by non-governmental groups to maintain access to public sites. (Related: RNC offers to pay to keep WWII memorial open)

But during the Clinton-era shutdown, World War II veterans kept the Pearl Harbor memorial open.

When an Obama official says it cannot be avoided, he/she is telling a lie. And that’s a shame.

– See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/10/obama-administration-caught-in-open-lie-about-needing-to-close-memorials-hint-war-memorials-have-always-remained-open-in-past-shutdowns/#sthash.hEMyse9F.dpuf

The Obama administration has deployed an army of feds to barricade public AND private parks, memorials and statues in the name of a government shutdown. Clearly this move is calculated with the intent to project pain upon the American people, with the hope they will rebuke Republicans and force a clean CR.

The Obama administration is actually telling a lie when they say they cannot avoid barricading sidewalks that pass memorials. This is obvious in that it actually costs money to create the barricades, whereas it costs nothing to leave them out of the way.  But it goes beyond that… War Memorials have NEVER been closed off during a shutdown.

Via Daily Caller.

Although President Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments, war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns.  The administration’s decision to barricade the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown. The administration has also balked at efforts by non-governmental groups to maintain access to public sites. (Related: RNC offers to pay to keep WWII memorial open) But during the Clinton-era shutdown, World War II veterans kept the Pearl Harbor memorial open.

When an Obama official says it cannot be avoided, he/she is telling a lie. And that’s a shame. – See more at:

LibertyNEWS.com – Obama Administration Caught in Open Lie About Needing to Close Memorials (Hint: War Memorials Have Always Remained Open in Past Shutdowns).