We’ve all seen it before: Obama & Co warns that your failure to fully fund the Government will result in plagues and pestilence and then, when you have failed to heed his dire warnings, he tries to ensure you feel the pain as personally as is possible.
Yes, despite his Chicken Little act, nothing bad actually happens, other than what he choreographs for maximum effect.
My point exactly…
But that was a mere warm-up of sorts, an apéritif for the larger meal that is the Great And Terrible Government Shutdown of 2013.
This has been going on for the last 24 hours, with WWII vets initially denied access to their own Memorial:
(via the Washington Examiner) – The National Park Service is sending so many officials out to shut down federal parks from visiting Americans that at this rate it might have to suspend furloughs if the government closure continues.
— At the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington, where veterans have been staging protests to keep it open, Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering reports that at least seven officials were dispatched Wednesday morning to set up a ring of barricades to block tourists from the memorial. That is two more security officials than the State Department had in Benghazi a year ago on the night of the terrorist attack that killed four, including the U.S. ambassador.
— National Park Officials closed down the educational Claude Moore Colonial Farm near the CIA in McLean, Va., even though the federal government doesn’t fund or staff the park popular with children and schools. Just because the privately-operated park is on Park Service land, making the federal government simply its landlord, the agency decided to close it.
It’s been getting plenty of play, and has caused quite the ruckus on Twitter. As could be expected, Ace Of Spades expertly captured the Administration’s transparent motivation, as well as the Media’s eagerness to ignore it:
But did the professional Left which is running our Nation learn from their ludicrous mistakes?
(via Allahpundit at HotAir) – “…As I write this at a few minutes after 10:30 ET, (Washington Examiner’s Charlie) Spiering is tweeting that the vets are scheduled to arrive within the next 15 minutes. Is your government really about to arrest 96-year-olds who fought at Guadalcanal because this bit of sub-moronic shutdown theater is too precious to them to forfeit?
Stay tuned. It wouldn’t be the first own-goal they’ve scored because their pettiness overwhelmed their sense of optics…”
Thankfully for the WWII vets who traveled from far and wide to visit, they were (finally) allowed in.
But it begs the questions: Why? Is this what a government “Of the people/by the people/for the people” should be doing when they can’t figure out how to spend our money?
And lastly, if our Federal Government is willing to be so incalculably petty toward its citizenry, so desperate to prove themselves necessary to our daily lives, that they’d even CONSIDER pulling a stunt like this (not to mention actually following through on it), what aren’t they willing to do?
No need to answer that last one…
UPDATE – 10-4-13: Now the barricades are wired shut??