I cannot pass up this post by Gay Patriot, here it is in whole:
Sen. Harry Reid’s refusal to negotiate on anything leads to his own elderly constituents being thrown out of their homes.
America’s veterans will rally October 13 to storm the Barackades at the nation’s war memorials, if things don’t get better first.
Veterans got through the Barackades at the Iwo Jima memorial. But President Obama still has a tight grip on the Jefferson memorial (where the guards physically manhandle the tourists), the Lincoln memorial and many others.
Park rangers, acting effectively as jack-booted thugs, Barrycade an inn that has operated seasonally since 1919.
Mark Steyn is not to be missed, as usual. “The World War II Memorial exists thanks to some $200 million in private donations…But the thug usurpers of the bureaucracy want to send a message: In today’s America, everything is the gift of the government, and exists only at the government’s pleasure, whether it’s your health insurance, your religious liberty, or the monument to your fallen comrades.”
Video of Sen. Ted Cruz reminding his Democrat colleagues that civility is a two-way street, something they need to think about.
Jonah Goldberg reminds us that President Obama has “set out to create problems for the American people, just to prove how great government is” at least since the ‘sequester’ fight earlier this year, when “The Department of Homeland Security announced it might not be able to protect the nation’s borders, and in an effort to prove the point summarily released a couple thousand of immigrant detainees, many of them with criminal records.”
Tweet of the day: from Sean M. Davis, “If you think this gangster gov’t. shutdown nonsense is bad, just wait until these people decide that your medical procedure isn’t necessary.”
You could still go and see the national treasures, well, because they belong to the people. While they were officially shutdown, you could still visit them because they were not staffed with guards keeping people away from them like today… see the graphic below.
Gay Patriot also posted on the 1995 vs. the 2013 shutdown.
1995 shutdown: the Lincoln Memorial kiosk is closed, but people can still visit the good Mr. Lincoln.
Both images above courtesy of The Daily Caller, which states, “It is not clear how much taxpayer money the Obama administration is paying to ensure that government sites and services remain shuttered to taxpayers. Popular Washington spots such as the World War II memorial are now guarded by more security personnel than they are during normal operations, while federal employees have been dispatched to put up barricades on capital bike paths and other public grounds that are not usually patrolled at all.”
The public is rebelling against these barriers, which are starting to be called “barrycades” or “barackades”.
The Washington Examiner has some history for the historically inept… and remember… open air monuments and memorials were kept open during all these previous shutdowns, and again, I will quote GP:
- “It is not clear how much taxpayer money the Obama administration is paying to ensure that government sites and services remain shuttered to taxpayers. Popular Washington spots such as the World War II memorial are now guarded by more security personnel than they are during normal operations, while federal employees have been dispatched to put up barricades on capital bike paths and other public grounds that are not usually patrolled at all.”
Via Pat Dollard pointing out that only 17% of the government is shutdown… leave to these Democrats to spend the most during a shutdown!
“Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations will continue. This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion). This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion.” So the government shutdown, at least as measured by money spent, is really a 17 percent government shutdown.