Obviously, the government shutdown means the National Park Service has to close visitor centers and other staffed facilities that are normally open to the public. But what the hell is this nonsense about the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.?
A new wave of veterans were forced to move barricades at the WWII Memorial in Washington Wednesday morning to gain access during the government slimdown, a spokeswoman from Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told FoxNews.com.
The WWII veterans, from Ohio, Kansas and Missouri, arrived at the memorial one day after another group relied on the assistance from elected officials to move the barricades to allow access. Parks police did not prevent the first group from entering, nor did they interfere with Wednesday's group.
Here's an aerial view of the memorial:
As you can see, it is an open-air memorial and it is normally open to the public 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. No tickets, no staff required. To close it the Park Service had to go out of their way to bring in dozens and dozens of metal barricades(Barrycades!) and spend the time, effort, and presumably wages to set them all up. Why? All they had to do was just leave it alone. A minimal Park Police presence, something that is happening anyway along The Mall and the major monuments, would have sufficed just fine.
The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation.
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government.
According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property.
“You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money,” she said.Vindictiveness. It's the same stupid and ugly vindictiveness that led the Obama administration earlier this year to deliberately seek sequester cuts that were the most painful and disruptive to the public as they could get away with.
"...government of the people, by the people, for the people..."
Well, we still have two out of three. For now.