The government shutdown continues and as I noted on Twitter:
One message w the #shutdown: Govt is in charge of *way too much.*
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) October 4, 2013
So we have another day and more Government by Spite run by a feckless, spoiled brat. Here’s the latest, including comments from a Park Ranger who, like us, seems to have had enough of Obama’s petty games.
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.”
In the meantime, The Jerk has shut down Armed Forces Radio and has added *wire* to the WWII Memorial fences.
Day 4 of shutdown: Vets are going to need wire cutters to visit WWII memorial. pic.twitter.com/Cyrm7OnLAp
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) October 4, 2013
But he didn’t stop there. The NY Post reports, “Gov’t shutdown spreads to beaches of Normandy.” But that’s not quite accurate. They’re not closed because of the shutdown, they’re closed because Obama is a vindictive jackass.
Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will find it closed, a victim of the U.S. government’s partial shutdown.
The site overlooking the D-Day invasion beaches is one of 24 U.S. military cemeteries overseas that have closed to visitors since Monday. Ten more cemeteries in in France, as well as others in various European countries as well as Mexico, Panama, Tunisia and the Philippines, will remain closed for the duration of the shutdown.
The cemeteries are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission, set up after the First World War. Nearly 125,000 U.S. servicemen and women are buried at its cemeteries, and an additional 94,000 are commemorated on tablets of the missing.
But don’t you worry, they found enough money to keep Obama’s golf course open:
Heartless. White House has issued an order to barricade military cemeteries so vets can't visit but keep Obama's military golf course open.
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) October 4, 2013