Whilst fingers point over the government shutdown, the fact remains that the Democratic Party currently steers the federal government. When decisions are made, therefore, over which government services are suspended during a shutdown, it is Democrats who make those decisions. On Tuesday, those Democrats shut down the World War II Memorial in Washington DC; in effect, they attempted to ban visiting veterans from the site.
Park Police seemed unsure of how to respond as a large group of WWII veterans from Mississippi descended on the memorial, which had been blocked off with barriers. The group was participating in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight. The Park Police made no attempt to actually prevent the veterans from approaching the memorial. Mississippi Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo moved the barriers aside and the vets followed him to the memorial.
This particular target of the partial government shutdown accentuates both the pettiness of the Democratic Party and Obama regime, as well as their complete contempt for the armed forces and for American veterans. Much of the government is still fully operational, which is one of the unfortunate aspects of the shutdown.
Blame for the shutdown has been generously assigned. It is not appropriate, however, to use the word ‘blame’ as this word implies that the government shutdown is a bad thing. Life continues as normal for all Americans and there are no negative effects, whatsoever, from the shutdown. Perhaps those federal workers who have been furloughed would disagree, but – on average – federal workers are compensated at three times the level of private citizens, so they will certainly be in no danger of starving before they return to work, which will likely be within ten days at most.
Rather than ‘blame’, therefore, we should ask who is responsible for the shutdown? That, truly, is a matter of opinion. Ultimately, the Democratic Party has the White House, the Senate and a large portion of the House of Representatives and is, therefore, responsible for what goes on within the federal government. Petulantly, Harry Reid has loudly proclaimed the Republicans responsible for the shutdown. Even though they are not wholly responsible, the Republicans should embrace Reid’s accusation as an honor: Every day that the federal government ceases to function is a good day for America.
As for the vets; a few barriers were not about to stop them, despite the Democrats’ attempt to ban them from the memorial. It appears that the federal government is as inept at managing a shutdown as it is managing normal operations.
An op/ed by Graham J Noble