Government Shutdown: Tantrums Escalate

government tantrumsIn a shocking twist, our government, the government of the free and the brave attempted to not only shut down the World War II Memorial this week, but the Florida Bay this weekend. As the government shutdown enters a new week tantrums escalate to an even higher level.

Flaring tempers are one thing. Temper tantrums are another. The things added to the shutdown list are not only surprising, they border on ludicrous. If half the thought went into a solution as goes into making voters feel the pain, the shutdown would have been a mere blip on the radar.

While Congress continues to get paid, as does the president, the employees considered essential is a bit surprising. These include White House chefs, the staff at Camp David that the president rarely visits and whatever it takes to keep the military golf course open so the president can golf during the shutdown.

John Nolte, reporting for fired, “What they (the media) will never do is provide the American people with the full context and scope of Obama’s shrill pettiness.” Ouch.

He cites such examples as furloughed military chaplains who have requested to conduct mass and baptisms and have been told they are not allowed. They were told they would be punished.

Sports and entertainment programming has been discontinued to the troops. The D-Day Memorial in Normandy has been barricaded along with 24 other military cemeteries. And on Friday, the good people of South Dakota found an attempt to block the view of the presidents at Mount Rushmore by placing cones across the street, making pulling over on the roadside impossible.

Wait, there’s more. Evidently, we’ve tried to shut down Mt. Vernon, which is privately funded along with state run parks in Wisconsin, which are funded by the state. And a privately owned hotel in North Carolina. Seems the land on which the parking lot sits is government owned and so state troopers blocked cars from entering.

Reminder: Congress and the president are getting paid and by all appearances, our president is getting paid to decide what should be shutdown next while eating a meal prepared by a chef, who is “essential.” Isn’t Michelle into healthy eating? Does that mean only if someone else prepares it?

It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington said of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

As for the national parks, The Republican National Committee offered to cover any costs required to keep the World War II memorial open. The White House refused. Supposedly, the GOP is working on a compromise bill to fund parks and again, Obama threated veto.

Is anyone else confused? Isn’t it supposed to be a government shutdown? Then, why, on earth, are the only people suffering not a part of the government. Why are our government officials being paid? Why is our military being punished? Why are we searching out places to close and people to torment? And how on earth is a chef “essential?”

written by Linda Torkelson







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