Thursday, October 10, 2013
Inflicting Maximum Pain
I'm sure by now that everyone, with the possible exception of those who get their news from the corrupt, dinosaur Alphabet Media, know that the Government is shut down. Or, rather 17% of the Government is shut down. The other 83% is clicking along as always, overstaffed, under qualified, overpaid and predictably Liberal.
And in their zeal to prove to the American public that closing even 17% of Government activity is wrong, hurtful, unnecessary and just plain mean spirited, Obamazombies have been instructed by their Lord and Master to inflict maximum pain on us, the taxpaying public, to force us to contact our elected representatives and implore them to immediately restore funding so that the 800,000 of the 2,100,000 Federal employees who have been sent home can go back to doing whatever they were doing before.
But so those who have no idea just how fanatical and spiteful the Obamabots are in their zealous attempt to punish us, I've laboriously scoured the news to gather a semi-complete listing of the places and activities the Feds have decided to shut down to cause us maximum pain. Prepare yourselves for justifiable outrage:
Treatments for children suffering from cancer: Although Republicans have agreed to compromise by passing legislation to fund the National Institutes of Health, which offers last-chance experimental treatment for kids with cancer, Obama has threatened to veto the funding.
The World War Two Memorial: This memorial to our Greatest Generation is an unstaffed outdoor, open 24/7 mall approachable via sidewalks from every perspective. 90 year-old vets on long ago-booked Honor Flights coming to visit their memorial have been locked out. Park Rangers found enough funding from somewhere to barricade the place. And our aging vets have pushed aside the "barrycades" in defiance of this ridiculous effort to cause pain. Republicans have offered to pass legislation to provide necessary funding to open this shrine. Obama has threatened to veto the bill.
Furloughed military chaplains not permitted to work for free: Obama's storm troopers have ordered chaplains not to perform marriages or baptisms or conduct masses or church services while on furlough, even if on their own time and for free. They've been told they will be arrested and court martialed if they violate this order. Spiteful? Pitiful? Shameful? Yes.
Business stops in the Florida Keys: Although Republicans have agreed to fund a compromise on legislation and provide funding to open the parks, Obama has threatened to veto that legislation. As a result, Obamabots have closed Federal parks on both sides of the Keys highways. Travelers gain access to restaurants, businesses and fishing venues via these parks. They are now virtually out of business due to this pettiness.
Obama blocks out sports and entertainment programing to overseas troops: The Armed Forces Network, which broadcasts news and entertainment to our forces overseas, and the way I stayed informed while serving in that capacity, has been ordered to send along only news. All the sports and fun entertainment stuff has been blocked at absolutely no savings whatsoever. For what reason? I think you know.
Obama closes D-Day Memorial: Although Republicans have offered to restore funding to the 24 military cemeteries world-wide, Obama has responded by closing off access to the Normandy graveyard where 9,300 of our bravest soldiers are interred. Our vets who traveled from far away responded by walking to the beach they once stormed, and then up to the graveyard they somehow avoided. Take that, Oblamo.
Obama tries to close privately-funded Mount Vernon: Despite the fact that Mount Vernon is privately-owned and -operated, the Obama Administration has tried to block access to those attempting to visit. Apparently, the Feds maintain the parking lot. And God knows we can't allow anybody to park in George Washington's front yard now that Obama has shut down a piece of the Gummint. The outrage from the New Media caused such a firestorm that the Park Service was forced to back down on this one.
Obama closes over 100 privately-funded parks that cost no money to operate: Despite the fact that we make money from the entry fees paid by visitors to these parks, and despite the fact that thousands of our citizens are employed - at no cost to the Government - at these parks, the Obamanazis have closed them down tight. There are stories of visitors held hostage by armed Park Rangers in some of these venues. And, once again, Obama has threatened to veto any legislation that attempts to open them.
Obama closes self-sustaining farm we haven't funded since 1980: The Claude Moore Living History Farm in McLean, Virginia has been closed down by the NPS, despite the fact that we don't own it, or control it, or provide funding for it. How, you might ask? And why? Welcome to the New America.
Obama tries to close state-run parks in Wisconsin: Governor Walker tells the Feds to stuff it in response to their efforts. More of our governors should do the very same thing.
Obama closes privately-owned hotel, police block parking lot: The operator of a privately-owned 51-room inn located on Government-owned land in North Carolina has been ordered closed. October is this hotel's prime visitor season. The GOP has offered legislation to correct this problem. Obama has threatened to veto such legislation.
Park Service Ranger: "We've been told to make life as difficult for people as we can," "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 as we can. It's disgusting."
Obama forces residents out of private homes: The Government shutdown has been causing problems close to home for some Americans. They say they've been forced out of private homes in the Lake Mead-area because they sit on Federal land. An 80-year old couple who own a small business a few miles away from their Lake Mead home are now camping out in their store, as they can no longer go home. Thank you, Park Service and Obama.
Historic restaurant open during last shutdown closed during this one: A fully-booked, iconic Philadelphia restaurant which stayed open 17 years ago during that shutdown has been ordered closed. It sits on Federal land in the Park system, which the Republicans have agreed to fund. Obama says no. Its employees are now sitting home, unpaid...and pissed.
Obama shuts down a road that goes through a Colorado park: This is the height of the colorful leaf-changing season. And inns and businesses on the Pitkin County road are now sending their employees home, since the Park Service has blockaded access to visitors. How much will this cost tax-paying businesses and their workers? Ask Obama. He must know.
Residents plan peaceful protest of Cape Hatteras closing: Businesses and residents on the Outer Banks are complaining loudly because beaches on the Cape during the last opportunity for end-of-season business are now closed tight. Yes, the Government owns the beaches. Unfortunately.
Obama blocks people from LOOKING at Mount Rushmore: Blocking access to trails and programs at South Dakota's most popular visitor site was one thing. Blocking access to highway lookouts on roads surrounding the monument so that travelers can't stop and take pictures is another thing entirely. Petulance? You bet.
Crucial USDA websites taken down during shutdown: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken down its website in response to the Government shutdown, leaving farmers, reporters and others with no way to gain access to any of the Agency's information on line. It has been suggested that it cost more to remove it than it would have to leave it up. Of course.
St. Louis Arch closed to the public: The House of Representatives has offered to fund this and other Federal sites. Obama has threatened a veto.
Park shutdown bounces rowers from Potomac: Multiple high schools rent space at the Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown. But like other places in the Park Service, it closed last Tuesday morning. The GOP has offered compromise funding. Obama has refused.
Obama closes military commissary: Military members and their families which shop at tax-free commissaries (grocery stores) in the D.C.-area awakened to find that their store had been shuttered. The commissary had never closed during previous shutdowns. Of course, discount stores in the Capitol remained open for the members of Congress and their staffs. Of course.
Arizona offers to fund the Grand Canyon; Obama says no way: Citizens of Arizona have raised more than $400,000 in an effort to keep the Grand Canyon open during Obama's shutdown. Obama has said no. That means this isn't about saving money. It's about causing businesses, their employees and the traveling public the most pain and torment possible.
Amber Alert taken down: Michelle Obama's "keep moving and drink some more water" website remained up, while the Amber Alert website was taken offline. The media actually responded to this one, causing the Feds to go "oops." It came back up quickly. Wouldn't it be nice if the media were to actually do their jobs like this more often?
Miramar Airshow cancelled with only one-day notice: The proceeds from this famed airshow go to help charities throughout the San Diego area. Not this year. The petulant Obamabots ordered this year's show cancelled after nearly a year's worth of planning and investment. The economic impact of this action will negatively effect the businesses around San Diego in the millions of dollars.
Although privately-funded, historic Ford's Theater closed: This iconic part of American history is a 501c(3), privately-funded and -operated facility. Nonetheless, it's been shuttered, costing an untold amount to its employees and disappointed theater-goers. I wonder how Mr. Lincoln would view this action?
King Crab season threatened by shutdown: The Alaskan King Crab season is set to start very soon. But the NPS must sign off on it before it can commence. Every day lost to crabbers will negatively-effect the economy of this area of Alaska in the tens of millions of dollars. Of course, the GOP has offered funding, and Obama has said no. I'm guessing the price of crab cakes will go way, way up.
Eleven hundred miles of Florida ocean closed: Charter boat captains are no longer permitted to take their guests fishing in a vast swath of the ocean off Tampa. Apparently, Government resources patrol it. Closing the ocean. Unprecedented.
Columbia Island and Washington Sailing Marina closed: Sailors have been notified that boat owners have been notified they may only visit their boats to remove personal items. If they take their boats away from the slips they pay money to rent, they may not return to those slips until or unless the shutdown ends. How about that?
Shutdown denies benefits to fallen soldiers: Soldiers and sailors who die in the service of their country will not receive death benefits, nor will their families be provided with transportation to attend the return of their caskets to Dover, Delaware. The $100,000 "death gratuity" is usually provided to survivors within 36 hours of the hero's demise. No longer. Has it come to this?
Visitors to the Capitol Mall, No; Pro-Illegal Immigrant Rally, Yes: If you watched CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC or NPR, you likely didn't learn that tens of thousands clogged the Capitol Mall recently in their march for illegal immigrant amnesty. They were treated to a rousing speech from San Fran Nan Pelosi and others of her Democrat illegal-loving congressweenies. In fact, 8 of them were later arrested for failure to disperse. Park Services rangers were everywhere, on foot, horseback and in jeeps. Funny. The Capitol Mall is shut down and off limits to visitors. How did this rally gain a permit to occur?
I'm sure there's many, many more instances of Governmental-overreach during this artificial "crisis." This is by no means a complete listing. Please remember that none of this, NONE OF THIS, is necessary, nor even prudent. If you learn of any additional outrages, write to me with them and I'll provide periodic updates. In the meantime, consider what you've read here, and what you hear from the media, both the Old and the New, before you go to the polls next time. It might cause you to change your vote...