During the manufactured Sequester crisis, one valiant bureaucrat in the Department of Agriculture asked permission to spread out cuts in a way that would lessen their impact on public services. He was instructed by his superiors to do the opposite.
Already we've seen multiple examples that the Obama Administration has put that policy into practice on steroids during the current shutdown.
Just a few examples:
- 7 National Park Service officals were sent to "barrycade" the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC. They blocked aged veterans, many in wheel chairs. There were more federal forces to block the veterans than there were defenders on the ground in Benghazi the night our Ambassador and three other Americans were killed.
- Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, is privately run, but the government is part owner of the parking lots. These were barrycaded to prevent people from parking even though no federal resource would be required to keep them open.
- Just to show how incredibly petty this selective shutdown is, a small park on Capitol Hill, nothing more than a sliver of land between converging streets was barrycaded so parents could not take their children to the play area.
Also, I tried to access a government web site today but got a message stating that the site was unavailable due to the government shutdown. The government is still maintaining the servers and went to the expense of putting up shutdown pages. It wouldn't have cost them a penny more to simply keep the servers running with normal access to information.
Democrats and Obama talk about the GOP "holding America hostage" because of the GOP's not unreasonable request to negotiate a compromise solution which the Democrats have repeatedly refused to accept. But it's clear that it's Democrats and the Obama Administration that is holding America's parks and museums, as well as so much else, hostage. Speaker of the House John Boehner has a list of legislation passed by the house but rejected by the Senate and threatened with a veto by Obama.
When Dems call the GOP names instead of negotiating, the names they fling apply to themselves and Obama!