Open and Shut Case

While so many liberals, especially the media, beat their breasts about the horrors of the shutdown, Drudge reports that 83% of the federal government is still operating. Most of us wouldn’t notice at all if they didn’t scream about it.

Geoffrey Hunt at Americanthinker.com writes,

After all, the military is being paid, Social Security checks are being issued, Medicare and Medicaid claims are being processed, the IRS auditors are still harassing rugged individualists, FAA traffic controllers are still napping in their towers. NOAA weather forecasters are still watching low pressure waves off the Azores and tracking blizzards in South Dakota, the White House press corps has its daily propaganda briefings, and Obama’s military golf course is open. Where’s the shutdown?

It is clearly annoying the president that most of America hasn’t felt the pain, so he has taken it on himself to administer some beat downs. What he has closed shows what a petty, vindictive thug Barack Obama is.

Consider: The World War II and Vietnam Memorials have been shut down, even though it costs more not to operate them (with guards and barricades) than not to operate them. His reach even extends to Normandy where Obama has shut down the cemetery and beaches there honored for their D Day noteworthiness.

All national parks must be closed because he wants them shut down. Arizona offered to pay for keeping the Grand Canyon open and in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is keeping them open anyway. In South Dakota he has closed access to roads to Mount Rushmore so tourists can’t even gaze on it. How petty is that?

Obama has sunk so low – or is it soared in his eyes – as to close the ocean. The ocean!

The Miami Herald is reporting that the Florida Bay is “closed” to charter boat captains until government funding is restored. In other words, fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into roughly 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing has also been prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown…The closing affects not only fishing guides, but anyone with a license to conduct business in the park, including tour operators and paddling guides — anyone with a Commercial Use Authorization permit, said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks.

Not even privately owned places, like Mount Vernon have been ordered shut. Rangers closed the parking lot at George Washington’s home even though the government doesn’t own Mt. Vernon. The Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Association does. The feds pay nothing for this tourist attraction and even collect money from it via taxes! Still, Obama says it must be closed.

Don’t think your own home isn’t outside his grasp. Jacqui Herinrich reports for KTNV Las Vegas, Oct. 4, 2013: “The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they’re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land.

“Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn’t an option.

“The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.

“’I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants,’ Joyce Spencer told Action News.The Stewart’s Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they’re not allowed in until the government reopens.”

Money, as they say, is no object when it comes to Obama’s shutdown. Even priests in the military have been threatened with arrest if they dare to celebrate Mass voluntarily without pay.

Just yesterday we learned that the Amber Alert system has been shut down by order of the Justice Dept. (via Obama). Isn’t this a clarion call for perverts and kidnappers to go ahead now since no one will be alerted to a missing child?
He has also issued a stand down order for border patrol agents so they won’t be on the job. Again, that’s going to result in lots of illegals streaming easily over our border.

Wonder what he’ll shut down today?

Obama has, however, kept a few things open. Like Michelle’s “Let’s Move” website. She might make a move if he took that one down. His favorite golf course at Camp David is open. I doubt anything else that would disrupt his daily activities will be shut down either.

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