Amber Alert Website Victim of Obama’s Petulant Temper Tantrum In An Attempt To Inflict As Much Pain As Possible
[guest post by JD]
After closing the ocean, Barry-chafing war memorials, closing scenery and vistas at Mt Rushmore and Grand Canyon, closing bars, restaurants, hotels, and having people removed from their homes, they have now set their sites on the Amber Alert Website.
UPDATE BY PATTERICO, INCLUDING OTHER NEWS FROM RECENT DAYS:
Terry Holt, a longtime Republican strategist, said Mr. Obama’s strategy rests on a cold-eyed calculation that Republicans are the ones with the most to lose. “As long as the president thinks his poll numbers are going to be good, I don’t expect the government to reopen,” he said.
Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”
As Allahpundit notes:
The corollary to that, of course, is that the more the public suffers from the government being closed, the more the White House “wins.” That’s the essence of shutdown theater.
Indeed. And it’s not just theory. One ranger has gone on record saying this is policy:
The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.
“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
So Park Service employees come in, to shut down a place not run by Park Service employees, because . . . we can’t afford Park Service employees. To state the obvious, if there were no Park Service at all, Mount Vernon would be operating just fine, and all the parking lots would be open. But, because we can’t pay Park Service employees, Park Service come in to shut down a place they normally never come to.
Another example of shutdown theater: a couple wanted to get married at the Grand Canyon. But without Park Service employees to make sure that the Colorado continues to run through the canyon, there can be no Grand Canyon. So its beauty is shut off to the public. Same thing happens with Mount Rushmore.
I’m tempted to suggest that Republicans threaten to defund the Park Service until the people responsible for this have been fired. In the interim, open all federal lands to the public. What do we need a Park Service for, really?
Just a leftover rant that didn’t belong anywhere else.