Thursday, October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown, 2013 - Day 3

Well we are into "Day 3" of the 2013 government shutdown. The government has furloughed non-critical employees due to the lack of money. Since they are out of money (have NONE to spend), what have they done to adjust to this new austerity based reality? Here is a small list:

  • So why is the White House closing private operations that require no government money to keep open and actually pay a percentage of their gate revenues back to the Treasury?
  • Democrats Pay Union Members to Protest World War II Vets
  • Park Service intends to block access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, even though it literally costs them nothing to leave them open
    • While yesterday many of the major trailhead pull-outs were not yet blocked, this evening they all were.
    • The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devils Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.
  • WWII veterans storm DC memorial closed by government who put barricades around an open-air park that’s normally open 24/7/365
  • National Park Officials closed down the educational Claude Moore Colonial Farm near the CIA in McLean, Va., even though the federal government doesn't fund or staff the park
    •  “What utter crap. We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm. And if you were to park on the grass and visit on your own, you run the risk of being arrested. Of course, that will cost the NPS staff salaries to police the Farm against intruders while leaving it open will cost them nothing.”
  • Obama to veto NIH funding – will liberals who screamed about kids with cancer call him out?
  • Bus turnaround shut down at Mount Vernon
I could go on...

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