The strategy behind all the unnecessary closures of the WWII memorial, the Normandy cemeteries, the national parks, etc. is simple; the more painful the experience for average Americans, the better.
That has been the plan since the government shut down last Tuesday. The White House is literally treating Americans as political pawns aided by their enthusiastic lapdog media supporters.
That statement is easily backed up with the administration’s decision to close popular government attractions, such as open-air memorials and while other government functions stay open that hardly anyone would notice.
Remember Obama closing the small-budgeted White House tours after sequestration began? He acted like a small child would and punished the general public.
Thus the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. is now the center of national anger, especially after veterans stormed past barricades Tuesday to visit their sacrifice the first day of the shutdown.
Ironically, (or maybe not with this administration) a number of closures are being formulated at considerable cost to the government to prove a point, not to avoid spending.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. writing to the National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, said, "Our concerns are heightened due to NPS’s suspicious decisions during the lead-up to the sequester," the two lawmakers wrote, complaining that during the last budget crisis, "the committee uncovered evidence that NPS's budgetary decisions were designed to intentionally cause the most disruption to the public in a time of reduced funding."
They noted that the World War II Memorial, located on the National Mall and flanked by the Washington and Lincoln memorials, is normally "unimpeded by fences, barricades, and other obstructions" and remains open 24/7.
No matter, the director got his punitive marching orders from the partisan Obama administration putting up barricades and signs about the shutdown immediately. Guards were posted.
You never know when an 88-year old WWII veteran might try to sneak in.
The two congressmen demanded copies of all correspondence leading to the decision to close the monuments for future exhibit to the American people blinded by the biased publicity the shutdown has brought to one informed American.
NPS Spokeswoman Carol Johnson, though, said that the closures were “unavoidable,” reports Politico, Obama’s mouthpiece for "news." "The National Park Service depends on congressional appropriations to stay open. With the lapse in appropriations, we had to close all 401 national parks and furlough more than 20,000 employees," Johnson said.
The uproar of these closures is beginning to raise the ire of the American people while the Obama “strategists,” including Valarie Jarrett and David Axelrod pray it works in their favor as planned.
Yellowstone was shut down immediately at 8 a.m. Tuesday and tourists were ordered to leave and seek refuge at area hotels.
In addition to closing the parks, the Park Service website is down, and even employees working in Washington to guard the monuments aren't being paid.
Is this “strategy” going to work behind a media in full Pravda mode to ensure it does?
The National Parks Conservation Association in Washington said communities near the parks could lose as much as $30 million per day as long as the shutdown continues. You will not read that on the internet, in newspapers, the network evening news, etc.
Joan Anzelmo, a former park superintendent who is now spokeswoman for the Coalition of National Park Services Retirees said, "It's an incredibly sad statement in the affairs of our country when the federal workforce is continued to be used as pawns every time Congress wants to have a battle.”
The real question is will Americans buy this cheap political trick designed for the brain of an eight-year old?
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