Republicans have accused President Obama of deliberately inconveniencing the American people during the government shutdown. Now, they may have proof of just that.
A report by the Sioux Falls Business Journal reveals that members of the National Park Service placed traffic cones on public highways leading up to the South Dakota monument, to keep visitors from pulling over to see the landmark. With the government shutdown, The Park Service has closed the park to visitors, so the only way to view or take pictures of Mt. Rushmore is by pulling over on highways leading up to the monument. Viewing areas along the highway are made for tourists to pull over and view the monument, and are not under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
South Dakota officials were angered over the move, saying the government had no authority to block highway shoulders and viewing areas.This appears to be the first time the government has taken this move, and officials did not say who authorized the action. Republicans see it as a petty attempt orchestrated by the Obama administration to punish Americans over the government shutdown.
According to the report, a number of out-of-state visitors were unable to stop and view the monument because of the cones. After state officials protested, the Park Service removed some of the cones.
Rep.. Louie Grohmert (R-TX) has called the needless blocking of access to national parks and monuments “Chicago thuggery” under the direction of the Obama administration.
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