Last week on the first day of the government shutdown, a group of World War II veterans that were part of the “Honor Flight” Network showed up at the WWII memorial on the mall. This is a nonprofit group that assists veterans in visiting Washington DC to visit the war memorials at no charge to the veterans as a way of saying thanks for their service.
This group of WWII vets came to the WWII Memorial and found it barricaded, by the park police. If you go to the park service website you would have found that the WWII memorial is open 24/7 and that interpretive rangers staff the park during certain hours, but now the website is shut down.
But rather than simply not staff the interpretive programs, they actually barricaded the memorial. The media reports that there were seven park police there.
So it actually took more manpower to shut it down than it did to staff the interpretive programs. They had to truck barricades in to surround the site. Thankfully the vets, many in their wheel chairs and using canes, many of whom had stormed Omaha beach, were not deterred and went through the barricades. This is Vindictive Obama Government.
What Does an “Essential” Government Employee Look Like?
Kind of sounds like the joke that Reagan used to tell of the 11 most feared words: “I am from the Government and I am here to help”.
So what exactly is “essential”?
The Amber Alert web site was shut down, but Michelle Obama’s weight loss website called letsmove.gov is still up and running. Thankfully, because of public pressure, the Amber Alert site was restored this week.
The WWII Memorial has been shut down again as well as the Vietnam Memorial and the Korean War Memorial, but the federal golf courses that Obama plays on are still open for business.
The National Mall is shut down, but it opened for the Pro-Amnesty group, “Camino Americano,” demonstration this week. So our veterans can’t visit the National Mall but immigration reform protestors can protest on the Mall?
Did you know that the White House Tours have been shut down since Sequestration passed January 1 of this year.
Government Shutdown Survival Kit
I just got my kit from MoveOn.org, signed by Obama himself. I opened it up and I found everything I needed to survive the Government shutdown.
I got my Obamaphone to sign up for Obamacare on the Obamacare web site. When I tried to log in, I got redirected to the Democrat Party voter registration page while I was waiting for the logjam at the Obamacare website (they tell me that I would not lose my place in line). While there I was able to order lots of great stuff.
I got my “Obama Hope and Change” Bumper Sticker, which is good since mine was from 2008 and was pretty faded in the Southern California sunlight, a “Bush’s Fault” yard sign, which goes great next to my “Blame Boehner” Poster and “Tax the Rich” banner. Since I ordered so much stuff they sent me a free “Sequester – End of the world” T-shirt (they had lots of extras from last year).
I want to say that the NSA is working great, because while waiting for the Obamacare website, I got hungry and without even saying so or clicking anything, I was redirected to the Obama Food Stamp site called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), where I learned how to buy cigarettes and alcohol, which I could never have afforded without Obama Food Stamps.
When I finally got into the Obamacare website, I found that my insurance plan had been discontinued. But I could sign up for a different policy that costs twice as much, but they made up for it by raising my deductible from $4,000 to $12,000 with no maximum out of pocket expenses, and a different doctor’s group. So I didn’t get to keep my plan or my doctor, even though I wanted to.
Scott Peotter is an Architect and former Planning Commissioner in Newport Beach. Scott can be reached at [email protected].