Re: Obama admin. knew about WWII veteransâ request and rejected it
posted at 10/2/2013 10:28 AM EDT
In response to StalkingButler's comment:
The WWII memorial is an open air park with a huge wide open entrance. That means that they had to go out of their way to set up barriers to prevent a bunch of octogenarian WWII veterans from visiting a park set up in their honor.
The public may visit the World War II Memorial 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily and to provide interpretive programs every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
The only consequence should have been no Rangers to answer questions or perform their interpretive dances.
Think for yourself, question authority.
Every federally funded department had to go through great lengths to prepare for the shutdown, those preparations began a couple weeks ago as department mangers were instructed to indentify staff that could be furloughed and to implement shut down plans. That the park is open air is significant in what way? All outdoor parks are open air. They still have to be maintained as people require access to water fountains, bathrooms (which have to be cleaned and restocked), the park grounds have to be cleaned, trash disposed of, and maintained, hence why they have funding in the first place.
Again, these heart tugging emotional instances of the effects of the shutdown could have easily been contemplated and dealt with by the congresscritters who instead chose to make their last stand to derail ACA by shutting down the government on 9/30 - despite the fact that Obamacare was going live the 10/1. 40+ attempts have been made despite the reaffirmed legal standing of the law. These vets are just pawns so that craven sacks of flesh like Louie Goehmert, Michelle Bachman, Steve Palazzo, and Steve King can get some nice photo ops to send home to distract their constituents from looking too closely at their abdication of their congressional duties to fight a political battle with no chance of being won, and to do so on the backs of the very Americans they claim to represent.
So lets not argue the common sense involved with letting some 80 and 90 year old vets into an open air park, when the very congress that funds the park couldn't see past their own noses and acknowledge what was plainly clear - that the battle for ACA was won and thowing a legislative temper tantrum won't change that. That's the real common sense argument that should have been made.