Park Service ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

posted at 6:41 pm on October 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

I missed this nugget from Wesley Pruden yesterday, but I think it’s actually better for a Friday afternoon to sort of sum up the week.

When and how did the National Park Service become “the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy”?

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Sad to say, but there’s precedent here. The extent of the barricade mentality may have deepened over time, with some memorials being shuttered now that stayed open in ’95, but the NPS has apparently always been a lead actor in shutdown-theater pageantry. Andrew Stiles interviewed former Bush Interior Secretary Gale Norton about it, and she said it’s nothing new:

“The National Parks Service has a long history of dramatizing budget issues by inconveniencing the public,” she says. ”They often choose the most dramatic type of action in order to get their message across. It’s something I had to guard against when I was secretary — not letting them play budget games.“

NPS has engaged in such behavior for decades, Nortons says, recalling at least one occassion during the Reagan administraiton, in which she worked as an attorney for the parks service, when NPS decided to close Skyline Drive, a scenic highway running through Shenandoah National Park, in order to make a statement during an appropriations fight on Capitol Hill…

“Given the fact that they have closed so much, and acted so broadly, I imagine that decision was made at the highest levels of park service leadership, in cooperation with department leadership and the White House,” she says.

Note the point about budget games. Darrell Issa sent a letter to the director of the NPS yesterday demanding to know why open-air memorials have been closed and noting that the tactic seems oddly similar to other inexplicable closures back in March, when NPS was grumpy about its budget being cut due to sequestration. Quote: “Specifically, the Committee received information that proposed budget adjustments submitted by an NPS official in the field to deal with sequestration impacts were rejected by NPS superiors in favor of cuts that would be more visible and disruptive.” Hearings are presumably on the way, as only a really thorough public shaming is apt to make them think twice about this in the future. I wonder who the Lois Lerner of the NPS will turn out to be. Fair warning to whoever that person is: You’re looking at some hard time involving months of paid vacation and a luxe government pension, pardner.

Via John McCormack, here was what the World War II Memorial looked like this morning. They’ve actually wired the barricades together to make it marginally harder for people to get in. Exit quotation from Tom Hanks, commenting on the Honor Flight vets who insisted on entry earlier this week: “Good for the veterans. Good, go see it. We should all have access to them all the time.””


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The king is pissed.

Electrongod on October 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Bring your wire cutters along.

PatriotGal2257 on October 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Because terrorism.

Marcola on October 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

This pretty well says it all about how far off track this federal government has gotten.
Pop quiz for the bureaucrats, throughout history, what has this kind of “let them eat cake” attitude typically led to?

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

The pettiness of the democrat Obama regime.

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM

If this were Bush the Deep Throats would be everywhere telling the hounding media exactly where the chain of command to “make life difficult” ended.

Since we have President “Punish Our Enemies” in office, crickets.

My only hope is that at some point the liberal zombies will wake up and see their Messiah is nothing but a petulant pr***.

Eviva on October 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Thugs.

John the Libertarian on October 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

I hear they’re paying pretty good money for scrap metals these days. One of those barricades must be worth about $60 or $70 each.

Just sayin’.

UltimateBob on October 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Bring your wire cutters along.

PatriotGal2257 on October 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I always carry a pair of lineman’s pliers…among other things.

cozmo on October 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

The House has passed a 7th mini-funding bill, this one for Women, Infants and Children programs, 244-164; future in Senate is uncertain – @frankthorpNBC

davidk on October 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

When and how did the National Park Service become “the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy”?

almost half a century ago…

Washington Monument Syndrome
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The term was first used after George Hartzog, the seventh director of the National Park Service, closed popular national parks such as the Washington Monument and Grand Canyon National Park for two days a week in 1969.

Lost in Jersey on October 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

So, the genius in charge really does not care about “the folks”. Just make their life as miserable as possible. This POS should just go over to Africa and work with his “relative” over there in the banana republic he is in. These minions are even trying to close private property . This bunch needs to be taken to court fast . I am sick of the lawlessness of this bunch. AND NOBODY IS STOPPING THEM. If roberts had any balls and was not being blackmailed[gee, was that racist] maybe he would break precedent and order all this bs to stop. We, the people, need to take back the govt which now thinks we work for them, Remember Valerie Jarret said they would be “ready to RULE from day one”. They all make me puke.

retiredeagle on October 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The difference between private and public entities.

Private: “The customer is always right.”

Public: “Make the customer suffer.”

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

We apologize for any inconvenience this any cause you: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/feds-set-repairs-glitchy-health-care-website

davidk on October 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Jonah at NRO:

Obama, the avowed problem solver, set out to create problems for the American people, just to prove how great government is and how crazy Republicans were for wanting to cut spending — much of the money borrowed from China — a little. But don’t you dare call him an ideologue!

Now, with the government shutdown and the looming fight over the debt ceiling, Obama’s doubling down on this ideologically perverse strategy.

The National Park Service, which has somehow become the unofficial goon squad of American liberalism, reversed course and let American World War II vets visit the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. This is obviously good news. (I was waiting to see if Steven Spielberg would come out with a new Obama-friendly director’s cut of Saving Private Ryan in which the old guy at the end is dragged off in cuffs before he can reach Tom Hanks’s grave.)

Still, it cost the government more money to try to keep WWII vets out of an open-air memorial than it would have to just leave it be. In Virginia, the NPS ordered the Claude Moore Colonial Farm to shut down, even though it’s privately funded.

Far worse, Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that Wall Street should be far more panicky about Republican efforts to use the debt ceiling to win concessions from the White House. I don’t blame Obama for being annoyed with Republicans for trying to use the debt ceiling the exact same way he did when he was a senator. But normally a sitting president doesn’t try to talk down the economy just to win a political point.

novaculus on October 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

This progressive era amounts to a high-stakes test. If the country remains safe and the health care and financial reforms work, then we will have witnessed a life-altering event. We’ll have received powerful evidence that central regulations can successfully organize fast-moving information-age societies.

If the reforms fail — if they kick off devastating unintended consequences or saddle the country with a maze of sclerotic regulations — then the popular backlash will be ferocious. Large sectors of the population will feel as if they were subjected to a doomed experiment they did not consent to. They will feel as if their country has been hijacked by a self-serving professional class mostly interested in providing for themselves.

If that backlash gains strength, well, what’s the 21st-century version of the guillotine? David Brooks

gohogs on October 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can”.

—The Democratic Party

elderberry on October 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Imagine if we had a free press…

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

They’ve actually wired the barricades together to make it marginally harder for people to get in.

Like that’s gonna work !
Occupooperz will smash the barricades, jump over them, crash cars into them ,whatever it takes to vandalize and deface them monuments …..just you watch, Pelosi said so herself

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I think they should let one of the vets have the honor of cutting the wires to removed the blockades.

I never thought we would have this petty of an individual as President. It’s just sick.

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

The House has passed a 7th mini-funding bill, this one for Women, Infants and Children programs, 244-164; future in Senate is uncertain – @frankthorpNBC

davidk on October 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

So food stamps moochers will be fine…..

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Obama is doing everything he can to restrict soldier’s access to chaplains as well.

Fenris on October 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Nice to know we are all on the same team 0. Pass the wire cutters.

Bmore on October 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Imagine if we had a free press…

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Ha! Don’t think 0 doesn’t charge them deep in the purse for the privilege of fluffing.

Bmore on October 4, 2013 at 7:05 PM

How are they paying people to close these parks down and put up barricades?

philoquin on October 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

“Disgusting” is putting it mildly. It would be comical if it weren’t so sad.

JetBoy on October 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Hussein is barrycading American monuments from the American people , on our own land,
while
he forces the Border Patrol to break down our nation’s borders to let in as many mexicans and muslims into America to kill us on our land.
If Hussein is still not called a traitor to America, there is something really wrong about our patriotism.

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

It’s The Chicago Way.

Whenever there is a budget crunch in Chicago and the Party government says it won’t have enough money unless [fill-in-the-blank], the first things cut are the most visible things the most people use most often. And then they cut back on neighborhood police patrols, emergency paramedics, firefighters, and kindergarten teachers.

The fat bloated Chicago Machine bureaucracy is untouched.

The sheeple usually fall in line fairly quickly — almost everyone has a friend or relative on the Machine payroll. And then the Machine politicians pat each other on the back for making the “tough decisions” to increase taxes, fees, etc.

For the most part the local MSM is uncritical.

farsighted on October 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The States really should be revoking their permission for the federal government to hold and run these lands.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Fluck Obama and the little nazi’s that blindly follow his orders.

Fazman on October 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Well at least we can count on the Post Office.

Oh, wait…

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

As much pain for max gain.
Repulsive!

bazil9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

The States really should be revoking their permission for the federal government to hold and run these lands.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

The way things are today, it’s more likely that the federal government will revoke the right of states to exist as separate governments from the federal government.

philoquin on October 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

BTW, has the senile fool McShameless said anything about Hussein dissing the vets?

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Someone ought to make well-publicized run on Taylor Gourmet– where Obama and Biden took their damage-control “walk” today– to buy sandwiches for the vets at the barrycades around the WWII memorial.

de rigueur on October 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The States really should be revoking their permission for the federal government to hold and run these lands.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Using what power?
Their power to withold the taxes they collect from their citizens? Oh, nope, no longer applies.
Their power to appoint Senators? Oh, nope, not any longer.
The fact that the Supreme Court respects the Constitution? Nope.

Well, what?

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Repulsive!

bazil9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

That would kind of depend on the activity now wouldn’t it?

cozmo on October 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

If I were running the Ladies association, I’d go out and move the barriers so that half the parking lot was open.

I’d also file suit to get an emergency temporary restraining order against the Executive branch from closing the lots. These are contract and legal issues not political issues, and I’d like to see the Courts get involved in this donnybrook.

Dusty on October 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Imagine the nastiness your overlords will inflict when you need that life saving operation but you voted the wrong way in that last election… or the good folks over at NAS didn’t approve of your last comment over at Hot Air!!!

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

The way things are today, it’s more likely that the federal government will revoke the right of states to exist as separate governments from the federal government.

philoquin on October 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Either that or the federal government will dissolve into total incoherence… that is actually starting to look like the safer bet at this point. Reach, grasp and all that.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

BREAKING NEWS… now military chaplains cannot pray due to the government shutdown:

https://twitter.com/SteveWorks4You/status/386248692111396864/photo/1

No. This is NOT a joke!

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Well, I’ve decided that we should erect a monument to our Grand Poobah, our Boy King, our Chicago Jesus…

I think it should be a urinal.

Actually, no. I have more respect for my urine than that. After all, Barry would tell me that “you didn’t make that…”

turfmann on October 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

‘F-f-f-f-f-fvck y-y-y-y-y-you, itd g-g-g-gut, a-a-a-a-ah, er, um, d-d-d-d-d-d-da b-b-b-b-b-ba, um, ar, ur, er, d-d-d-d-d-da K-k-k-k-k-king!’

- MrAssHO!

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

The States really should be revoking their permission for the federal government to hold and run these lands.

[ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM]

I agree. Or the governors should issue waivers on the ownership for a period of time. Seriously, what good purpose do laws serve if you can’t arbitrarily and capriciously waive them for the purpose of political oneupmanship.

Dusty on October 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

BREAKING NEWS… now military chaplains cannot pray due to the government shutdown:

https://twitter.com/SteveWorks4You/status/386248692111396864/photo/1

No. This is NOT a joke!

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Clearly a violation of their First Amendment rights to Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Assembly.

If I were a Chaplain, I’d hold the service in spite of this order. I would expect and welcome the arrest.

Obama is a traitorous thug who has no regard for our rule of law.

turfmann on October 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Well, what?

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Art I, Sec 8:

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings;

States have Eminent Domain – the federal government must ask to have such lands, and the States are the grantors.

And if the argument is that the federal government has been ignoring this for years, if not decades, then THAT is part of the problem.

You have a choice about having distributed, limited government: you either support it or you become a slave to an empire. The Republic is YOURS to keep, not someone else’s. That choice is YOURS.

Ask yourself if it is worth learning to speak the English language with sentence structure or are you just willing to cede it to the Orwellian Left?

And as for the federal government, if revoked, then by what power will they be able to keep it such lands when pulled out from them by the actual States? It isn’t secession, but the exercise of the State’s sovereign power over its own land. Just as individuals may purchase land from a State, so may they have it taken away by Eminent Domain. And PUBLIC LANDS are to be for the PUBLIC, not the plaything of the government. If the federal government cannot do such duties it deserves to start seeing its holdings removed from it as a poor caretaker for the public.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

[UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM]

Yeah, I saw that. Obama’s War On Religion continues apace.

Dusty on October 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

They stormed the Beaches of Normandy. Now they are fighting for America again…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Million-Vet-March-on-the-Memorials/539097822833735

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Some combat vets had to deal before with enemies who used wire to prevent them from getting where our troops wanted to go…

Just saying.

Midas on October 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Literally these are Dear Leader’s brownshirts………

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Error404Care Exchange Websites To Be Taken Offline This Weekend For Repairs

But, don’t worry. They handle everything else much better, which is why you should just shut up and agree to raise the debt ceiling by $500 trillion.

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Obama is a traitorous thug who has no regard for our rule of law.

[turfmann on October 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM]

His party is certainly skirting the edges of insurrection now that he’s urging his followers to float the idea of usurping Congress’ power to control the debt.

Dusty on October 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Civil disobedience is called for…these Scenic Overlooks and Open Memorials are not owned by the NPS. They are owned by the American people.

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

This works well because progs don’t generally visit America’s historical memorials, given their general distaste for anything American. It only hurts patriots.

BKeyser on October 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Literally these are Dear Leader’s brownshirts………

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

If Obama lays one finger on any of them, I am saying it right now, I truly do not care what happens.

The same goes if he lifts the debt ceiling on his own.

Such would be a despotic act.

If he wants to act like a dictator, then he has to be prepared to face whatever consequences come his way. My preference, of course, would be legal. I want that to be very, very clear.

If we allow this type of behaviour to go unanswered, then we’ve lost the Republic. So, what difference, at that point, would it make?

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

If I were running the Ladies association, I’d go out and move the barriers so that half the parking lot was open.I’d also file suit to get an emergency temporary restraining order against the Executive branch from closing the lots. These are contract and legal issues not political issues, and I’d like to see the Courts get involved in this donnybrook.
Dusty on October 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Like you, I’m pissed at the MB REB. However from a legal standpoint the concessionares must close if the REB orders it. All contracts with the feds contain a Termination for Convenience clause. Meaning if the REB gets challenged by the court, he will simply pullout the T4C. And to rebuke the protesting operator, cancel the contract without penalty and give the concession to a friend.

This is why character matters in giving power to anyone. That they have the morals and wisdom to use the power for the good of the people. Otherwise POS like the REB will use that power to technically hurt his enemies. We conservatives are that enemy and he intends to make an example of us to keep the LIV / NIV in line.

AH_C on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I already knew that. Which is why I said this.

The fact that the Supreme Court respects the Constitution? Nope.

Well, what?

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The States gave away their power of the purse when they ratified the the 16th Amendment and doubled down on giving away their sovereignty as well with the 17th. They no longer have a single point of power to control the federal government.
Not the Congress, not the Supreme Court and not even the ability to with hold tax payments to the federal government.

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

This administration’s behavior is S I C K E N I N G .

(That’s me being generous with my critique of these effing goons.)

hillbillyjim on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I’m lookin’ forward to it.

CWII, why should we miss out on all the fun the rest of the world is having?

cozmo on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Either that or the federal government will dissolve into total incoherence… that is actually starting to look like the safer bet at this point. Reach, grasp and all that.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

You touched on something I have not yet seen mentioned.
Now that the Gubmint controls our healthcare – over the next shutdown, what are the odds they try to shut down all of our doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals?
If you all think the NPS is petty and vindictive, what do think Sebelius is likely to do?

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

what better way to train the People how much the government does for them then to shut stuff down and make it increasingly difficult for them to take a simple drive down Skyline Drive in Virginia during October.I mean none of this magnification and pageantry would be necessary if the federal government actually did extraordinarily visible and functional things for most people, the truth is it doesn’t. Most Americans can go through their regular daily lives without interacting with the federal government. Its only during times like these when the federal government thinks that it is necessary to show what it does for you. They chronically under staffeand under resourceand do as little as possible for you on any other day, however, look how much it is we do for you today Mr American! For Pete’s sake, it takes to park rangers to keep the 50 or 75 miles of Skyline Drive open.

ted c on October 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

It only reaches the Supremes if the federal government can get it out of State courts, since it is a simple Eminent Domain issue. In fact if the Legislature of a State is the one that does the rescinding (and note, that it does not require a Governor to sign off on that) then there is no way to appeal that as the Constitution makes the State Legislature the source of power.

Thus it never reaches the federal courts as it is a simple exercise of State power.

If any State starts doing that, expect the howls of pain to go through the roof.

At this rate it won’t take much longer for a State to get disgusted with the hijinx.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

You touched on something I have not yet seen mentioned.
Now that the Gubmint controls our healthcare – over the next shutdown, what are the odds they try to shut down all of our doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals?
If you all think the NPS is petty and vindictive, what do think Sebelius is likely to do?

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I wouldn’t put it out of the set of Stupid the Left operates from to try that.

Doctors, however, are not mindless government drones.

They also do Pro Bono work.

All it takes is a couple of doctors with ethics, and that starts to crash faster than you can say ‘federal debt’.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Park Service ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

On the other hand, there is apparently plenty of money to keep the Obamacare rollout going, such as it is.

Advancing socialism is more important than keeping open air war memorial parks open to the public. Forward, comrades!

And yet, even with all that money available Obamcare is still a mess and is also managing to make life difficult for people — dramatically higher health insurance premiums for everyone, companies opting out of providing group health insurance for employees and tossing them on the exchanges, cuts in working hours from “full time” to under 30 hours/wk, frustration in trying to use the Obamacare web sites, sticker shock at the high premium costs for government mandated plans even in the exchanges, etc.

farsighted on October 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an

angry Park Service ranger in Washington

unsourced and probably fabricated Park Service ranger says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

lostmotherland on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

News for armed force overseas sports broadcasters

Defense One
One more way shutdown hurts troops
FOXSports.com ‎- 22 hours ago
Armed Forces Network stops broadcasting NFL, MLBN games as troops serving overseas feel more impact of US Government shutdown.

Who is the criminal ordering this stuff?
We the people must take back our government from these nickel and dime gods that think this is just a game to be played for the greater good of their party leaders.

jpcpt03 on October 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

A toad crossing the road in California is a federal issue.
A spider living in a hole in Texas is a FEDERAL issue.
A mud puddle that grows too big anywhere is a FEDERAL issue.

Feel free imagining that the states retain any power at all.
I wish it were the case.
I wish there were a way for them to wrest more control from the federal government.
But it just AINT so.

There just simply are not enough people that care beyond their government handouts and false protections to enable the states to ever even remotely exert such power. Things will get worse, far worse before many wake up.

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

If my housekeeper does not come to work, that does not mean that I cannot enter my house.

mjzman on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Hoping that 100,000 vets and their families show up Saturday…

phreshone on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Now that the Gubmint controls our healthcare – over the next shutdown, what are the odds they try to shut down all of our doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals?
If you all think the NPS is petty and vindictive, what do think Sebelius is likely to do?

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Great point!

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

lostmotherland on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Bless your little heart.

0bama fluffer to the end.

Give the lib a new pair of kneepads.

cozmo on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I’m busy digging a ditch for the Park Service ranger in Washington.

lostmotherland on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Bmore on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Did the MSM pick up on this? The sure love the ” congressman” blames officer for shutdown video.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

There just simply are not enough people that care beyond their government handouts and false protections to enable the states to ever even remotely exert such power. Things will get worse, far worse before many wake up.

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Agreed.

That is why its starting to look like a government collapsing into incoherence.

Reach.

Grasp.

Exceeded.

Then things get nasty… or, if the historical analysis is correct… we are on the second time around with this and it descends into farce. Dangerous farce, yes, but farce nonetheless.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Doctors, however, are not mindless government drones.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Not yet, but …

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

All it takes is a couple of doctors with ethics, and that starts to crash faster than you can say ‘federal debt’.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Granted – but considering what they’re doing right now with trying to shut down private enterprises, its not exactly a stretch to imagine them threatening doctors and hospitals with IRS audits, DHS audits, refusal to pay for medical expenses incurred during the shutdown, etc. They think they own it all now – which the NPS is clearly demonstrating.

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Far worse, Obama told CNBC’s John Harwood that Wall Street should be far more panicky about Republican efforts to use the debt ceiling to win concessions from the White House. I don’t blame Obama for being annoyed with Republicans for trying to use the debt ceiling the exact same way he did when he was a senator. But normally a sitting president doesn’t try to talk down the economy just to win a political point.

novaculus on October 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

“Normally”? Let’s name the last president who deliberately tried to drive down the U.S. financial markets to win a political point . . . hmmmmm . . . can’t seem to think of one, can we? That’s because Barry Hussein Soetoro/Obama, or whatever the hell the Kenyan/Indonesian freak’s name really is, is the only president who has done such a despicable thing.

This POS is absolutely beneath contempt. He is perfectly willing to destroy innocent Americans’ lives just to score political points. It is intolerable that such a petty, low-life, pathetic excuse for a human being is occupying our White House.

AZCoyote on October 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

with someone please remind me how was it and what was it that occurred at Fort Sumter in Charleston few years back??

ted c on October 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I’m long bullets, silver, food and water. Still haven’t gotten my medical safe started yet.
I am shorting coal plants however.

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

How about this audacity?
http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/04/priests-threatened-with-arrest-if-they-minister-to-military-during-shutdown/

What malice Obysmal has towards Christians!

onlineanalyst on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

If you all think the NPS is petty and vindictive, what do think Sebelius is likely to do?

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

specially when the IRS will be incharge of the medical rationing !!
“F U little Emily, your daddy will not get his insulin supply anymore because he donated 20 bucks to Ted Cruz in 2010 and before that he took his family on a trip to Mt Rushmore in 2009″

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

lostmotherland on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Baby is upset, better crack open a can of Spaghetti-O’s

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

with someone please remind me how was it and what was it that occurred at Fort Sumter in Charleston few years back??

ted c on October 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I was not there personally, but I heard from a guy who dates this girl who as a cousin dating some guy who totally knows.

I hear the real story is that Lincoln MANUFACTURED a crisis so he could trample the sovereignty of the states and once and for make the Federal Government the absolute power.

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

The difference between private and public entities.

Private: “The customer is always right.”

Public: “Make the customer suffer.”

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

So true.

tommer74 on October 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

lostmotherland on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, the government would NEVER do anything like that!

Oh wait…

Oh, My…Just When You Thought That It Couldn’t Get Any Worse… Obama’s IRS Went After A Survivor Of A Japanese Concentration Camp For Her Political Speech

Go away, Я3t@rD.

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

…angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.

“Befehl ist Befehl” is what most of them are saying. The NPS employees need to refuse to do the bidding of the administration, choosing to follow orders does not absolve you of the wrongs.

batterup on October 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Resist We Much on October 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

And look at what happened to Dr. Ben Carson right after he dared criticize the Won in public.

dentarthurdent on October 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Bring your wire cutters along.

PatriotGal2257 on October 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I always carry a pair of lineman’s pliers…among other things.

cozmo on October 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Wouldn’t be surprised if wire cutters are illegal in D.C., not surprised at all.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Wire around the WWII Memorials?

Refusing to allow civilian chaplains on base and threatening arrest?

Such malicious abuse of power.

May all of this come back on Obama’s head and quickly.

INC on October 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Obama, and his followers are Nazi thugs who deserve the same fate.

teacherman on October 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Wouldn’t be surprised if wire cutters are illegal in D.C., not surprised at all.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Well a black Infiniti then.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Doctors, however, are not mindless government drones.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Not yet, but …

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

It will take a generation or two.

Once the leviathan US government is in almost complete control of the health care industry the socialists running America’s health care system will relax the requirements for practicing medicine. Sort of like in Cuba. People who are now nurses will be called in the future.

farsighted on October 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

People who are now nurses will be called doctors in the future.

farsighted on October 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

This POS is absolutely beneath contempt. He is perfectly willing to destroy innocent Americans’ lives just to score political points. It is intolerable that such a petty, low-life, pathetic excuse for a human being is occupying our White House.

AZCoyote on October 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Hey those are style points not political points.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 8:09 PM

What indecent 4th world thugs

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM

almost half a century ago…

Lost in Jersey on October 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Half a century, really? Did you really have to put it like that? I was a young man suckin’ down San Miguels in Manilla in 1969. When you phrase it like that, half a century ago, it makes me feel so old. Have you no compassion? Damn! Now you’ve gone and ruineded my whole weekend. I’ll be so depressed I may have to sit on my deck, drink margaritas and brood for a couple of days. Half a century. You’re a cruel person Jersey just cruel.

Oldnuke on October 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Someone really needs to write an article linking the tactics used here with our betters plans for us under Agenda 21. Think it’s bad now? This is just a run through of more to come when they decide where we must live and where we can (and can’t) go.

CJ on October 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Hey NPS @$$holes how about showing a spine/conscience and REFUSING to bar access to PUBLIC places especially VETERANS MEMORIALS being visited by said aged and infirm vets.

Were my grandfather still with us he would have something to say about this crap. As it is I’m pretty sure he’s rolling in his urn-one of our last conversations was to try and get him on an Honor Flight (last Christmas) but by the time I got everything sorted for him (early March) he was too weak to travel-and he passed last May from a LONG fight with cancer never having seen the memorial that his blood helped earn. He did however see the many memorials in France to him as well as the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.

For those who care-he jumped into Normandy, FR on 6 JUN 44 and then spent the next 342 days in continuous combat including his 24th birthday (31 JUL 44).

SgtSVJones on October 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

How about this audacity?
http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/04/priests-threatened-with-arrest-if-they-minister-to-military-during-shutdown/

What malice Obysmal has towards Christians!

I’m sure Hussein made sure that muzie imams are exempted from his thuggery

burrata on October 4, 2013 at 8:17 PM

[AH_C on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM]

I appreciate the info and T4C would certainly affect a lot of other organizations. But I wouldn’t think it could affect Mt Vernon. It’s been privately owned since the 1860′s and I think it fully owns the 200 surrounding acres.

Maybe they received a grant or something in building the parking lots or the lots are on adjacent federal land or something but if the lots are jointly owned then I would think the contract would require a buyout period if the government tried to abrogate the contract.

Dusty on October 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

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