published Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Memorial

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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Jt6gR3hM said...

Except for Fleabagger groups.

October 11, 2013 at 1:12 a.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

By Jonathan V. Last

“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around.”

—Ronald Reagan

The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration. This is an expansive claim, of course. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, the HHS mandate​—​this is an administration that has not lacked for appalling abuses of power.

People first noticed what the NPS was up to when the World War II Memorial on the National Mall was “closed.” Just to be clear, the memorial is an open plaza. There is nothing to operate. Sometimes there might be a ranger standing around. But he’s not collecting tickets or opening gates. Putting up barricades and posting guards to “close” the World War II Memorial takes more resources and manpower than “keeping it open.”

There’s a cute little historic site just outside of the capital in McLean, Virginia, called the Claude Moore Colonial Farm. They do historical reenactments, and once upon a time the National Park Service helped run the place. But in 1980, the NPS cut the farm out of its budget. A group of private citizens set up an endowment to take care of the farm’s expenses. Ever since, the site has operated independently through a combination of private donations and volunteer workers.

The Park Service told Claude Moore Colonial Farm to shut down. And so, last week, the National Park Service found the scratch to send officers to the park to forcibly remove both volunteer workers and visitors.

The Park Service, which is supposed to serve the public by administering parks, is now in the business of forcing parks they don’t administer to close.

The parking lot at Mount Vernon was closed by the NPS, too, even though the Park Service does not own Mount Vernon; it just controls access to the parking lots from the George Washington Parkway.

At the Vietnam Memorial​—​which is just a wall you walk past​—​the NPS called in police to block access.

The Park Service wasn’t content just to close Mount Rushmore. No, they went the extra mile and put out orange cones to block the little scenic overlook areas on the roads near Mount Rushmore. You know, just to make sure no taxpayers could catch a glimpse of it.

It’s one thing for politicians to play shutdown theater. It’s another thing entirely for a civil bureaucracy entrusted with the privilege of caring for our national heritage to wage war against the citizenry on behalf of a political party.

This is how deep the politicization of Barack Obama’s administration goes.

They must protect America’s treasures from the ugly Americans. No surprise then that one park ranger explained to the Washington Times last week, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.”

October 11, 2013 at 1:29 a.m.
fairmon said...

Obama is not calling the plays but he is complicit in the behavior to cause as much inconvenience to people as possible as a means of causing them to react to the shut down of nonessential functions. Valerie Jarrett is the strategist and she is an evil politically motivated manipulating "batch".

The Wisdom of our elected never ceases to amaze:

multinationals such as Google that pay relatively little tax overseas will face big bills in the U.S. when they bring their earnings back to the U.S. But Google has not provided for extra U.S. tax because it intends to permanently reinvest $33 billion of offshore profits outside the U.S.

Think about it. Our elected elite bad mouth and tax businesses to the point they move their HQ to other countries and their revenue flows to those countries where the tax rates are not so high they have to charge more for their goods and services. Congress avoids the issue while providing breaks to their favored corporations. Doing what the smart thing causes the ignorant U.S. tax payers to protest and accuse them of favoring business over people although the U.S. consumer pay a higher price due to the higher U.S. Tax.

Eliminate business income tax deductions and adjustments and set a flat 12% rate and eliminate as much legislatively imposed cost as possible and we won't have the people needed to fill the resulting jobs. The people working and paying taxes will exceed the taxes currently paid by businesses. The few politicians realizing this are not willing to listen to and be subject to the reaction of the clamoring ignorant that vote and think business profits are bad and don't realize as consumers they are paying any legislatively imposed cost.

October 11, 2013 at 5:19 a.m.
fairmon said...

Why are those using and visiting National parks not paying for that privilege instead of being government funded? Why are the 80% that have never and will never visit a national park paying taxes to allow those utilizing them to do so at no or low cost? Why is the Lincoln memorial, the Washington monument and local attractions other than the Arlington cemetery not attended to by the city of D.C. that benefits from visitors revenue? Do we have any politician that could manage a small business much less anything as large as the government?

October 11, 2013 at 5:32 a.m.
librul said...

Why doesn't Fairmon go put a rubber hose up his nose, turn the water on, and put SOMETHING in that empty skull?

October 11, 2013 at 6:25 a.m.
anniebelle said...

I don't know why seemingly intelligent people fall for such right-wing (hate)propaganda. Are you really that uneducated, don't care or just plain mean spirited. I think it might be all of the above.

No, Obama did not order anyone to make life miserable as they can, the Park Ranger, did not tell the truth.

His superiors quote, you are to make life miserable for anyone that is a government official, that helped create the mess we are having to deal with.

The orders did not come from Obama, and the Supervising Superior of National Parks was on CNN last night, he said, if they can shut down our National Parks, he can make their lives even more miserable, than all the poor people wanting to attend all the Parks.

The Park Ranger was removed from his duties and put on unpaid leave, until he tells who actually gave him that order, it was not intended for the Public at all.

So, before blasting Obama, find out the facts.

And at West Yellowstone, the Town is full as it can be, tourist by the thousands, every day wanting to be let into the park, and all the Guests at Old Faithful Lodge had to check out and leave the Park, since it was closed to everyone.

Even a film crew making a movie, was told, they could not film again, until the Park is reopened.

I think it is horrible, but to make sure, blame the person that really gave that order.

Obama, has made comments, we do need to settle this, so the burden will no longer fall on the Public, our voters, so many lives have been turned upside down due to these unfortunate closings.

I just wish, they would settle it for sure, and stop all the Kindergarten games, you won't vote for our bill, we will not pass the Obama Care Bill, it is like 2 Teen Girls fighting over a boy.

Geez, you people are wearisome.

October 11, 2013 at 6:47 a.m.
squatch6 said...

Extra effort and money to close open air memorials and monuments when there is supposedly no money for them, speaks for itself. NIce Socialist fist Icon, Librul. That speaks volumes as well.

October 11, 2013 at 7:05 a.m.
degage said...

Anniebelle, It is so nice of you to stand up for Obama but if he didn't have anything to do with all these closing why doesn't he put a stop to it . It is costing more to keep the American people from their memorials and parks than to leave open air areas alone.

How did your day go yesterday with Anniebelle and Tinkerbelle? You mentioned delivering meals. My 96 year old Mother in law still delivers meals on wheels and even with the shutdown she delivered them yesterday. People get a kick out of her when she says she has to deliver meals to the old folks. She will still be going full force when her time comes, can't stop a good woman.

October 11, 2013 at 7:15 a.m.
tifosi said...

fairmon...your 5:19 am post proves you are not a historian and you like hearing the reality we face is not real. Do you fantasize often?

October 11, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.
degage said...

actually Tifosi, Fairmon makes more sense than you ever have.

October 11, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
limric said...

Heard outside the GOP cloakroom at the Capital bldg,

“Dammit Ted”! ” This shutdown thing is starting to damage our 5% approval rating.”

”Oh no you don’t John! Obama knew our constituents would never accept a black guy as president. He chose to run anyway - so the government shutdown is all his fault.”

”Yea you’ve got a good point there. Hey Ted, you coming with me and Mitch over to Dimons house for lunch & drinks”?

”Nah I can’t; but thanks anyway. I gotta go meet Chuck and Dave Koch. They want to talk about something.”

October 11, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.
degage said...

Limric, And then there is Valerie talking to Barack,"You need to pay more attention to what I tell you to do ,Soros isn't happy ,says the American people haven't suffered enough. "

October 11, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.
tifosi said...

"actually Tifosi, Fairmon makes more sense than you ever have.

Like you know anything about making sense.

October 11, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

The ObamaCare web site was called a “nightmare” and an “inexcusable mess” by USA Today and cost U.S. taxpayers $634,320,919. The original cost was estimated to be $93,700,000 but that’s only a 700% cost over run. Yeah .... the ACA is going to cut our healthcare costs and provide us with functioning healthcare insurance. Bet you can’t wait until they take over the actual healthcare.

October 11, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

Oct. 1 through Oct. 9, 2013 the treasury collected $56.188 billion in tax revenues which would relate to about $2.7 trillion/year. Only Fleabagger loons (Redundancy ?) would buy into the idiotic meme that we are about to default on our loans.

October 11, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

jesse said...


So two years ago MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan wanted Obama to make a speech and blame others and it appears that is all he has been doing since then. We were all suppose to see the brilliance of our wise and courageous “ruler’s” leadership genius. We were told to disregard our “bought Congress”and probably the Constitution and give Obama dictatorial powers to solve our problems. Yeah he hit it alright .... he got the Fleabagger talking points just right.

October 11, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.
limric said...

A standing ovation for Jesse’s post. Living in a ‘van (and fishing) down by the river’ has done right by you.

This is the best speech (rant) to truth & reality I’ve heard in over (way over) ten years.

I took the liberty of hyperlinking the original YouTube source to avail those not wishing the extra clicks to drill for it.

Nice job Jesse. Thanks from all of us. Well - some of us anyway.

October 11, 2013 at 3:50 p.m.
anniebelle said...

degage, you're reading my posts all wrong. I'm not 'standing up for Obama', I'm standing up for the truth instead of all these petty lies, half truths and spiteful hate talk. Read what you wrote, degage, a 3rd grader has more comprehension. "If he didn't have anything to do with the closings, why doesn't he fix it"? Do you realize what a ridiculous statement that is. Congress is totally and completely responsible -- they hold the purse strings. Do you think all these employees at our National Parks should work for nothing? Apparently so. My dogs had a big outing yesterday, in fact, we didn't get in last night until after 10:00, there were several special circumstances, but that's to be expected most any day.

October 11, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.
prairie_dog said...

Um, Clay? Hitler got rid of all the opposition too. Where's his National Socialist Party today?

The end of your privileged life will come much sooner under a single, liberal party than under our current system, flawed as it is. The demise of the Republican Party will be a blip on the graph as society rushes to its tipping point into disaster.

October 11, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

It appears that the Fleabaggers are feeling “pretty good” in fact “ecstatic” that the shutdown is causing “pain” to their fellow citizens in hopes of a political win.

“This has been so predictable for us. We should have been able to see this coming. And as, I guess, liberals we have to feel pretty good. If you check the Twitter world out this morning, I kind of think, I get a feeling that the Democrats and liberals out there in the Twitter world, we're ecstatic! I mean, the president's holding the line, the Democrats are together, we got resolve, we understand this thing, and we, we, we feel the pain of a lot of people who are being hit by this. - Ed Schultz PMSNBC Loon

October 11, 2013 at 5:12 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

Peter Wehner

The disastrous rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges. It’s not simply that it’s failed; it’s that the failure has been so complete, so total, and it has occurred despite the Obama administration having had so much time to prepare for this moment.

The president’s health-care plan has amassed a remarkably dismal record, from the ineptness of the rollout of the exchanges and data systems that are not secure and leave citizens vulnerable to fraud and identity theft to higher premiums, exploding costs, people being forced to leave their preferred coverage, a plan whose “universal coverage” leaves more than 30 million people uninsured, postponing the employer mandate and more.

No wonder the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, earlier this year stated that the implementation of the bill was shaping up to be a “huge train wreck.” It appears Senator Baucus was understating things a bit.

We can now judge the president’s promises against his results, what he said he would do versus what he has actually done. The president is being assessed not by his rhetoric but by his performance. And his performance is, in almost every respect, simply dreadful.

He combines two problematic qualities: dogmatism and ineptitude.

As for the Affordable Care Act: It is, in conception and execution, emblematic of modern liberalism. This is what progressives wanted. It was what they fought for. And now they own it. It’s beginning to dawn on a few of them that it may well haunt them for years to come.

October 11, 2013 at 5:53 p.m.
fairmon said...

limric said...

A standing ovation for Jesse’s post.

I second that and thanks Limric for the convenient link. Money may be the root of all evil but political money is the whole plant not just the root.

October 11, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.
fairmon said...

A government by the people for the people etc. etc. How did we get here? A democratic majority of lame ducks voted in a law in their waning hours that people reacted to and gave the purse strings of congress to the republicans with a mandate to stop the take over of the health care insurance and healthcare industries by the government. It is now evident those elected for that purpose are doing all within their power to represent the views of those electing them. I have no problem affording the 50% higher premiums and the increased cost of health care plus not being able as promised to keep what I had. However, I don't see the justification for labeling those opposing it as traitors that hold the government hostage when they are representing those electing them to prevent the implementation of the AHA. Either party can stop the shut down and the debt ceiling issue but both may have to give up something to get something.

The people managing the failed web site won't be the same people managing health care but it will be the same government. Social Security is headed for big trouble, Medicare is already a mess with rampant waste and fraud becoming known, Medicaid is a wreck, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac are bankrupt, other programs are in financial distress. Why would people insist the same government manage their health insurance and healthcare? I am sure someone here can explain all that away and enable me to have a warm and fuzzy feeling about the whole thing.

October 11, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.
degage said...

Annie, who do you think closed the parks and open aired memorials? The WH ordered it because congress hasn't come to an agreement on the debt. It is costing mega bucks to keep these closed. The memorials are not normally guarded but they are now. So guess your buddy could stop it if he wanted ,he doesn't. You accuse me of being a third grader, how childish of you. I have a hard time understanding anyone that has been a CPA that thinks like you do. I get the fact much of the debt is legislated already but an awful lot of if could be dropped, like aid to all these other countries, they hate us anyway. Bring the money back to our country to take care of our citizens. We do need a military even if you think we don't. You seem to be one of those that think we should gut the military.

Annie if you look back on your post over a year you will see how I came to the conclusion you are standing up for Obama's tax and spend policies.

October 12, 2013 at 6:52 a.m.
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