This is sad.
But the federal government turned down Republican South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s offer to keep the Mount Rushmore National Memorial open with state workers. The National Park Service told state officials that it was required to use federal employees, not state employees, at the monument, and that opening Mount Rushmore would set a precedent to open the other federal parks.
“It makes sense for the federal government to shut things down because there isn’t funding available, but it doesn’t make sense to close something because they are trying to make a point,” said Tony Venhuizen, a spokesman for the governor. “Our offer still stands if there is a change of heart on the part of federal officials. We certainly would be pleased to talk to them if they seem interested.”
Here’s the really sad parts of this
- Not only did they close the parks, but they turned off the web sites
- The park employees are being ordered to make life as hard as possible for the patrons.
?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.?
None of this had to happen. Had the democrats decided that, ya know, in a political environment where negotiation is the key to advancing agendas, and not a burnt ground strategy, chances are they would be able to get some of what they wanted. Instead they rejected several variations on continuing resolutions, which are technically in violation of US law as the country has been operating without a budget for something like 5 years …
The house of representatives has the power of the purse. They control the funds, and its incumbent upon the president to work with them on this. Neither the president or the senate gets to dictate what goes in and does not go in. They propose, and then there are negotiations.
Unless you are this president.
2014 is just around the corner. I am sensing a repeat of 2010, but on steroids. One can only hope. We saw what happened when one party controlled everything. It was an unmitigated disaster, and brought us to our current inoperable state, as ideology trumped sanity in legislation, thuggish tactics replaced negotiation.
We don’t have a “vote of no confidence” available to us here in the US. Sad about that, it would help.
[Update] And the fail keeps getting worser and worser.
Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was “closed” due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.
The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban… of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.
This is governing by temper-tantrum. It is on par with the government’s ham-fisted attempts to close the DC WWII Memorial, an open-air public monument that is normally accessible 24 hours a day. By accessible I mean, you walk up to it. When you have finished reflecting, you then walk away from it.
The NPS reports to the Department of the Interior. Who reports to … we’ll, you know who. They wouldn’t have gone to such great lengths had they not been ordered to.
Its getting to be embarrassing, this failed executive branch of ours.
[Update 2] And worser and worser and worser it gets.
Park officials told him they were allowed to stay their scheduled two nights at the historic Old Faithful Inn, but they could not do anything, Hodgson said.
Even so, he said he took the group out for a drive in the park and he pulled over to let passengers take photos of the park?s native bison.
A ranger showed up immediately.
?She told me you need to return to your hotel and stay there,? Hodgson told the Enterprise.?This is just Gestapo tactics. We paid a lot to get in. All these people wanted to do was take some pictures.?
He said the group then was threatened with trespassing charges.
If you voted for this administration, or for the Senate that refuses to sit down and do its job, you ought to be embarrassed or ashamed.
Wars have started over less. And we are doing a really good job of pissing off our creditors.
There is an active crisis, with a president with a well defined penchant for not leading, but simply campaigning non-stop.
What we need, what we needed, was a leader. We don’t have one.
[Update 3] Worser and worser.
Nearly two dozen people have been issued citations for entering Grand Canyon National Park after a partial government shutdown forced its closure.
Grand Canyon Chief Ranger Bill Wright says some people have been caught at the South Rim, on trails, attempting rim-to-rim hikes or trying to sneak in through dirt roads.
All of the citations will be handled by the U.S. Attorney?s Office. Wright says each of the 21 citations issued as of Monday has a mandatory order to appear in federal court.
A state highway that runs through the national park was closed after Grand Canyon officials found tourists removing barricades at overlooks along the road.
Whats next geniuses … diverting flights going over the grand canyon, for fear someone would take a picture.
Just when you think it can’t get any more inane … and all of this, every last bit of this comes from this.
This morning, a senior White House official said that the president would rather default than to sit down and negotiate. Really? The president ? I?m going to say this again ? a senior White House staffer this morning said that the president would rather default on our debt than to sit down and negotiate.
[Update 4] And the collateral damage sets in.
Isn’t it wonderful when your fellow travelers are willing to decide that you need to die in order that they achieve their end goals? Nice of them, eh?
The “optics” on this are looking very, very bad for the party in power. Are they aware that November 2014 is a mere 13 months away? I don’t think so.
[Update 5] People in the US have finally figured out that the US Government with its current leadership, is not something to be paid attention to in the vast majority of cases. Most of the rest of the world have known this for, what, 5 years now?
Once people start realizing that bigger government is more of a problem than smaller government, the people trying to inflict all this pain may get a very nasty shock at the polls. A government powerful enough to give you everything … people are seeing the fundamental fallacy of letting the government get that big.
We should congratulate the administration for making conservatives point for them, in a way conservatives never have, and never could have.
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