The Long List Of Needless Closures In Barack Obama’s Shutdown Offensive by Ben Bullard October 8, 2013 It’s finally happened: Someone has started a running list of all the unnecessary closures, barricades and service suspensions the Obama White House is perpetrating as part of the President’s deceitful, backwards campaign to convince America that the House of Representatives is holding hostage the political process – and 300 million citizens with it. As of Tuesday afternoon, Breitbart had tallied 41 instances of the Administration’s punitive tactics since the Oct. 1 government “shutdown” kicked in. Some are more egregious, in their effects, than others – but all betray a commitment to waste more resources punishing people than would be required to simply let them be. From Breitbart, here are a few lowlights: … 3. Furloughed Military Chaplains Not Allowed to Work for Free – Furloughed military chaplains willing to celebrate Mass and baptisms for free have been told they will be punished for doing so.
… 10. Obama Tries to Close State-Run Parks in Wisconsin – “The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.”
… 5. Arizona Offers to Fund Grand Canyon, Obama Says ‘Drop Dead’ – “Obama has ordered the Grand Canyon to stay closed, even after the state of Arizona and local businesses have offered to cover the costs necessary to keep it open. In other words, the shutdown isn’t about the money — it’s about hurting the American people just because he can.”
… 31. Although Privately Funded, Historic Ford’s Theater Closed – “Ford’s Theatre, which is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, does not use any federal funding or federal employees for its performances. During previous government shutdowns, the theatre has continued performances.”
… 39. Iwo Jima Memorial Closed, Barricades Erected – “Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.”
… 41. Shutdown Denies Death Benefits to Families of Fallen Soldiers – “The families of five U.S. service members who were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan have been notified that they won’t be receiving the $100,000 benefit normally wired to relatives within 36 hours of the death. The ‘death gratuity’ is intended to help cover funeral costs and help with immediate living expenses until survivor benefits typically begin.”
It cannot be overstated that Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are relying on Americans’ ignorance about the legislative process to lie about who’s responsible for the government shutdown, as well as the threat of defaulting on our debts if the House doesn’t agree to raise the debt limit. That’s because the House, which reserves the exclusive Constitutional authority to initiate spending legislation, has repeatedly agreed to temporarily fund the government and raise the Federal debt limit, with the exception of the Affordable Care Act. It is the sole prerogative of the U.S. House of representatives to do that, and the President’s only recourse is to urge the Senate Democrat majority to reject that plan and vilify the House for holding government hostage. It’s unlikely that anyone has expressed this more clearly than Thomas Sowell. In a column last week, Sowell wrote: There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare. This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the congressional record. As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter
of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that congressmen there have a right to decide whether they want to spend money on a particular government activity. Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion. ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its constitutionality. But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution. …Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare. The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants? If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the
government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility. You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government. When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called. Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact.
The Shutdown Follies by Ben Crystal October 8, 2013 While President Barack Obama’s decision to physically bar those alwaysdangerous World War II veterans from viewing the memorial they paid for in blood has certainly reminded me of his almost pathological hubris, it has also reminded me that even Sisyphus himself would rather push his rock than try and talk sense to such a man. Sadly, Obama’s war on war heroes is hardly the lone example of the embarrassingly petty behavior Obama has displayed. From the magnificent vistas of the Grand Canyon to the National Mall, the Democrats staged this entire “shutdown” circus in an effort to distract attention from the sideshow freak that is Obamacare. Still considered the scandal-clouded Obama Administration’s crowning achievement, Obamacare — not to mention the statements Democrats continue to make in support of it — is as twisted by fraud as Bill Clinton’s next 5 a.m. “excuse.” Rather than acknowledge the shocking cost increases, losses of coverage and even death panels that essentially define the $2 trillion behemoth, Obama and his accomplices have taken a two-pronged approach. When they’re not slandering Obamacare opponents as “terrorists” or even (my personal favorite) “Tea-hadis,” they’re pretending the debate over Obamacare’s future is somehow settled, since “it’s the law.”
Democrat rhetoric routinely descends to the sophomoric. But I can hardly expect more from a party that lionizes comedians like Bill Maher, a multimillionaire whose mommy issues could keep a whole team of psychiatrists busy until HBO’s next airing of “D.C. Cab.” Wheth er launching misogynist assaults on women like Sarah Palin, racist attacks on Dr. Ben Carson or the always-appropriate death threats directed at — well — nearly everyone, the left hides behind hate speech for the same reason Obama lies to his low-information base: Lying is easier, and it leaves more time for golf. Harping on Obamacare’s legal status is fine. However, that the law passed under cover of “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it” has produced precisely the opposite of its promised effects seems like a poor topic about which to gloat. “Hey, we scammed America out of $2 trillion and made a fairly clean getaway!” And I’d be remiss were I not to point out that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution has been law for more than centuries and that the Democrats have accepted that fact as well as a fat guy accepts “We’re out of cake.” On the other side of the Democrats’ shutdown follies is the debt limit increase demanded by Obama. “(Y)ou don’t negotiate… by putting a gun to the American people’s head by threatening a shutdown.” Putting aside Obama’s gratuitous gun violence joke, if Obama really wants us to allow him to take out another mortgage on our children’s futures, he might want to try a route that he didn’t personally consider “a leadership failure” until he found out being President is, like, super hard, you guys! Now, the shutdown has engendered discussion of negotiations. I’m curious as to why anyone want to negotiate with the Democrats. Obamacare is a $2 trillion fraud. Obama and his accomplices forced this shutdown rather than give up on an entirely unworkable con of which they personally want no part. Obama has delivered Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, National Security Agency spying, Internal Revenue Service intimidation and Obamacare. I don’t negotiate with criminals, and I damned sure don’t want my representatives doing so on my behalf.
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