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Monuments, Memorials Opened In Prior Shutdowns

From the Daily Caller:

Monuments and memorials remained open during previous shutdown

By Charles C. Johnson | October 2, 2013

Although President Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments, war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns. The administration’s decision to barricade the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown.

And there have been 17 previous shutdowns. It’s almost as if Mr. Obama wants to punish the American people.

The administration has also balked at efforts by non-governmental groups to maintain access to public sites. But during the Clinton-era shutdown, World War II veterans kept the Pearl Harbor memorial open.

“Despite the federal government shutdown and an unrepaired sign that reads ‘Arizona Memorial closed,’ tourists are still getting expert commentary about the World War II memorial at Pearl Harbor,” wrote the Associated Press on January 1, 1996…

Barricades went up in national parks across Washington, D.C. Wednesday, including the Lincoln Memorial. This, too, was unprecedented.

It is not clear how much taxpayer money the Obama administration is paying to ensure that government sites and services remain shuttered to taxpayers. Popular Washington spots such as the World War II memorial are now guarded by more security personnel than they are during normal operations, while federal employees have been dispatched to put up barricades on capital bike paths and other public grounds that are not usually patrolled at all…

Besides, the WWII and the other Memorials, like the Washington Mall in general, are all ‘open air memorials. That is, there is nothing there that needs any particular protection. Even without park rangers, that area of Washington DC is the most heavily policed in the entire country.

The American people are currently paying for eight mounted cops to keep people out of the World War II memorial…

And, as others have noted, Chris Stevens and our other embassy employees in Benghazi only had five guards (diplomatic security agents).

Another unprecedented aspect of the current shutdown is that the president has until Wednesday evening refused any discussions with the opposition leadership. In 1995 and 1996 President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich negotiated vigorously and struck several  compromises, such as 75-percent funding plan that lasted more than a month.

In fact, every one of the previous 17 shutdowns have been ended by negotiations. But Obama and the Democrats refuse to negotiate. They would rather hold the country hostage.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Monuments, Memorials Opened In Prior Shutdowns”

  1. captstubby

    Steve, if only your outstanding posts were printed in the mainstream news…

    you have raised the bar this time.

    thank you.

  2. preparing4theworst

    OK, lets get a big truck and trailer, paint the correct logo on the side, show up in hard hats and safety vests and pick up all those barriers……and put them around the white house….after all it is closed to tourists too…




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