This is sad.
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.
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.
This is what happens when low information voters decide election outcomes, by allowing themselves to be manipulated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Couple this with the “lets make it painful for the people” and one has to wonder who would even admit to supporting this administration./ They have failed in their most basic missions.
[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.