The federal goverment is (17%) shut down, and Barack Obama is going to make sure that the people pay. The State of Arizona asked to reopen the Grand Canyon itself, at state expense. The Obama administration refused to allow it.
Meanwhile, the Park Service — which is supposedly doing all this shutdown theater because it has no money to operate — somehow is able to pay armed guards to stand watch outside a hotel to make sure none of the visiting senior citizens slip out and see something:
The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.
“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said.
The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier lodge located adjacent to the park’s most famous site, Old Faithful geyser. That was as close as they could get to the famous site — barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.
“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”
What kind of “shutdown” is this? They are spending money they supposedly don’t have, just to make sure that public is harmed!
Meanwhile, the Barack Obama holds a press conference, and the lapdog press asks not one question about any of this. Not a single question! It’s absolutely astonishing, even for them.
I’m not expecting them to ask, “Mr. President, why is the Park Service being complete assholes?” (Although if it were a Republican doing this, that — minus the profanity — is exactly what they would ask.) But how about asking about what legal opinions justify the shutdown theater?
POSTSCRIPT: Jonathan Last has a nice summary of what’s happening, although he leaves out several instances.