Let’s be fair, liberals have many talents. They are perfectly willing to say black is white if it suits their agenda. Their ability to lie by omission is breathtaking. Their ability to simply ignore the blatantly obvious is amazing. Finally, the level of intellectual flexibility required to be a modern liberal democrat today is simply astounding. The granddaddy of all liberal talents though has to be the manufactured crises.
The current government shutdown is a classic example. For the best part of the last two weeks we have heard nothing but predictions of doom and gloom from Dingy Harry Reid, whining about the unfairness of it all from the Diva wannabe Nancy Pelosi and of course the numerous cries of victim hood from the Kenyan little Barry.
These career politicians have staked out the position that only giving them everything they want will be considered “compromise.” The Kenyan little Barry has said he does not need to negotiate. When Dingy Harry was asked about allowing the Senate to vote on the National Institute of Health’s funding bill sent over by the house to allow children to get or continue their treatments his reply was both brutal and indicative, “Why would I do that?” In Dingy Harry’s mind it is his way or no way and to hell with the kids.
Still, on the first day of the government shutdown the administration gave $445,000,000 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The kids may be dying but at least they can see Big Bird one more time.
Welcome to the mindset of the modern liberal democrat.
After being initially rejected by the Senate the House has gone to the strategy of passing individual funding bills and sending them over to the Senate. Dingy Harry has pronounced all these funding bills dead on arrival. Fearing a revolt by several democratic senators up for re-election in what are predicted to be tough races, he simply cannot allow any votes. With only 17% of the government actually shut down this only leaves the democrats with one strategy, manufacture a crises. The dutiful media will of course provide as much aid and comfort to the democrats as possible.
Consider the following stories in the light of a “manufactured” crisis.
The Amber alert system, a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement and broadcasters, system was shut down but Michelle Obamas “Lets Move” website remained up.
Park Service police cordoned off the highway by the Mt. Rushmore monument to prevent people from stopping on the shoulder of the road to see the monument from a distance.
The Park Service shut down a private business, the Pisgah Inn.
Threatening to arrest non-active-duty priests at some U.S. military installations who practice their faith, even on a voluntary basis. Furloughed military chaplains willing to celebrate Mass and baptisms for free have been told they will be punished for doing so.
Evicting an elderly Las Vegas couple, Joyce and Ralph Spencer from their home. Although the Spencer’s actually own the Lake Mead property their home sits on, it is on federal property.
The American Forces Network that provides American sports and entertainment programming to our troops stationed abroad has been shut down. AFN News will still broadcast news but not any of the popular and fun stuff like NFL games.
On Friday Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said that federal officials declined her offer to reopen the Grand Canyon using state funds.
An angry Park Service ranger in D.C. told the Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
According to Melissa Wood, Mt. Vernon’s media director The National Park Service blocked parking lots at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens “due to a misunderstanding over the ownership of the spaces.” The Park Service maintains the parking lots but Mount Vernon owns the property.
The National Park Service has ordered the closure of The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, the National Park Service sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property. “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money,” she said.
The Camp David golf course is still open and little Barrys chefs have been deemed “essential” personnel.
Seven National Park Service employees were reportedly seen “erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.” on Friday. There usually aren’t any National Park Service employees working at the World War II memorial. A few hours later, it was realized that the barricades surrounding the World War II memorial had been reinforced with wiring to tie the fences together. World War II vets with an Honor Flight group, along with Democratic and Republican members of Congress were able to move the barricades and enter the memorial on Friday. Why go to such great lengths to shut down the open-air World War II memorial that is usually unguarded? The Republican National Committee has offered to cover any costs required to keep the memorial open. The White House refused.
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. State authorities refused the order because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.
Over 100 privately managed parks that cost no money to run were ordered closed. The U.S. Treasury actually makes money from the rents paid by a private company that employ about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. No federal money is used to operate these parks. Even though no federal employees work at these parks and taxpayers make a profit from these parks little Barry shut them down. The result, 400-500 employees lose their jobs so he can “make a point.”
I could list dozens of more examples but I think the pattern here is obvious. Still, as a veteran I cannot let this last example pass.
While the government has deemed little Barry’s chef’s “essential,” working class military personnel have lost their tax-free store privileges. Active duty military as well as veterans and the families who shop at local tax-free store were shocked to discover that these store’s doors had been locked. These stores have never been shut down in any of the previous government shutdowns as far as I could find out.
So what exactly is this shutdown all about? Betsy McCaughey makes a great point. What the democrat’s want implemented is not what little Barry signed.
The so-called health care bill that the Kenyan little Barry signed into law some three years ago, long ago ceased to exist. Depending on whom you listen to the law has been modified between 14-19 times. The original bill had no subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. It did not have 2,500 waivers, many of those given to his financial supporters. There was no one-year delay on the employer mandate. These things little Barry did outside the law. What is being implemented is not the law that was passed in the dead of night, with special deals for hesitant democratic senators for their votes. It is no longer, in my mind at least, the law of the land and the liberals should get over it.