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  •  Why was the memorial closed? (1+ / 0-)
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    The Administration has discretion in what stays open. Why was it so important to dispatch staff to barricade an open installation?

    Also, why was the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Va shutdown. The Feds only own the land. They are a passive landlord.

    But why did they decide this facility needed to be closed?


    You already know. Portions of the government are being selectively closed to maximize the perceived pain and discomfort to citizens -- rather than the other way around.

    Feel the burn.

    •  Right, only the poor people should feel the burn. (2+ / 0-)
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      EastcoastChick, rustypatina

      Let's be honest, if you had control over what got funded would you prefer that poor people starve or that some rich folks had the opportunity to go to a park?

      We already know your answer. Go hang out at Red State and stick your head in the "small government" sand over there.

      •  Your believe that it was a rational or (0+ / 0-)

        efficient use of limited "shutdown" resources to send staff to close an open installation?

        Likewise, to send park service personnel to close the Colonial Farm that is privately operated and funded.

        It is Partial Shutdown Kabuki.

        •  Pfffft (1+ / 0-)
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          you know damn well you can't allow people to walk around unsupervised on government property.

          The first time someone trips, or otherwise gets injured there would be lawsuits.

          So what's more important?  Sightseers or keeping the SS checks flowing?  Hmm?

          Now - may I interest you in this recipe?

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          1 lb GOP brain matter - pureed
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    •  Not true, and silly (2+ / 0-)
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      EastcoastChick, schnecke21

      If Obama wanted to maximize the pain, he would shut down medicare and SS payments.  Shutting down memorials is the least painful method of saving money.

      Don't be an idiot.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 08:40:59 AM PDT

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    •  Discretion? (4+ / 0-)
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      McWaffle, terabthia2, DSPS owl, schnecke21

      The president has to execute the laws duly passed by Congress.

      If he does have discretion, I would assume that means they have to keep open only what is demanded open by the Constitution or else what is considered to be necessary.

      I do not think that a monument can be considered necessary or Consitutionally protected by any stretch of the imagination.

      If Obama kept the national parks open in defiance of the law, the same people who are screaming about the memorial would be screaming for his impeachment.

      Fox's Brian Kilmeade on Starbucks' decision to ban guns in stores: "Real simple - if you have a gun, go to Dunkin Donuts."

      by NCJan on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 08:52:44 AM PDT

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      •  Obama is keeping the WWII open as a stunt! (1+ / 0-)
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        Can you believe that Obama is continuing to spend government money to keep the WWII monument open unconstitutionally just so he can get a photo opp with veterans?

        "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

        by McWaffle on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 08:56:57 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for repeating a GOP talking point (3+ / 0-)
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      bryduck, a2nite, DSPS owl
      "The Obama administration has decided they want to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, even taking the unnecessary step of keeping the Greatest Generation away from a monument built in their honor," he said.

      -RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

      If you're really concerned about how the Administration is handling the shutdown, I'd expect you'd have some harsh words for Speaker Boehner and the rest of the House Republicans who caused this shutdown.

      Ah, but let me guess - like so many of our 'centrists' here on DKos, both sides are guilty, right?

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