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    I've often said here a shutdown should be a hard shutdown and clamp my jaws every time a Dulles flight is heard near my house. I am particularly disturbed by signs of breaking, under some threat of unlawful acts by local GOP officials such as this in "Interior allows a dozen iconic national parks to reopen with state funding:

    What began as a sort of modern Sagebrush Rebellion — with Utah county commissioners threatening to bring in a posse and dismantle federal barricades themselves — has become an intense negotiation between Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and governors across the country, who are eager to reopen public lands that generate valuable tourism revenue.

    The push by some of the most conservative governors in the nation to get federal workers back on the job comes as President Obama and congressional leaders struggle with how to resolve the budget impasse.

    Meanwhile, an American city that is not a federal agency is denied the authority to spend its own tax money. While frustrated local officials may be making a tactical mistate confronting Senate leaders and the President over this they do have a point. The trouble is that the House leadership is deep into crocodile tears as  Colbert King notes:
    It would be unkind to suggest that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Mayor Vincent Gray (D) were trucking with the enemy when they joined forces last week with House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Darrell Issa and other Republicans on a proposal to extract city appropriations from the stalled continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
    And the Republican proposal — which is, indeed, helpful to the District — aims to drive a wedge between this Democratic city and the president. The city’s budget must be approved by Congress through the appropriation process. In essence, the GOP is picking and choosing which federal programs to fund to ease political heat or garner constituent favor, while trying to win concessions from the president, who wants to reopen the entire government.
    The Senate gave the District budget autonomy in its version of the 1973 home-rule bill. I was part of the Senate District Committee staff that drafted the legislation. House conservatives balked, however, and the autonomy provision was dropped.
    The House majority now is still playing that game. Still, it is particularly galling to me that TP/GOP governors, even locals making threats (I'd hope the "posse" arrested or, if resisting, treated a normal with those resisting arrest) get their nearby parks opened. And, by the way, that open our park while you are shut down is nothing new among these insurrectionists.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 08:09:40 AM PDT

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