Government Pettiness In What Gets Shut Down
Disgustingly, they've yanked two elderly people out of their home, which they've owned since the 70s. Jacqui Heinrich writes at KTNV that their private home on Lake Mead sits on Federal land:
Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They've been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn't an option.
The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they've owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.
"I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants," Joyce Spencer told Action News.
The Stewart's Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they're not allowed in until the government reopens.
The Lake Mead properties are considered vacation homes; one of the lease requirements to own a plot is people must have an alternative residence.
Regardless, the Spencers said it's their property and they should be allowed in, shutdown or not.
More here, by Mollie Hemingway at thefederalist, on the punitive and petty government shutdowns:
There were nearly 6 million living World War II veterans counted in the 2000 U.S. Census. By 2010, there were fewer than 2 million. An estimated 640 World War II Veterans die each day.
Last week the Obama Administration chose to barricade the World War II Memorial to keep aging veterans and other citizens out during the so-called government "shutdown."
It's tremendously wasteful to spend taxpayer funds and personnel shutting down an open-air memorial that could be visited at any time of the day prior to the shutdown, whether staff were nearby or not. But more than that, it's just cruel: World War II veterans are on a race against time to see their memorial.
...Bloomberg News reported on the "seeming randomness" of the closures:Grocery stores on Army bases in the U.S. are closed. The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is open.
CNN asked the Executive Branch why in the world they'd barricaded the World War II Memorial and received an incoherent reply. Which they published:"I know that this is an open-air memorial, but we have people on staff who are CPR trained, (and) we want to make sure that we have maintenance crew to take care of any problems. What we're trying to do is protect this resource for future generations," said [National Mall and Memorial parks spokeswoman Carol] Johnson.
Again, people were free prior to the shutdown to walk on the sidewalks near the memorial whether or not CPR-trained government workers were nearby or not. The explanation boggled the mind.
...This pettiness extended to attempts to shutdown privately-run rival visitor sites such as Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home. And the National Park Service also forcibly closed (and if they have a rationale for this they've yet to explain it) the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia. It's a living history museum that shows school kids what life on a farm was like before the Revolutionary War. Unlike other sites that are dependent on the Park Service, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm is fighting back against the NPS and they say they are fighting for their very survival:The Farm is a completely independent entity, leasing land from the National Park Service but drawing no resources, personnel, and most importantly, currently drawing no money from the NPS or the American people. It funds itself completely through its school, community, and public programs. However, this government shutdown has caused the NPS to shut down this Farm, despite its independence, proximity to extreme security, and privately paid full staff. Without income from school groups, public programs, and public entry, the Farm will not meet its bills and will have to shut down forever.
Again: Both cruel and unnecessary.