Thursday, October 10, 2013

Two superb pieces on the Obama Administration's petty behavior during the "shutdown"...

"Shutdown" in sarcastic quotes because it's not really much of a shutdown -- fully 85% of government employees and functions are still working.  Regardless, in this post I want to call your attention to two really excellent commentaries on the behavior of Obama supporters and employees during the shutdown.  First up is an article from The American Thinker that looks at the behavior of federal bureaucrats and administrators -- supposedly our servants -- and finds it more than disturbing.  Here's an excerpt from C. Edmund Wright's terrific article:
To wit, to be a successful government bureaucrat this past week, you would have had to play your part in closing down parks, lakes, monuments and sporting events that are frankly none of your damned business. Whether your job was ordering Barry-Cades, procuring orange warning paint, police tape, or stapling notices to fences, trees and so on, you had to choose between being a good bureaucrat or a good citizen.  This is not an exaggeration. Never the twain shall meet -- at least, not this past week.
Needless to say, most chose being a good bureaucrat.  Next up is an article blistering the National Park Service for their absolutely atrocious behavior over the past week and a half:
The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration. This is an expansive claim, of course. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, the HHS mandate​—​this is an administration that has not lacked for appalling abuses of power. And we still have three years to go.
Even so, consider the actions of the National Park Service since the government shutdown began. People first noticed what the NPS was up to when the World War II Memorial on the National Mall was “closed.” Just to be clear, the memorial is an open plaza. There is nothing to operate. Sometimes there might be a ranger standing around. But he’s not collecting tickets or opening gates. Putting up barricades and posting guards to “close” the World War II Memorial takes more resources and manpower than “keeping it open.”
Tough, but fair, words.  Good on Jonathan Last and The National Standard for writing and publishing that article.