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Symbolism and Irony At The WWII Memorial

Category: Shutdown
Posted: 10/13/13 19:20, Edited: 10/13/13 19:21

by Dave Mindeman

See if you can figure out what is wrong with what went on at the WWII memorial by this account....

"Let me ask a simple question," Cruz told the crowd of hundreds that gathered beginning at 9 a.m. "Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?"

Black metal barricades have lined the front of the memorial since the government closed Oct. 1. That's when more than 300 National Park Service workers who staff and maintain the National Mall were furloughed.

As the crowd entered the memorial plaza, they chanted "Tear down these walls" and "You work for us." They sang "God bless America" and other songs.

Here is the list:

1) No supervision. Because the workers that oversee the Memorials are furloughed, the monuments can't be supervised. They are open to being damaged or defaced. Now I am not saying that the people who were there at 9am had that in mind, but what was there to stop them if they had wanted to? They are actually putting our precious memorials at risk.

2) Cruz, Palin, et.al are the main advocates of the Shutdown. If Cruz would listen to himself he would be amazed at what he is saying. The government isn't putting up barricades because it is their preference. It is because YOU, Senator Cruz, and your like minded instigators, have used these memorials as pawns in your power trip.

3) "You work for us"??? NO....... they don't work for you because you laid them off. Some of them are actually working for nothing because they are deemed essential. They would like to work again if you all would just fund the government.

This all has a touch of irony. These protesters were incensed that the World War II memorial was closed. They blamed the government. The government that they hate and refuse to pay for. World War II vets fought and died to keep that government in place. And now the Tea Party rabble has shut it down in an extortion plot that no freedom loving American should ever condone.
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10/14/13 13:04
To (me) whoever you are: Private funds may have built the memorial but maintenance and supervision is the responsibility of the park service. Never guarded? Maybe not visibly, but it has surveillance camera - who's manning them? And trust me, Republicans DO look bad. And if you want to criticize "cheap" politics then you had better include the cheap theatrics by Ted Cruz. The shutdown was the dumbest move ever manufactured and the Tea Party can take all the credit they want.
10/14/13 11:33
Except that this memorial, paid for with private contributions incidentally, is unmanned most of the day. It is open 24/7/365. It is never guarded. It has an interpreter/information person only. It was the result of a tinpot dictator who tries his hardest to make the shutdown hurt as many Americans as possible. Hoping that it will make the Republicans look bad. This is the rawest form of cheap politics. And so is this article. Negotiate!
10/14/13 06:58
Interesting analysis ... I will be putting this in my "I don't want government-run health care, I don't want socialized medicine and don't touch my Medicare" file.

Did you read all the gripping over the shutdown of federal lands that are used for public hunting?
While that protest was going on, Pheasants Forever along with Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation sent the following letter to Congressional leadership:
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The Farm Bill extension has expired and, along with it, vital conservation programs will unfortunately be closed for enrollment. As the leaders of Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, we respectfully urge you to pass a comprehensive five-year Farm Bill as soon as possible. Consumers may not feel the full consequences of a lapsed farm bill before January, but conservation felt it immediately.
Farm Bill conservation programs like the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program and Grasslands Reserve Program are now closed for enrollment. These are the most effective tools farmers and ranchers have to conserve bird and other wildlife habitat on private lands, and they will no longer be available without an enacted Farm Bill. This habitat also contributes environmental services to our citizens in the form of flood abatement, soil erosion abatement and clean water.
From 2006 to 2011, 1.3 million acres of native grassland were converted to cropland in the Great Plains, most of which occurred in heart of the duck factory. This is a rate of land conversion our country hasn't seen since the Dust Bowl. It is not only vital for the birds our organizations work to protect that these lands are conserved and restored, it is vital to our country's citizens. We could be recreating the dust storms of the 1930s without the conservation programs in the Farm Bill that encourage private landowners to maintain the grasses and prairie habitat that prevent erosion.
Outdoor recreation, including hunting and bird watching, contributes $646 billion to the U.S. economy each year. The industry also creates 6.1 million American jobs - more than the oil and gas, finance or real estate sectors. These jobs cannot be exported and fuel rural, local and our national economies. Conservation measures in the Senate Farm Bill, like re-coupling conservation compliance to crop insurance and a national Sodsaver program, are critical to ensuring this positive economic impact continues.
On behalf of our more than 1.5 million members and supporters, we ask that you use your leadership to expeditiously pass and enact a comprehensive five-year Farm Bill with a robust conservation title that includes re-coupling compliance to crop insurance and a national Sodsaver program.
Thank you for your consideration of our perspectives.

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This typifies what is the heart of the argument ... what should government not do ?
Where can we cut money ... well, it was just in February 2011 that Ducks Unlimited issued a press release "Ducks Unlimited Voices Strong Opposition to Massive Federal Conservation Spending Cuts" expressing a clear concern about restricting federal grants. "The cuts being proposed could imperil waterfowl populations and the future of the waterfowl hunting tradition in America," said DU CEO Dale Hall and members were encouraged to contact their Members of Congress. An amendment on the funding cut was debated and the vote wasn't close ... failing 352-73. Only 16 Republicans supported the cut ...

Contrast $47 Million in proposed funding cut for North American Wetlands with cutting $40 BILLION cut in SNAP (food stamps) where 247 Republicans supported the cuts while 15 Republicans thought that was too severe.

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