I have no trouble believing this

World War II Memorial (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)
World War II Memorial (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

Logistics with the Speed of Light
Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:46:52 -0700
Did anyone besides me wonder how they got all those signs printed and distributed far and wide, including to all the national parks and cemeteries overseas only eight to ten hours after the government shut down?  Take a look at this from someone who wanted to remain anonymous.
I have worked in the government on and off for 40 years.  During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc.  It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way.  The simplest request takes months not days or hours.
In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, miraculously, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying-?this [park, facility, etc. with custom logos] closed due to government shutdown.  There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years.  These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded.  The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed U.S. Mails or freight companies.
This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance at least 6-8 months ago.  Millions of tax dollars were appropriated and spent in this process.  There is a paper trail a mile long leading directly to the White House.
Storming the Barricades in WashingtonHans von SpakovskyOctober 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

Americans are justifiably angry over the political game being played by the Obama administration to barricade the World War II Memorial in Washington. And they should be. Under federal law, there is no justifiable reason for closing the memorial.

On Tuesday, the National Park Service put up barricades around the open-air memorial that is normally accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when Park Service personnel are not there. Police threatened to arrest visiting veterans, who came to Washington as part of Honor Flight, a non-profit that gives veterans free transportation so they can see war memorials.
World War II Memorial (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

World War II Memorial (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)

It is one of the most blatant and shameful political stunts being carried out by the White House, which appears intent on keeping the government shut down to protect Obamacare.

How do we know this is purely political theater? Because under applicable federal law – and the interpretation of that law by both the Justice Department and the Office of Management and Budget — all “law enforcement” operations of the federal government are exempted from being shut down during any funding lapse.

The only possible reason for preventing access to the World War II Memorial would be a concern about security. But because the National Park Police are operating even during the government “slimdown” — that is why they were at the memorial when the veterans were threatened with arrest — this is not a valid concern.

Under intense pressure, the Obama administration began to relent Wednesday, agreeing to “an accommodation for the Honor Flights.” That isn’t good enough. The memorials should be fully open for everyone and anyone.

The White House had an opportunity to prevent this confrontation. Representative Steven Palazzo (R-MS), who helped arrange Tuesday’s Honor Flight visit, says both the White House and the Interior Department rejected his request to allow the veterans to visit the memorial. Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the National Park Service, which claimed it was told by the White House to shut down the memorial.

With the help of Representatives Palazzo, Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), and Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and with the same gung-ho spirit that characterized their courageous actions during World War II, the veterans defied the Park Service and pushed through the barriers, just like they did on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.

In an action that defies logic and any appreciation for the deep sacrifices of these veterans, more Park Service employees were dispatched by the Obama administration on Wednesday morning to re-erect the barriers — “two more security officials than the State Department had in Benghazi a year ago on the night of the terrorist attack that killed four, including the U.S. ambassador,” according to the Washington Examiner.

There are no legal or budget reasons whatsoever for the memorial to be barricaded, shut down, and fenced off — other than President Obama’s desire to engage in political theatrics intended to annoy as many members of the public as possible and blame conservatives who are trying to stop the President’s unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable health-care law.

Obama’s decision to prolong the shutdown continues to go against the will of the American people, who are facing higher health care costs, the loss of health insurance, fewer hours at work, and difficulty finding a job. It’s no wonder just 17 percent of Americans believe Obamacare will be a good thing for themselves or their families, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey.

It’s time for the President to face reality. He should be ashamed for engaging in political stunts and trying to deny access to the veterans who paid for the World War II Memorial with their service and sacrifices — and whose comrades-in-arms paid for the memorial with their lives.

5 responses to “I have no trouble believing this

  1. The government has a lot of secrets and they are not planning on telling the people. Just like they didnt tell everyone that they were being spied on.

  2. nothing is ever what it seems.
    there is always something they are not telling us.
    so why listen?

  3. It probably costed more to post all these signs, than if they were to just leave the site open. This isn’t a issue about funding, this was done for a reason. It could have been to distract people about the numerous problems about Obama-care, or something else, I don’t know. Its a shame our government is doing this.

  4. What a shame to all those world war II veterans who served for our country. They should be able to visit these memorials whenever they please, no matter what condition our goverments in. And on top of that they were flown in to this memorial. They should least get a minute to remember their fallen comrades and celebrate the victory of America.

  5. Amazing, !!!!!!

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