Obama administration erects needless barricades to open-air WWII Memorial, and House Democrats kill funding for Veterans Administration
You probably know how the Obama administration erected barricades at the WWII memorial but a group of WWII veterans burst through the barricades anyway.
The barricades were political theater.
Before we go any further, let us note once again how contrived it is to shut down entryways to a wide open space out in the middle of a park.
This is not a building, like a museum, that has doors and staffers and guides. This is fucking scenery.
And yet the erected artificial barriers to block people from walking through outdoor scenery.
Voila! Now we can pretend a memorial standing unsupervised out in the open is a “National Park” or “Open Air Museum” and close it to pedestrian traffic (and people can in fact just walk through this thing in their normal transversing of the city).
Now, that out of the way: They then took the next step.
When they were informed that the Honor Flight was on the way, and that they should make one exception for the veterans of WWII and open up the artificial barriers they had erected to make a political point, they refused.
The Daily Caller has further details on how the WWII Vets were ambushed by the Obama administration, Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans’ request and rejected it:
Palazzo, a Gulf War Marine veteran who has participated in all five of the Honor Flights, blames the White House for making it harder on veterans and playing politics. “At first I thought it was a huge bureaucratic oversight,” Palazzo told The Daily Caller, “but having talked with the officials I can’t help but think this was politically motivated. Honor Flights, which bring WWII veterans to the nation’s memorials, are planned a year in advance and cost anywhere between $80,000 to $100,000. How low can you get with playing politics over our nation’s veterans?”
In a statement, Palazzo noted that he is introducing legislation to ensure that all Honor Flights are granted access this week. “This is an open-air memorial that the public has 24/7 access to under normal circumstances — even when Park Service personnel aren’t present,” Palazzo said in the statement. “It actually requires more effort and expense to shut out these veterans from their Memorial than it would to simply let them through. My office has been in touch with NPS officials and the Administration to try to resolve this issue.”
Really, though, this story is objectively terrible for the White House, right? http://t.co/cXKNVlYASz
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) October 2, 2013
Morgan Richmond, formerly of Verum Serum blog, demonstrates that the memorial is open 24 hours. There are no barricades or gates. There was no reason to close it off other than to hassle the Vets and create a propaganda image to blame Republicans.
"The public may visit the World War II Memorial 24 hours a day." Staffed from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm. http://t.co/9NSCphRYD4
— Morgen (@morgenr) October 2, 2013
But it gets worse. Not only did the Obama administration abuse these WWII Veterans by erecting needless barricades, Democrats in the House killed a bill to fund the Veterans Administration.
A two-thirds majority was needed on this procedural vote, and it failed because almost all Democrats voted against it.
Democrats just voted to deny Veterans benefits — yes, deny Veterans benefits, yes deny Veterans benefits, yes deny Veterans benefits
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) October 1, 2013
Here’s the breakdown of the vote by party:
Here are the NAYS (all Democrats)(click on image to enlarge):
Democrats are so enthralled with what they perceive to be a political advantage, that they are willing needlessly to ambush a group of WWII Vets visiting a memorial to their fallen comrades, and then to deny the Veterans Administration funding.
John Ekdahl has it right:
The man is, at his core, vindictive and small. http://t.co/At66djahYo
— NoPolitics John (@JohnEkdahl) October 1, 2013