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Obama now closing the ocean, blames shutdown

Obama now closing the ocean blames shutdownAny doubts that the Obama administration is deliberately targeting cuts to inflict as much pain and inconvenience on the American people as possible are becoming close to being dispelled with new reports that federal officials are now attempting to close the ocean and using the federal government shutdown to justify their decision.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington said regarding the harassment to American citizens. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

When the remarks first surfaced, it would’ve been easy to chalk them up to simple frustration on behalf of an employee forced to deal with an uncomfortable situation. However, as the government shutdown now enters the weekend, it becomes apparent that the statements may have had some validity.

Just prior to the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was closed due to the shutdown. Officials went even further and said that until the Republicans acquiesce to the president’s demands and government funding is restored, fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into the 1,100 square miles of open ocean. The government is also prohibiting fishing at Biscayne national Park during the shutdown.

While the shuttering of some federal institutions such as the Smithsonian might be understandable since they require full-time staffing to maintain the exhibits, it is bizarre to say the least as to why the government finds it necessary to shut down the ocean itself, which has existed long before America became a nation. Moreover, generally speaking any law-enforcement issues are typically the purview of the Coast Guard which is unaffected by the shutdown.

Mike Flynn, a columnist for Breitbart said this recent action to close off the ocean by the Obama administration has nothing to do with making tough, but difficult decisions to stretch federal dollars in Lieu of a continuing resolution, but rather is the actions of a petulant little child.

“This is governing by temper-tantrum,” Flynn said. “It is on par with the government’s ham-fisted attempts to close the DC WWII Memorial, an open-air public monument that is normally accessible 24 hours a day. By accessible I mean, you walk up to it. When you have finished reflecting, you then walk away for it.”

Thus far the administration has rejected any attempt to reopen parks, even where state and local officials have offered to pay to reopen the facilities. The Department of the Interior has declined the funding saying it would be unfair to choose which parks to open.

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28 Comments

  1. Daniel

    Oct 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I cant believe what I am reading. How can you seriously tell us the American people that we have no right to go out on the ocean? This is just ridiculous. All these elected officials in office who cant make an agreement on anything. You are suppose to represent the people and make decisions in our best interests. Instead you fight like 2 year olds and now because your stupid agenda isn’t being pushed you sit there and take away from us. Whats next obama? Seriously? You gonna tell me I cant drive my car down the interstate because the interstate is closed? Grow up and stop acting like children. Temper-tantrum is the perfect word to describe the obama administration. Im sorry but this is exactly why i dont trust our governing body anymore. All the republicans and democrats do is fight like children.

  2. kathleen

    Oct 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    our government is no longer a democracy, it’s a dictatorship! better watch out “Mr. President” dictators fall and fall hard! i find it hard to believe other countries are jealous of US! the rapture can’t get here fast enough. i’m worried about the future for my children and grandchildren!! your actions have gone way out of proportion and if you had actually listened to the ” people ” you are working for, we would not be in this situation!! i say impeach and bring back our beloved democracy!!!

    • Tony

      Oct 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

      America has never been a democracy. America is a constitutional republic.

      • Andy

        Oct 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Thank you for that! Most of the American population have no clue that we are a republic and not a democracy.

      • Jose

        Oct 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        One thing doesn’t preclude the other. A republic can be a democracy, same way a monarchy, as in the UK, is a democracy. There is no doubt that the system of government in the United States is democratic. The people has the ultimate power to remove any elected officer. Even the president can be impeached, governors can be recalled, members of the House of Representatives can be dismissed after only two years in office.

        • John

          Oct 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

          Since when do the people have have the power to remove an elected official. It’s never “the people”. It’s always the people in the high places. The “people” haven’t had power in this country since the 60’s. I can’t believe you believe that shit.

          • Ben

            Oct 11, 2013 at 1:05 am

            Apparently you’re not real familiar with Watergate or recall elections.

        • Laura

          Oct 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

          Oh, Thank you Jose I’m so tired of hearing that argument from people. They don’t understand the difference from “Pure Democracy” as they had in Athens and “Democracy”. A “Republic” is a form of Democracy the word itself is considered a synonym for Democracy. People need to stop running around repeating things they have heard without truly understanding what they are saying. Do a little self-education people.

          • Jed

            Oct 12, 2013 at 2:21 am

            Thank you Laura. People with their superiority complexes keep screaming about the difference between a Republic and a Democracy but, as you stated so well, a Republic is the representative form of Democracy just not the pure Democracy as the Greeks had which allows all voters to vote on all issues.

      • Taylor

        Oct 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

        Amen. Most people who believe drivel like this have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about, case in point. It’s like a plague of ignorance sweeping the nation. Thanks, Tony, for beating me to the punch on this one 🙂

    • DJ ROYCE

      Oct 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

      AMEN! Kathleen.. My thoughts exactly. – more and more are waking up. But most are still stuck in the groove. They watch “THE VOICE” or “WIFE SWAP” “Dog The Bounty Hunter” while our Prez is up there setting up a socialist Government. – Our Forefathers would of already been in a civil war by now. – 20 years ago a million man march – now.. not much at all.

  3. Victoria Dreksler

    Oct 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Our country is crumbling before our very eyes since Obama has been in office. Sick.

  4. Tim Fairchild

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    They also evicted an elderly couple from their home that they OWN, situated on park lands! I wish the park service would simply not comply with these ridiculous orders, and “stand down.” Or better yet, remove the occupants of the White House and Congress seeing they are under the jurisdiction of the NPS. Rules are rules? Right?

  5. T.E.

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    BOW TO YOUR KING!!!

    People!! Keep voting for Democrats and Republicans! That strategy has worked oh so well hasn’t it?!?!

    WAKE UP or continue to be ruled by idiot-herder after idiot-herder until many are in chains taking bullets to the back of their heads and laid to rest in mass graves and ditches..

    It couldn’t happen you say?!?! Ask a Jew…

  6. Bar Ak

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

    All you idiots complaining should think back to who you voted for..

    • Jim

      Oct 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I know exactly who I voted for, Gary Johnson… and it’s too bad he’s not in the White House right now.

      • DB

        Oct 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        Amen brotha. I remember handing out cards for Ron Paul in 2007, and people telling me what a waste it was to vote 3rd party. Oh, the ironing…

  7. Michelle

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I know for damn sure, not one person I voted for is responsible for this mess. Why? They lost the elections. Instead these idiots won. I’ll complain about this disgraceful state of affairs as much as I like. Stop believing you have to vote dem or rep to be on the winning side. Neither deserves our support.

  8. Tom

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I knew he’d do this. What’s next, the Moon? The Sun? WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

  9. Tom

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

    No matter how ridiculous – utterly insane or seemingly impossible – it may be, if it’s on the Internet and people want to believe it, they sure will. https://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/42600_The_Two_Most_Ridiculous_Right_Wing_Shutdown-Related_Fake_Outrages

    • dave howard

      Oct 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Yes, the feds are cutting off access to the ocean. But “Enforcement Rangers will still be on duty”. Yes, it’s a real outrage. From the October 3 Miami Herald, which published the story that inspired the story you cited:

      “Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week informing them that they are not permitted to take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice.

      The closing affects not only fishing guides, but anyone with a license to conduct business in the park, including tour operators and paddling guides — anyone with a Commercial Use Authorization permit, said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks.

      Biscayne National Park is also off limits. Enforcement rangers will be on duty, Kimball said.”

      Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/03/3668028_p2/shutdown-day-3-food-distributor.html#storylink=cpy

    • William

      Oct 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Tom,
      Fake outrages? Like the “fake scandals?” There’s nothing fake about them, just like the scandals. Liberals want to put their heads in the sand instead of looking at the facts. The Executive Branch has ordered its people to make like as uncomfortable as possible for the average Americans. Now all appropriations bills have to arise from House (according to the Constitution) so legislation by appropriation HAS been done before in our history. From what I have read, the original bill funded the entire government EXCEPT Obamacare. It was the CHOICE of Reid and the Democratic Senate to shut down the government. It’s the president who says “I will not negotiate.” It is the Democrats who are behind the pain and suffering from this shutdown. It is their willful choice. Yet somehow you blame the Republicans anyway. Oh, and for those of you who say that Obamacare is the law of the land, don’t forget that at one point…slavery was the law of the land. Think about that.

    • scott

      Oct 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      lol, they should shut down all public schools next, that would spark something. *sarcasm*

  10. Tom

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

    https://prntscr.com/1wfrnf <– Yet somehow you seem to believe it anyway.

  11. MB

    Oct 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    WAKE UP.

    This isn’t a government. The world has no legit governments. This is a staged lie. Your votes have never counted. They have an advanced agenda.

    RESEARCH THE ILLUMINATI.

    THIS IS THE NWO.

  12. Matthew

    Oct 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I love all you right wing republican wackos up here. Everything east of California is just full of absolute idiots. It’s all Obama’s fault cry cry cry

  13. Carrie Watkins

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I don’t care who is in charge or what they have to do, but this is just plain stupid. I am a retired Vet and was just laid off yesterday from my job. I have never not worked and supported this nation my whole life. I think it is disgusting and reminds me of kids in grocery stores having a fit over sugar cereal and throwing themselves on the ground. Talk about a bunch of babies. What is the saddest and most unpatriotic thing through this all is that our men and women have died in this time and there families can not get support from this Nation to get on an airplane and retrieve there children. They are not given burial rites to bury them. It was alright for them to die for us, but it wasn’t alright to Honor them. Shame on our Representatives, shame on us for not standing up and supporting these families while they grieve. I just feel like I am not doing enough, I just don’t know what to do. It just is not right. I live in Springfield Missouri where one of these Men are from…..Sad

  14. Gene Smith-Jones

    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    gee Matthew I was just thinking the same thing about everything west of Nevada

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