This is what I saw as I passed through the Grand Canyons during the middle of the government shutdown. There are lookout areas offering different vantage points in which to enjoy the views of the Canyons along a byway called Desert View Road, but they closed them off. Why? Shut up, that’s why.
These are not areas that require staff or buildings that need guides, maintenance, etc. THIS IS SCENERY. I can only hope we haven’t become so dumbed down as a nation to not recognize how contrived it is to shut down entryways to a wide open space out in the middle of a national park. These are places that are opened 24 hours a day with or without the presence of park employees. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they (and by they I mean Obama and his cronies who are pulling this crap) refused to even make an exception for WWII veterans to a similar park area, because, GOVERNMENTSHUTDOWN!!1111
They’re not doing it because they HAVE to do it. They’re doing it out of malice, to maximize the hurt of a government shutdown as much as they can in order to score cheap political points against the Republicans. Obama’s disdain isn’t merely with Republicans in Congress, but with the roughly 50% of the country who disagree with his policies. God forbid that he should take their concerns into consideration and seek compromise. Either he gets what he wants, when he wants it, or he throws a political temper tantrum at our expense. He has shown himself not to be above literally hurting Americans so long as it makes Republicans look bad. I wonder if there will finally be a time when the scales drop from the eyes of the voters who supported him and they see him for the narcissistic politician that he truly is.
Update: More proof that the closures are a result of politics rather than actual necessity. One park ranger reportedly fumed, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”