Silliness continues during federal shutdown

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

While most people seem to be content with playing the blame game during the current federal shutdown, some are noticing other issues. Most noticeably an underlying, petty obtuseness to the whole thing, seemingly designed just to frustrate the general public.

Areas that are unnecessary to shut down, open-air monuments, parking lots and even informational websites have been closed, many for no apparent reason other than to stir up more emotion from the citizenry.

Everyone by now is familiar with the veterans “storming” the WWII Memorial — elderly veterans from Mississippi that had participated in an Honor Flight refused to stop at barricades, and entered the “closed” site. Others followed and it became a national story.

Since then, there’s been an on-again, off-again agreement to allow WWII vets inside the barricade, although at one point it seems the barricades were wired together by someone still working within the federal government. On top of that, a parking lot — supposedly co-owned by the National Park Service — was closed outside Mt. Vernon, President George Washington’s former home, which is actually privately owned.

While Mt. Vernon’s website says the lots are open and available, at least at some point barricades labeled with government shutdown information were pictured as blocking access.

Finally, a multitude of government websites that simply provide static information are down.

Need to know the ins and outs of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (something we needed to know here last week)? You’re out of luck. You simply get redirected to the front page of the Department of the Interior website.

Want to download a photo of the Shuttle Discovery for a school project? Too bad kid. NASA site is down.

Fortunately, you can still access almost everything on Department of Labor, Department of Education and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sites.

Hopefully this situation will end soon, almost everyone’s had enough.