All Sections
Welcome guest, you have 3 views left.  Register| Sign In

The shut out: Hurting the people on purpose

The government shutdown was unnecessary and foolish. Now that it has been forced upon us by two intransigent political factions that would rather score points against each other than govern, one would think that at least the executive branch would do its best to minimize the impact on the American public. One would be wrong.

In Washington earlier this week, federal employees erected barriers to block citizens from accessing outdoor memorials that are not staffed. World War II veterans were blocked from entering the open-air memorial dedicated to them. A single barricade was placed in front of the World War I memorial.
The government cannot barricade the White Mountain National Forest. But toilets there have been locked. Tourists were not let onto the grounds that surround the Jefferson Memorial. Why?

The only possible explanation is that the executive branch hopes to impose as much hardship as possible. This is petty partisanship at its worst.

Post or View Comments 

NH Maple Weekend NH Maple Weekend
All Weekend

Sap Gathering Contest Sap Gathering Contest
Saturday, 10 a.m.

45th Annual NH Camping and RV Show 45th Annual NH Camping and RV Show
Friday, 1-8 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ales for Tails Ales for Tails
Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

The Moth Mainstage The Moth Mainstage
Saturday, 8 p.m.

Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow our RSS feed
Union Leader app for Apple iPad or Android *
Click to download from Apple Apps StoreClick to download from Android Marketplace
* e-Edition subscription required

More Editorials

NH Angle