If you’re a federal employee impacted by the shutdown, then I’m sure you know how much things like this suck. After all, you were hired to do a job, and right now, you can’t. I understand that completely. However, as bad as the shutdown is for you, the shutdown has done one important thing. It’s shown us just how much power Uncle Sam believes it has.
In an effort to make the shutdown hurt as much as possible, we’ve seen barricades at the World War II Memorial, an open air memorial that maintains no staff. The same is true of the Lincoln Memorial and other statues and memorials throughout the nation. Mt. Rushmore is not only closed, but also closed viewing areas so that you can’t even look at the memorial.
They’ve spent money they don’t have to close down things that wouldn’t have cost them a dime to keep open. This apparently includes parts of the Atlantic Ocean (for the record though, you can boat through it. You just can’t fish or drop anchor).
“So what,” you might ask. It is federal territory, after all, and they are shut down. It may be ridiculous, but why is this an example of how government looks down on us all. Well, probably because the federal government is also trying to shut down state parks that receive just a bit of federal funding.