“Once it was determined that a government shutdown would occur, the Obama administration’s game plan was simple, and best described not by me, but by a park ranger tasked with implementing part of it. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can,” he explained. “It’s disgusting.”
“How disgusting? Breitbart News has compiled a list of the Obama administration’s efforts. They include shutting down the WWII memorial on the DC Mall, a move that not only denies veterans in their 80s and 90s perhaps their final chance to see it, but one required an extra-normal effort to erect ‘Barry-cades’ at the normally open-air, unstaffed facility. After these intrepid souls, many of whom faced enemy fire, removed the barricades and visited the memorial, sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning, the Barrycades were re-erected – and reinforced with wire.
“Thus, the same president who folded like a lawn chair during his ‘red line’ debacle vis a vis Syria and Vladimir Putin, stood firm against America’s Greatest Generation, many of whom have waited up to two years to book a flight to see the memorial erected in their honor.” ―Arnold Ahlert
“The harsh invective flowing from Washington’s liberal establishment has been nasty, juvenile and petty. This should be a moment for humility for the White House over its hugely unpopular Obamacare reforms, which are opposed by a significant majority of the American people. Ironically President Obama turns the other cheek on the world stage when it comes to challenges to US global power, and has made the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic competitors into a form of art. But he acts in a truly imperial fashion at home, refusing to listen to the slightest hint of criticism domestically. This is a president who happily apologises for his country’s past when he travels abroad, in thoroughly humiliating fashion for the United States, but cannot bring himself to acknowledge that his own policies might be wrong.”―Nile Gardiner
“Every true ‘independent’ voter in the United States should be clamoring for the full and immediate repeal of ObamaCare after watching a few days of Barack Obama’s Shutdown Theater. Do you really think the man who vandalized the World War II Memorial with barricades to make elderly veterans suffer will hesitate a microsecond to use your health care as leverage against you, the next time you defy his commands? You’re not ‘independent’ in any meaningful sense whatsoever if you’re comfortable with what’s going on here.” ―John Hayward
“Republicans have voted to defund Obamacare, to suspend it for one year, and to reform it. But in each of these three votes, the House also voted to fund the entire government. Why, then, is the government shut down? Because Harry Reid and Barack Obama have issued an edict: Either Obamacare is fully funded and untouched in the continuing resolution, or we kill the CR, shut down the government, and blame you.
“And this is exactly what is going on. This is all about a petulant president whose prize program the people do not want, but who insists it be imposed upon them, to assure himself a paragraph in the history books.
“This week, Republicans tried to pass legislation that would keep open all memorials and monuments, all tourist sites in Washington, D.C., and all programs for America’s veterans. Who stonewalled that? Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. …
“Reid and Obama do not want to ease the pain of the people. They want to intensify that pain, ratchet it up, maximize it, to put maximum pressure on and do maximum damage to the GOP. The Obama-Reid strategy is, in a word, sadistic. They are inflicting pain on fellow Americans — to break their political enemies.” ―Pat Buchanan
“While our president still enjoys his essential employees and locations: the White House chefs, Camp David, and a military golf course, there doesn’t seem to be any question that in mercenary pursuit of a political win, this White House is determined to unreasonably punish as many everyday people as possible. And this includes children sick with cancer. That might sound like hyperbole, but it is not.
“Although Barack Obama’s chefs have been deemed ‘essential,’ employees at the National Institutes of Health who offer last-chance experimental cancer treatments for children suffering from cancer have not. Worse still, House Republicans have offered to compromise with the president and single the NIH out for funding. The White House has threatened a veto.
“Using children sick with cancer as pawns is community organizing on steroids. And the media are covering for him. When the media thought they could emotionally blackmail the GOP with these sick children, telling their story was all the rage. Now that it is Obama and Senate Democrats wrist-flicking refusing treatment for these children, suddenly the media aren’t too interested in telling their story.
“There are many other examples of this president’s cold-hearted fanaticism and willingness to punish people for reasons that seem to have much more to with spite than what is and is not ‘essential.’ In fact, there are a number of examples where Obama seems to be spending more money and using more resources to close and block and inconvenience than to just leave it alone.” ―John Nolte