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Cherry Blossom parade might be nixed if there's a shutdown
The Hill ^

Posted on 04/06/2011 10:48:43 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Cherry Blossom parade might be nixed if there's a shutdown By Michael O'Brien - 04/06/11 12:38 PM ET

The National Cherry Blossom Parade may not take place if there is a government shutdown, the Obama administration cautioned Wednesday.

Among the government operations and services that could be closed would be national parks, which includes the site of Saturday's parade in Washington, D.C.

A senior administration official singled out the parade during a conference call Wednesday morning hosted by the Office of Management and Budget.

Federal agencies have sought to identify which employees and services would be furloughed if lawmakers can't reach an agreement to fund the government before Friday's deadline.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week springtime festival coordinated with the peak blossom season for D.C.'s many cherry blossom trees. It is a large draw for tourists.

The National Park Service estimates that the festival, which has drawn around 150,000 people in past years, creates at least $126 million for the D.C.-area economy, according to a report in The Fiscal Times.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 112th; cherryblossom; cherryblossoms; parade; shutdown; spring
Now that is just plain old mean. What's next? Grandma starves, no school lunches?
1 posted on 04/06/2011 10:48:44 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Will Moochelle’s next vacation be cancelled if there’s a government shutdown? If so, I say go for the shutdown. Incidentally, I was just recently in the DC area and the blossoms have been out for a couple weeks. Out early this year.


2 posted on 04/06/2011 10:50:31 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Sub-Driver

Eh - with the storms the other day, there are few blossoms left.

It does kinda suck for timing. There are a ton of tourists in town and soon they’ll have nothing to do.

I expect the Spy Museum will be packed.


3 posted on 04/06/2011 10:52:00 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (There's a strange odor coming from the White House. Smells like BO.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How will the nation survive without the Cherry Blossom Parade? I had to check to see if this was a parody, but the msm IS a parody.


4 posted on 04/06/2011 10:52:18 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Sub-Driver

5 posted on 04/06/2011 10:52:18 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Sub-Driver

And it starts!


6 posted on 04/06/2011 10:55:47 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver

So?


7 posted on 04/06/2011 10:56:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver
What's next? Grandma starves, no school lunches?

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding... plus homelessness!

8 posted on 04/06/2011 10:57:14 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good!

Shut it down!


9 posted on 04/06/2011 10:59:46 AM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama & try him for treason / Homosexuals reject diversity / Unions finally caught for theft)
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To: Sub-Driver

The trees will still bloom and idiot tourists will still jay-walk across Constitution Ave in rush hour traffic just to gawk at the pink tree. Shutting down the parade won’t affect the tourism boom associated with the cherry blossoms.


10 posted on 04/06/2011 11:01:49 AM PDT by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh, my. What will we do? What will we do?


11 posted on 04/06/2011 11:05:21 AM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: Sub-Driver

My wife and I visited DC for the Cherry Blossom festival in 2009. It was my first trip to DC. Other than seeing Arlington I don’t care if I never set foot in DC again for the rest of my life.


12 posted on 04/06/2011 11:05:32 AM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Remain clam.


13 posted on 04/06/2011 11:07:31 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Sub-Driver

“...The National Cherry Blossom Parade may not take place if there is a government shutdown, the Obama administration cautioned Wednesday...”

Cautioned???

I’m glad Barry is all over this pressing Cherry Blossom issue with his caution. Thank goodness for such leadership during such a major Cherry Blossom crisis. This is a parade afterall, with ya know, Cherry Blossoms. How will America EVER survive if a crucial Cherry Blossom Parade doesn’t happen??? Call your the White House switchboard! Call your Senator! Call your horticulturist! OH THE HUMANITY!!!!


14 posted on 04/06/2011 11:12:13 AM PDT by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: Sub-Driver

No cherry blossom parade

oh, the humanity, the humanity


15 posted on 04/06/2011 11:14:27 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: silverleaf

The potential shutdown is the MSM’s new Japan nuclear meltdown,AIDS crisis and Gorebull warming all wrapped up in one handy meme.


16 posted on 04/06/2011 11:17:27 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Sub-Driver

Boo Hoo!!!


17 posted on 04/06/2011 11:19:30 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Made In The USA
Dr. Peter Venkman: If the government shuts down, this country is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
18 posted on 04/06/2011 11:23:02 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who cares!? Mt Vernon will be open for anybody who wants true American history. Not that revisionist BS but the real thing! Mt Vernon gets NO federal funding and is open 365 days.


19 posted on 04/06/2011 11:25:36 AM PDT by albie
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To: Sub-Driver

The cherry blossoms will go on strike?


20 posted on 04/06/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT by Carley (UNION AGITATORS, NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: Sub-Driver

I always thought that the Cherry Blossom Festival was sponsored by the District.

Well cool. We’ve found something else to cut. DC can pick up the tab if they want it so bad.


21 posted on 04/06/2011 11:28:07 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: Sub-Driver
It's ALL BUSH'S Fault
22 posted on 04/06/2011 11:28:55 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wimmyn and minorities hit hardest... story at 8.


23 posted on 04/06/2011 11:29:48 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: Sub-Driver

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

sorry


24 posted on 04/06/2011 11:38:58 AM PDT by Jay Thomas (If not for my faith in Christ, I would despair.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Cherry Blossom parade might be nixed if there's a shutdown


25 posted on 04/06/2011 11:45:28 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Grandma starves, no school lunches?

Already in play.

26 posted on 04/06/2011 11:51:39 AM PDT by newzjunkey (OBAMA & his DEMOCRAT allies are starving children & killing the elderly.)
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To: Nickname

“I always thought that the Cherry Blossom Festival was sponsored by the District.”

It is, but the two are intertwined. DC government has already announced that if the feds shut down, there will be no DC trash pickup, DMV services, libraries, etc.

For those of us who live in the area, this is a big deal, even if we aren’t federal employees. The local impact has the potential to be great. Not that I don’t support the cause, but we aren’t able to be quite as cavalier about it as some of you when it affects our private businesses and livelihoods.


27 posted on 04/06/2011 12:03:24 PM PDT by Hawk720
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t care at all.

Cancel everything.

obastard is out there mouthing off about parks being closed, having to change vacation plans, uncertainty.... who the hell cares? I don’t. You can’t get much more uncertainty than he has created.

Stupid bastard.


28 posted on 04/06/2011 12:06:29 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is the problem with this country, and with government having its nose in everyone’s business—a city can’t even hold an annual event that should otherwise be enjoyable (if that’s your taste). Rather than a private group or groups running the festival and generating income they can re-invest into future years, they’re dependent on Uncle Sam for funding. For all we know, the event itself doesn’t generate the 126 million—the “proceeds” come from government handouts.


29 posted on 04/06/2011 12:27:07 PM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama can every one of those cherry trees and put them where the sun don’t shine. Who gives a s—t? I only wish we could shut down the White House.


30 posted on 04/06/2011 12:49:57 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

Grandma starved yesterday. Try to keep up.


31 posted on 04/06/2011 12:56:06 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: Sub-Driver

Will the Wed. night concerts at the WH end?


32 posted on 04/06/2011 6:39:59 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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To: Sub-Driver; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Oh noez!

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


33 posted on 04/06/2011 9:08:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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