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Government Shutdown Jokes…and the Sick Joke of Obama’s Shutdown Strategy ^ | October 9, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 10/09/2013 8:52:51 AM PDT by Kaslin

Even though it’s an uphill battle, I’m glad there are some lawmakers willing to fight Obamacare. They realize a hard battle today could help save America from genuine fiscal crisis in the future.

I don’t know how this government-shutdown battle (which is morphing into a debt-limit battle) will end, but I’m hopeful the taxpayers get some sort of victory.

The 2011 fight over the debt limit, after all, gave us sequestration, which has been Obama’s biggest defeat.

Heck, maybe in this year’s fight we can even keep the government shut down long enough that people realize that we can do without much of the Washington bureaucracy.

If nothing else, this fight has exposed the callow, juvenile, and spiteful mentality of the President and his team. These Washington hacks are trying to make the shutdown as painful as possible for innocent third parties.

Mollie Hemingway has a must-read article at The Federalist with lots of disgusting examples. Here are the ones that strike me as especially cruel, dangerous, and/or petty.

Last week the Obama Administration chose to barricade the World War II Memorial to keep aging veterans and other citizens out during the so-called government “shutdown.” It’s tremendously wasteful to spend taxpayer funds and personnel shutting down an open-air memorial that could be visited at any time of the day prior to the shutdown, whether staff were nearby or not. WWII Memorial BarackcadeBut more than that, it’s just cruel: World War II veterans are on a race against time to see their memorial. …the feds shuttered the Amber Alert web site, which posts pictures of missing kids. …Amber Alerts aren’t even federally run. They’re mostly run by the states themselves. It took more time and energy to shutter the site than to just let it keep running. Every other juvenile justice program kept running… The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument. This pettiness extended to attempts to shutdown privately-run rival visitor sites such as Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home. …The list goes on and on and on. The feds put 77-year-old Joyce Spencer and 80-year-old husband Ralph out of the home they’ve owned since the 1970s because it sits on federal land.

This goes way beyond the ordinary Washington Monument Syndrome, which occurs when politicians try to make supposed budget cuts as painful as possible.

The Obama White House is adding steroids and meth to that Syndrome in ways that are so pathetic that you would think their strategy will backfire (just like the Massachusetts Governor went overboard when he said budget cuts would lead to zoo animals being euthanized).

And people wonder why I mock politicians!?!

Since the Obama Administration’s petty actions seem like a joke, let’s close by sharing some real jokes from the late-night talk shows.

Jay Leno

David Letterman

Jimmy Fallon

Craig Ferguson

Jimmy Kimmel

Having recently renewed my passport, the last Jimmy Kimmel joke hits a bit too close for comfort. But the best two jokes, in my humble opinion, are Letterman’s quip about non-essential employees being part of the problem and Leno’s line about how we should really worry about the government starting back up.

Gee, this is almost enough to make one conclude that we would be better off with a much smaller government!

P.S. Other examples of government shutdown humor can be enjoyed by clickinghere, here, here, and here.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: barrycades; jayleno; operationwhipcracker

1 posted on 10/09/2013 8:52:51 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

USA is becoming a JOKE in itself.

2 posted on 10/09/2013 8:55:25 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

Fact is, there are sufficient non-government and local government resources available, the country could continue for quite some time without Federally supported programs.

And once it is obvious the absence of the Federal money does not materially affect the actual delivery of services, the next question is, just why does the cost of accepting Federal government services remain so high, in relation to value delivered?

California is NOT any kind of model for the rest of the states.

3 posted on 10/09/2013 9:00:01 AM PDT by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama put up more barbed wire around the WWII memorial then has has around the US/Mexico border....

4 posted on 10/09/2013 9:01:41 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: alloysteel
Fact is, there are sufficient non-government and local government resources available, the country could continue for quite some time without Federally supported programs

Exactly. This is why he has prohibited volunteer contributions, volunteer services, individual state-paid services, and even the operation of things which receive no Federal funding at all but happen to be on Federal land.

I hope more of the States will start to oppose him in court. Power has to be returned to the States. We have gotten way too centralized, and that is what has brought down many a nation or even empire before us.

5 posted on 10/09/2013 9:08:33 AM PDT by livius
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To: rightwingextremist1776

More guards for Yellowstone than our Benghazi embassy.

6 posted on 10/09/2013 9:09:02 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Kaslin

The biggest (and unfunniest) joke is Obama.

7 posted on 10/09/2013 9:41:51 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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Since Obaba & Biden both live on FEDERAL property, they both should be shut out of same.

That is certainly just as fair as driving out a 77 yr old woman & her 80 yr old husband from a home they have lived in since the 70’s.

8 posted on 10/09/2013 9:47:59 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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