The Big Think

October 5, 2013

Nothing to See Here

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 7:38 pm

Oh, for the love of Pete, this is becoming obvious.

Rushmore blockage stirs anger in S.D.: “Blocking access to trails and programs at South Dakota’s most popular attraction was one thing, but state officials didn’t expect Congress’ budget stalemate to shut down a view of Mount Rushmore. 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….

“It’s all closed up,” the newspaper quoted North Collins, N.Y., resident Hilde Werneth as saying. “They won’t even let you stop and take a picture. You can only drive by.”

Jim Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, said the situation is hurting people from out-of-state and international visitors who are in South Dakota to visit the monument.

“They won’t even let you pull off on the side of the road,” Hagen said. “I just don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish.””

It’s an unmanned parking pull-off area. On a public road. Give me a break.

‘We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.”

U.S. Park Service Ranger

It’s Wafter Thin…

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:46 pm

This, incidentally, applies equally to both sides.

Shutdown Simulacrum/a>:

“government by ‘continuing resolution’ is a sleazy racket: The legislative branch is supposed to legislate. Instead, they’re presented with a yea-or-nay vote on a single all-or-nothing multi-trillion-dollar band-aid stitched together behind closed doors to hold the federal leviathan together while it belches its way through to the next budget cycle. As Professor Angelo Codevilla of Boston University put it, ‘This turns democracy into a choice between tyranny and anarchy.’ It’s certainly a perversion of responsible government”….

A century of remorseless expansion by the “federal” government has tortured the constitutional order beyond meaning. America was never intended to be an homogenized one-size-fits-all nation of 300 million people run by a government as centralized as France’s. It’s no surprise that when it tries to be one it doesn’t work terribly well.

QOTD

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 8:24 am

Quoth:

‘We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.”

U.S. Park Service Ranger

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