In the largest game of Finders Keepers ever, also known as the Government Shutdown, also known as Big Babies Holding the Government Hostage because they don’t like The Poor People to get The Heath Care, there naturally have been some unexpected casualties. Well, only unexpected to those who caused them. Isn’t that always the way?
Some of those casualties have been the closures of national parks and monuments, because, you know, without government funding to pay the people who work there, there is no one to work there.
Who’d have thought that if you furlough employees, nobody comes to work anymore? You’d think that because they work for the most beautiful and emotional places in America, they’d just love their jobs so much that they’d just continue to work for free. Forget feeding their families and paying their bills! Volunteerism is patriotic. Real Americans work for free. At least that’s what the GOP and Fox seems to think.
The first story comes to you from Ironytown, USA, where we find a Congressman,who voted for the shutdown and who doesn’t understand why a WWII memorial in Washtington D.C. was closed.
And instead of just scratching his giant, empty noggin and trying to figure out the laws of cause and effect, he berated the poor soul whose job is was to turn people away, as if that was what she wanted to be doing that day. Rep. Randy Neugebauer’s (R-Tex.) confronted a park ranger on the scene, blaming her for the closure he voted for and telling her that she should be ashamed of herself.
“How do you look at them and … deny them access?” said Neugebauer. He, with most House Republicans, had voted early Sunday morning to pass a funding measure that would delay the Affordable Care Act, a vote that set up a showdown with the Senate and President Barack Obama. With the parties unable to agree on how to fund the federal government, non-essential government functions shut down Tuesday.
“It’s difficult,” responded the Park Service employee.
“Well, it should be difficult,” replied the congressman, who was carrying a small American flag in his breast pocket.
“It is difficult,” responded the Park Service employee. “I’m sorry, sir.”
“The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves,” the congressman said.
“I’m not ashamed,” replied the ranger.
Asshole, party of one. Asshole, party of one.
It does say a lot when the clueless Congressman paid to represent and run our country is monumentally less professional, not to mention less intelligent, than a single park ranger, who, I can only imagine, makes a small fraction of that Congressman’s salary (a salary he continues to make despite countless government employees losing theirs).
Nevertheless, now we know that nobody thought these parks and monuments would shut down. The shock! The horror! when they discovered this utter travesty, never mind the travesty of those who are now basically unemployed, but I digress.
So it makes sense that the GOP and its puppet master, Fox News, is simply rabid over this issue. With the snarling and drooling over any excuse to blame whomever and whatever was not really at fault for the shutdown, there was bound to be one small kernel of deliciousness, one taste at absolute joy.
And that joy came from Fox. Oh happy day.
Fox News host Anna Kooiman fell for a fake story that said President Obama is using his own money to keep a museum dedicated to Muslim culture open during the government shutdown.
Oh yes, really. The story came from parody news site National Report.
The co-hosts of “Fox and Friends Saturday” lamented the closure of the World War II Memorial, which Kooiman claimed “doesn’t seem fair especially” because “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.”
I can’t express just how happy this makes me, that Fox is so inexhaustibly desperate for a way to disparage Obama that they’ll believe absolutely anything, that it’s so obviously evident that they clearly don’t check their sources, that they just throw out any morsel that fits their agenda to the rabid racists and bigots to gnaw on.
It’s just so good.
Today’s dose of truth and irony brought to you by the letters R, T, and P, for Republican, Tea, and Party.