10-4-13 – We Are Governed by Mean and Stupid People

images-1The Vermont Traditions Coalition sent out a message to its members containing the following passage:

Due to the federal government shut down, the Conte Refuge North of Route 105 is closed…. Also, federal patrol officers will be patrolling to enforce the shutdown’s ban on hunting and fishing.

Yes, you read that right…. The federal government, under the direction of the Obama Administration, is expending resources to keep citizens from hunting and fishing on the refuge. If you’re going to expend resources, why not use them constructively to allow people to continue hunting and fishing? Better yet, why not just go away and leave people alone to manage their own affairs?

What this and the many other episodes occurring like it (the barricading of the WWII Memorial is the most prominent example) show is that the bureaucrats and politicians calling these shots are mean, petty, little people with no sense at all of serving the public. They spitefully – maliciously — want to make everybody’s lives as miserable as possible. This is the same twisted psychology that led President Obama to shut down White House tours when sequestration went into effect. It burned him then, and will end up burning him again.

But even more absurd than closing federal facilities that require no federal resources to operate is forcing the closure parks that are privately owned, but rent federal land. (PJ Media has detailed story on that HERE.) In some cases, these parks actually raise revenue for the government – money the Administration would rather throw away than allow citizens to enjoy a park on a beautiful day.

Why would they do this? It goes beyond meanness or a temper tantrum. These private parks, if allowed to remain open, would provide a sterling example of how the private sector does a better job of serving people than the government. The lesson they offer is that we really don’t need – and probably shouldn’t want – the federal government involved with these kinds of things in the first place. Does anyone think a veterans’ group, or a Cub Scout troop for that matter, couldn’t run the WWII Memorial as efficiently, with greater consideration and better service that the bureaucrats who are in charge of it now?

If the federal government really cared about us, wouldn’t they be going the extra mile to keep services open rather than finding excuses to shut us out? Do we really need the government to do these things at all? These are the question we should all be asking during this so-called government shutdown.

Rob Roper

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Gloria Mitchell October 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

If the government shutdown is causing “little children to go without nourishment”, then doesn’t it make more sense to allow their parents, and the children themselves if old enough, to use the food they could glean from hunting and fishing on government refuges? As Rob says, “just go away and leave people alone to manage their own affairs”!
May God bless America!


diane ballou October 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

What I think? My co worker is apparently studying Marx because she said she doesn t like Captain Phillips. because he s making money because of his ordeal. I said “what s wrong with making money?”
“It s selfish” she said. When I protested, she said she was only telling me her feelings. So that s what I think about all of this moving to the left, people need to think more, not just feel.
She walked away, because she didn t want to argue. We are still friends. Getting ready to call in the morning re taxes.


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