Former Marines and friends knocked federal government barriers aside so they could visit the iconic and world famous outdoor bronze statute memorializing the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima Island in 1945 by six U.S. Marines and one Navy Corpsman. The barriers were placed there across the river from Washington, D.C. on orders from the Obama Administration on “shutdown day.”
Republican congressmen and veterans and their friends knocked away barriers put up on Obama Administration orders to block off the outdoor World War Two memorial built by almost $200 million dollars of private money on the first day of the “shutdown,” October 1, the first day of the new fiscal year.
Veterans and visitors at the outdoor Vietnam Wall Memorial were turned away from the memorial under orders from the Obama Administration because there is no money authorized for spending.
Parking lots at the privately funded George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate, were also closed by the Obama Administration on “shutdown” day.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid answered questions as to why the Senate didn’t vote for a House-passed bill re-funding with “Why save one child with cancer?”
Democrat after Democrat parroted their president – NO NEGOTIATIONS with Republicans. The clock is ticking towards the United States of America led by President Barack Obama defaulting for the first time in world history.
We see the Obama legacy developing in front of our eyes. He would destroy the United States singlehandedly in order to destroy his political opposition.
A fire broke out on Marine Base Camp Pendleton outside Oceanside, California, causing the base Naval Hospital there to be evacuated, as were 200 base residential units on Sunday.
On the first day of the “Shutdown” the Obama Administration had ordered military commissaries closed. Hundreds of evacuees were taken to church and recreation buildings without supplies that normally would come from commissaries such as diapers for babies, bottled water, food and other things they couldn’t bring with them.
With the base on emergency shut down because of the Saturday/Sunday wildfire, crying babies and small children suffered through hours of isolation and fear. The base fire department wasn’t answering its phones because they are civilian union firemen and they had been essentially shut down while infantrymen fought the fire.
Left untouched by the Obama Administration were golf courses on federal property. Interestingly, the Obama Administration placed barriers on a highway in South Dakota so motorists cannot park on the road shoulders to take photos of Mt. Rushmore. The highway is a state highway.
The President disappeared for the weekend. The Senate did not meet because senators went home for the weekend, as ordered by Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The clock is ticking towards midnight Thursday, October 17th when the country runs out of authority to borrow money.
In the meanwhile, billions of tax revenues are flowing into the Treasury every day, week and month –Billions. As much as ten times needed to pay maturing treasury notes and bonds for ever, thus making default impossible if prioritizing of expenditures are made.
Nonetheless, President Barack Obama keeps speechifying that, never in American history has there been negotiations on potential default. That’s a lie!
During the 1973 Watergate scandal, Senate Democrats refused to pass debt limit increase legislation because they insisted on campaign contribution reform (during the Watergate scandal). They went so far as to filibuster their own Democrat-controlled senate which threatened default. Democrats also controlled the House. Simply put Obama lies about debt legislation.
Moreover, Senator Obama himself voted against increasing the debt limit in 2007 as he declared President Bush practically a criminal or at least a traitor for asking for an increase in debt limit.
He says he won’t negotiate with Republicans.
He won’t negotiate for America. No President in history has refused to negotiate in the face of default or a new recession and a potential worldwide economic earthquake.
The clock is ticking. Will the United State go into default next week? Only President Obama knows for sure.
Syndicated columnist and author Raoul Lowery Contreras lives in San Diego. His books are available at amazon.com.