Obama’s next campaign rally for”Immigration Reform” will take place tomorrow at the “closed” National mall, the open air memorials remain closed.
This week we have seen Obama’s petulance and hypocrisy on parade. The government shutdown that isn’t showcased government web sites such as noaa.gov and Amber Alerts taken offline – but Michelle Obama’s “Let’s move” site was left untouched. Blowback from that hypocrisy forced the government to put the site back online this morning.
And, while Obama is barrycading open air monuments and closing parks, forests and oceans – the ultimate hypocrisy comes that the Feds are allowing an immigration NOW rally on the national mall tomorrow.
A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.
Organizers for the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday.
A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown.
Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group’s rights granted by the First Amendment.
While that is going on, the Park Service is forcibly closing 22 private campgrounds in New Hampshire that do not use federal funding. Like a retarded Prince John proclaiming the rights of the royal forests are off limits to common-folk, this action treats Americans like subjects instead of sovereign citizens.
As Columbus Day weekend approaches and New England fall foliage reaches its peak, the U.S. Forest Service has decreed that 22 privately run campgrounds in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest will have to close because of the government shutdown.
According to the Union Leader, while the campsites are situated on federally owned land, they are entirely run by a private company, which has a contract to operate the sites and which pays the federal government a cut of the fees it collects. That means the closure will not only prevent thousands of campers from using the facilities, it will actually cost the federal government money it would have collected if it had simply done nothing.
Kent Tower, the president of the company that runs the campsites, told the Union Leader that the federal government does not contribute anything to running or staffing the sites. “We pay all the maintenance, all the upkeep, all the help, all the insurance,” he said. “All the trucks, all the equipment is ours. They have nothing to do with it.”
During past government shutdowns, even while other national parks were closed, these sites stayed open. Marily Reese, the executive director of the National Forest Recreation Association, was told that this time around, the Obama administration decided to close all federal land “because of consistency.” Members of her association, who operate similar facilities on federal land across the country, have been receiving calls from administration officials warning them that they have 48 hours to close down. Reese has been advising them to remain open until they are notified in writing, since the instructions amount to a legal change in their contracts.
According to Tower, the Forest Service is acting reluctantly. “Someone above the Forest Service told them to do it,” he told the Union Leader. “Basically, it’s a power move.”