Can you imagine President Ronald Reagan standing by while National Park Service Rangers block veterans, many in wheelchairs, from visiting a memorial to their fallen comrades? Or President George W. Bush doing nothing when the Department of Defense withholds death benefits due to the families of fallen soldiers?
No, you can't imagine that because you know that if a shutdown happened under a Republican president, or even under Bill Clinton, none of these things would have happened. Any other president would bend over backward to minimize the pain and inconvenience caused by a government shutdown.
But under President Barack Obama, the perpetually petulant president, his administration went out of its way to maximize the negative consequences of a partial government shutdown. Another example: Government websites, many with critical information, going blank with a page blaming Congress, but the computer networks behind the sites still up and running.
Meanwhile, Obama's favorite military golf course remained open.
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A Park Service ranger told the Washington Times, "We've been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It's disgusting." Yes it is and totally unnecessary. In many cases, there were more guards to keep people out of monuments and parks than there would be for normal operations.
Instead of negotiating with Republicans, who were also elected by the people, Obama's leadership style was more akin to Chicago-style thuggery on steroids. The president has cried wolf once too often. He is the wolf.