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Order to barricade open air WWII Memorial came from White House, but guess who Harry Reid blames?

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By Doug Powers  •  October 2, 2013 12:56 PM

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Just when you think Harry Reid can’t sink any lower in the demagogue limbo, he sets yet another record:

Keeping in mind that the “shutdown” order to barricade a normally unguarded open air memorial that is part of the National Mall came from the White House, Reid’s comments are particularly despicable — even for him.

This is one government shutdown that actually requires the mobilization of more workers than when government is open. Too bad they can’t always be this reactive:

At the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington, where veterans have been staging protests to keep it open, Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering reports that at least seven officials were dispatched Wednesday morning to set up a ring of barricades to block tourists from the memorial. That is two more security officials than the State Department had in Benghazi a year ago on the night of the terrorist attack that killed four, including the U.S. ambassador.

McLean, Virginia’s privately staffed and funded Claude Moore Colonial Farm has been closed down by the National Park Service only because it is on NPS land. The Farm’s director:

“In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service, first as a volunteer for six years in Richmond where I grew up, then as an NPS employee at the for eight very long years and now enjoyably as managing director for the last 32 years — I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS. I deeply apologize that we have to disappoint you today by being closed but know that we are working while the National Park Service is not — as usual.”

Remember, the same people at the top making these calls are the ones who ordered that the sequester be made as publicly painful as possible.

The Vietnam Memorial was also barricaded, but that has been breached.

The Park Service has even put up a barricade at the WWI Memorial, though not a very formidable one:

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