Oct 3, 201310:03 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Day 3 of the great government shutdown — is it too late to panic?
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Where is Ted Koppel when we need him? I can hear him now: “Day 3 of the Great Federal Government Shutdown.”
Plagues of locusts have descended on the Great Plains. Streams are jumping their banks; cows at the World Dairy Expo refuse to give milk, and the FCC is leaving Vicki McKenna unmonitored.
If the government is shut down, what in the world justifies the federal government sending a battalion of front-end loaders to erect barricades around the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.? Well, the guys who took Iwo Jima and stormed the Normandy beaches, even though most are well into their 90s, did not let Barack Obama stop them.
Politico reports, “An Honor Flight of almost 100 WWII veterans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast flight didn’t let the barricades set up due to the government shutdown stop them from entering the memorial, according to reports and Tweets from the area. Shortly after, a group of Iowa vets wearing matching yellow shirts also entered the memorial and more visitors poured in.” It’s outdoors, for goodness sakes! Why barricade it?
The objective, of course, is to make the shoe pinch if it can. Our progressive acquaintances (for they ARE our acquaintances) loathe any diminution of government as a rebuke of their crusade to submit all of life — not just the economy — to government regulation. You who have too much must give to those who did too little and drink more water!
There is, however, every reason to think that conservatives will win this shutdown, contrary to the result in 1994 when, the Beltway literati declared, Newt Gingrich got schooled by Bill Clinton. For one thing, there are alternative sources of news. Fox News began two years later, in 1996. Today, we have the Drudge Report, Breitbart, RightWisconsin, Mark Belling, and Miss Vicki. The Tea Party is as vital as ever. And has there ever been a more unsympathetic spokesman than Harry Reid? (Okay, Graeme Zielinski.) You know you’re in trouble when your spokesman starts barking at the news media, as the Senate Democrat(ic) leader did with a popular CNN anchor. (Read it and weep.)
The left is beating the drums of war. “Women and Children Get Hit First as Shutdown Begins,” The Progressive magazine breathlessly reports. Not to be outdone, The Nation magazine uncovered this shocker: “Federal Workers Nationwide Protest Government Shutdown.” As Colonel Kurtz said in Apocalypse Now, “The horror. The horror.”