U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is bashing President Barack Obama (and rightfully so) for restricting public access to open air government monuments and memorials during the partial government shutdown that began on October 1.
“Yesterday and this morning I took to the floor of the House to denounce the closing of the Lincoln Memorial – an open air monument that has never before been closed to the public in the history of our Republic,” Sanford said. “It wasn’t closed in any of the last 17 government shutdowns over the last 35 years, but fits with the pattern of President Obama using public inconvenience as a way of scoring political points.”
Sanford said Obama’s tactics are consistent with his prior shuttering of White House tour services. Not only that, he says the political “gamesmanship” is actually costing taxpayers money.
“At the time of the debate on the sequester the President said they would have to discontinue public tours of the White House,” he said. “This along with being a national first, is still in effect though their office can somehow afford to spend $250,000 on calligraphers. It’s become clear to me that the Obama Administration is actually spending money to close these monuments – having to reassign staff, renting barricades and the like.”
Sanford is correct … regardless of who you blame for the shutdown (Obama, Republicans, Tea Partiers, All of the Above) the bottom line in this case is that taxpayer money is being spent to make the shutdown seem worse than it is.
That’s inexcusably petty on the part of the Obama administration …