The Obama administration is actually telling a lie when they say they cannot avoid barricading sidewalks that pass memorials. This is obvious in that it actually costs money to create the barricades, whereas it costs nothing to leave them out of the way. But it goes beyond that… War Memorials have NEVER been closed off during a shutdown.
Via Daily Caller.
Although President Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments, war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns. The administration’s decision to barricade the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown.
The administration has also balked at efforts by non-governmental groups to maintain access to public sites. (Related: RNC offers to pay to keep WWII memorial open)
But during the Clinton-era shutdown, World War II veterans kept the Pearl Harbor memorial open.
When an Obama official says it cannot be avoided, he/she is telling a lie. And that’s a shame.