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Republican Who Scolded Park Ranger At Closed WWII Memorial Hit With Ethics Complaint

neugebauerPerhaps you might have heard there’s a government shutdown going on right now.  And what goes along with a government shutdown is the closing of things like national parks and monuments.

One of the bigger stories surrounding such closings this week involved the WWII Memorial and a Texas Congressman who scolded a park ranger for denying people access to the site due to the government shutdown.  In other words, for doing her job.

Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer publicly unleashed a verbal attack on the park ranger, who was denying people access to the closed WWII Memorial.  Neugebauer chided the ranger and the National Park Service for the closure.  The Texas Congressman said they “should be ashamed of themselves” for denying people access.

Wait — let that sink in for just a moment.

A Republican member of the House of Representatives (the people responsible for the shutdown which has closed memorials such as the WWII Memorial) said a park ranger and the National Park Service should be ashamed of themselves for denying people access.

This jackass needs to look in the mirror before he tells anyone that they should be ashamed of themselves for this shutdown.  It’s people like him who have caused this mess.  Not the Park Service or the park ranger who was working without pay that day due to Republicans holding our government hostage.

Well, Mr. Neugebauer’s pathetic public display has landed him with an ethics complaint stating that he was trying to intimidate the park ranger with his position in Congress, to force the ranger to allow access to the memorial.

Essentially he, as a member of the House of Representatives, used his position to publicly scold the ranger in an effort to shame her enough so that she would go against rules and allow access to the WWII Memorial — even though the Republican-forced shutdown clearly prevents that from being possible.

Nothing quite like attacking an innocent park ranger for something you caused to prove what a complete prick you really are.  The arrogance of this individual is reprehensible, and anyone who voted for him should be ashamed of themselves.

This poor woman was there, doing her job without any promise of being paid to do so, getting berated by a “public servant” for a situation that he and his party are responsible for.

But is this really all that shocking?  Republicans are no strangers to complete hypocrisy, and are often the first ones to blame someone else for the problems they caused.  President Obama knows that all too well.

And this shutdown is no different.  Only in the warped, delusional mind of a Republican can the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, block a vote on the Senate resolution which would reopen our government — but it’s all President Obama and the Democrats’ fault.  The resolution would easily pass the House and be signed by President Obama but Boehner’s blocking it from being voted on, and yet they stand there and blame Democrats and President Obama for the shutdown.

I’ll tell you what — Republicans can call the shutdown the fault of President Obama and the Democrats the moment Boehner allows the House to vote on a clean Senate resolution, and it doesn’t pass the House.

But he won’t do that.  Because if he did, it would pass the House, and the government would be reopened.

Which is exactly what many Republicans don’t want to happen.

As far as Rep. Neugebauer goes, his official Facebook page is open for public comment.  How convenient!  I’d highly encourage you to head over there and let him know what you think of his actions, as I’m sure he’d be more than happy to hear from you.

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

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  • Mr Smith

    What this Republican congressmen did is the status quo of the republican congress. Hypocrisy is the #1 tool in their tool box and has been for decades. Sadly it is this way because so many people allow it to work, not because they don’t see through it but because they want to believe it.

    • glogrrl

      When you only have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

  • Pipercat

    Not exactly the smartest move a sitting member of Congress could make…

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Members of Congress aren’t known for being smart.

      • Pipercat

        Indeed, but but being this stupid is somewhat extraordinary.

      • LateNightLarry

        Especially the Tealiban RepubliKKKLOWNS.

      • frobert

        The KKK was democrats only, until they became their own party, in short, they never allowed republicans.

      • LateNightLarry

        The KKK was Dixiecrats, who became Republicans during the 50′s and 60′s… The Dixiecrats supported everything the KKK was in favor of, and were pretty much diametrically opposed to what the Northern Democrat stood for.

      • frobert

        Sorry but Dixiecrats switching to Republican is a political myth, in fact Thurmond was the ONLY Democrat Senator to switch to Republican during the 1960′s. Byrd who was actually in the klan was a proud Democrat until his death.

      • frobert

        Dixiecrats becoming Republicans is political myth. The only Democrat Senator to become a Republican in the 1960′s was Strom Thurmond. Robert Byrd and Harry Truman who were actually in the KKK were proud and revered Democrats until their deaths.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    Let’s see, closing a WWII memorial – BAD.
    Denying food to children – GOOD.
    What’s wrong here?

    • jibberjabber81

      I’m gonna go with the answer that best describes this current Republican party…”the children are poor, therefore leaches on society…let them starve”. I for the life of me cannot fathom a party whose very voting base is mostly poor white people, why they can’t stand the exact people who vote them into office. Talk about self-centered.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        I think it’s because they are convinced Obama is handing out shoeboxes of money to black people.

      • tombraider

        no, just phones

      • DiscoChicken

        Lifeline Assistance and Lifeline Link-Up or Obamaphones started in 1996..

      • DS

        Outdated flip phones that are worth a couple dollars at most…

      • Glen Duncan

        Not to mention that you get maybe 250 minutes of talk time a month. That’s just over four hours. Every try getting a months worth of business calls done in four hours? Most of it’s spent on hold!

      • zeth006

        This is more less it.

        I know people who’re practically in the lower segments of the so-called “middle class.” They drive cars which are constantly breaking down and they work two or more jobs just to make ends meet. Some of them even qualify for social assistance. What do they do? They talk to me about how people like Romney represent them best. People like Romney who’re always holding these same social assistance programs and handouts hostage.

      • Mr Gross

        Them new Jordans just came out too and guess who hooked me up … Thanks Uncle Obama

      • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

        I never understood why the same people that they crap on continue to vote them into office again and again.

      • intheknow

        A large majority of voters probably vote blindly along party lines without educating themselves on who or what they are voting for!

      • sirernestbarker

        So you are smarter than everybody?

      • intheknow

        Not at all, I just know that this is true. My own mother is one for instance.

      • FalconTypo

        Just smarter than those who keep beating themselves up by voting for the very people who are taking from them.

      • thomasbone63

        No he just said there’s ignorant people like you that has no clue of what’s happening in this country.

      • [email protected]

        All you have to do is open your eyes and youll see this is true. So many ppl vote a straight republiKKKan ticket…they don’t even know who they are voting for or what they stand for.

      • sirernestbarker

        Hi wow you guys are rough. Mr intheknow I hope you treat your mom kindly despite her political leanings – I am sure you do, you guys are hardcore here on-line but I bet you are pussycats – that’s a good thing friendly, and less harsh – in real relations. Thank you for the rplies.

      • FalconTypo

        Lack of education. Sadly.

      • thomasbone63

        Ignorant

      • Ed

        Don’t be stupid, this is political and it comes from the Head Hissy- the
        President. If he would do his job and sit down with the Reps this might
        be over. He refuses any compromise and Pelosi has admitted the Dems are
        holding the budget hostage.

      • imapayne

        Wow, you are the true meaning of being a ignorant voter. Boehner won’t even let the vote come to the floor fearing that the rest of the repubs will vote for it.

      • Ed

        I could say the same for you, why won’t the Dems sit down and talk. That is how it works. The Reps have offered to come to the table. They won’t even agree to remove the exemptions. Even CNN and MSNBC reported this and were wondering why. Even liberal media is wondering why the Dems won’t talk. Reid said he does not care about kids with cancer and Pelosi admitted they were holding the budget hostage. Why don’t you do some impartial investigating and stop letting the Huffington Post blind you.

      • Shiloruh

        thats not how it works. go take a civics class. And the pundit class knows better but gets better ratings playing the way they do.

      • Poogie Bell

        They have offered this MANY MANY MANY TIMES over the last five years of Obama’s presidency. What you are saying is the latest GOP talking point that tries to spin that it was the Dems fault for the shutdown. SIMPLY NOT TRUE.

      • Scaramongus

        the republicans have refused to have negotiations about the budget for the past couple of months and now you say its the dems. As far as Obamcare there is nothing to negotiate, it is the law of the land – get over it.

      • agr8wrld

        Seriously, do some research before you make statements like this. The Democrats HAVE been trying to get the Republicans to sit down at the table and have this discussion for SIX MONTHS. That is a fact. That little stunt Cantor pulled last week with that ridiculous photo is proof positive most folks on the right don’t have a clue what’s really going on.

      • Ed

        If this is true, why do they refuse now? Why is the Head Hissy making it as hard on people as possible? He has Park Rangers telling people they cannot fish in the ocean, kicking people out of their homes because they are on federal land, and of course keeping WWII vets out of a memorial that they paid for? The Dems landmark program has been planned since 2009 and they still have to shut it down because of glitches. And yes Apple had glitches, but it still worked overall and did not have to be shut down for days.

      • Glen Duncan

        @Ed “If this is true, why do they refuse now?”

        They’re not. You’re IGNORANT.

      • Dennis O’Connor

        How it works is that BEFORE it becomes a law, you sit down and negotiate. That’s why the ACA is not a single payer plan. The Republicans made sure they negotiated enough time bombs into the ACA that it might fail. But now that it looks like it won’t fail–and it may actually be popular, they want to change the rules. Congress requires each member to take an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. ACA is a law–voted on by Congress, passed by a majority, and approved by a Republican dominated Supreme Court. If you can’t accept or understand that, you should not be posting as if you’re ideas are worth more than a fart in a windstorm. They aren’t.

      • Martin C

        Dude, wake up. It’s a law. Stop getting your news from Faux. To quote Jon Stewart, “YOU. GET. NOTHING.”

      • Ed

        Just because it is a law does not make it right. Ask any gay in Calif. Shake off the sandman and open your eyes.

      • Glen Duncan

        @Ed said: “The Reps have offered to come to the table.”

        No they haven’t. Stop repeating Fox’s lies.

      • Ed

        Snapperhead Glen- If you had been paying attention you would have seen it on CNN, MSNBC and I believe even the Huffington Post said it. Open your eyes.

    • sirernestbarker

      What’s wrong? Nothing, except your brain Mr cuurmudgeon (and your fellow holy roller “progressives”
      ) is infected with a virus. Not a biologic one of course, but a word-virus.

      • gemma liar

        the virus is called “being sick of white trash regressives crying and obfuscating”,,,,I also suffer ( gleefully) from it,,,,,

      • sirernestbarker

        Why do you speak so harshly? With any type word virus, in a group setting such as this, vitriolic words bang back-and-forth, reinforcing the ill will. I am serious about word-virus. You are probably a nice person, so think – this is not you!

      • DREW BURGE

        Oh, I see. You’re crazy. that explains it.

      • gemma liar

        I have learned that my kindness is not a weakness,,,,, and as you and I realize: most rightwing blockheads don’t reply well to civility: ergo my vehemence. I enjoy ridiculing the under-informed

      • Scaramongus

        willfully uniformed

      • gemma liar

        if U “think” I am willfully ( or non willfully) un-informed I am extremely happy that U are so erudite!!! I am glowing in the insolation of your incredible perception

      • thomasbone63

        shut the FU.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Sooo, you think cutting off food aid to kids is a good thing.

      • Ed

        No, but Harry Reid and Pelosi does.

      • imapayne

        Delusional……….I really hope they haven’t given you a gun permit.

      • Ed

        I’m rubber, you’re glue…:) Figured I would say something at your level that you can understand.

    • frobert

      Didn’t the democrats shoot down a resolution by the republicans to continue feeding poor children? Or is that outside of your perception?

      • ironman2819

        The republicans are playing the popular piece meal tactic.

        Instead of offering up a clean budget or CR they are taking the approach of trying to divert blame onto the democrats for not passing individual bills on funding on these more popular and visible portions of the government.

        Its a shell game. Yet another game of deceit by the republicans.

      • LiberalNightmare

        The house of representatives has no obligation to offer up a clean CR.

        You might want to read up about the constitutional powers that the house of representatives hold. I think you would find them interesting

        The second constitutional power is the authority to originate revenue bills. The senate doesn’t have the authority and neither does Obama – if he wants spending, he has to ask for it.

        The first constitutional power is much more interesting.
        The House of Representatives is also authorized to begin impeachment hearings.

      • ironman2819

        Well first your whole argument is moot because I never said anything about his obligations… but nice spin control… very Louie Gohmert of you.

        But if you really want to argue about the precedence of Section 7 of the constitution, you might want to consider that is says all bills for raising revenue comes from the house. The continuing resolution is to continue spending, not raise revenue. The debt ceiling is also not a revenue bill… it is a promise to pay the debt of money congress already approved to spend.

        …and as for Section 2 that the house shall have the sole power of impeachment that is actually incumbent on two things… first is the president actually has to commit an impeachable offence… which he hasn’t… and you can’t say he has just because you want to believe he has. You have to actually name the impeachable offense and then you have to serve the articles of impeachment.

        Now if you go by the “its whatever the majority thinks it is at the time” you are going to have a really hard time impeaching a president who was elected twice and the supreme court backed up in between the two.

        You’ll get John Boehner’s resignation before that ever happens.

      • strayaway

        Kucinich claimed that the President’s executive ordered acts of war upon Libya and his refusal to abide by the War Powers Act constituted an impeachable offense. Shortly after making that observation, Kucinich’s congressional district was eliminated from under him.

      • ironman2819

        …of course the world over considers Dennis Kucinich to be the end all be all of executive powers and impeachable offenses…

        …seriously?!? Is that the best you can do?

      • strayaway

        No, I can do much better. I was just trying to be nice. You didn’t give a reason why Kucinch was wrong. You only sneered at him; a poor substitute for an argument. Dennis Kucinich belongs to that dying breed of anti-war Democrats who object to Obama as Bush II. During the Vietnam War, Senators Morse, McCarthy, and McGovern stood up to Johnson. Nader and Kucinich made their stands. Maybe Senators Udall and Wyden will fill the gap.

        Let’s proceed. President Obama has used executive orders to not only make new laws but also to override some laws of Congress; e.g. Mexican trucking and immigration laws. He doesn’t enforce some laws he disagrees with. He used the IRS to neutralize Republicans and spy on Romney. That’s sort of like ballot tampering but a much bigger crime. Some of these things were also done by Nixon and Bush but no president has spied on Americans (4th Amendment reference) to the extent being done now. So there are lots of reasons Obama should be impeached but it isn’t going to happen as Dennis Kucinich was aware. He was just pointing out the obvious. Presidents do not have such powers. As long as Congress or the Judiciary don’t call him on this, he can’t and won’t be impeached. The beauty of our system is that he will be gone in 3+ years anyway to make high-sounding and lucrative speeches.

      • ironman2819

        You pull out an obscure comment of what Kucinich said in the middle of the conversation.

        Now you just shot gun splatter all over the road with “what about this” and “what about that” which is so very typical of Sarah Palin or Fox News… when you lose the argument, shot gun splatter all over the place…

        You have no argument… your statements are meaningless dribble.

      • strayaway

        Actually, if you back up the thread, my comment about Kucinich was a response to your comment, “the president actually has to commit an impeachable offence… which he hasn’t… and you can’t say he has just because you want to believe he has. You have to actually name the impeachable offense and then you have to serve the articles of impeachment.” The you commented, “Is that the best you can do?” so I had to reply to your leading question. So I didn’t “pull out an obscure comment of what Kucinich said in the middle of the conversation.” I just responded to your comments and questions. Try harder to remember what you wrote and/or expect responses.

      • ironman2819

        I remember clearly that your argument broke down when you got beat and tried to evade…. nice tactic… you gave no specifics and your sources are obviously delusional extremists like breitbart and fox news…

        oh… and it was based on the president actually attacking syria, something he has not done… so again… you lose… how does that feel… being a loser all the time?

        Must really suck for you.

      • strayaway

        Your arguments, or at least name calling, broke down when you couldn’t remember what you wrote and asked. I don’t remember ever stating that the President (always capitalize’ president ‘when referring to a specific president) actually attacked Syria unless you are referring to Libya which I did mention. McCain, however, supported President Obama’s desire to attack Syria.

      • ironman2819

        Well since you don’t remember squanto I win…

      • strayaway

        Squanto was before my time. I concede. You win.

      • ironman2819

        Of course I do!

      • Poogie Bell

        Of course they do you fucking moron. They have an obligation to the people who voted for him and America in general to keep this country moving forward in spite of hardship. These GOP assholes created the hardship and therefore have NO desire to fulfill their obligation. Everyone sees it. It’s only paid fuckers like you who go on liberal websites such as this to sow discontent and say shit that is completely a lie.

      • Scaramongus

        Obamacare is already funded- the shutdown does nothing about it

      • Ed

        You might want to check your facts. Unless they have done some major stuff that I missed, funding hussiencare is the major part of this fight.

      • John Sawyer

        Wow. You say “The house of representatives has no obligation to offer up a clean CR”, and then you admit “The second constitutional power is the authority to originate revenue bills. The senate doesn’t have the authority and neither does Obama – if he wants spending, he has to ask for it.” In other words, that exclusively makes it the obligation of the House of Representatives to offer up a clean CR.

      • Dennis O’Connor

        Interesting to you, maybe. Impeaching a sitting President for disagreeing with you is not only irresponsible, but dangerous to the prestige of the United States on the international stage–and to the safety of our troops on foreign soil. You don’t think our enemies are enjoying this? If all you care about is getting your own way, I guess all this patriot talk is bullshit. You don’t care about America. You care about you. Best of luck, traitor. Go back to The Confederacy.

      • strayaway

        I suspect that our enemies would be impressed that we are a nation of laws which apply to everyone. Sounds like you are the one hiding under the skirt of blind patriotism (e.g. “dangerous to the prestige of the United States on the international stage–and to the safety of our troops on foreign soil.”). Is that a Cheney line?. Calling people “traitor” will make some here nostalgic for good ‘ol McCarthy.

      • FalconTypo

        They were shamed into funding that… they are the very party that causing this to happen. Now that they are realizing what programs are being affected (especially programs they voted against, or are just now learning of).

      • frobert

        So, the democrats are okay with starving poor children if they can blame it on the republicans?

      • Aimee Barfield

        They wanted to reopen NIH for experimental cancer treatment because it made them look bad. They never offered, to my understanding, refunding WIC. Regardless, pass a clean CR (not a piecemeal approach for publicity sakes), and before it expires sit down at the table with the Senate delegation and pass a budget.

        The whole point of the GOP shutdown was to defund an established law, least we forget.

      • FalconTypo

        Yep.

      • Ed

        The purpose of the shutdown was to blackmail the Reps into funding something their voters are against. The Head Hissy- the Pres- refuses to even talk. He is a spoiled child.

      • imapayne

        The president doesn’t negotiate these things. That is congress’s job. Educate yourself

      • Ed

        I could say the same for you, why won’t the Dems sit down and talk. They are being led by the Head Hissy. That
        is how it works. The Reps have offered to come to the table. They won’t
        even agree to remove the exemptions. Even CNN and MSNBC reported this
        and were wondering why. Even liberal media is wondering why the Dems
        won’t talk. Reid said he does not care about kids with cancer and Pelosi
        admitted they were holding the budget hostage. Why don’t you do some
        impartial investigating and stop letting the Huffington Post blind you.

      • Martha

        What part of no negotiations with terrorists do you not understand????????????The fact that one faction of one party has decided they will not even vote on a CR or on raising the debt limit without “getting something for it – even though what that something is is still mysterious” – is pure and simple extortion and must not be accepted in any way.

      • Ed

        More idiotic scare tactics. For a party that supposedly hates violence, you morons are sure bandying those terms around a lot! Negotiation is part of the process- check the Founding Fathers letters. Saying this is a terrorist act shows how stupid you really are. There is no terror intent here, so stop it with the Reid/ Pelosi talking points- you look as dumb as they do.

      • gemma liar

        then that would explain why your crybaby regressives wont NEGOTIATE a law which has LIMITS on GUN CLIP SIZE and having paperwork for all who BUY GUNS and SELL GUNS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, wanna try again??

      • Ed

        The gun law fight was in support of the Constitution. If you want to start that thread I can school you there too. Just because it is a law does not make it right or good, just ask any gay in Calif. This law was voted in only by Dems and now most people in the US want it gone. Even the unions that initially supported it realize that the Head Hissy is a liar.

      • gemma liar

        allow me to be “schooled” by thee again as I ( again) inquire: why did your crybaby regressives NOT allow huge magazines to be outlawed and vote( cry ( NO to backround checks on GUN purchases???? U must have a backround check to buy a HOME but not a weapon which can KILL CHILDREN??? PLEEEEEZ school my oligophrenial ass!!! and TRY 2 stay on topic: NOT obfuscate with gay calif/unions/ head hissy ETC,,,,,,, which is what ALL of U small dicked rightwing regressives do— after being taught at YOUR school ( SEE: FOX “news”)

      • Shiloruh

        The ACA is self funding. There is noting to negotiate on a law passed in 2009.

      • Cap

        This law today is not the same one voted on!! Originally 1200 pages….. Now it is over 4000.
        They just keep adding to it without any legislative approval. That is the current Problem.

      • Shiloruh

        if you mean the affordable care act it was passed into law in 2009. go take a civics class to learn what the legislative branch does.

      • FalconTypo

        The GOP is shutting down the government by 1) not being in control of a small faction of their own party; (there are plenty of GOPrs who think the Tea Party is nuts), and 2) are trying to blackmail the president of the United States because they don’t believe the bill will provide people with health care.

        The problem with that is the bill has already passed, so what they are doing is “preemptively striking” (they have provided zero proof that it is “damaging” to America) on hubris alone. Nor do they have a back-up plan.

        So yeah, they are okay with starving children.

        And preemptively striking. Hrm. I wonder what GOPr did THAT before, and we know how that turned out.

      • Ed

        The Dems are shutting it down, they refuse to do their job and talk. Just because something is passed into law does not make it right, ask any gay person in California.

      • imapayne

        Keep telling yourself because repeating over and over will eventually make it true?? Turn off Fox and leave your mothers basement

      • Scaramongus

        lol imapayne

      • FalconTypo

        Dems have “talked” and “compromised” by forcing an amendment to almost EVERY bill put forth in Congress for the last 7 years. They have bullied, cajoled, walked out, and done nothing but be a burr in the Dems’ sides since Obama became president. And he’s failed to pass over 13 VERY important bills, having to do with everything from education, women’s health, jobs, and immigration (fortunately, many more helpful and progressive bills have passed). Meanwhile, the GOP has failed to present ANY alternative bills to all of these issues–especially health care and jobs. Do your homework.

        Since he’s been diplomatic, Obama’s been called a “weak leader.” Now that he’s finally putting his foot down about health care reform, he’s a “dictator.”

        All cr*p. People have been waiting for a year for this law to start–which has gone through all of the proper channels and system of checks and balances, and so once again, the GOP began the bullying and stalling. I, for one, back the president on this one. And I wouldn’t care if he was Dem, Repub, or Independent. We deserve affordable health care, and now that it’s begun, these *-holes are holding up the progress. They just. can’t. stand. to lose.

      • Ed

        He hasn’t ever been diplomatic, hussien acts like a spoiled child who cannot get his way. Even the GAO says hussien lied about the facts of hussiencare. As for the law, it was passed when the Dems controled everything, only 1 Rep voted for it- he is gone. As for as being a law making it right, talk to any gay person in California. Those a-holes are doing their jobs- representing the people in their districts. If hussiencare is so good, why is half of DC exempt from it? There are over 1100 exemptions and hussien refused to do away with that.

      • John Sawyer

        So you show your true colors by referring to the President as “Hussein”, and the Affordable Care Act as “Husseincare”. Do you also believe the President is a “secret Muslim”?

      • Ed

        Once you are “converted” you are muslim. He was one long ago. Look at his track record- but wait, you are too stupid to figure that out, so I will use small words.

      • gemma liar

        hey shitbag,,,,,,he goes to that stupid CHRISTIAN church and he eats pork,,,,, we are still awaiting your FOX “news” reply

      • Shiloruh

        it is not their job to “talk”. It is the House’s job to protect the full faith and credit of the country.

      • Scaramongus

        Obama has said over and over and over he is willing to negotiate on the budget. The repubs have refused. They have been planning this publicity stunt since before the last elections.

      • Glen Duncan

        @Ed said: “Just because something is passed into law does not make it right, ask any gay person in California.”

        You mean Prop 8? That got overturned as being unconstitutional. Obamacare went ALL the way to the Supreme Court, and was deemed *LEGAL*. Get over it you sore LOSER!

      • Ed

        Yes, listen to Harry Reid’s replies.

      • Scaramongus

        derp derp derp

      • thomasbone63

        .
        Open up the damn government and cut the crap

      • FalconTypo

        The GOP is “creating” “resolutions” to a problem that they began. If they’d just accept the fact that the bill has passed, NONE of this would be happening.

        Meanwhile, the rest of America is waiting to enroll for health care insurance.

      • Ed

        As for as being a law making it right, talk to any gay person in
        California. They are doing their jobs- representing the people
        in their districts. If hussiencare is so good, why is half of DC exempt
        from it? There are over 1100 exemptions and hussien refused to do away
        with that. As for waiting to enroll, since they have been planning this for over 2 years why can’t anyone enroll? And you call us idiots.

      • John Sawyer

        The main reason not anyone can enroll, is that nearly all the states with Republican governors have refused to go along with Obamacare.

      • Ed

        If hussiencare was not designed for everyone, why is there a penalty- oops tax- for not signing up? Being an ass is one thing, being a blind ass must suck. How stupid are you, the reason the system crashed is because Rep states refused to sign up? If you do not realize how stupid that sounds we don’t need to talk anymore.

      • gemma liar

        hey braindead,,,,,at least 3 REP states are on board,,,,,, wanna try again???

    • John L. Battey

      Anyone who has ever seen the WWII Memorial would know that, as with nearly every Memorial in the District, it takes more manpower and expense to close it off than it does to leave it open. So closing it off can only be seen as an intentional, unethical and hypocritical effort to cause as much disruption to the public as possible. If the Memorials were left open, then the money being spent could be used to feed children.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        So you, too, don’t mind taking food from kids. How is it unethical and hypocritical? There are no funds to pay the people who man the park. You want to work for free?

        This all falls on the Republicans. The majority of people believe that, even FOX’s own poll found 59% blamed the Republicans. The House refused to negotiate with the Senate over the budget 18 times. Ryan admitted in May they didn’t want to negotiate with the Senate. http://www DOT washingtonpost DOT com/business/economy/as-red-ink-recedes-pressure-fades-for-budget-deal/2013/05/07/5eaaf8b2-b71e-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html?hpid=z2

  • Paul Keller

    Abuse of power, abuse of office … Republicans hate hard-working Americans and feel that these citizens owe them something. This man is as disgusting as they come. (and he probably calls himself a Christian) …

    • grannieannie2

      Well, we all know he’s a Talibangelist and a particularly ugly one. His mouth was formed to say evil things.

      • Sean

        For some reason he reminds me of ol’ Dickey boy our former VP.

      • grannieannie2

        So that’s where I saw that twisted mouth before. Bingo!

    • Carol Cordell

      You better believe he does(call himself a Christian). He is also delusional.

      • glogrrl

        And although he would have been just the right age for Vietnam, it seems he never made it to the war. That makes him a prime example of CHICKENHAWK!

      • gemma liar

        “im a chicken hawk,,,,and your a chicken. ur coming with me” ( said the chickenhawk to foghorn leghorn)

    • Molly NYC

      He expected this young woman to apologize for a situation he pointedly helped to create.
      Can you imagine how he treats his wife?

      • glogrrl

        He found a woman dumb enough to marry him?!!

  • Fed Up Already

    President Obama and the Senate Democrats are just as responsible, if not more so, due to their unwillingness to allow debate and consider how to fix the Obamacare mess. It is not the hoped-for solution to health care, but an attempt to burden us with excessive costs and more governmental control.

    • carol

      18. That is the number of times the House was asked to conference. They refused every time. Learn the facts before you comment. This is nothing but extortion by tea party repubs and not how you work to change a law you happen not to like.

    • Vicki

      Dems tried to get a conference together numerous times starting March 1 – Republicans refused. Obamacare is not a mess – its not perfect, but as of October 1, hundreds of thousands of citizens have signed up for insurance policies offered by private insurers at lower rates than what many of them are now paying. And many who could not be insured before, are now insured as of Jan 1. Are there ways to improve it? Yes. But, this is not a legitimate issue to close down the government – they are hostage takers and I’m proud the President and Senate are holding firm to not negotiate over this until the Repubs reopen government.

      • Randeman

        Alright, lady! Tell it on the mountain!

    • grannieannie2

      So your idea of “fixing the Obamacare” is to repeal it or defund it before it actually has a chance to work? Just like your Talibangelist fore bearers wanted to get rid of Medicare and Social Security years ago.

    • underfed

      A law is a law, Fed UP. If it’s a bad law, it will eventually be repealed. But you don’t take the government hostage over it. If it was that bad, they’d let it be in order to PROVE how bad it is a year from now.

    • Fluffy Singler

      No, they are not. Get your facts straight.

    • Angelique Guthrie

      The Democrats have the majority. The ACA is a law passed by BOTH houses, vetted by the Supreme Court and now the GOP wants to act like crybabies and ruin this country because they can’t get their way. It’s like this, it’s would be no different if the Republicans controlled 2/3 rds of the government, and the Dems shut down it down because they wanted a rider attaching gun control legislation. So the way it works is that majority rules. If the ACA is going to be such a failure then let it go into effect if it’s the boondoggle they say it’s going to be, then maybe it will give the GOP a snowballs chance in hell in winning in 2016 but the truth is that they don’t want it because it’s his idea and he’ll get all the glory. Even though it was their idea at first, and if they had half a brain they could have worked with him since the beginning instead of fighting with him and they could have gotten half the credit. But, alas like it’s said, if Obama came out in favor of Oxygen they would suffocate themselves.

      • Dr_ML_Shanks

        No prior Congress can bind a future one to act or not act. Repeated US Supreme Court cases have made this clear. If the current House refuses to appropriate funds for an activity, then that activity goes unfunded. The power to initiate revenue bills lies *solely* with the House, see Art. I, Sec. 7.

      • gemma liar

        wanna bet me a dollar that this plays out in dems/progressives/obamas favor?????

    • Al Hubbard

      There is NO Obamacare mess except the one invented by Tbaggers and Faux News. it will not burden us with excessive costs, that’s a lie. In fact it lowers the deficit significantly.

    • russ

      Not all things go smoothly when they first roll it out no matter how much u plan it out. Give it time and then see how it goes and maybe the Libs/GOP can negotiate and improve it(though I doubt it, GOP just aren’t a happy bunch, like a child who can’t get candy at the grocery store). GOP’s is changing and sorry to say not for the better, their becoming more extreme, and worse ppl are buying into this fanatical way of thinking, you scare ppl enough that the big bad black man in office is taking ur rights and making us socialists’ and then u have Faux News doing damage. Libs aren’t perfect, but they aren’t has Batsh*t crazy as majority of GOP(not all GOP are bad there are still some moderates left).
      I can’t wait to see what happens when Hillary gets the Presidential nod; GOP hate women now, can’t wait to see their sexists heads implode…

    • Peter S. Linder

      Teabagger nonsense! Who’s blocking debate, or preventing consideration of healthcare alternatives? Nobody, that’s who. But the ACA is law, not a bill subject to endless debate. If the GOP hates it so much, then they should draft a bill that presents a better plan, and get it through both houses and onto the president’s desk, not hold the country and its credit hostage. That they haven’t presented an alternative suggests 2 possibilities. Either they have no ideas, beyond “screw you pal, I’ve got mine,” or they simply and spitefully want to damage this president as much as they can.

      • gemma liar

        draft a bill that’s better??? what are U smoking???? we are talking about the GOP and the tea party,,,aren’t we???? they don’t do stuff like that—- the cry/ obfuscate and obstruct- then head to a nice TAX FREE church

    • gemma liar

      and all those massive insurance companied which have high paid lobbyists NOT getting a return on GOP congressmen have NOTHING to do with the (attempted and failing) evisceration of the ACA???

    • thomasbone63

      The Republicans had 5 years to debate and now they want to do this? I think not.

  • Charles Scrappy Taylor

    This “park” is in an open air area with no gates, fences or chains around it to separate it. It has always been open and was built primarily with private money collected over time from individual Americans, many who served. There is no one to tell you that you cannot go there at night even. So this is the Republicans fault. Get a grip. Our so called POTUS is acting like a spoiled rotten kid who is so worried about a law that was shoved down America’s throat because one party had control of both House and Senate. It is now disliked by most Americans. Senators and Representatives are supposed to do the will of the people. The man in the White House needs to grow up and quit being a narcissistic @$$hole and work with Congress. Hell he wants to negotiate with Iran but not Congress. REALLY?

    • noen

      Why don’t you slither back to whatever shit hole you crawled out from you fucking moron.

      • Pipercat

        Well, that was straight forward…

      • frobert

        A fine example of liberal tolerance.

      • Ravan Asteris

        In case you hadn’t noticed, idiot, this IS a progressive site. We don’t have to bed nice to GOPheads here. Why don’t you take your talking points and demands for “tolerance” of stupidity back to the FreeRepublic where you got them?

    • Jacqueline Gargiulo

      Learn how our government works before claiming the POTUS of any party can ram anything anywhere. It was exactly why the Founding Fathers designed a three pronged checks and balances system.

    • Jen T

      President Obama tried to negotiate with Congress. It says something that he could work with Iran and not Congress. And no, the answer is not that he is a Muslim Socialist…The Republicans refused to negotiate. If most Americans dislike the Affordable Care Act than why are so many of them signing up for insurance now that the market is open?

      • Bob M.

        The reason they are signing up is because if they don’t then they will be fined. It basically they don’t have a choice. My question is why if you sign up and start paying for this insurance it does not go into effect until Jan. 2014? And where is the money from Oct until Jan. going? It’s not that the republicans are not nogotiating, its both sides. What kind of nogotiation is the democrats doing? They are saying you pass it with the their budget plan, and obamacare, or they turn it down. What kind of nogotiating is this?

      • JoeBS

        You just contradicted yourself. You say people are only signing up as October 1st because they are being forced to, yet you say they aren’t really being forced to until January. How can you deny it is something they want if they are not yet in any kind of trouble, but are going for it anyway?

      • Logcabinlv

        I never heard anything about the payments for premiums starting immediately–From what I heard, people have until Dec 15th to sign up if they want the insurance to be effective starting January 1st–so people can sign up anytime between then and now and have the insurance go into effect in January. (If they were reluctant, it makes more sense to me that they would wait and not sign up immediately.) I assume, like with any other insurance, the premium payments start in January when the insurance starts. Where on earth did you hear that they start immediately upon sign up? I’d like to see a link, if you could share one. It is common practice in group health insurance for there to be an open enrollment period–with the coverage starting at the beginning of the year. Many companies’ open enrollment is in November–I assume open enrollment for the ACA is October because with a system this huge being rolled out nationwide for the first time, there are bound to be glitches in the software and programming, and where there are this many people signing up, there needs to be more time to get things organized and those glitches taken care of.

      • Peter S. Linder

        Nonsense. The GOP has shut the gov’t, and then tells the senate to surrender to their blackmail. If they hate the ACA so much–and remember it began as a Heritage Foundation idea–have them present a legislative alternative, not demand a ransom!

      • LateNightLarry

        Not only did it start as a Heritage Foundation (a very CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN think thank), it was adopted by Mitt Romney as RomneyCare… Last time I looked, Romney was the fair haired boy child candidate of the RepubliCLOWN party in 2012…

      • Sean

        You’re forgetting it’s foundation is based on their Presidential candidate’s implemented policy while a Governor. There is the true nuttery. It’s their idea nationalized.

      • Sam S.

        Completely wrong. People have a choice – they can buy insurance the way they have in the past, or they can use the exchanges. People are signing for the exchanges in droves. What does that tell you?

      • frobert

        That the law now requires them to buy insurance.

      • gemma liar

        hey bob…. wanna try learning how to SPELL before U enter a discussion?

    • Buriengirl

      The Affordable Care Act passed all 3 branches of government. It has already been debated and is now a law. The republicans are blaming the President for the shut down because he won’t compromise? There is nothing to compromise…. The law was passed. Just because they didn’t “get their way”, they are holding the country hostage. Obama was re-elected by a sizeable margin AFTER the Affordable Care Act passed. So how is this being forced down our throats??? And to say it is a system that doesn’t work is ludicrous since it’s only been 4 days since people were able to start signing up for it.

    • [email protected]

      You are an idiot if you believe that Scrappy….both houses voted on Obamacare in 2012…it passed. It went before the Supreme Court and was found to be constitutional. IT IS A FUCKING LAW. The time to ‘discuss’ it has long passed.

      • dolores

        No need to call each other ugly names. Post like a gentlemen and more people will be likely read what you have to say. Why is it that man cannot make a point without using name calling tactics?

      • [email protected]

        Who cares what you think…are you the chat police?

      • dolores

        No not the chat police, just a common citizen who believes that derogatory talk is not necessary if you are intelligent enough to know how to use language in a decent manner. Is that your problem, you don’t know enough words to use in a decent manner

    • Adam

      Damn, this guy hit all of the Fox News talking points in a single post.

      • Pipercat

        Download, complete……

    • mngrayfox

      Scrappy Taylor Or i might say Sir Charles Scrappy Taylor!

      You apparently took your civics course on Fox News and did not learn the real way our government works. Get a life and go back to school. and really learn Civics! It’s numbsculls like you that support the American Taliban by listening to the lies they foster.

    • Peter S. Linder

      Typical tea party nonsense. The ACA is the law, and the GOP is holding the entire country hostage. Anyway the house has refused for 6 months to go to conference on a budget, so that they could engineer this crisis and blackmail the president. And now they seek to blame their victims. Disgusting, in my opinion.

      • Charles Scrappy Taylor

        Yup, it’s the law but the President himself has changed it so many times without Congressional authority. Laws can be amended (pork most times). Hell, Dems couldn’t even pass a budget the first 4 yrs he was in office and this time they have not been close to getting one passed. Quit spending money like it’s free folks. Who is blackmailing who by telling them no negotiations?

    • BudClark

      Scrappy, I think you dropped one too many dead possums in your latest batch of ‘shine.

      • gemma liar

        now THATS highly accurate

    • gemma liar

      hey gerbil droppings scrappy shitbag,,,,,,,,,,,,,”negotiate”????? Hmmmmm,,,, U crybaby regressives want to “negotiate” a CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ( backed by supreme court) yet U crybaby shitbags will NOT negotiate a simple NO BIG MAGAZINE CLIPS ON ASSAULT RIFLES AND BACKROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES,,,,,, which kills a lot more LAW abiding americans than anything (c’ept a nice republican Iraq war maybe??),,,,,keep crying; go to your tax free house of superstition (SEE: church) and enjoy the PROGRESS this great nation is making in spite of old impotent white trash crybabies such as theeeee

    • Gandalf

      A clean CR would pass the House if it was to be brought up for vote, yet you’re calling Obama spoiled? He doesn’t need to negotiate when he knows that he has the votes in every branch of government to get the CR passed; the only thing preventing this is House Republican leadership because they’re afraid of a primary challenge and would rather keep the government shut down for a few weeks as a show of “resolve” and eventually pass the clean CR anyway than possibly losing their seats in Congress. Furthermore, the Democrats are not asking for anything controversial; a clean CR is nothing of controversy by any means and a majority of Americans want a clean CR over the underhanded tactics being used to try to defund and/or delay Obamacare. The Republicans are taking a controversial position in this fight since most Americans don’t think Obamacare is worth shutting the government down over. As history has shown before, the party with the most controversial position ends up taking the vast majority of the blame. Poll numbers right now are already reflecting this, and that’s unlikely to change as this drags on. In fact, I’d wager that the American people’s disapproval of the Republican’s tactics will increase over time and the Democrats will become more popular among independent and center-right voters. If this shutdown continues for much longer, then 2014 will most likely be a blowout in favor of the Democrats.

  • Kim Wilson-Young

    Everything is big in Texas even their ASSHOLES.

    • JOHN KLINE

      That is why the state is so big. To hold all the big assholes they have.

    • merr7242

      Most especially their ASSHOLES!

  • Sophia Keenesburg

    He KNEW about the GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN … so what was he doing there in the first place …. ???
    He knew and wanted to make what point before the camera’s???

    And now it backfired!
    :)

    • jonjon

      It’s called a shameful photo-op……

    • FalconTypo

      Funny… they love the cameras when it comes to their “good side.” But when a hot mic catches them, a news person, a random cell phone snags the hypocrisy on camera, a whole different tune.

  • Deb Van Trigt

    I guess if she would have listened to this bozo, she would have gone from working without pay to suspended without pay…. HOW PATHETIC!

    • frobert

      She was not working without pay, that is illegal.

  • Rlenks

    The last shutdown, the executive branch chose not to close national parks, welcome to politics Washington style! Vote everyone out!! Dems and republicans. Just do it

  • jimf01

    a**hole proggies who don’t want a WWII memorial there in the first place crows about an a**hole proggie filing a meaningless complaint, congrats on that

    • Peter S. Linder

      I guess the debating society missed a bet on you, Spanky!

    • gemma liar

      hey micropenile jim,,,,,, hows that ACA being a constitutional LAW( backed by supreme court) unnerving ya??? another white trash crybaby regressive who “thinks” the tea party speaks for ALL America ( see: FOX “news” mis-information,,,,)

    • Dee Wright

      Your entire post just needs a big [Citation Needed], brochacho.

  • Sarah

    Thank you for bringing to light what a terrible thing this congressman did. The public needs to know about things like that and act on it accordingly when it’s inexcusible. It’s obvious though that you hate republicans by your article and I see a lot of generalizations and absolutely no objectivity. Too bad. Good journalism isn’t littered with these, no matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on.

  • JoeBS

    I can’t speak for Neugebauer, but understanding the current level of ignorance amongst the Republican members of Congress as to what their job really entails and what the consequences of their actions are, he probably didn’t even know that the government shutdown was the cause of the park being closed in the first place.

  • Ivyfree

    I posted a comment, but you know he won’t care anything about an ethics complaint. Repugs don’t have ethics.

    • sirernestbarker

      Hi, what kind of talk is that – Repugs don’t have ethics? Do you realize what you sound like?

      • Ravan Asteris

        I know, he sounds like a Republican. But really, there are more scandals and instances of blatant hypocrisy on the GOP side of the aisle than the other.

  • Traywayne

    Why has there been so much brain drain in Texas when it comes to elections that allows such a dumb-ass as this to get elected?

  • the author mike

    An apology to this ranger is not only in order, but should be done in front of television cameras as was her beratement.

    • Resident cynic

      There’s a fair chance the apology has already occurred — offstage. Some years ago, my boss at the time was scolded on camera by a certain Republi-con under conditions (I mistyped “condirtions,” and I must confess, I was tempted to leave it…) similar to this incident, and the congresscritter apologized to him later — offstage where the cameras weren’t running. But he’d generated his sound bite. The problem here isn’t that Neugebauer is a dirtbag; he is, but so are many others in Congress, in both parties. The problem is that for reasons completely beyond my ken, enough of his constituents will like what they saw in that video clip that they’ll keep voting for him. We, the public, are the real problem, and that is true for much of what’s wrong with Washington right now.

      • Michele Whittam Giacobbi

        Do not compare Democrats to Teabaggers. My party may not be perfect, but the Teabaggers are nuts.

      • Mark Neeley

        Humiliate and scold any person in public, apologize IN PUBIC.

      • John

        You meant PUBLIC, I assume? [snicker]

      • merr7242

        Interesting Freudian slip there.

      • Sean

        Well that and the utter lack of voting by most Americans until the Presidential elections or these assclowns do enough stupid shit like this current mess to galvanize us the apathetic public to finally do something about it.

      • merr7242

        We need to push hard to GET OUT THE VOTE in 2014. The way the Gerrymandering has been going though, it is possible that we won’t be able to win with sheer lower amounts of voters, period. But, as you said, apathy might keep people home but we want to see some change so we VOTE in 2014!

      • merr7242

        Unfortunately, his constituents are not the type who watch anything but faux noise. They will never know the truth.

    • glogrrl

      And I think she should be given an extra week’s pay just for having to put up with that a-hole.

      • Sean

        They’d have to restart the government to do that. And that won’t happen until the day before default, or we do in fact default. It will be one of those two options that we will stay shutdown until the deadline is here or past.

  • Fluffy Singler

    On top of everything else, I will bet you not ONE of those Reps who went to the WWII Memorial for the protest had ever been there before!

    • LateNightLarry

      I’ll bet that 90% or more never served in ANY branch of the military, even in W’s Air National Guard unit where he was AWOL most of the time and never saw any sort of punishment. There should be a requirement that before ANYONE (male or female) can run for Congress or any state or national level office (including ANY Congressional seat) they must have served two years in the military or a civilian equivalent (Peace Corps, Americorps). Make it a Constitutional Amendment that takes effect immediately upon adoption, and each year, the minimum age affected goes up two years… that is, if it passed on January 1, 2014, anyone under the age of 25 must serve their two years… On January 1, 2015, anyone under the age of 27 must serve their two years, and so on… Anyone currently holding one of the affected offices who was in office before their age group was affected would be exempted for two years, after which they must serve their two years or step down. Serving in Congress or other elective office does not qualify them under this law. Further, all government pensions for serving in Congress are eliminated effective January 1, 2014, and all Congressional employees must get their health insurance through their state exchange.

      • Sean

        I take it you are not aware that there are physical deferments that make one ineligible for service? Such as eye surgery.

      • merr7242

        I think there might also be mental deferments as is obvious by the numbers of idiots in congress.

      • merr7242

        I think you’ve got something there, son.

      • Kimberlee Bell Gasper

        I don’t know about required military (or civilian equivalent) service, but there should definitely be a maximum number of terms ANY politician can serve.

      • LateNightLarry

        Kimberlee, the reason for them to serve the government for two years, whether civilian or military capacity, is to get rid of the chickenhawks who actively avoid any sort of service to the country until they run for Congress and get in that line for taxpayer-paid health insurance, life insurance, and retirement, and of course that paycheck that is 4-5 times what the average person makes in a year. Robert Heinlein had the idea in his book Starship Troopers… I also think we need to reduce the pay for Congress members to no more than $50,000 a year, and provide them a one bedroom apartment within walking distance of Capitol hill, and ban them from lobbying any government agency for a minimum of five years after they leave office…

      • Ravan Asteris

        If we had as many different forms of service like in Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, even counting hairs on caterpillars, then it might make sense. See my comment below on the Congressional pay issue.

      • Kimberlee Bell Gasper

        Works for me!

        Seriously, all of that sounds like a very good way of ensuring that our so-called “representatives” are actually, y’know, representing us.

      • Ravan Asteris

        I think that their salary should be indexed to the MEDIAN (not average or ‘mean”) income in the US as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If they want more pay, they have to raise the income of the poor and middle class, not the 1%. Their pay should be docked for each day the government is shut down.

        They need to be managed like high school first-time employees. Because they act like they couldn’t even keep up a paper route.

  • sick and tired of idiots

    The repubs shut down the government? Democrats can reopen? Hmmmmm Seems like both sides of the aisle are culprits in this continuing circus.

  • odie91

    I saw this on NBC Nightly News and was appalled that he had the nerve to attack that poor woman who probably isn’t even getting paid for doing her job when HE was a huge part of the reason for the shutdown. Was this some sort of photo op?

    • Sean

      Yes, yes it was. Didn’t you see all the old vets? Nothing like a bunch of now helpless old men and women for the GOP to prey upon for the ignorance of their constituents.

    • glogrrl

      And HE certainly is getting paid.

    • merr7242

      Michele Bachmann also made a photo-op there. We all know what an idiot she is!

    • Katherine Walton

      Yes.

  • Stephen Wilson

    Republicans and their inability to think properly is pathetic.

    • frobert

      Why are liberals filled with so much hate? You don’t have to insult and attack people just because they disagree with you. I thought liberals were all about tolerance.

      • Ravan Asteris

        Sorry, it’s just observing a fact. The republicans are so busy spouting the talking points they hear on Fox, et al, that they forget to think for themselves.

        It’s not hate to observe that a person can’t or won’t think for themselves, or use ordinary logic, but has to spew propaganda talking points.

        Plus, it’s not intolerant to observe that the emperor has no clothes, or that your logic is wrong. Not is it intolerant to call that “pathetic”.

        But liberals also aren’t about blind tolerance of ignorance and bigotry. Don’t delude yourself. We have no tolerance for fools. Appealing to our tolerance to let you spew lies as if they were some sort of gospel truth is just ludicrous.

        Oh, and you want to see hate? Take a real good look at your mouthpieces like Bachmann, Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly. Then pull the log out of your own eye.

  • Bill Hill

    Unless they reopen the government and NIH. the world will be no closer to a cure for stupid. The Tea Party so desperately needs the vaccine. Expose the Tea Party’s treason!

    • LateNightLarry

      I don’t think the NIH has any clues on a cure for stupid…

  • Dr_ML_Shanks

    In the previous SEVEN government shutdowns, the National Mall has *never* been closed. Yet the WH Office of Budget & Management selectively ordered the WWII memorial closed off to garner headlines (hint: the Lincoln Memorial was not barricaded at the same time). They order Claude Moore Colonial Farm closed (despite the fact that it’s run & funded by a non-profit foundation. They order private contractors in National Forests to close, despite the fact that they *generate income* for the government. The close off the parking lot to Mt Vernon, despite the fact that they own only a fraction of it…and the museum is privately owned and operated. The congressman was wrong to slam on the ranger…she was just following unethical and highly politicized orders from an unethical White House.

    • Pipercat

      It must be a conspiracy!

  • nwbennu

    Perhaps if the offending idiot politician had to pay a sizable fine (say $25k) on the spot to their victim, every time they pull some ridiculous shenanigan like this. this type of behavior would cease and desist. Especially if half were paid out of their pocket, and the other half paid by the RNC. Offenders would get slapped down rather quickly, I think, knowing their all consuming love of money!

  • Steve Powell

    His Facebook page says in his bio that if you post anything bad about him, your comment will be deleted. Total asshole !!!!!!!!

  • Louis

    he is 87 years old. What the fuck is he doing still making decisions for the rest of us? slap a diaper on him and send him to hell! just when I thought I couldnt hate these motherfuckers any worse than I already do.

  • dagobarbz

    And she stood up to this Republican ass clown and said, “I’M NOT ASHAMED!”

    That was just before the crowd proved they know more about what’s going on than the Cranial-rectally inverted Representative from Texas.

    Texas. Again.

  • Kalif

    This article was awful. Hundreds of words and only a tiny link that reflects the article title. There is absolutely no information regarding the ethics complaint. Awful, awful, pointless writing.

  • shieldvulf

    One error here. Maybe someone else noted it. The Park Ranger, like all essential Federal personnel still working under the shutdown, is assured of her wages for her work. She won’t get a paycheck until the rest of the government opens, but she will get it. Eventually.

    Congress hasn’t voted yet, but it looks like they will approve full wages for furloughed Federal employees, too. So, thanks to Republicans, 800,000 Federal employees will get another week’s unbudgeted vacation pay. So, conservatively (ha!), $20/hr X 40 hrs X 800,000 = $640 million dollars.

    But that doesn’t account for bennies or admin costs. And $20/hr is too low for the average salary. Easily, the pay-for-no-work Republicans have cost us all is over one BILLION dollars.

    Let’s not let them – or anyone – forget it between now and November next year.

    • John Forenpohar

      Dems are at least as responsible, will not negotiate at all

      • deerwings

        Democrats have already tried to negotiate, multiple times, shot down each time by Republicans, prior to this shutdown. This one is ALL on Republicans, not the Democrats. 100% not the Democrat’s fault whatsoever.

      • John Forenpohar

        what negotiation, no that is not what we want. it goes both ways, and the dems get a free ride.

      • Ravan Asteris

        No, your precious GOP wanted to defund existing law, because they love unfunded mandates, andf hate the very law that their own Heritage foundation came up with. A minority, who lost the election that was essentially a referendum on the ACA, wants do-overs at gunpoint. Let them pass a clean bill. Adults don’t negotiate with terrorists, hostage takers, or children. Nixon wanted to do single payer, many years ago. Then again, Obama is well to the RIGHT of Nixon and Reagan.

      • shieldvulf

        Sabotage: the deliberate destruction, disruption, or damage of equipment, A PUBLIC SERVICE, etc, as by enemy agents.
        TPer’s deliberately disrupt lawful government services with the intent to prevent a lawfully enacted program from being implemented. That’s sabotage in my dictionary, and the deliberate harm to their fellow citizens makes that sabotage treason, no matter what their dilettante rationalizations.

        Let’s not forget the MANY invitations made by the President for Republicans to participate in health insurance reform, invitations they spat on. They have refused since his election to discuss anything with him. NOW they say they want to “negotiate.” Lies on lies on treason.

  • Rita Jane Clark-Smith

    Why do Republicans think that wearing an American flag pin and waving a flat makes them more Patriotic than other Americans.

    • gemma liar

      beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee—cause FOX “news” crybabies such as Hannity and beck and michelle “no tits and hating life over it” maklin say so

      • dumbacrap

        Michelle no tits. clever!!

    • frobert

      And democrats don’t do the same thing? Both parties are the problem, stop believing the partisan propaganda.

    • LateNightLarry

      He’s a chicken hawk, like most RepubliKKKLOWNS and teabaggers. Most Democrats probably didn’t serve in the military either, but they don’t pretend to be super-patriots.

  • stu elman

    Who is bringing the ethical charges forward?

  • Bill T.

    The party of Abraham Lincoln has become the party of Jefferson Davis.

    • frobert

      What does slavery have to do with budgets? Democrats love to try and pin their racist past on the opposition.

      • Bill T.

        Insurrection, not slavery, dolt.

  • Greg Simon

    Why are we paying money to send government employees to deny access to the memorial if the reason it is closed is because there is no money to operate it? Just let people come and go as they please without bothering them. The republican is correct in this case. Denying people access is simply a waste of money.

    • Mrs_oatmeal

      Who becomes responsible if the Memorial is defaced or someone falls and gets injured at the site. This would not work in today’s society. Unfortunately.

  • John

    Not only is he hypocritical but he’s doing what a lot of people do. Taking it out on a helpless employee and not attacking the boss/owner. Sort of like a big kid picking on a little kid. This is pure shit.

    • LateNightLarry

      He can’t take it out on the boss because HE is the BOSS, along with 434 other members of Congress.

    • LateNightLarry

      @John, he can’t attack the boss/owner because he IS the boss… He is one of the Congress members who voted to shut down the government in an idealogical dispute with the President… He should go on national TV, all stations, and issue a public apology to the park ranger.

  • Randy Burbach

    this is what I posted:

    You, Congressman, are a disgrace to this country, Texas and any reasonably intelligent member of humanity. You are a giant, steaming piss bucket of a man, although calling you a man is a great disservice to our gender. Had I witnessed your disgusting display, I’d be sitting in a jail cell and you would be breathing through your mouth and eating through a straw

    • gemma liar

      and I would witness that the micropenile crybaby regressive “congressman” started the fight so HE would go 2 jail AFTER visiting doctors

  • glenn

    so if you are a democrat it all the repubs fault, if yu ae a repub its all the dems fault, sounds like the normal usual political bullshit to me

    • frobert

      It is both sides fault, only those driven by partisan blindness can’t see it.

      • Bill T.

        Prove it.

      • frobert

        The House made a reasonable offer when they approved a budget that only included delaying the individual mandate by the same amount of time that the Administration delayed the business mandate

      • Bill T.

        Your idea of reasonable is typical of the average uneducated teabagger. Try again. Thanks for playing.

      • frobert

        I am not a member of the tea party, and I am better educated than the average liberal.

      • Bill T.

        You are ignorant of the ACA requirements for large employers as of January 1, 2014 . Learn about them, then make your comments.

  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    Wow – went to his facebook page to drop him a line; not a lot of love there for Mr Neugebauer.

  • Maurice McGahey

    I think what Rep. Neugebauer was trying to say was, “You Rangers should all be on the job pay or no pay! You should be at work because you’re just glad you have a job!” And then of course he was so rudely interrupted by that unemployed veteran … How RUDE! If the man wanted to speak out he should get a job!
    Sigh ….Satire is all we have left

  • lowellhighmom

    Rep. Randy Neugebauer meet Karma …… she’s a b!t*#.

  • frobert

    Park rangers by law are not allowed to work without pay, if she was there she was getting paid, or breaking the law.

  • Sean

    This is what I emailed to him after googling his district zip code(only way to go thru, I used my city Philly, and street was Oompa Loompa), then posted to his face book page.

    You
    sir are a shameless disgrace to our nation and your seat of office. The
    conduct in which you acted is reprehensible on every level one can
    imagine regarding an adult. Let alone a member of Congress. You sir, are
    repugnant and your actions and voting policies are both hypocritical
    and disgusting. It was you sir who shut down our government not our Park
    Rangers thanks to you persons such as the Park Ranger you disrespected
    and insulted and myself are currently with out a paycheck where as you
    are entitled to continue to make money.You choose to shut down our
    government, and because of that shutdown certain procedures to which you
    are wholly ignorant of need to be enacted. You not only owe that Ranger
    an apology but the Nation as well. I will be certain to forward the
    idea that you should be contacted continuously as to the utter lack of
    decency you clearly posses. In summary you suck at being a human being.
    And your grand standing is so farcical as to be considered inane.

  • pookiedookie

    Hmmm I wonder if the Germans under Hitler were ashamed of just doing their job?
    This author is really grasping at straws again.
    My I suggest you folks listen to CSPAN to see what is really going on in real time. Then you won’t be manipulated by shills like this guy. He is probably getting paid to write this garbage. Love the outrage. LOL
    Closing down the open air memorials was mean and vindictive. Punishing the bad slaves. Obama is closing everything he can and somethings he can’t. He closed a lake on federal lands, he closed a farm on federal lands that has a volunteer staff and gets no gov funding of any kind, it will put them out of business. He blocked the scenic drive to Mt. Rushmore! Cemetery’s! Come on people, can’t you see what a dictator this guy is yet?

    • Peter S. Linder

      A load of disingenuous nonsense. Who cares about monuments when nearly a million federal workers are out of work, and hundreds of thousands of people who rely on assistance are doing without, all because of a manufactured crisis purposefully created by the Teabaggers in Congress, aided and abetted by the spineless GOP leadership. We should weep because the mall is closed, when the GOP in the house could end the whole thing in two hours. They won’t though, because they want to hold the country hostage until they get their way and dismantle a settled law. Shameful of them, and fairly idiotic of you to focus only on the “meanness” of not allowing people to visit a memorial.

    • William Drapou

      Are you really that self deluded and ignorant of government process? Do you really think the President is looking for Parks and memorials to shut down? Oh right, you must be one of “Those”. Can it, Pookie, you are either deluded, woefully misinformed, a racist, or a combination of the above. Let me clue you in. Even the open air memorials need guards, or have you forgotten the defacing of the Lincoln Memorial a few months ago? All of those guards are “non-essential personel” furloughed or laid-off thanks to the House republicans unwillingness to vote on the revised bill presented by the Senate, contrary to constitutional practice. If you really find all these closures distressing, Thank a republican congressman.

  • Harvey

    this type of disingenuous grandstanding nauseates me

  • Hell-Cat

    There have been 17 shutdowns since 1976 and Obama is the first POTUS to shut down national monuments. Never has a president shown the contempt for veterans that he has.

    • Susan Walters

      go to hell

  • Hell-Cat

    If I had voted for Obama, I would be ashamed to admit it.

    • Peter S. Linder

      I’ve voted for him twice, and am modestly proud of having done so. I also contributed to his campaigns–both times–and canvassed and phonebanked for him and other Democrats. He’s not the ideal president–I think he’s been too inclined to seek compromise and consensus even when the GOP has made it absolutely clear that they would never even accept that he was president–but he’s accomplished a good deal that needed doing, despite the despicable and utterly unprincipled opposition and treasonous sabotage of some of the Republicans.

    • JanetMermaid

      This mess is not Obama. It is almost 100% Boehner and the Tea Party’s fault. There are enough Dem AND REP votes in the House to pass a budget and get the country working again but Boehner will not allow the vote to even take place.

      • DRA

        Who shutdown the Federal Government?

        Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.

        There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.

        This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.

        As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.

        Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.

        ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.

        But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.

        The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies — unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare.

        Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.

        The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?

        If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

        You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.

        When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called.

        Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact.

        Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.

        Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.

      • William Drapou

        So, you are a cut and paste ‘Bot. I should have known from the mistakes in your post. I cleaned up after you the first time. Time for people o do there own fact checking, I did, and discovered your post is complete and utter BS.

  • Susan Walters

    Another stupid politician from my home state. Why are there so many? : (

    • JanetMermaid

      It’s truly gotten embarrassing. I used to be a proud native Texan but now I’m just mortified.

  • anon ymous

    Please don’t call this park ranger a “poor woman”; it implies that she was unable to defend herself and we should pity her. In fact, she did stand up for herself and did her job. If you want to call anyone poor or pathetic, please direct that at this congressman..

  • Marsha Adamson

    Done. I posted that I demanded he go apologize to that Park Ranger (who was actually doing her job even though she wasn’t sure if she’d get paid) and go do HIS.

    • frobert

      If she was there, she was getting paid, that is the law.

      • Marc Witz

        NOPE, there are workers who have been told to report and NOT getting paid to do it. ONLY the politicians are getting paid BY LAW

  • DRA

    FYI>Just the facts here…
    Who shutdown the Federal Government?

    Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.

    There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.

    This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.

    As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.

    Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.

    ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.

    But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.

    The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies — unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare.

    Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.

    The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?

    If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

    You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.

    When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called.

    Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact.

    Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.

    Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.

    • GWB

      The one post on here where someone actually knows what they are talking about, NObody has a response. …..Great post!!

      • Ravan Asteris

        No, he’s just spouts Faux News noise and talking points. It’s all baloney.

    • LateNightLarry

      A lot of blather, but not much in the way of real FACTS… a lot of Faux Noise talking points, not much in the way of FACTS.

      ObamaCare is moving forward because the money to pay for it is not in the budget… What the RepubliKKKLOWNS and tealiban are trying to do is use the Continuing Resolution to try to overturn a law that was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and determined to be constitutional by SCOTUS…

    • William Drapou

      The only problem with your post, is that it is inaccurate. The lower house (or the House) initiates the spending bills, BUT, they do not have the final say in the matter. the upper house (the Senate) then receives the bill, and can vote is as received, make changes, or even refuse to consider it. The Senate Voted to Change the bill to remove that portion that would have stripped out the funding for the ACA. this is their constitutional right. The bill then goes back to the lower house for reconsideration. And this is where the revised bill sits, unvoted on, because the Speaker is afraid that if he allows the bill to come to a vote, his own party (the Republicans) will break ranks and pass the “Clean” bill. Until the CR is passed, NO MONEY can be spent for non-essntial services.
      Next, the debt ceiling. Again, check your facts, and check your sources. The debt ceiling is the limit on the amount of national debt that can be issued by the treasury. Since the U.S. operates at a deficit every year, every year our debt, and therefore the amount paid out to service these debts, rises. However, once this ceiling, or cap, is reached, the government is legally enjoined from paying the money to it’s creditors, EVEN IF IT HAS THE MONEY. It cannot “create” any more debt by servicing the interest on past expenditures, it must use that money to balance the current budget, “to prevent further debt”. This would create a default situation. And do severe damage to the U.S. credit rating. Not to mention the world economy.

    • Ravan Asteris

      Wow, that is some convoluted logic.

      Not funding an existing *law* is called an “unfunded mandate”, that the GOP apparently loves – think Medicare Part D. This usually leaves the states or the people holding the bag. So much for “states rights”.

      Also, the debt ceiling is about paying interest on existing debt, and financing money that they have *already* voted to spend. It’s not about new debt. Again, twisted GOP logic.

      The debt ceiling and the risk of default, which will happen if the debt ceiling isn’t lifted, is that the interest rate that we have to pay for borrowing money will increase, increasing the debt.

      But all you know is Faux News “logic”, and how to they like to cherry pick “facts” out of the constitution and other laws.

  • Russell C Lewis

    He was hit with an ethics complaint… what, did we run out of bricks?

  • elizapar

    Why do we put up with the stupidity that’s common in the Republican party? The Republicans only care about their personal wealth.

  • sylph

    Let them eat cake – time to cut heads.

  • thomasbone63

    His ass should be run out of Congress. enough said.

  • Ed

    BS, the last shut down did not have police tap aroun d the National Monuments. This is THE FIRST TIME the Lincoln Memorial has been shut down. The Rep was right, he was just talking to the wrong person. The Dems are trying to get people pissed about the shut down and the Head Hissy is behind it all. It is starting to backfire because some people- unlike a lot of people here and the author of this article- have a little common sense.

    • Marc Witz

      BY LAW — these things are supposed to be shut down BY LAW — your hero there should have known that

      • Ed

        That is interesting and wrong. The park service has been instructed to close them all down and that is not the law. During the last shutdown they were not closed. Fishing in Federal Parks IN THE OCEAN is being prosecuted. Don’t be stupid, this is political and it comes from the Head Hissy- the President. If he would do his job and sit down with the Reps this might be over. He refuses any compromise and Pelosi has admitted the Dems are holding the budget hostage.

  • brownp51

    I don’t believe I have ever seen a FB page so successfully taken over by so many with negative comments. The interesting thing is he is being admonished by people of totally different political persuasions. “Baby Killer” Neugebauer has managed to pull Americans together together in a way that is unbelievable. His staff must have either quit or just given up, and I doubt he even knows how to turn on a computer. Is he a drunk, or just stupid?

  • shelleybear

    Any personal apology from congressman
    “Stupidhead” yet?

  • http://a-albionic.com/ Lloyd Miller

    DEM(agogues) shutdown the government in response to a spending authorization from the HOUSE that did not include $$$ for the genocidal ObamaCare. Further the filthy DEM(agogue) Administration is closing open air memorials that need no guards to keep open. FILTH!

    • Marc Witz

      You certainly need some psychiatric help if you call healthcare ‘genocidal.’ Further — the law has been constitutionally upheld and budgeted and now your heroes just want you to pay for their own health insurance. BUT — The Affordable Care Act covers psychiatric treatment and insurance companies cannot turn you down for your pre-existing condition. GET HELP

  • Paul Loebe

    Done! What a turd!

  • 46RayCharles2

    He’s a sad clown indeed…

  • Matthew Reece

    A public park is supposed to be open to everyone, and no agent of the state has a right to close it. A government cannot legitimately own property, as the right of property ownership depends upon the right of bodily ownership, and a government has no body.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Isn’t it strange that this privately funded memorial wasn’t closed in any of the previous govt shutdowns?

  • Jeff Barber

    You just can’t fix stupidity.

  • John Sawyer

    Republicans want certain federal entities to be funded during the shutdown because those entities are some of the ones that just about any member of the public (high income, low income, etc.) sees the most, and the Republicans want to limit the more obvious negative effects of the shutdown to people of lower income who are less likely to vote for Republicans anyway, in hopes of reducing the backlash against them. They’re worried that if more people from all income levels are affected by the shutdown, that Republicans will get the blame. Either that or Republicans ordered the federal shutdown in hopes of bringing their families to the national parks during the shutdown, not realizing at first that the national parks are federally-funded.

  • stercus tauri

    Boehner better learn to ‘play ball’ lest, come Nov 2014, he gets the bat shoved up his ass.

  • Capital_7

    Maybe he’s got some dementia or something. That would be the only thing that would mitigate the argument that he is an asshole.

  • jdriz

    How much longer are you going to give your minds to this partisan passion play? How has Obama’s presidency been any more transparent, any less bloodthirsty, or more rights invasive than his predecessor’s? Over and over you get burned by these people, and yet you blame it on the other team – because they wear red – oh and of course they eat children, love terrorists, and hate freedom! #WakeTheHellUp

  • Lucius

    This is what I posted on his FB: She was WAY more polite that I would have been. The only person who should have been ashamed was this craven representative who allowed that park to be closed and then used that as a battering ram against an employee who had no say in the matter. Screw him. And now a little Ethics problem? Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it?

  • Billpete002

    I agree with the Republican on this – national parks are public. Period. Why do we need armed guards and rangers telling people public locations are closed.

    This whole “shut down” thing is a total sham too – honestly nothing will change the fact that we have 125 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities and that our money printing has gone hyperbolic.

    There will be no tapering. There will be no end to the recession. Things are going to get worse – welcome to the new Greece.

    And don’t forget to smile as we’re all being recorded by the NSA anyways!

    Cheers!

  • bubbler_boy

    How do you file ethics complaints against park police?

  • Lori McGlaughlin

    Wow, I love how it’s always either the Republican’s fault or the Democrat’s fault. As far as I’m concerned, they are all at fault. Both sides are acting like bratty 2 year old toddlers who are throwing hissy fits because they aren’t getting their own way. And it’s not the Republicans or the Democrats (who are all still collecting their paychecks during the government shut down by the way) but the American people who are paying for their inability to act like adults, sit down together and work together to implement a plan to get us out of this mess. All this arguing amongst ourselves about the Republicans being at fault, or the Democrats being at fault is exactly what our government wants us doing. If we’re arguing amongst ourselves, then we won’t stand together enough to hold them responsible for this mess and demand that they fix it. This division amongst the American people allows both the Republicans and Democrats to roll along, arguing amongst themselves and doing whatever they want with absolutely no accountability for their actions. Finger pointing and he said/she said is obviously not fixing the problem, and instead of blaming either the Republicans or the Democrats, you should lay the blame where it belongs with both of them.

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  • Dana Pulley

    I do hope he reads my comment, and follows my advice, though I highly doubt he will. However, I do hope I gave him a good zing in the rear!

    “As a public servant, you should be ashamed of backing the government shutdown, over something that has great potential to help your very own constituents. You further compounded your culpability when you berated that park ranger for doing her duty, at a time when she was getting NO pay, as a result of your actions. I find that to be hypocritical, to say the least, and insulting at best. In short, you’re the very antithesis of what you claim to uphold. Please consider resigning, to save yourself further embarrassment.”