Americans who are concerned that the government "shutdown" my stop the politicians and the bureaucrats from wasting our tax dollars can breathe easy. The Federal Government is continuing to waste money, The Daily Caller has compiled a list of seven stupid things the government is wasting your money on. Among the stupid things identified by The Daily Caller are:
1. Federal agencies created new websites to tell visitors that they don’t have enough funding to run their old websites.
Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Park Service, have created new splash pages to tell visitors that they don’t have enough money or manpower to maintain their normal websites. The Internal Revenue Service website will be active, but won’t be updated — at least they’re not auditing you.
According to USA Today, even Capitol Hill’s Twitter feed will be impacted. The newspaper reports that, “Twitter followers received a message from the architect of the U.S. Capitol proclaiming certain accounts will be inactive. A message posted on first lady Michelle Twitter account said tweets would be limited ‘due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government.’”
2. The feds shut down the parking lot of Mt. Vernon, but not the park itself.
In another brilliant move, the National Park Service closed off the parking lot to Mt. Vernon, the home of the country’s first president George Washington. Since Mt. Vernon is privately owned, the NPS can’t shut down the park, so they instead opted to shut down the parking lot at the popular tourist attraction.
3. A D.C-area canal is closed and had all the pumps taken off of it.
The National Park Service has actually had someone remove the handles off all the well pumps along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal that runs 184 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland, according to sources. The NPS has also stationed officers in the park to make sure bikers don’t ride down closed bike paths and that no one can come near the scenic waterway.
Mike Nardolilli, president of the C&O Canal Trust, said in an : “As you may be aware, our Federal Government has shut down for an indeterminate amount of time. What you may not have realized, however, is that the closure of the Federal Government means the closure of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and all other National Parks.”
However, rebellious bikers seem to be taking matters into their own hands and are using the closed trails due to lax enforcement.
4. Angry moms launch full-scale assault to reopen D.C. turtle park.
According to sources, angry moms near the Eastern Market are of Washington, D.C. have been diligently tearing down barriers erected by the National Park Service around Marion Park, or the turtle park as it is commonly referred to because of the fake turtles that children like to play on.
Sources said that the park was blocked off by park officials, but the source suspected that neighborhood moms have been taking down barriers to the park so their children could play there. In response, park officials keep erecting new ones, which the moms promptly tear down.
The park is extremely small and sort of seems pointless to block off.
5. Not closing parks near Democratic senators’ houses.
Sources tell TheDCNF that Lincoln Park in D.C., which maintained by the NPS, was not closed down, nor were any signs put up that indicated it was closed due to the government shutdown. According to the same source, it’s close to the homes of “quite a few” Democratic Senators, and the source has previously seen Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus walking in the park.
While Lincoln Park remains seemingly open for Baucus and other senators to go for a walk, national parks all across Montana have been closed down and thousands of tourists have been turned away.
The NPS did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment, probably because no one is working in their press office.
Campaign for Liberty will continue to fight to end all unconstitutional, wasteful, and ridiculous use of taxpayer dollars such as Obamacare.