Obama Shuts Down Highway, School Children Stranded

Please read Phoebe’s post. Then ask yourself this question. Is there some reason why our national parks could not be better run by state governments? Can you imagine what would happen to the officials in your state if they deliberately shut down perfectly good roads just to make the point they are in charge?

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‘All about power and leverage’ — feds shut down major roadway, block access to graveyard

By Todd Starnes

Todd’s American Dispatch

Published October 07, 2013


Folks who live in the Great Smoky Mountains have just about reached their breaking point with the federal government.

“It’s almost like they are pushing to see how far they can push before the American people say enough is enough,” said Ed Mitchell, the mayor of Blount County, Tenn. “We were founded on a declaration of independence. And they are about to push the people to the line again.”

Nearly a third of Blount County is inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So when the federal government shut down the park, it also shut down one of the area’s chief sources of revenue.

The National Park Service also closed the Foothills Parkway, a major thoroughfare in the county. The closure came without warning…

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9 thoughts on “Obama Shuts Down Highway, School Children Stranded

  1. Re expectations: Some manage, some don’t. I’m sure you have experienced much the same thing.

    I don’t recall telling you that you’re wrong that frequently. I do often tell you that I have a different point of view.


    1. Different point-of-view? Stop quibbling. Who are you kidding?

      The potential here for silly sarcasm is almost irresistible. I wish you would not do this. Anyway, here is the obvious. Try moving to the right. From where I stand, you are staring at a wall. From there, it would just get more juvenile.

      Aren’t we getting too old for this?


  2. I will agree that I (and you) should not drive after drinking. I think that is good advice, and is, in my way of thinking, a sound conservative position. So I think I can buy into that.

    I didn’t vote for Obama and I don’t expect particularly high standards of governance from the Democratic Party. These days, however, I have even lower expectation from many Republicans. There was a time, when I was a younger fellow, that the Republican Party had a very good reputation for capable governance. I look forward to getting back to that, but we’re a long way off now.


    1. “Inscrutable” is one of my favorite words. Unfortunately, I rarely come across an opportunity to use it, but I think we have one here. Thank you.

      When I take a position, I can almost count upon you to tell me I am wrong. Since I am only human, I will admit that’s a possibility. Nevertheless, each time this happens, I have noted that you spend very little effort explaining your own position. Therefore, I wonder. When your expectations are so inscrutable,” how could anyone meet your expectations?


  3. I read the linked article and could not find the part where “Obama Shuts Down Highway . . .” etc. Do you suppose that perhaps the reported road closure may have had something to do with Congress’s failure to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government? Just guessing, here, but that seems like a more likely cause than the President of the United States determining to shut down one particular road in a rural part of Tennessee. You might want to look into it before you jump to conclusions.


    1. You remind me of the commercials designed to show us “buzzed driving is drunk driving” (http://buzzeddriving.adcouncil.org/). I think you still need to get pass the part where you think you are just buzzed.

      Admit you are Liberal. Admit the road does not have to be closed. Admit the Obama administration wants it that way. Admit that actions have consequences. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t vote for Obama and expect good government.


    2. How long has your head been devoid of sunlight? Who do you think is giving the orders right now? Here’s a hint, it’s not Congress, in case of a govt shutdown it’s the President who gives the orders.


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