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October 12, 2013

Column: Obama strives to amplify shutdown pain

President Barack Obama’s strategic sadism disregards regular Americans’ basic needs and tortures those who resist. And if this damages people, so what? “We are winning,” a senior administration official told The Wall Street Journal. “It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown endures “because what matters is the end result.”

The administration is scrambling over benefits denied to the bereaved families of at least 26 military service members who died on duty since the Oct. 1 shutdown. Officials initially refused these grieving loved ones the travel and burial aide that Washington traditionally offers under such brutal circumstances. The GOP House voted unanimously Wednesday to restore this relief, and the Senate followed suit Thursday.

This appears to be the latest example of Obama and company needlessly using the shutdown to hammer innocent Americans, blame Republicans and advance Democratic campaign prospects between now and the 2014 mid-term elections.

“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can,” a frustrated National Park Service ranger told The Washington Times as the shutdown commenced.

While the Park Service did not interfere with Tuesday’s Democrat-rich immigration reform rally on the National Mall, it has pounded those not explicitly allied with Obama. The Park Service notoriously spent time and money to shutter the open-air World War II memorial and prevent wheelchair-bound, nonagenarian veterans from touring this tribute to the Greatest Generation.

“At first I thought it was a huge bureaucratic oversight,” Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., told The Daily Caller, “but having talked with the officials, I can’t help but think this was politically motivated.”

At George Washington’s privately funded Mount Vernon estate, the Park Service has blockaded the parking lot. It closed the privately owned Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Va. Elderly citizens have been forced from their private homes on federal acreage on Lake Mead, Nev.

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