"FYI, since you are so up on your middle school civics classes, you should realize that funding is not provided by the administration but rather by Congress. The Obama administration shut nothing down"
(Sigh)...again, Jennifer, you are dead wrong. Congress has the power of the purse, and they chose to fund the entire government, except Obamacare. That is their constitutional prerogative. Obama and the Democrats shut down the government because they wanted all of it passed, including Obamacare.
This is why we have a separation of powers. Congress funded the entire government but Obamacare. So Obama and the Democrats chose to shut down the government. During a shutdown of government, it is still true that Congress holds the purse strings, but THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH (that would be the PRESIDENT...in case you can't follow my 4th grade civics lesson here, or the words i'm using are to big to understand), has SOLE, I'll say that again...S O L E, discretionary powers over what is deemed essential and non-essential. Basically, Obama DID shut down the parks and monuments just to make it harder on the American people and to assert his "power".
Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments,even though war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns. Please keep in mind these are open air monuments that are open to the public 24/7, and cost more to close than to just leave open. The administration’s decision to barricade (BARRYcade?) the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown.
The administration has also said no to efforts by non-governmental groups to maintain access to public sites. The American people are currently paying for eight mounted cops to keep people out of the World War II memorial. That is frikkin' unbelievable to me!
PS--I don't believe I was "getting personal" with anyone on here, just stating my opinions and beliefs on the subject. By the way, Ian...I would love for people to remember my conduct in the other thread where I was accused of "misogynistic comments", but it was me, in reality, who kept things from getting personal and was actually the victim of Misandry by a certain man-hating individual here. I state my opinion, which differs from many on here, and am routinely personally attacked for it with character and intelligence jokes and innuendo (Teabagger/Teabilly...remember?). I responded with courtesy, dignity and respect. Period. A few people came to my defense, but like I said before, my views are vastly outnumbered here on BPL. Guess it's a Democracy, huh?