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Robert Ariail

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Very appropriate, but it’s really tiresome knowing how things actually work under House and Senate rules, as well as law, that have allowed REPUBLICANS to bring about the real road blocks for the last 5 years! The barricades NPS people had to erect should have been signed “brought to you by John Boehner”, because it is some of those regulations from Bush era, and REPUBLICAN “micro-managing” from the HOuse budget process that led to the “shut down” and the types of “non-essential” elements that had to go first. (Just like the last “shut down’”.

  2. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 1 year ago

    I’ll wager our Founders never planned on political party rivalry.
    We were supposed to have a Citizen congress, 2 houses, with short terms and little pay or perks. The old-fashioned duty to serve the People, then leave to live under laws made.
    Too bad our Constitution omitted a 1 or 2 term limit for one citizen! The federal Bureaucracy was largely unplanned for, also. A limited number of Servants in Congress and limits on the scope of government interference in the Private sector was a vital need. But now we have an unmanageable government and an unsustainable debt. Debt should have been outlawed for federal and state governments.
    If true Justice existed, most of the Democrats and Republicans would be in prison, along with many appointees and bureaucrats.

  3. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 1 year ago

    Sorry. I don’t buy that the Dems and the Repubs are equally responsible for this fiasco and I don’t think the voting public will buy it either. I’m in favor of can kicking though, just appropriate cans.

  4. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year ago


    Normally I would disagree and say pick and choose, but with all the confusion I will agree,

  5. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    Re-elect people who actually know how to govern, and actually want to govern. Do not vote for incendiary bomb-throwers like Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert, whose only role in the government is to try to break it for everyone so that they can point at it and say “Look! It’s broken!”

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 1 year ago

    Don’t vote! It only encourages them!

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Okay, here’s another little “something”: It’s almost impossible to find good, qualified, and dedicated people any more, in EITHER party willing to take on the job, especially in the House, with the incompetence of the “media” and the high cost of campaigning, and constant need to fundraise, rather than legislate.

    One thing to help would be strong election reform, and the reinstatement of the “fairness doctrine” on the public owned airwaves at least. The amounts spent on campaigning, even in “minor” positions, or small Congressional districts has reached the totally absurd!

  8. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, over 1 year ago

    I get real tired of this false equivalency thing when it’s the (expletive) Republicans who is to blame.

  9. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, over 1 year ago


    TROUT said “The barricades NPS people had to erect should have been signed “brought to you by John Boehner”…” [emphasis added]

    Is that so?

    Perhaps you can explain why Open-Air National Monuments have always remained open during all previous shutdowns, including the rather lengthy one in 2005-6?

    (I’ve asked this a number of times and libs always ignore the question. I don’t expect any different this time.)

  10. zapcat

    zapcat GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    My new bumper sticker!

  11. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, over 1 year ago


    Google “national park shutdown 1995” or 2005 for references. It’s a non-issue, as the National Park system is required, by law, to close down in the event of government shutdowns.
    You are complaining about the collateral damage caused by the Republicans, rather than the issues or solutions themselves.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Churchie: with limited staff, and mandates of what CANNOT be done any more, the monuments had to be closed, even though I personally didn’t want to see the Lincoln, WWII, or “the wall” closed off, recent vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial, “tagging” at “The Wall”, and other damage DOEs give adequate, sadly, rationale to keep “the public” away, when monitoring staff aren’t around, and maintenance people have been sent home to boot.

    It’s really getting irritating seeing clowns from the right try to maneuver around their own blame, and not only that, but foment rebellion, and in the case of the Confederate battle flag being displayed, these are NOT PATRIOTS, but antithetic to patriotism, or the rule of law, and our most “public” of twits speaking, is an insult that should NOT be forgotten or forgiven.

  13. paytonb

    paytonb said, over 1 year ago


    Keep the blinders on.. that’s exactly why the idiots in DC are able to get away with this nonsense, both parties blinded followers back up their childish power plays instead of calling them on their BS and making them do the right thing. Quit babying your party and let them grow up for goodness sake.. for all our sakes.

  14. wbr

    wbr said, over 1 year ago

    tell them to vote on parts of the budget they agree on

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, over 1 year ago


    ZUHLAMON said “Google “national park shutdown 1995” or 2005 for references.”


    “On Monday, the US Sportsmen’s Alliance joined the fray, sending Mr. Obama a letter protesting the shuttering of public hunting lands and inland fisheries at the cusp of the hunting season. The letter stated that the closures are happening on lands deemed by law to be “priority public use,” which sportsmen argue supersedes any quibbling over the federal budget. The lands were not closed during government shutdowns in 1995 and ’96, notes USSA president Nick Pinizzotto, in a press release.
    View gallery.” “Not only are these closures unnecessary, they run contrary to law,” he said. “This is ‘political theatre’ at its very worst.”

    Yahoo News: Defying government shutdown, national park visitors play ‘catch me if you can’

    “Indeed, while many national parks closed during the government shutdown over two periods in 1995 and 1996, the closures are more widespread this time around.”

    CSM: Government shutdown: Gate-jumpers at national parks entering gray legal areas

    “Open parklands, such as the National Mall or the Gettysburg National Military Park, which has larger roads running through it, remained open to passerby and drivers. Visitor centers in these areas were closed.”

    USA Today: How a Government Shutdown would affect National Parks

    “When a government shutdown closed the national parks in 1995, it was the first time every park had been simultaneously closed in the National Park Service’s then-79-year history. Press reports from that time detail closures that were done haphazardly, because NPS officials didn’t know how long the shutdown would last or what guidance to provide to people staying in the parks or running private businesses within them about when they might have to pack up. (This lack of guidance later became the subject of complaints at a congressional hearing.) In many cases, local officials used their discretion, leading to differences in how firmly parks were closed: Some were gated shut. Some merely saw ranger stations abandoned. Some campgrounds were shut down, others left open…

    In Washington, most of the parks-system drama during the 2013 shutdown has centered on closures on the National Mall, which is a single national park stretching through the middle of federal Washington that includes a slew of monuments. Controversy erupted over the closure of the monuments as soon as the shutdown began, when the open-air World War II Memorial, which is normally open to visitors 24/7 and staffed only part of that time, was fenced off just before a group of World War II veterans arrived from Mississippi… Nothing like this happened during the 1995-96 shutdowns. Reports make it clear that many—though not all—of the memorials were shut down, but they did not become focal points for political activity. One reason is that the parks shutdown this time has been a much more thorough affair, reflecting the upsurge in security materiel available to NPS staffers since September 11, according to Interior officials. This time, fences were placed around all the memorials, not just the big ones with stairs… There’s been some debate over what exactly happened during the 1995 shutdown. A review of every Nexis story that mentions the leading monuments shows that pass-by sites like the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials were not gated back then, while ones that had stairs were.”

    The Atlantic: How the National Parks Became the Biggest Battleground in the Shutdown
    This time is different from 1995, thanks to new media and the post-9/11 security environment. But there are surprising similarities, too

    TROUT said “…recent vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial, “tagging” at “The Wall”, and other damage DOEs give adequate, sadly, rationale to keep “the public” away, when monitoring staff aren’t around…”

    You neglect to mention that the vandalism you cite was done WHILE the “monitoring staff” weren’t furloughed and there was NO shutdown.

    Oh, and by the way: regarding that Confederate flag: Just because there was one, I repeat ONE, yahoo with a Confederate flag, does not make the Million Veteran March “unpatriotic”, despite the fact that the liberal media made sure to show it in an endless loop. You should also be made aware the march was organized by VETERANS, not the TEA Party.

    As a side note, you don’t speak for most vets. Here’s a blog BY vets FOR vets. Pay particular attention to replies #37-44:

    This Ain’t Hell: Million Vet March

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