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October 2, 2013 - 8:13 am
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Eberly says that individuals and families saved the farm when the NPS zeroed its budget in 1980, so there is no need for the service now to shut it down or barricade its facilities, as it is doing. The NPS claims, in its actions at the World War II Memorial in Washington this week, that it doesn’t want to go around closing monuments and parks, but it is taking these actions because it is worried about staffing and security.

Eberly’s response is as clear as can be. “What utter crap. We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm. And if you were to park on the grass and visit on your own, you run the risk of being arrested. Of course, that will cost the NPS staff salaries to police the Farm against intruders while leaving it open will cost them nothing.”

So the Claude Moore Colonial Farm is closed to all visitors until further notice. Its October festivities are in jeopardy. The farm has six full-time employees and many part-timers and interns. Those jobs are on the line. As long as the NPS has the barricades up, the farm cannot generate the revenue that it needs to sustain itself.

If President Obama and the Senate continue their pattern of declining any and all discussions with the House, could the temporary government shutdown mean a permanent closure for the farm? “Well it might because we’re dependent on the income that we receive from visitors and events,” Eberly told me. “We receive no income from the federal government.” She added that the government is renting the barricades that it is using to close off the farm.

Closing the self-sufficient farm “is not about the money,” Eberly said. “It’s about making a point.”

Eberly warns in her email that visitors now face the risk of arrest if they try to visit the farm, not because it cannot be staffed — her staff were ready to run the farm today, as they have for years — but because the National Park Service, in her words, has become “arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive.”

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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This is where a Republican or Tea Party candidate for public office holds a press conference or an event.

To make a point about how petty, mendacious and incompetent Obama is.
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Gooooood Moooorning AAAmmeeerricacaa.

How do you like being blackmailed by your government ?

They wanted Hope, they became subjects. Soon to be serfs. John Adams is being proved correct.
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my co-worker's sister makes $78 every hour on the computer. She has been laid off for six months but last month her pay was $21376 just working on the computer for a few hours. i was reading this------>> WWW.Rush64.COM
27 weeks ago
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Where: Minute Man National Historic Park

When: Sunday October 6th at noon

Why: they have closed this heritage site to the public because of the government shutdown.....we will see about that!

Please get the word out!

Sincerely,

Paul Revere
28 weeks ago
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Art Burner: Just pretend it was the evil Bush administration putting up barricades to block entrances to private property. Would you be talking about the cost of toilet paper and trash? And you think, A) Federal workers actually perform these functions and B) Even if they did, no one else could do it, even temporarily. And what does insurance have to do with anything? The same insurance policy that was good on Monday is good today. It takes federal workers and federal money to carry out all this unnecessary harassment. If that's going on, there really is no shutdown, there's just shutdown theater, which is expensive to run.
28 weeks ago
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Had this actually been 1771, there would have been Resistance.
28 weeks ago
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The National Park Service just posted a video celebrating Women of Islam. How stupid is this Jihad?
28 weeks ago
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We hope you like the chains and you may change into your rags any time.
28 weeks ago
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So the National Park Service is now acting like the Gestapo. I guess that is all we can expect from the National Socialist Democratic Action Party and its leader, Commander Zero. As Mark Twain famously said of all politicians, but with particular application to Commander Zero and his acolytes, if the lips are moving s/he is lying.
28 weeks ago
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If we had a honest News Meduia, things like this could not or would not happen. This shows the utter contempt the president holds for this country. The only nonessencial people in this government seems to be the Democrat politicians.
28 weeks ago
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Maybe instead of throwing tea into Boston Harbor, we should start piling up barricades....

The question here is not whether or not to shut down parks. It has to do with actively engaging government resources specifically to close down something that does not actively engage government resources for its ongoing activity. That is pure political theatre.
28 weeks ago
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No, Allan, not barricades. Start throwing rat bastard commie politicians into Boston Harbor. It's so polluted they won't hurt it.
28 weeks ago
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Clearly Obummer hates farm museums, just like he hates real farmers (at least American ones. He loooves him some Muslim/Marxist farmers). This is truly the most important story of the day, thanks for bringing this to our attention. He is just trying to make this crisis he created harder for ordinary Americans, at least for the 20 people a week who might visit this place. Why does Obummer hate farm museums?
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