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October 7, 2013 - 8:32 am

Over the weekend, the FBI took its Amber Alert missing child website offline, blaming the shutdown. At the same time, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” web site stayed up and running.

Amber Alert is back online today, after the closure of the site generated negative publicity.

So it seems that Lord Obama can pick and choose what is and isn’t getting shut down. And it seems that he is in fact picking and choosing what gets shut down, in real time. He chose to close memorials and parks, including Mount Rushmore, and Obama chose to kick a pair of senior citizens out of their home. Obama’s decisions appear to be arbitrary and capricious, based not on actual fiscal conditions, but on what he can close to visibly demonstrate his political points on the shutdown. In some cases, the government is spending more to enforce the shutdown than it would spend simply to leave sites open. In closing hundreds of privately-run parks, Obama’s decisions are actively costing the Treasury millions of dollars per week.

When the lawsuits over closing a home and privately-run businesses get underway, and they will, the fact of these arbitrary and capricious displays of power should be included.

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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A blessing for the Government? Of course! May God bless and keep the Government... far away from us!
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After the dust settles, how many private concerns will bother to go in business with the Feds?
Whenever some punk-ass bureaucrat wants, they can shut you down for no reason. And what legal recourse do you have?
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And THAT is a very good lesson to absorb....

I'm sympathetic to the targets the feds have selected for infliction of pain, but my position for years has been to keep in mind the advice that old dead slave owning white guy offered a couple of centuries ago:

""A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson

As a rule it appears it's best to keep the federal government as far away from your life as possible.
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