Since the government shutdown, the Obama administration has been criticized by many on the right for “unnecessary” shut downs to “inflict the maximum public pain”.
As reported by Breitbart News, “While our president still enjoys his essential employees and locations: the White House chefs, Camp David, and a military golf course, there doesn’t seem to be any question that in mercenary pursuit of a political win, this White House is determined to unreasonably punish as many everyday people as possible.”
Most recently, on Day Three of the government shutdown, the feds are attempting to shut down the ocean in areas off the coast of Florida.
According to the Miami Herald, “Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week informing them that they are not permitted to take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice.
The closing affects not only fishing guides, but anyone with a license to conduct business in the park, including tour operators and paddling guides — anyone with a Commercial Use Authorization permit, said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. Biscayne National Park is also off limits.”
Enforcement rangers from the National Park Service will be on duty to enforce the ocean “shutdown” in Florida. One unidentified National Park Service Ranger reportedly said, “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation. We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
Breitbart News points out that more staff and money might be needed to enforce the new restrictions than would have been used normally.
If more workers and resources are indeed needed to enforce the shutdown than when the government is operating normally, what is the point of closing down parts of the ocean? Is it possible that the Obama administration is simply shutting down the parts of the ocean to “make the public feel the burn,” as asserted by Conservative blogger Doug Powers?
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