Jonathan Jarvis, the Director of the National Park Service, cited the inability to maintain security as the primary reason for shutting down federal properties, including the open air WWII veterans' memorial. His statement at a recent Congressional hearing directly contradicts several earlier reports suggesting that extra security staff members were hired during the shutdown to erect and police barriers and that they were told to be as obstructive as possible.
The federal government has been no-holds-bar in making the shutdown as inconvenient as possible, even if it means closing what isn’t theirs. Here are a few examples of the federal government’s entitlement issues.
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