As outrage and defiance against the Obama administration’s “shutdown” antics continue to escalate, lawmakers in Congress plan to investigate growing numbers of reports on the eviction of homeowners and the shuttering of businesses that sit on public lands. The uproar comes in the wake of media accounts and comments from public servants suggesting that the executive branch is trying to make the bogus “shutdown” — most of the federal government is still up and running — feel as painful as possible in an effort to extort taxpayer money to fund ObamaCare.
All across the country, business owners and residents on “federal property” — in other words, land that taxpayers are supposed to own — are reportedly being ordered by armed bureaucrats to get out until the supposed “shutdown” ends. From elderly homeowners near Lake Mead to businesses in North Carolina that do not cost taxpayers anything, the number of victims of the administration’s lawless efforts to make Americans submit to ObamaCare continues to grow. Citizens and their representatives, though, have had just about enough.
In Congress, Republicans expressed outrage. “Many of these non-federally funded sites exist throughout the United States and operate with no staff or resources from the National Park Service,” said a statement issued by GOP lawmakers on the House Natural Resources Committee, who plan to investigate. “This is yet another example of the Obama administration attempting to make the government shutdown as painful as possible and forcing closures of private and nonprofit operators that did not happen during previous government shutdowns.”
Spokesperson Mallory Micetich for Republicans on the committee confirmed to Fox News that lawmakers planned to investigate the schemes as part of a “widening probe into the National Park Service’s response to the partial government suspension.” According to Micetich, the committee is receiving “a lot of reports” about businesses being shut down, too, citing as one example a privately run inn along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
In a letter sent last week to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, who has been accused even by his own staff of trying to make the pseudo-shutdown “as difficult for people as we can,” committee leaders said the agency should keep all correspondence surrounding decisions about what to close down. The committee plans to investigate, among other issues, “the staff time and costs associated with the transport, erection, and maintenance of the barriers … [and] the staff time and costs associated with patrolling and securing these sites prior to and during their closure.”
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