A lot of people seem to be missing the point with this so called government shutdown especially in regard to National Parks and National Monuments.
Who is the government? It is not 0bama or the Senate or the Congress or the cops or the FBI or military it is 'we the people' all these others are our employees, they work (or don't work) for us.
Blocking off a wide open park is grandstanding pure and simple, maybe next they can block off all federal interstate highways, which they won't do but it proves my point exactly. The white house is picking and choosing which things to fund and stay 'open' to further a political agenda. Disabled vets are low on the totem pole. I wonder if our enemies overseas are still getting their foreign aid ?