Who Set The Bar For Political Revenge?

     There is a lot of angst, and anger, because top aides to New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, "closed" or narrowed access roads or ramps to the George Washington Bridge causing extreme traffic grid lock in Fort Lee, New Jersey.  As a result of the media firestorm, Christie has fired one aide, and requested his former campaign manager to step down from his position as a consultant to the Republican Governors Association.  He has also personally appologized to the Mayor of Fort Lee.
     This is not the first time a highly placed political leader has caused disruption to the public by a petty act of petulance.  It was just a few weeks before the bridge lane closures that the Obama Administration ordered the closure of an outdoor park, the World War II memorial.  The Administration wanted the public to know the disasters of trying to rein in our national debt, and they (the Adminstration) were going to make certain 'the public' would discover how painful it was.
     So, the bar was set.  If he cannot have his way, then the President will take his ball and go home, thus he closed the White House to tours (conducted by unpaid volunteers), the World War II memorial, an open air park with no attendants, and putting cones along turn-outs in South Dakota, (at the Mount Rushmore park site), to prevent visitors from viewing the monument from the road way.
     When there is an Adminstration that refuses to work with its opposition, as the Obama Administration has refused to do, combined with a Senate (controlled by the same political party as the President) that has refused to pass a budget for a half dozen years or more, why is it a surprise that some enterprising, highly-placed, aide to a governor would not think it appropriate to wreak havoc on one's opposition. 
     So far, months after this attack (closing access to national monuments) on US citizens, not one person has been fired from the National Park Service.  Unlike Governor Christie who has taken action, the President continues to say, 'heck, I don't have any idea who did that.'   In a similar, but in a far more sinister incident, the President not only did not fire anyone at the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups, but actually promoted individuals involved.
     The bar for the types of actions by the people in New Jersey was set well before hand by the Administration a few hundred miles south in Washington, DC

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Jim Gardner January 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Well said


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