For those that are in the unlearned category, I would like to enlighten you to a few facts. The WW II Memorial is an open walk-through area and open 24 hours a day. You could even walk up to the Lincoln Memorial if you like.
So, who made the decision to pay personnel to block off the open areas? This was done to politicize the shutdown and make it as bad looking as possible, even though veterans were ignored by this leadership. I predict the Democrats will not find one veteran to vote for them again.
Even though the shutdown was underway, Nancy Pelosi attended a protest by illegal immigrants in the same area that was supposed to be blocked off to the public. The president hjmself approved this demonstration. Another question: Who made the decision to “stand down” in Benghazi and not defend our embassy? Of course, if you haven’t heard about this, then you are in the unlearned category also.
Remember during the last close call to a shutdown, John Boehner agreed to raise the national debt with an understanding to make cuts to entitlements at a later date. But they never occured.