In need of a little righteous indignation? Try the story of the closing of the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. (I imagine most have heard all about it already, but there it is, to remind myself at a later date...)
This entire thing is absolutely shameful. I mean, really! Wouldn't you be blushingly ashamed of yourself, if you were charged with putting up these extra barricades and "CLOSED" signs? I know I would...
While the higher-profile WWII memorial is carefully blocked, the barricade at the WWI memorial looks like this. (It's a single unit of fencing-- about six feet long, standing all by its lonesome in a wide-open area, decorated with an "official" sign indicating-- I assume-- that all national parks are closed, and looking-- well, completely stupid.)
So... We couldn't afford to pay someone to staff the WWII memorial. (For what purpose? To collect garbage every couple of days? To make sure there hasn't been an act of vandalism?) Yet we had the money to pay them to put up the barricades-- then to come back the next day and put up more barriers, since the first ones apparently weren't enough. What a wise use of federal dollars! I hope the brains behind this brilliant decision are proud of themselves.