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Republican Party Offers To Pay to Keep WWII Memorial Open


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The Republican National Committee has boldly called out their counterparts over at the DNC, namely Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to join them in keeping the World War II Memorial open during the current government shutdown. The RNC is offering to pay for 30 days of security to keep the memorial open.

RNC Chairman Reince Preibus said that closing down the memorial was “not right”  or “fair” to those who fought in the war, and that the DNC should pony up some of the fundraising they have been receiving off the government shutdown.

The RNC said that, “when the House Republicans proposed legislation to keep open the nation’s parks and monuments, President Obama promised to veto it.”

Here is Chairman Priebus’ statement from the memorial:

 “The Obama administration has decided they want to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, even taking the unnecessary step of keeping the Greatest Generation away from a monument built in their honor,” said Chairman Priebus.

“That’s not right, and it’s not fair. So the RNC has put aside enough money to hire five security personnel to keep this memorial open to veterans and visitors. Ideally, I’d hope to hire furloughed employees for this job.

“Seeing that the DNC has bragged about fundraising off of the government shutdown, I’d invite my counterpart, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to join with us in keeping this memorial open.

“These brave Americans have sacrificed so much for our country. House Republicans have acted to keep parks and monuments open; Democrats are standing in the way. We want to do what we can, in the face of the intransigence from the White House, to support our veterans.

“If the White House complains that such action is not permitted, I’d simply remind them that their unilateral action to give exemptions from Obamacare to big business and their political allies wouldn’t seem permissible either. If they can go to such lengths to protect their political interests, surely they can do something to support the interests of those who fought in World War II.”

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  • Emmett Dykes

    We will be having a honor flight out of St. Pete on Tuesday the 8th of October with 80 WWII vets flying in to BWI

    • surfcat50

      God speed, Mr. Dykes and thank you for your service, as well as the 80 veterans on board.

      Many of us will be closely monitoring the status of the memorial and any attempts to prevent you from completing this mission.

      All the best to you and yours.

    • Rich

      Bless those brave American’s hearts and souls.
      WW II vets are the true salt of the Earth and the reason our Nation is what it is today.

  • Nancy Celano

    The RNC should use every opportunity to shame the Dems. The weasel Harry Reid, the bo-tox lady, Pelosi, and the most shameful president the country has ever had should constantly be exposed for the idiots they are.

    • Rich

      Shame the Democrats……………hmmmmmm.

      Which party wishes to take food from the mouths of children and the elderly?
      Which party supports limiting women’s health care?
      I could go on and on, but ma’am, you just a little off here.

      • John Henke

        I know I know! It’s the Democranrepublicrat party of corporate bankster owned, treasonous, criminal whores party right?

        Do you want to know what I’d do to someone trying to take food from my mouth or the mouths of my children? I would kill them that’s what, and do you know why? Because they didn’t put that food in their mouths, I did, that’s why. If people want the “government” to feed them like cattle at a trough then they eat at the “governments” pleasure. About half of the people in America are just cattle and when they get marched to the slaughterhouse they’ll be fed and fat and happy all the way.

  • kerijay

    Shows the democrat rear end patriotism for the vets.

  • lowie

    They did not build that! It’s an open air memorial as is the Jefferson and the Lincoln memorials that do not need security. The RNC needs to demonize the Democrats for doing something so stupid. Democrats wanted the shutdown, let them turn down every appropriation coming from the House of Representatives so they can take ownership of all that ails this country, including the deficits and the 17 trillion that we owe. It is unjust to borrow and print more money. Now is the time to stop this monster.

    • Rich

      Here, take a gander at which party has the most veterans:
      Prominent Democrats

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      •Rick Noriega, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas — joined the U.S. Army in 1979; currently Lt. Colonel in Texas Army National Guard, served in Afghanistan. (1)
      •Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) — rifle platoon and company commander with the Fifth Marine Regiment in the An Hoa Basin west of Danang; was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts. (1)
      •Representative Tim Walz, D-MN – Twenty-four years of service in the Army National Guard, retiring in 2005.
      •Representative Joe Sestak, D-PA – 31 years of service in the Navy, rising to the rank of Vice Admiral.
      •Representative Chris Carney, D-PA – Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Carney served multiple tours overseas and was activated for Operation Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Southern Watch.
      •Representative Patrick Murphy, D-PA – extensive career in the U.S. Army from 1993-2004; earned Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation.
      •Representative Phil Hare, D-IL – Served in the United States Army Reserve for six years.

      •Representative Jack Murtha (D-PA) – distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990. (1)
      •Former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt – Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71. (1, 2)
      •Representative David Bonior – Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72 (1, 2)
      •Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle – 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72 (1, 2)
      •Former Vice President Al Gore – enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon. More facts about Gore’s Service
      •Former Senator Bob Kerrey… Democrat… Lt. j.g., U.S. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam (1, 2)
      •Senator Daniel Inouye, US Army 1943-’47; Medal of Honor, World War Two (1, 2)
      •Senator John Kerry, Lt., U.S. Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat (1)
      •Representative Charles Rangel, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea (1, 2)
      •Former Senator Max Cleland, Captain, U.S. Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam (1, 2)
      •Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) – U.S. Army Reserve, 1968-1975.
      •Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) – U.S. Army, 1951-1953. (1)
      •Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) – Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74. (1, 2)
      •Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) – U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91 (1)
      • Former Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) – served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons. (1)

      •Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA) – Lt. Col., U.S. Army 1956-76; two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier’s Medal. (1, 2)
      •Former Representative “Pete” Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit. (1, 2)
      •Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: Staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army; was wounded and received a Purple Heart. (1, 2)
      •Bill McBride, Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor – volunteered and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam; awarded Bronze Star with a combat “V.” (1)
      •Gray Davis, former California Governor, Army Captain in Vietnam; received Bronze Star. (1)
      •Pete Stark, D-CA, served in the Air Force 1955-57
      •Wesley Clark, Democratic Presidential Candidate – 38-year career of public service in the Army, culminating as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
      Who’s that guy shaking hands with Don Rumsfeld? Was this footage shot on Rumsfeld’s first trip to Baghdad, Dec. 19-20, 1983? Or was it on his second visit, March 24, 1984, the VERY SAME DAY that Iraq was using mustard gas and Tabun in its war with Iran?
      Prominent Republicans
      • Representative Patrick McHenry, R-NC – did not serve. Saw fit to endanger American troops’ lives after a visit to Iraq by violating operational security and helping militias target their mortar attacks on the Green Zone.
      • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY – did not serve (1)
      •Senate Assistant Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-MI – avoided the draft, did not serve.
      • Senate Republican Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, R-AZ – did not serve.
      • Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair John Cornyn, R-TX – did not serve.
      •National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair John Ensign, R-NV – did not serve.

      •House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-OH – did not serve.
      •House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-MO – did not serve.
      •House Republican Conerence Chair Adam Putnam, R-FL – did not serve.
      •House Republican Policy Committee Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI – did not serve.
      •National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Cole, R-OK – did not serve.

      •Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani – did not serve.
      •Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney – did not serve in the military but did serve the Mormon Church on a 30-month mission to France.
      •Former Senator Fred Thompson – did not serve.
      • Senator John McCain – McCain’s naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. Why did the Bush campaign smear him so in 2000? At least Senators Cleland (D-GA), Kerry (D-MA), Kerrey (D-NE), Robb (D-VA) and Hagel (R-NE) defended him.

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      •Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert – avoided the draft, did not serve.
      •Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey – avoided the draft, did not serve.
      •Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay – avoided the draft, did not serve (1). “So many minority youths had volunteered … that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself.”
      •Former House Majority Whip Roy Blunt – did not serve
      • Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist – did not serve. (An impressive medical resume, but not such a friend to cats in Boston.)
      • Rick Santorum, R-PA, formerly third ranking Republican in the Senate – did not serve. (1)
      •George Felix Allen, former Republican Senator from Virginia – a supporter of Nixon and the Vietnam war, did not serve. (1)

      •Former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld – served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor. (1) Served as President Reagan’s Special Envoy to the Middle East and met with Saddam Hussein twice in 1983 and 1984.
      •GW Bush – decided that a six-year Nat’l Guard commitment really means four years. Still says that he’s “been to war.” Huh?
      •VP Cheney – several deferments (1, 2), the last by marriage (in his own words, “had other priorities than military service”) (1)
      •Former Att’y Gen. John Ashcroft – did not serve (1, 2); received seven deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State

      •Jeb Bush, Florida Governor – did not serve. (1)
      The wealthy have never yet sacrificed themselves upon the altar of patriotism. Graphic courtesy Thanks, Bartcop!

      •Karl Rove – avoided the draft, did not serve (1), too busy being a Republican.

      •Former Speaker Newt Gingrich – avoided the draft, did not serve (1, 2)
      •Former President Ronald Reagan – due to poor eyesight, served in a noncombat role making movies for the Army in southern California during WWII. He later seems to have confused his role as an actor playing a tail gunner with the real thing.
      •”B-1″ Bob Dornan – avoided Korean War combat duty by enrolling in college acting classes (Orange County Weekly article). Enlisted only after the fighting was over in Korea.
      •Phil Gramm – avoided the draft, did not serve, four (?) student deferments
      •Congressman Ron Paul – active duty flight surgeon from 1963-65; Air National Guard from 1965-68. (link)
      • Former Senator Bob Dole – an honorable man.
      •Chuck Hagel – two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam.
      •Duke Cunningham – nominated for the Medal of Honor, received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, fifteen Air Medals, the Purple Heart, and several other decorations Recently entered plea bargain on felony charges of bribery, etc. etc.
      • Senator Jeff Sessions U.S. Army Reserves, 1973-1986
      • Colin Powell. What are we to make of Powell? On the one hand, a long career as a military manager. On the other hand, accused of covering up the My Lai massacre. Back on that first hand, one of the seemingly sane voices in this administration when it comes to Iraq (or at least he used to be). On the other hand, a clear hypocrite (“I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed… managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units…”)
      •Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), served in USMC in Vietnam; wounded in action.

      • Flo


        Vets are men and women who proudly wear a uniform, do their jobs
        and love their God, country and freedom.

        This is from a wife who served every day (26 years) with a Navy man.

        • Rich

          Please tell us exactly what makes Secy. Kerry a “traitor”?

          Do you feel that the United States Senate would have confirmed the appointment of a “traitor”?

          Please enlighten us, madam.

    • Rich

      Excuse me, sir, which administration inherited the budget surplus from President Clinton and then spent all of it and then some?
      Which administration started two wars but neglected to raise taxes to get the necessary funding to PAY for the wars because they knew, the spineless, ballless Bush regime did, that if they asked people like you to pay for the war, support would disappear practically overnight?
      I understand conservative/bagger “selective memory”, but basic economics remains the same.

  • Stan Lee

    The WW2 museum hasn’t taken one penny from the federal government since 1980. It is privately funded via donations. It is located on land owned by the federal government….this IS Washington, DC. The Nat’l Park Service has security responsibility there. Since veterans did gain access a day ago, the WH ordered in fork lifts to place heavier barriers to keep those 85-90ish Vets out. We can’t have those old Vets disobeying! :):)
    WTH, they were only the troops who landed at Normandy or Okinawa! There is no doubt that this veterans’ issue is another way of exacting pain on American people by the BHO regime to thrust blame on Republicans for fighting Obamacare.
    Incidentally, over radio today, it was reported that the fed. gov’t has offered the latest free super cell-phone to anyone signing-up for Obamacare.

  • Liam Layne
    Military service in the U.S. Senate by party: Republican 14%, Democrats 12%

    Military service in the house by party: Republican 14.1%, Democrat 5.8%

  • Denny

    “Rich” is a liberal Democrap , but I repeat myself.

    • Rich

      Denny, Denny, Denny, why do you speak so badly of me?
      Just because you are so totally incorrect is no reason to call me silly names like you did in the schoolyard when you were 7 years old.
      Know what, I’m starting to take the insults from you baggers and a badge of honor telling me that I’m correct yet you just can’t quite all bring yourselves away yet from your bigotry and hatred.
      I’ll keep working on it and eventually you’ll stand up for hard working, tax paying middle class Americans and oppose the plans of the ultra-wealthy to totally influence our government and our lives.
      Have a great weekend, Denny.

  • Vietnam Combat Vet

    The democrats are the nazi party of America Wilson Reid Grayson Pelosi and all of obamas comrades are the anarchists and nazis takeover pf the health care system and closing privately owned and funded historic sites is reminiscent of hitlers takeover in the 30s

    • Rich

      Praises and thanks for your service to your country.
      Yet, how can you side with the military/industrial complex who sent you to a horrible war that we had little or no chance of winning?
      That war was fought to make more money for big business and was paid for with you and your comrades blood and tears.
      Please take the time to read an excerpt from Gen./Pres. Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation:

      A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

      Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

      Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

      This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

      In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

      We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

      Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

      In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

      Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
      While you’re at it, take a gander at an excerpt from the 1956 republican platform, a platform that would have won the 2012 election if the gop had offered up a sane candidate:

      On Labor and Wages: The platform boasted that “the Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen’s compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.” It called for changes to the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act to “more effectively protect the rights of labor unions” and to “assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.”

      On Welfare and Health: The platform demanded “once again, despite the reluctance of the Democrat 84th Congress, Federal assistance to help build facilities to train more physicians and scientists.” It emphasized the need to continue the “extension and perfection of a sound social security system,” and boasted of the party’s recent history of supporting “enlarged Federal assistance for construction of hospitals, emphasizing low-cost care of chronic diseases and the special problems of older persons, and increased Federal aid for medical care of the needy.”

      On Civil Rights, Gender Equality, and Immigration: The platform supported “ self-government, national suffrage and representation in the Congress of the United States for residents of the District of Columbia.” With regards to ending discrimination against racial minorities, the party took pride that “more progress has been made in this field under the present Republican Administration than in any similar period in the last 80 years.” It also recommended to Congress “the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women.” Its section on immigration actually recommended expanding immigration to America, supporting ”the extension of the Refugee Relief Act of 1953 in resolving this difficult refugee problem which resulted from world conflict.”

      “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are…a few…Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid,” wrote Republican President Dwight Eisenhower to his brother in 1954. Unfortunately, this splinter group is now in charge of this once-respectable political party.

  • Luis E. Lalama

    wow, there’s so much to say about the current administration that it will take much time and paper to write down, however I can only say this, we are a nation of over 300 Million habitants, it’s very easy to replace the 335 members of congress, 100 senators 9 supreme court justices and 1 president a total of 445 we can do this, lets get all the incumbents out

  • John Henke

    They want to pay for 30 days’ worth of security? Hell, Obongo is spending more than that to close it down!