Then, let’s look at the childish temper tantrum displayed by the the Administration with respect to the barriers placed around the World War II Monument.
First, some salient facts need to be reviewed. The WWII Monument is a facility that is open to the public 7 days a week, 24 hours per day with no required on-site presence of government employee to control admission. Yes, there are government expenses incurred for trash collection and lawn care. So, under the “shutdown” those to not get accomplished.
However, let’s look close at the news reports concerning the barricades places to deter WWII Veterans from visiting the Monument. According to news reports, on Day 1 of the “shutdown”, simple action of stringing plastic tape was done. That proved useless and Day 2 resulted in substantial barricade fences being brought in to deter access to the open-air Monument.
Someone had to incur expense to lease/rent/install the barricades. After all, if the government was “shutdown” and employees furloughed, who provided the labor to acquire and install the barricades?