The Shutdown Was Worse Than Necessary has produced a pretty convincing video pointing out that the government shutdown was worse than it needed be, in terms of denying citizens access to a number of public and private parks. This was certainly the impression I got from noticing that national monuments which had been previously unguarded or un-monitored were now being fenced off. This is a common strategy employed by governments in order to make situations like this seem worse than they are:

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It seems as if this is moot now as the shutdown is over, but it’s not implausible it will be shut down again at some point.


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