The Single Most Insane Government Shutdown Quote

The Pisgah Inn, a privately run restaurant run by the same family for decades on Federal land decided to stay open during the shutdown. Since the restaurant isn’t staffed or funded by the government, there was no rational reason for shutting it down.

Except one.

At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town, an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge.

That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O’Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch.

A handful of guests had lunch before Park Service patrol cars blocked the driveways, turning on their orange flashing lights. Rangers turned customers away, saying the government was closed.

The government employees were apparently incapable of distinguishing between the government and an inn. It’s a natural mistake since they have a free lunch.

“If they were government employees, they’d get back pay when government re-funded,” said Baird Lefter of Waynesville, N.C., in a valley about 20 miles northwest of the inn. He was dining with his wife and a friend. “They are just being shut out of work. And if they haven’t closed the parkway why should they close the concessions?”

100 employees are idled; 35 live on the property.

But wait.

There’s a perfectly good reason why the government can’t allow a restaurant that it doesn’t fund to stay open, but has the resources to send employees to keep people from eating there.

The parkway’s chief ranger, Steve Stinnett, said Park Service managers in Washington directed him to block access to the inn at milepost 408.6 and ensure “people don’t utilize a business that, according to the federal government, is closed.”

The business is open. But the government has decided it’s really closed. So the government sent its enforcers down to prevent people from patronizing a business that is open to make reality conform to the government’s view of reality.

The oceans better watch out.

  • Gee

    They closed the ocean too

  • SoCalMike

    Parasites are masters of speaking the language of service while serving themselves.
    But now the cat is getting out of the bag.
    These Park Service agents are pure perfect parasites who couldn’t do real work if their lives depended on it because they have been ruined from doing make believe work for so long.

  • Veracious_one

    preventing capitalism and happiness for Americans are prime Obama objectives

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Due process? Nah. Fascism works better. Ask any Democrat.

    • Michael__Durham

      all these communist-fascist DemonRATs have to go.

      The time for U.S. military firing squads running 24/7/365 for these vermin is long overdue. It was long overdue by the late 1940s. It’s been downhill ever since. Our Constitution and the founding fathers had NO WAY to deal with these mass traitors from within. Like hundreds of thousands of termites. But now everyone with even 1/2 a brain should see what they are. Of course, like the Leninist SEIU, DHS and ACORN scum these Islam-coddling DemonRATs are, they simply changed their name……they’re now “progressives”. They self-identify. They don’t even bother with concealment anymore. They (along with Soetero) are open supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood – closely allied with Al Qaeda…the best terrorist front group these Leftist-fascists have going…all to continue softening up America. Which really went like gang-busters on 9/11/2001. Islamofascist-global Left-DNC/DemonRAT communist Party and their apparatchik Alphabet Soup media were in on it.

  • FedUpWithWelfareStates

    This is how much Obama and his liberal cronies actually HATE America…Enough!

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  • jakespoon

    “See what you made me do!!!See!!! Why did you make me do that?It’s not my fault,you made me do that.”-Serial abuser Obama.

  • cacslewisfan

    Lefties always think they’re on the Rebel Alliance, but they’re really working for the Empire. What’s next?

  • bob e

    when is the govt gonna’ shut down HUD…?? should not all locations be shut..all finances..?? mortgage payments for obama’s premium
    payments for homeowners…???

  • pupsncats

    Chief Ranger Steve Stinnett is a coward. Job security seems more important to him than liberty. He is representative of those who will never stand up against the tyrant.

  • mtnhikerdude

    After a disastrous 2008 -20012 over 50% of 2012 voters put the America Hater back in office . He has 3 years plus remaining to spew his hate .

  • Gamal

    If the government is shut down then why are the enforcers employed. They should be shut down too and then the Pisgah Inn could be open.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Hang up a sign that they will of course refuse service to all Federal employees forever.