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Continuing their big government push, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters the entire government must reopen so that “Americans can move on with their lives.”

Democrats have tried to punctuate that point by targeting highly visible areas, like closing the World War II Memorial. In their aggressiveness, Democrats have even targeted places and activities that do not depend on federal dollars.

The college football game set for this weekend at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., had been jeopardized as a casualty of the shutdown war. This despite the fact the game against the Air Force Academy would generate an estimated $4 million in revenue for Navy’s campus. The Naval Academy Athletic Association is a private organization and doesn’t operate using government dollars.

“We could run our entire athletics program and conduct events as we always do without any government funds,” Chet Gladchuk, Navy’s athletic director, told the media. “In talking to the Air Force athletic director, their football team could execute the trip without government funding.”

Gladchuk added the Defense Department was considering canceling the game because of “optics.”

 ”It’s a perception thing,” he said. “Apparently it doesn’t resonate with all the other government agencies that have been shut down.”

The Pentagon relented late Wednesday and allowed the game to go on as scheduled. But the fate of a Virginia park is still undecided.

The National Park Service ordered the closure this week of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm even though it receives no federal funding. The farm is located on federal land but does not rely on the government for workers or upkeep.

Anna Eberly, the farm’s managing director, told The Washington Free Beacon that citizens raised money to keep the park open after the government cut its funding in 1980. It has remained opened for 32 years and was exempted from the government shutdowns in the 1990s. But this week the park service dispatched law enforcement officers to remove staff and shuttered the farm with barricades.

“You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money,” Eberly told the Free Beacon.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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