Sunday, November 03, 2013

“I’ll show you who is responsible, right here”

During the government shutdown, Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform, held a hearing to berate Jonathan Jarvis, the head of the National Park Service, for closing Washington D.C. monuments. (Jarvis said the furloughs hit all but 12 of the 300 park service employees who usually work on the Mall.) At the hearing, Democrat Peter DeFazio demonstrated to Issa who was actually responible for the closure:
“I’ll show you who is responsible, right here,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources, after whipping out a mirror and holding it up to the Republican lawmakers.

“If you want to spend your time here dissecting individual decisions about what monuments are open and which are closed, let me save you some time,” DeFazio told the GOP members. “The national park system is surprisingly part of our national government, which you shut down.”
DeFazio is the rep from southern Oregon who has defeated climate change denier Art Robinson -- twice.

1 comment:

Chris_Winter said...

Kudos to Peter de Fazio. Too bad what he held up was just an ordinary mirror, not the Cretan mirror from the late Edgar Pangborn's A Mirror for Observers.