|The Washington |
"The Washington Monument Game refers to an apocryphal story wherein the president assembles his cabinet, tells them their spending plans are over budget, and orders them to review their budgets to establish priorities so they will know where to cut. The next day the cabinet reassembles and the Secretary of Interior says that after thorough review he’s identified the lowest priority; he proposes closing the Washington Monument. This tactic, of course, is designed to assure full funding of his budget, as what President wants to be responsible for closing the Washington Monument?"
Washington DC takes access to the Washington Monument pretty seriously, never more obviously than the time that an eccentric nut drove up to the structure’s base in a white panel van claiming to have 1,000 pounds of explosives inside; he was shot dead by US Park Police snipers.
Whenever any sort of budget cut, fiscal discipline or spending constraint is mentioned, the addicted-to-big-spending establishment says, no you can’t. If you cut, limit or control, the first thing we have to do is close down the Washington Monument. There will be no more 55 story, 72 second elevator ride up the Monument, flitting past the 896 stairs and 190 memorial stones embedded in interior walls.
"'From the top you have a view of the greatest of all Washington monuments: the city of D.C. itself,' a guide says on the minute-long elevator ride to the top of the 555-foot structure. And she's right. There's all of it, cinematic and pristine: the Potomac, the Anacostia, the Washington National Cathedral, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the White House and Capitol."
Because the Washington Monument soars far above every other structure in the Nation’s Capital, the views will be no more.
|My August 23, 2011 Snapshot|
Park Police Helicopter Inspection
Minutes After Earthquake