Texas Congressman Randy Neugebauer Tells Park Ranger She Should Be "Ashamed" for Enforcing Shutdown

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Randy Neugebauer, a Republican congressman from West Texas, didn't have work yesterday. So he went to the park. Unfortunately, the park was closed.

Neugebauer was confused.

"How do you deny them access?" Representative Neugebauer asked the park ranger. They were standing outside of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Tourists were stuck waiting outside. The park rangers agreed to let only WWII vets enter.

"I don't get that," added Representative Neugebauer, looking more adorable and naive by the minute. "Park Service should be ashamed of themselves."

NBC4 captured the confrontation on film. Watch below:


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texasisthereason
texasisthereason

Thank God these people are up there in D.C. and doing the Lords work by making the rich richer.  After all Jesus said it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a poor man to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

"Adorable and naive"? You mean "so inbred he practically has antennae," right?

kduble
kduble

This was a staged event. No member of congress could possibly be this clueless.

Vince69
Vince69

This is the moron that shouted "baby killer" at the State of the Union speech a few years ago.  Obviously, he has a impulsivity control problem.  I hope he can be sent out to pasture very soon.  He is a dolt. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

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aardman
aardman

This, for all to see, is the IQ level of the typical Tea Party legislator,  i.e. the Faction of Moron in the Party of Stupid.

If the Congressman's bulb is already that dim, imagine the people who voted for him.

jbrooksmeister
jbrooksmeister

"Why aren't you doing the job I voted to not let you do!!"

Yes sir, it does boggle the mind.

jefft0505
jefft0505

I am so angry that we PAY this FOOL!

bfe2412
bfe2412

This shows the TP for what they really are - an absolute ASS.

jjazznola
jjazznola

Another all-star from The Party Of Stupid!  Nice way to make an absolute fool of one's self. He's right up there with fellow moron birther Louie Gohmert.

cajun505
cajun505

Neugebauer is from Lubbock. Recall only a year ago that Lubbock, TX was in the news as the county judge, Tom Head, told a local television station that President Obama would turn over U.S. sovereignty to the U.N if reelected. Obama's actions would then cause unrest and civil war.  Finally Obama would lead in an invasion of Lubbock by the U.N. The county judge was preparing for that event.  Neugebauer is not alone.  Many like him in Texas including the governor. Stupid is permanent at their age.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/22/730851/texas-judge-an-obama-led-united-nations-invasion-of-lubbock-texas-is-only-the-worst-case-scenario/

scottie1620
scottie1620

How classically Republican! First, they shut down the government because they are unable to get their way through the legislative process, and then they wonder, in amazement, as to why government services are shut down. Do those Republicans have ANY brainpower at work? Obviously, the lights are on, but nobody is home!

leb2468
leb2468

If you want some entertaining reading, go to Randy's Facebook page. He's getting beat up pretty bad. It's lovely.

keyws1
keyws1

Send Neugebauer an email.  Use the Lubbock ZIP 79424 and any address for Lubbock.

Also call his district office, e.g. Abaline 325-675-9797.

Good Luck - just remember ignorance is only temporary, but stupidity is forever!!


Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

As Lewis Black said last week at Bass Hall "Your a politician, it's your fucking job to compromise"

kimballjudy61
kimballjudy61

This should be a huge embarrassment to the district that sent this man to Congress.  I was so appalled that I initially elected to go to House.gov so I could send him an email.  BUT, this guy is so arrogant, he will not accept emails from anyone outside of his district!  Too busy??  or protecting his bubble?  Of course these guys think "All Americans" agree with them, because they only hear from their gerrymandered district.

This guy needs to get on his knees and apologize to that Park Ranger.  Beg for forgiveness from her and the entire Park Service.  You made this mess with your nonsense about the ACA and your hatred for anyone who disagrees with you.

If that Park Ranger was on duty, she was doing so without pay, thanks to your fun group.  This was grandstanding at its worst.  So glad the other gentleman stood up to the Congressman.


Sadly, Congressmen Neuberger will never see any of these comments.  


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secondlook
secondlook

This has got to be one of the most shameless examples of mean spirited grand standing I have EVER witnessed.  Especially considering HE is the reason she was standing there doing her job to start with.

donmooradian
donmooradian

I am not a Texan but want to apologize to the woman park ranger for the shameless grandstanding of Congressman Neugebauer. He looks like a sweet old man but his intellectual dishonesty (play acting) reveals a deceitful core. 

Chevytexas
Chevytexas

WHAT an asshole. Attacking her, what he said was" You should be ashamed (to the Ranger)", not the Park Service. Old illiterate white men from West Texas loooove the opportunity to talk down, especially when it's a black woman. He's not a good Texan and yet representative of some West Texans who vote for him.

ExJQ
ExJQ

I am ashamed of him and ashamed of the people who voted for him. And I am proud of the park ranger, who is simply doing her job to the best of her ability in a trying situation.

njarnolds
njarnolds

Randy Neugebauer just demonstrated today the appalling lack of intelligence, accountability and humanity operating among GOP conservatives today. Who does he think caused the Government shutdown? This guy is a great example of Who shouldn't be in Congress.

th3j4ckl3
th3j4ckl3

Oh look another GOP making an ASS of himself.  The Ranger is following orders.  Its like me blaming the cashier at McDonalds that the burger she just gave me tastes like shit.  This guy is another political ASS!

Bobtex
Bobtex

Shame?  SHAME?  Congressman, YOU are the one who should be ashamed.  Unlike you, the Park Ranger is only doing her job.  Why don't YOU try doing YOUR job--you know, the one that YOU are still collecting compensation for, without any semblance of fulfilling your duties. By cashing your paycheck without performing the duties of your job, you are defrauding the taxpayers:  your employers.  What a sorry spectacle you are. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

It costs nothing to keep the memorial open. It just sits there. The same is true of the other war memorials and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. All are open air facilities. The only monument on the mall which has permanent staff is the Washington monument, and it is probably the only one which the shutdown should require closing.

Another example is Jordan Pond House on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. Up until about 20 years ago, it was operated as a successful and profitable business. When the owners retired they gave it to the National Park Service to run and they added a very profitable gift shop and set it up as a licensed concession, making it a semi-private enterprise. Between the restaurant and gift shop, Jordan Pond House brings in millions in profit for the government. Yet despite the fact that it is privately operated and turns a profit the Park Service shut it down yesterday and for the duration of the shutdown, costing the government money rather than saving money.

And this all really revolves around deficit spending.  We set up Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid but Congress spent all the monies contributed by the taxpayer and stuck in IOUs.  There is now about $100 TRILLION in unfunded entitlements they cannot pay.

Congress then passed Obamacare to replace the Medicare/Medicaid entitlements system, adding another MASSIVE load onto the taxpayers' back but didn't do anything about how much future generations now owe in arrears on SS Medicare and Medicaid.

So now we are being treated to a combination of partisan fingerpointing and can-kicking our way to financial ruin.  Both parties and the Prez know the only short term way out of this is to borrow ever increasing trillions, to pay just the interest on the trillions they owe the insolvent trust funds they have emptied.

But hang in there kids - come January the sequester cuts REALLY kick in.  

THIS is when the real cat fights begin.  After that, it's the debt ceiling cap (ha!).

Slouching toward Gomorrah. 

John1073
John1073

Republican Negotiating Skills

GOP: Can I burn down your house? DEM: No. GOP: How about the garage? DEM: No. GOP: What part of your house can I burn down then? DEM: None of it. GOP: You're not negotiating with me!!

Greg820
Greg820

Nothing like a public dressing down of a (likely unpaid) underling to prove your manhood. Someone is going to get shot there. A (unpaid) Capitol police officer was shot today. You can't fire up the crowds without some some nut coming loose.

texasisthereason
texasisthereason

@cajun505 they are not stupid, they are using fear to control and sell their people shit they dont need.  Dems do it to.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Republicans didn't shut down government, Obama did, and his refusal to negotiate is not the sign of a competent statesman, like Bush or Clinton.

observist
observist

@Sotiredofitall  But the mindset is "You're a politician, it's your fucking job to make the other party compromise"

think4yerslf
think4yerslf

@kimballjudy61  Please Kim enlighten us all as to why ANY Representative should take time to accept e-mails, calls, meetings, etc with a citizen not in their district?   That's the entire point of HAVING seperate districts in the first place for goodness sake.   This browbeating of Senators and Representatives by people outside of their election region - a practice done by people on both sides - is absurd and is only destructive to the process, not constructive.   And by the way, it's so great to finally, finally hear from liberals about the evils of gerrymandering - a practice that the Democrative party had perfected all over the US, and especially in the South for the past 50 years.   Try checking out Marylands 3rd district, or Illinois' 4th and 17th districts.   Dems have gerrymandered districst all over the South for years and years, but all of a sudden that practice is sordid?    give us a break  

Belle
Belle

@kimballjudy61 Believe me, I am ashamed that Neugebauer is from West  Texas... This is an extremely corrupt, conservative district. 

What likely happened was complaints to congressmen (who closed down the WW II memorial--along with the rest of the gov't), and Neugebauer went to "take care of business". It was nothing more than a fake show of concern for WW II veterans, and an opportunity to shift blame to the WW II Memorial Administrators, who were only doing as they were told.

Welcome to the "my way or the highway" world of conservatives in West Texas...

scottie1620
scottie1620

@th3j4ckl3 Well, if you went to McDonald's and expected to get a burger that DID NOT taste like shit, then I have to wonder whatever were you thinking? Better still, whatever were you smoking?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@th3j4ckl3 

See: Mr Schutze's yarn on those . . . just following orders.

wesley38
wesley38

@holmantx Your information is incorrect.  Each of the monuments requires personnel for maintenance, cleaning bathrooms (Jefferson), security, and prevention of defacing and graffiti.  They have furloughed all but the security folks in most cases.  The WWII memorial has water features that must be maintained and people prevented from wading into them, etc.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@John1073 Or from the other side of the coin: GOP: Your house is on fire, can I put it out? DEM: Nope. GOP: But your house burning down will likely damage my house and your neighbors house as well, please let me help you put it out.  DEM: NOPE.  GOP: Ok, fine, but don't blame me when your house is a pile of ashes. Dem: How'd you know that was my plan??!!


It's all a matter of perspective.  Personally I think they're both wrong on the ACA and the Budget.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @Greg820 They aren't unpaid.  They will be made whole once Obama starts negotiating with the Republicans and the government is funded again.

fracquestions
fracquestions

@ruddski Anybody who refers to Bush as a competent statesman loses ALL credibility right off the bat! And, for all your revisionist history, it WAS the Republicans who shut down the government. Obama merely refused to cave to their disastrous demands in order to "compromise" with them, and he WON!

The 2014 midterm elections will demonstrate just how badly the GOP lost this fight. The American people saw what happened. Even Republican consultants and pundits like Alex Castellanos are calling Ted Cruz and the Tea Party what they really are - people practicing "bunny sex." The other night, on AC360, Castellanos stated that the first priority of the GOP should be to build an illegal alien border fence around Ted Cruz! THAT came from a major player in the GOP, not from some liberal or Democrat.

Daniel
Daniel

@ruddski Nice try, Ruddski. Totally diggin' the straight face. 

aardman
aardman

@ruddski Nope.  If Boner allowed the clean CR to go to a vote today, it would pass.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@wesley38 @holmantx 

a million seconds was twelve days ago

a billion seconds ago was 1972

a trillion seconds was 11,347 years ago and we were Neanderthals

We owe $117 trillion.

It is an amount the finite mind cannot comprehend.

And the amount of suffering this will cause, whether we try and pay it down or just default on it, has already begun.

The longer we avoid dealing with it the greater the misery.

John1073
John1073

GOP: Your house is on fire. We tried putting it out 41 times  DEM: It appears the house is fine. In fact, we lowered the rent to help people in it  GOP: No seriously, a tornado just blew up your house while it was on fire during an earthquake. And gay people danced on it. DEM: Can we just allow people to have access to their home and pay less? GOP: No. We're bulldozing your house if you don't allow us to put out the fire that was cause by the tornado during the earthquake and gay people. And did we mention God hates you?

losingmyreligon
losingmyreligon

@everlastingphelps @Greg820  And which part of the malfunctioning Republican Party should he work with? Its leadership can't deliver anything. And the tiny minority has indicated, again and again, it loathes anything Obama proposes, including a medical insurance system originally proposed by the conservative Heritage Foundation and successfully implemented by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. It's been repeatedly pointed out that a majority of the House would actually vote in favor of the CR, if the bill came up to a vote. But fearful of a tiny minority and the giant Koch Brothers money behind them, Boehner won't let it. Plus, having succeeded in derailing a law that was passed by both houses, signed into law and affirmed by the Supreme Court, the Tea Party minority would have, essentially, derailed the way the federal government works. All they would need to do to get whatever they want is to hold the payroll or the debt ceiling hostage again - and again.

tripehoundredux
tripehoundredux

@holmantx We were never Neanderthals, Homo Sapiens Neanderthalis is a cousin of Homo Sapiens Sapiens but not an ancestor.

John1073
John1073

@RTGolden1 @John1073 There's lots of laws that mandate insurance. You have to have car insurance or your face a penalty. If you have a mortgage you have to have homeowners insurance. If you're 65+ you have to have Medicare otherwise you forfeit your Social Security. So the precedent is there. Although that is not even the point to this entire conversation. The point is you can't negotiate when your starting point is destruction and you won't come off that point. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@John1073 Like I said, it's a matter of perspective.  How anyone views it will be subjective to their own political leanings.

My own view: GOP: Look, some of these people don't have homeowner's insurance, we should pass a law that mandates that they get it.  Dems: No, we should give them homeowners Insurance. Insurance Industry: NO! (some years pass...) Dems: We are going to give...(Insurance bagman slips sack-o-cash to Dems)...er, pass a law that mandates everyone gets homeowners' insurance. GOP: That's crazy! And WE know crazy when we see it.  Insurance Industry: aaaaaaaalright!  American Public:  WTF just happened???

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @geralddaines @everlastingphelps @losingmyreligon Tell us where in the Federalist papers this type of hostage taking is permitted.

You can tell us, can't you? I mean, you DID read the Federalist papers, didn't you tea partier? And you cite it as your authority, so you should be able to tell us the part you are referring to (because you sure forgot to in your message), right, tea partier?

Federalist 58, dumbshit:

The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the people gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the government. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @scottie1620 @everlastingphelps @losingmyreligon @Greg820 My parents did not compromise with children, either, and neither should Obama and Reid. Screw the GOP! We do not need their Tea Party agenda in America.

Infantilizing the opposition, and you expect me to take you seriously?  I suppose dehumanization comes next for you.

geralddaines
geralddaines

@everlastingphelps @losingmyreligon Tell us where in the Federalist papers this type of hostage taking is permitted.

You can tell us, can't you? I mean, you DID read the Federalist papers, didn't you tea partier? And you cite it as your authority, so you should be able to tell us the part you are referring to (because you sure forgot to in your message), right, tea partier?



geralddaines
geralddaines

@everlastingphelps @losingmyreligon @Greg820 So if the democrats said "raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, or we will shut down the government," according to you that would be "the way government is supposed to work."  No, you wouldn't be singing the same song then, would you, tea partier? You would be complaining about it being treason or something like it, tea partier.

No, tea partier, you don't even believe that yourself. You are making excuses for behavior that even YOU know is wrong. And that makes you a liar.


everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @losingmyreligon @everlastingphelps Read the Federalist Papers again, then, because they didn't take. 

And bills, laws, who gives a fuck.  Laws can be repealed.  One Congress cannot bind a later Congress.  THE END.

losingmyreligon
losingmyreligon

@everlastingphelps @losingmyreligon

Obamacare is NOT a bill (the preferred way Tea Partiers try to belittle it). It's a law, a law that has been passed by a majority in both houses, signed by the president and affirmed by the Supreme Court. Yet it's not really a law, in this instance, because of 'party shenanigans'-- sorry, but "party shenanigans" are how most laws get passed. But this law must be derailed by a minority in the House who can simply pressure the Speaker into refusing to bring up a budget bill for a vote. The 'clean bill that fully funded the bill' took out, as you noted, the medical device tax, which, in effect, defunds Obamacare. Nice sleight of hand. And I've read the Federalist Papers: Nowhere do they say this is how the House works -- the House is NOT defunding the government because the President and Senate are not getting their advice and consent. Two dozen representatives are defunding the government. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @losingmyreligon @Greg820 And to hammer the point home without doubt, Federalist 58:

The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse -- that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the people gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the government. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @losingmyreligon @Greg820 From Federalist 48:

The legislative department derives a superiority in our governments from other circumstances. Its constitutional powers being at once more extensive, and less susceptible of precise limits, it can, with the greater facility, mask, under complicated and indirect measures, the encroachments which it makes on the co-ordinate departments. It is not unfrequently a question of real nicety in legislative bodies, whether the operation of a particular measure will, or will not, extend beyond the legislative sphere. On the other side, the executive power being restrained within a narrower compass, and being more simple in its nature, and the judiciary being described by landmarks still less uncertain, projects of usurpation by either of these departments would immediately betray and defeat themselves. Nor is this all: as the legislative department alone has access to the pockets of the people, and has in some constitutions full discretion, and in all a prevailing influence, over the pecuniary rewards of those who fill the other departments, a dependence is thus created in the latter, which gives still greater facility to encroachments of the former.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @losingmyreligon @everlastingphelps @Greg820And which part of the malfunctioning Republican Party should he work with? Its leadership can't deliver anything.

Well, they delivered the Senate several CRs, including one that fully funded Obamacare but only took out the medical device tax and delayed the individual mandate -- the Senate rejected it.  The House has shown that it will compromise -- Reid and Obama won't.

 Plus, having succeeded in derailing a law that was passed by both houses, signed into law and affirmed by the Supreme Court, the Tea Party minority would have, essentially, derailed the way the federal government works.

Far from it. This is, in fact, exactly how government is supposed to work.  Read the Federalist Papers.  The law was "passed" on a party line vote using parliamentary shenanigans.  The People voted the other party into a position to block it, so they did what the People sent them there to do.  One of the House's most powerful tools is the purse strings.  They are supposed to defund the government when the Senate and the President (both inferior positions to the founders, who wanted most power with the House, who represented the People) refuse to get their advice and consent.

The House is there for a reason.  Obamacare is an unpopular bill that most people want repealed.  Obama and Reid are ignoring the People.  It's the House's job to defund the government until those two fools get in line and start working for the People again.

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