It belongs to the people, not to the government. And yes, the former outranks the latter.
In choosing to stage histrionics over the so-called "shutdown," the Obama Administration hoped to prove to everyone how vital and wonderful the government really is. Why, you won't have your parks! You won't have your veterans' memorials! We'll even close the ocean!
But what they've really done is demonstrate what happens when the government intertwines itself with things that may belong to the public, but really don't need government oversight. We all heard the stories last week of the government erecting barricades at the World War II Memorial, even though it is normally not staffed and thus would not need to be affected by the shutdown. Closing off the memorial cost more money than doing nothing. It was strictly a stunt by the White House to upset people so they could blame Republicans.