Since the government shutdown began, it has become apparent that Federal officials are going out of their way to make sure average Americans are inconvenienced as much as possible. The government, which spent last week closing national monuments in Washington D.C. and throughout the Nation (likely spending more than it would have cost to keep them open), has even resorted to kicking Americans out of privately owned properties situated on Federal land.
According to the Nevada-based KTNV, federally-funded roads that lead to the Lake Mead home of Joyce Spencer, 77, and her husband Ralph, 80, were shut down due to the lack of government funds and forest officials forced the elderly couple out of their home.
From the report:
The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.
“I had to go to town today and buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants,” Joyce Spencer told Action News.
The Stewart’s Point home sits on federal land, so even though the Spencers own their cabin outright, they’re not allowed in until the government reopens.
Park officials said property owners can visit only to retrieve belongings; they sent Action News a statement which reads in part, “Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen.”
Joyce Spencer said she’s alright in the meantime, staying with nearby family, but the move was a lot to handle as a senior citizen.
“I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter that he has to go in,” Spencer said. “We’re not hurt in any way except it might cost me if I have to go buy more pants.”
The Lake Mead properties are considered vacation homes; one of the lease requirements to own a plot is people must have an alternative residence.
Regardless, the Spencers said it’s their property and they should be allowed in, shutdown or not.