Shuttering National Parks Costing Federal Government More Than $76 Million A Day

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In its effort to make a point over the shutdown, the Federal government has blockaded national parks and monuments throughout the United States. The gesture has been widely received by the public as an irrational and immature effort to inconvenience Americans into putting pressure on politicians to raise the Nation’s debt ceiling. A new report from a government watchdog reveals that the political theater also comes with a hefty price tag.

Watchdog.org reported Tuesday that the Federal government is losing $76 million in visitor fees every day that it keeps national parks and monuments closed. An additional $450,000 in daily campground fees and boat rentals is also being lost, according to numbers from the Park Service organization.

“These figures are mind-boggling and only begin to capture the full economic shock of locking up the crown jewels of America,” Maureen Finnerty, president of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, told the watchdog group.

But Finnerty disagrees that the government should allow Americans in the parks during the shutdown: “The only thing that would be crazier than shutting down America’s national parks would be for Congress to allow wide open access to the parks without NPS’s dedicated and hardworking employees in place to protect the sites. By essentially enabling looting, poaching, and vandalism, Congress would be taking what is already a dark episode in the history of our national parks and making it worse, including the theft or destruction of national treasures of incalculable value.”

Courtesy of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, here’s a breakdown of the effect of the shutdown at some leading national parks across the U.S.:

  • Acadia National Park (Maine) – 68,493 lost visitors in first 10 days, $5,263,013 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 3331 total jobs at stake, including 3147 local/non-NPS jobs
  • Badlands National Park (South Dakota) – 26,767 lost visitors in first 10 days, $656,986 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 475 total jobs at stake, including 375 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Boston National Historic Park (Massachusetts) – 54,794 lost visitors in first 10 days, $2,032,876 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 1019 total jobs at stake, including 904 non-NPS jobs.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio) – 68,219 lost visitors in first 10 days, $1,545,205 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 819 total jobs at stake, including 599 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Everglades National Park (Florida) – 25,083 lost visitors in first 10 days, $3,857,534 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 2364 total jobs at stake, including 1951 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania) – 27,397 lost visitors in first 10 days, $1,796,712 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 1141 total jobs at stake, including 1051 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Glacier National Park (Montana) – 60,273 lost visitors in first 10 days, $3,076,712 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 1994 total jobs at stake, including 1632 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) – 120,000 lost visitors in first 10 days, $11,750,684 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 6825 total jobs at stake, including 6167 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee) – 257,534 lost visitors in first 10 days, $23,123,287 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 11,766 total jobs at stake, including 11,367 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Olympic National Park (Washington) – 77,808 lost visitors in first 10 days, $2,912,328 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 1673 total jobs at stake, including 1395 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado) – 80,821 lost visitors in first 10 days, $4,821,917 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 3033 total jobs at stake, including 2641 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho) – 98,630 lost visitors in first 10 days, $9,452,054 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 5572 total jobs at stake, including 4481 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Yosemite National Park (California) – 106,849 lost visitors in first 10 days, $10,021,917 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 5607 total jobs at stake, including 4602 local/non-NPS jobs.
  • Zion National Park (Utah) – 72,876 lost visitors in first 10 days, $3,495,890 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days, and 2401 total jobs at stake, including 2136 local/non-NPS jobs.
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  • JimH

    Politicians gripe there isn’t enough money and close down revenue makers.( they are the elite ones who believe they are smarter than us)
    Now add to it the lost revenue from the Smithsonian, the National zoo, and other museums.
    Congress didn’t decide what to close down. That came from the Executive branch. Who there would be that vindictive?(like we don’t know)
    Not the Tea Party. Wasn’t them.

    • elmcqueen3

      Exactly…It wasn’t the Republicans either…It was our Commander In Chief and his fellow CommieCrats who can’t find enough reason’s to bring this country to its knee’s…While pointing their fingers at evey one else they claim to be the culprit…Dirty politics by the Obama Administration at every crook and turn…Out with the CommieCRats before this country becomes a nation of no return!

      • podunk1

        Our CE(OWE) has $3 trillion tax revenue to spend. Debt ($222B), defense ($614B), SSI ($851B), MEDICARE ($519B), and MEDICAID ($312) define total mandated spending at $2.518 trillion! There is no shortage or reason of any kind to not pay any of it. Our CE(OWE) is obligated by oath and duty of office to pay those debts and insure there is no corruption or theft in any such payment! Failure to pay debt or defense necessities is a direct threat to our nation – an act of treason.

        The fat and theft by corruption within that $2.5 trillion mandated expenditures is beyond imagination, yet our CE(OWE) refuses to fund proper burial for soldiers he sent to a war that are killed by muslim terrorists that “he” is sending
        money and arms to! Our CE(OWE) is spending a fortune to barricade parks, war memorials, etc. to deny citizen access while removing national border security to let hoards of illegal aliens and terrorists invade and pillage our country!

        Go to governmentspending.com and think about the impressive looking budget narrative & books for sale! The
        CE(OWE) has no approved budget! Do those documents contain the same bail out & boondoggle line items as in
        2008 & 9, or are they filled with new muslim wars, contributor pay backs, endeass czar dynasties, et. Continuation
        resolutions appear to be for $100 million vacations and open ended spending instead of controlled budgets with checks and balances and internal control.

        Our CE(OWE) has called his followers and his corrupt news media together to blame the tea party for his unconstitutional actions to not pay necessary national obligations! Are we too cowed and stupid to recognize and react to conspiracy, insurrection, and treason! Traitors will not prosecute themselves! We must recall, replace with truth & character, prosecute, and punish!

        • elmcqueen3

          Good Read…Thanks!

  • jdn

    They don’t care that the income from the parks pays the employees wages . Its all about Obamas spiteful temper tantrum . Monitor this NSA and all you easily offended cry babies ” Pigger Nlease ” .

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    Who are they kidding? The rangers will get back pay and the taxpayers will have saved nothing.
    We need to put the Parks into the hands of Private Companies who will take better care of the Parks and be more polite to the customers. And I’ll betcha that seeing Park Employees leaning on their shovels, shooting the bull, would become a relic of the past.

    • Deerinwater

      maybe ~ to run it or own it and run it?

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Manage it.

  • TheOriginalDaveH
    • Vis Fac

      Liberals will have a difficult time at best refuting this fact, but try they will. We are sure to hear d=from the resident liberal shills rbrooks SMELLY and ALEX in La LA Land. What they would say and what their truth is would be highly suspect.

      If you like me I am in your heart If you hate me I got to you and am on your mind and own you.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Dcp5674

    The so-called “elite”in Washington don’t give a damn about anything other than their own power and “prestige”. Don’t negotiate with the hated tea party, the only people that have the balls to counter Odumbo and the progs. The only reason I can see is the liberals are afraid of the tea party. They cringe over Cruz, Paul, and the test who still believe in America, who still haven’t given up the dream. Odumbo and Reid, Pelosi and the rest try to humiliate the right, blame everything on them, because their own liberals, progs are so ignorant that they eat it up. Their Lord and Master Obama would never have lasted this long if his following was able to read, was able to understand history, politics and reality. Obama doesn’t deal in reality, he and his followers are making all the same screw-ups that Russia after 1917, Germans after 1945, and a Eastern Europe after the mid 80’s. They will end up the same, broken, poor, and copying a successful country, much like these countries were modeled on the US. I wonder which country WE will copy. China? Canada? Russia? Which wouldn’t surprise me in the least. Obama’s followers are incapable of running a country. Just look at the screw-ups in the last 5 1/2 years. Can’t last. We will be bankrupt by the time 2016 rolls around, at which time, Odumbo will declare martial law and dictator for life.
    That’s what will come of this, and every other shutdown as long as His Highness is in office. That’s why the conservatives are our only chance NOT to turn out like above. Closing parks is supposed to be a sign of His power. Actually, they are a sign of his weakness, whining and stamping his feet like a baby. Conservatives are honest, patriotic, and most important, they believe in the Constitution. In Freedom. And in independence, all of which are an anathema to a liberal America.
    We all need to see where we stand.

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    A must watch for any Freedom Lovers:

    Even flaming Liberals are waking up to the evil that is obama.

    • Vis Fac

      Can anyone say doublespeak or double standard?

      If you like me I am in your heart If you hate me I got to you and am on your mind and own you.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • DouglasDauntless

    That’s what the Obama Regime is all about loosing all the money he can to collapse the USA and turn it into a Communist Third World country. He and his Regime are doing a good job while we the people sit around and do nothing.

  • smilee

    GOP shuts government down for stupid reasons and waste all this money and want us to believe that they are real conservatives.. They are bad money managers and waste money like a drunken solider but never are they real conservatives, just phonies,

    • hippybiker

      I guess smilee doesn’t understand the Constitution, that is because he is an ignorant, low information O-bot. The House of Representatives holds the purse strings. Please read the Constitution and The Federalist Papers, that is, if you can read and comprehend.

      • Deerinwater

        Then vote! and be done with the work before the house.

      • smilee

        Your 100% wrong and you have no idea what the Constitution is or does. Both house have to pass and the president has to sign it before it becomes law, any. apropitiation bills has to originate in he house, once it has it then follows the same procedure as any law. Please quit your lying as both kow you have no clue what is in the Constituion

        • http://denialator.blogspot.com/ denialator

          Congress is the body required by law to pass a budget annually and to
          submit the budget passed by both houses to the President for signature.
          Congressional decisions are governed by rules and legislation regarding
          the federal budget process.
          Budget committees set spending limits for the House and Senate
          committees and for Appropriations subcommittees, which then approve
          individual appropriations bills to allocate funding to various federal programs.
          If Congress fails to pass an annual budget, a series of Appropriations bills must be passed as “stop gap” measures.

          • smilee

            Your talking process and you are about right on that, I was talking Constitutional requirements and that trumps process, they are not the same and I guess you do not understand that you have no cllue it seems

    • Sam

      It is obama who is causing the problem. He wants only what he wants, which is endless spending. He has been acting spiteful because he isn’t getting his way. Obama doesn’t care about America.

      • Deerinwater

        He’s calling for a vote, ~ up or down and the clock is running.

        • Sam

          We are at a pivotal moment in history. If the Republicans give in to obama’s demands, he will spend us into collapse like he has been doing, only faster. If the Republicans don’t give in, expect the Marxist Muslim to escalate his bad behavior.

          • smilee

            Your so mixed up, Obama will not back down from their idiotic demands so they can not attain them and they knew they did not have the power going in, that .is what makes them look so stupid and why they will pay a price for their shenanigans. You will see your idiotic predictions will not come true.

          • Sam

            What idiotic demands? You mean “cut spending” or “make a budget”? The democrats haven’t made a budget in 5 years. Obama is the enemy. He is a Marxist Muslim. Anyone who doesn’t see that by now is blind, deaf and dumb.

          • smilee

            The Constitution does not require a budget just that appropriations be passed before any spending is allowed.and we have done that ongoing since the last shutdown in the nineties. Bills are passed by the both houses so the GOP is just as much responsible and in recent years more so as the GOP has refused to bargain in good faith.. Your the one suffering from being deaf, dumb and blind. And you do not understand how your gov works.

          • denise0513

            And what about all the appropriation bills the House has sent over to the senate prior to and after the shutdown? Our government is not ALL or NOTHING! There has always been compromise except for now. Obama and his butt licking democrats refuse to compromise and then have the balls to publicly state the shutdown is the fault of House republicans. Unfortunately, there are many more people like yourself who not only believe the BS but they suck it down! Wake up! Open your eyes and ears so you can see both sides of what is happening!

          • smilee

            I do not think you
            understand negotiating in good faith. The house GOP will not negotiate in good faith.
            You do not send something over that cannot be a part of the solution. If it is unattainable you do not try and bully
            your way, if you do, you lose and the GOP house has been losing on this for
            sometime and in the end will be the losers.
            So whine all like it will get you nowhere as you are standing up for the
            losers.

          • denise0513

            Actually, I am standing with those who have tried to make sure that congress, the president and the Supreme Court all have to live by the same laws that are applied to you and me. I guess you just like these people putting themselves above you and the law! I stand for a free and EQUAL America. You, obviously stand for Obama’s dictatorship.

          • smilee

            Your take on it is all wrong, Those you stand with are not doing what you think they are, if given the chance they would destroy this country but they were stopped tonight, and were given a hard spanking lets hope they learned their lesson.

          • denise0513

            And let me guess. You don’t feel Obama and the democrats are setting the USA up for destruction. Wow! Have you even bothered to read ANY of the bills the House sent over? No, you probably just consumed all the BS the democrats were handing out! FYI- I refuse to be associated with any party! The DNC and RNC are pimps and the politicians that so willingly follow along with the “party” are the prostitutes! I am tired of the American people being sold to the highest bidder.

          • smilee

            Bills that are passed that have no chance of becoming law have no value. These bills are what are called garbage bills and garbage is all we have gotten from the house for quite some time.After the spanking they got last night maybe they learned their lesson lets hope so!

          • denise0513

            Unfortunately, people such as yourself, the democrats in the senate and the moron in chief are the ones who believe bills funding the government but not obamacare were garbage. The USA is not suppose to be a dictatorship but from the looks of it, you, Obama and the democrats will be getting what they have been looking for. They wanted a dictatorship and so it looks like they will get it! Kindly do not ask me, when you realize this isn’t what you expected, to bail your ass out!

          • smilee

            No, we never said that, we objected to the process and their game playing methods of the tea party that is how democracy works and when you take on the bully stance of the tea party extremists the process has to be defended and that was Obama and the democrats position and they held to it, Now if the tea party decides to be a part of the solutions and not the problem maybe solutions can be found. I hope thre have learned their lesson

          • Deerinwater

            True, ~ it’s make it or break it time. ~ while over spending only becomes a major issue during a democratically lead administration.

            If the GOP held a track record of fiscal prudence and responsibility ~ i’d be more inclined to listen and agree with them today.

            Just a small glimmer of a sound track record would be most encouraging at this point.

          • Progressive Republican

            It’s especially sad/ironic considering that the GOP’s founding principles were that of fiscal and social responsibility. That only lasted about twenty years or so before they sold out to the monopolist robber barons in the mid-1880s.

            *sigh*

        • denise0513

          From the very start, Obama stated he would veto any bill that did not fund obamacare! He wants ALL or NOTHING! He is the one who chose to shutdown the government by refusing to negotiate, basically on Obamacare.

          • smilee

            He got all, The GOP totally failed and in the end they fell on their faces and licked his boots, that is what happens to fools when they lose this big.

      • smilee

        Your so confused and out of touch with reality, it makes you look stupid.

        • Sam

          Buy a television and a radio. Then get some books that aren’t printed by commie publishing houses. You are grossly misinformed, mr smilee.

          • smilee

            You are wrong about everything and acting like a complete fool!!

        • tim

          smilee are you really that stupid

      • Progressive Republican

        Democrats are on record as willing to fund the government at Rethuglicon-requested levels. Additionally Senate Dems have been BEGGING the House to negotiate over the budget for the PAST SIX MONTHS! SIX MONTHS, but the Rethuglicons have REFUSED! Yet somehow this is Obama’s fault?

        • Sam

          You’re wrong. I watch this congress pretty closely. I know most of them and what they vote on. The democrats have not and will not make a budget. Look it up. Where is it? The Republicans have made numerous budgets but the Senate and obama refuses to look at them. The bills are all sitting in the Senate. Obama wants carte blanche on spending before he will approve these bills. Who does that? Why, Marxists do. It’s all over tv how obama refused to negotiate this shut down. He finally got his way, thanks to the Republicans. We will collapse sometime in the next 1-3 years if this train of debt isn’t stopped. Did you know that no where in the Constitution is the congress given the power to print money? They can borrow and spend it. They can make coins of value. We have a government that is out of control printing fiat dollars. This will surely bring us to the end. It’s only a matter of time. It’s criminal to do what the Fed is doing and criminal for congress to tell them to print fiat money.

          • Progressive Republican

            It is you who are wrong. You MAY be watching, “this congress pretty closely” but you’ve made it clear you’re not really paying attention. You’re simply another ideologue with discredited “information”. Obama a Marxist? Puh-leeze.

            Yeah, it may be “all over tv how obama refused to negotiate this shut down.”. that does not make it fact as the msm and GOPTV/FOX no longer do sue diligence vis a vis fact-checking.

            The only way we’ll “collapse sometime in the next 1-3 years” is if the ridiculous and historically destructive austerity measures continue. Our current debt-to-GDP ratio is nowhere hear that America had at the end of WWII. Did we practice austerity to rein in spending? When has that EVER worked?

            Even the IMF (who has a long history of forcing austerity on nations and they then wither) has come out and not only said that that idea is inherently flawed, but that if America continues down that path the world’s economy is likely to fall into depression.

  • Harry

    Only the fools on the hill could think that by losing money they are saving money. It’s kinda like what they do with their budget planning, only in reverse, or side ways or?

  • Sam

    This just proves what a bunch of absolute morons are at the helm!

  • Deerinwater

    It “cost” to do and not do. ~ There are gathered teams of professionals scattered all over the globe by some venture capitalist waiting this thing out. And he is accelerated at the moment.

    It cost $700.00 a day to tie off an old 90 ft. shrimp boat if you are not in home harbor.

    It cost $1450.00 a day to tie off a 137 ft Utility Boat for one day.

    The Fed feels obligated to guard our parks and monuments or sure as shoot’n some knuckle head would burn the place down, ~ or deface a monument.

    Sad, but that’s just the way things go.

  • peter

    There is never a good reason for throwing away that amount of money, no matter what your ideologies are. One way or another it is just plain stupid.

    • Deerinwater

      Good point Peter. ~ Ideologies are only “excuses” for a behavior. As the merits found in any ideology are used for justification for any behavior.

      While we know it unwise to give poor people money, ~ money they’ve not earned for it only makes them weaker and more dependent.

      It’s seen as okay to give wealthy people money, ~ they are dependent, strong and don’t really need it.

      The hope is that the wealthy man might do something with money given to him that “might” benefit all, while the poor man would just spend it on food and maybe a tattoo. ( farmers and tattoo artists are viewed as neutral)

      This is the realm of ideologies and just one way as to how they work, ~ That we don’t insist that the wealthy man do anything with his money and indeed he does not have too, ~ is ignored while we know that the poor man will spend it ~ regardless without need of any assurance..

      Funny stuff ~

      • TexasOlTimer

        In had in-laws that lived in the Gallup, NM, area back in the ’70s. Father-in-law had a construction company and a government contract to build homes for the Navajos on their reservation.

        These were painted cinderblock, tile floors, kitchen, living room, dining area, three bedrooms and a bath (typical of the era). These did not cost the Navajo families a dime. What happened? They continued to live in their dirt floor hogans and used the new houses as barns for their livestock.

        My brother wanted to go to the state basketball championship game when he was a junior and for my dad to foot the bill. My dad told him to work, save his money and he could go the following year. My brother did – worked hard, saved his money and then decided that maybe he didn’t want to go that that state championship game so much after all. He’d worked hard for that money and felt he had a better use for it.

    • TexasOlTimer

      Has anyone thought to ask about the signs that appeared almost immediate after the shutdown – where did they come from? Our government isn’t capable of printing all those (some complete with logos, etc.) and sending them all over the country in a few hours.

      More of our money spent on needless items – signs, barricades rented, lost revenue – the stupidity continues.

  • terryk

    Obama wasting taxpayer money to punish the American public in order to make political points. Just think what else that money could be used for. Something good not to appease a pechulant child

    • Deerinwater

      No, ~ his is just doing his job and asking the Honorable Speaker for an up or down vote and allow the normal process of government to take place as designed into the system.

      Our elected congressional representatives are being denied the opportunity to vote by congressional leadership.

      • denise0513

        Your statement can very well be turned around as the democratic leadership in the senate has refused to allow votes on bills sent over by the House.
        Obama is NOT doing his job! He just enjoys hurting the populace in hopes they will turn on the republicans and force them to call their reps and demand they cave.
        The House has sent bipartisan bills to the senate. Those bills were rejected either by vote or Reid’s refusal to bring them to the floor!
        The last bill sent over was to fund the government, including Obamacare, with the stipulation that EVERYONE, including those in government (Obama, congress and Supreme Court) would all be included in the health program. Exceptions for no one! Guess what? Democrats in senate said NO! But please, just keep telling you the idiot in chief is doing his job!

      • red55bird

        Your kidding me right, the same representatives who past a bill in 2009 without even reading it, come on wake up will you, and smell the Roses please.

      • TheTruthHurtsSometimes

        Well there are now at least two people I know for sure don’t understand what the President’s job is: Deerinwater and Barack Obama. There are surely more, but these two confirmed their ignorance.

        • Progressive Republican

          “TheTruthHurtsSometimes” eh?

          At its core, the dispute over the budget and the debt ceiling ISN’T very complicated, but it is full of misconceptions and outright lies. Here are ten facts worth remembering past all the obfuscation:

          >Democrats have ALREADY agreed to fund the government at Rethuglicon levels.

          >There have only been two serious government shutdowns in recent history, and both were the result of Republican tantrums.

          >Democrats in the Senate have been BEGGING the House to negotiate over the budget for the PAST SIX MONTHS, but the Rethuglicons have refused.

          >That’s because Republicans wanted to wait until they had either a government shutdown or a debt ceiling breach as leverage, something they’ve been very clear about all along.

          >Republicans keep TALKING about compromise, but they’ve offered nothing in return for agreeing to their demands—except to keep the government intact if they get their way. That’s NOT “compromise”, that’s capitulation.

          >The American public is VERY strongly opposed to using a government shutdown to stop Obamacare.

          >Contrary to Rethuglicon claims, the deficit is NOT increasing—it peaked in 2009 and has been dropping ever since, declining by $200 billion last year with another $450 billion drop projected this year.

          >A long government shutdown is likely to seriously hurt economic growth, with a monthlong shutdown projected to slash GDP in the fourth quarter by 1 percentage point and reduce employment by over a million jobs. But then, that’s kinda the point now, isn’t it?

          >Democrats have not used debt ceiling hostage-taking in the past to force presidents to accept their political agenda.

          >This entire dispute is about the Rethuglicon Party fighting to make sure the working poor don’t have access to affordable health care.

          Hope ya got your Midol…

  • laura merrone

    I bet leaving the parks open would have made us money so it doesn’t make sense why they were closed, unless it was to make a point, of course…

    • TheTruthHurtsSometimes

      The only reason they were closed was so Obama could do the equivalent of laying on the floor beating his hands in the carpet screaming “you can’t play with my toys, you can’t play with my toys” over and over again.

      Of course, really at issue here is the fact that the POTUS and Congress seem to think they OWN public land. This land is owned by we the people not them the petty.

      • laura merrone

        Amen, you’re right! Our government thinks they own us when it should be the other way around…

  • ONTIME

    It’s now a lot easier to see why there is a push to regain the state’s rights and remove many items and issues under the control of the Fed, the parks are just a beginning. There may be some things the Feds will be allowed but it should be that the states themselves will make the final decisions and keep major jurisdiction. Were there state control, this blackmail by the Feds would not be in effect.
    WTP should reorganize the governments and repair the damage they have caused to maintain the Constitution and the Republic. It would be a better representation were the states maintain and pay for their own senators to make them more responsive to the states citizens and not a party or the Fed. We need to break the incumbency and elitist cycle we now have to regain our representation and have sway when we vote or voice our opinions, State’s Rights, term limits no retirement for all elected and appointed officials, no more government unions, a Nat’l Sales tax driven by the ballot, all of which will bring you a controllable budget, cut the over spending, a affordable government and most of all regain your representation…or you can lose this Republic.

  • CommonSense4America

    Absolute fools running Washington, D.C.. This is the LARGEST, RUDDERLESS, ship of state that I have seen in 68 years. Absolute fools in the White House and Congress.

  • TheTruthHurtsSometimes

    At my local NPS site the Protection Rangers are still there. I take issue with the Retired NPS woman’s assertion that Americans would only enter a National Park to damage it. IT IS THE WHITE HOUSE THAT IS BEING CHILDISH NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! Not to mention that her point is moot. If they opened the parks back up to make this money they would have the staff there. Aside from that this was a decent eye opening article.

  • Progressive Republican

    Liberals and Progressives warned MONTHS ago that the Rethuglicon-threatened shutdown would cost the government money Rethuglicons whine there isn’t enough of. For six months these children threatened, “If you don’t give us what we want, we’ll do something bad,” and they kept their word. Finally.

    Any chance these idjits might finally keep their 2010 promise to, “focus like a laser on jobs” finally?

    Nah…

  • tim

    The next time you see a park ranger. Remember who was shutting the gates. Tell them to fu(k off!!!!!!!! They are commies just like Obama, shutting americans out of parks that we paid for in the first place. Remind the punk ass bitches who pays their wages!!!!