Obama Gets Upset, Takes America’s Toys and Goes Home October 7, 2013Posted by geoff in News.
By now you’ve heard all the examples of the completely irrational and unnecessary manifestations of the government’s 17% cutback. Any competent and responsible manager could have responded to the slowdown without the inconveniences that have been inflicted on the American people, but the President is not particularly blessed with either. He is, however, gifted with an enormity of spite that completely overwhelms his sense of duty to the American people.
But I’m most troubled by the notion that the parks, monuments, and other federally-operated properties belong to the government and not the American people. It’s odd to me that the default value is no public access rather than complete public access. The Park Service is supposed to preserve and maintain the lands for our use – if the Park Service is shut down, we lose the preservation and maintenance, not the usage.
It seems like we should focus future conservation efforts on putting lands and monuments in private hands, where their access isn’t subject to the whims of a peevish President. The President may just have revitalized the movement to privatize federal lands.