I find it odd that everyone is talking about needing to worry about more
important things like homes, food, etc. This is not just a handful of seasonal
employees jobs that are at stake but whole communities who's economies rely
on the tourism of the National Parks. If the parks close off areas or shut down
completely there are several thousands of jobs at stake. Are you going to invite
those people into your homes to feed them? Not to mention billions of dollars
that disappear from Utah's economy, not to mention the Federal economy.
Remember, it's not just park employees who are impacted but those in
restaurants, hospitality, outfitting, local retailers... and the money that
these employees bring to the community funding grocery stores, gas stations,
etc. In order to have a strong and viable economy, we need to have a
mufti-faceted and diverse society that includes our National Parks.
Since we don't have enough money for the park system ,Why are we or the
gov't in cahoots with special interest groups trying to designate millions
more acres for national monument??
Let's say we have $1.00 available to spend. (Forget that we are currently
spending $1.62 but still only actually have that $1.00 and are borrowing the
rest.)What are the national priorities?Defense, interest on
the national debt, social security, medicare, medicaid, new F-16s for Egypt,
student loans, highways, Congressional salaries, Sesame Street programming,
seasonal employees at national parks, the Raisin Administrative Committee, farm
subsidies, ethanol subsidies, federal prisons, FBI, FAA, or something else?Spend that $1.00 on what is most important, but it will not buy all the
stuff you used to get. Some things really are more important than others. Some
things are NOT Constitutionally mandated federal obligations.I
don't think that our country will collapse if we do not have all the
National Park employees that we would like, or used to have. We will collapse
if we do not pay for a lot of other stuff.Besides, the greenies keep
telling us that everything should be "wilderness" anyway, so let it all
go back to nature and force everyone to hike in on foot.There is no
more money, and we are beyond broke and unsustainably in debt.
Oh the horror, the feds will have to cut some funds. The mountains, canyons,
and vistas will still be there...what will be missing? Oh the people have co
opted the natural beauty so they can create a job for themselves. Turn the
national parks all over to the state for supervision, contract out the lodging
and food to private companies. Why we trust distant bureaucrats to run our
backyards and just assume that the locals will be bought off by lobbyist is
Funding national parks are not the most important things we should be worried
about. When we have a president wasting trillions of dollars on
'advertising' and 'indoctrination' and child 'mind
control' programs to destroy this country I don't think flushing
toilet have any priority.We have to stop worrying about Utah and its
personal pork funding when the existence of all we have is at risk, including
our homes and families and responsible education. Health care is the individuals
responsibility and that will become very evident by the end of this year when
50% of all incomes will be confiscated by the government in taxes or fees.Our soverignty, our nation, our government is at too much risk to worry
about a few dollars to have a flushing toilet in the wilderness.
Eventually, these parks will be set aside for the rich and famous. These budget
cuts will continue and the "public" access will be further restricted.
Oh, the park overseers will complain how they really really want us to be able
to use the parks, but due to circumstances beyond their control, well, you know.
Then, during the times when we're not allowed to go, special people will be
brought in by helicopter or on buses with tinted windows and they'll enjoy