Utah should consider making an offer to the federal government to acquire the
parks, then institute a sound business management program designed to generate
an appropriate risk-adjusted return to the state. Under a regimen of this kind,
visitors' experience would improve and their numbers would increase
(bolstering the local economy), administrative costs would decline (no more
channeling policy decisions 2,000 miles to a city on the Potomac) and state
revenues would increase. And it would be a model that could be replicated in
other states, including my own (Wyoming).
So you're going to take money away from school children and lend it to the
feds? Brilliant. Of course another approach is to call on the
members of your Congregational Delegation to quit playing with matches and get a
continuing resolution passed. Isn't your junior senator Mike Lee one of the
architects of this mess? You can't lead the fight to shut down the
government and then play the victim when Southern Utah turns into a ghost town
because of policies you supported.
First of all this is just a political move by Herbert and if it is not then why
would Utah use its rainy day fund to loan a potentially bankrupt government some
money? They are about to default on other debts and as of right now no one in
the federal government can obligate any funds so they could not even come to an
agreement of repaying the funds to the State. I am glad to see that
San Juan County came to their senses and did not open a huge liability for
themselves by opening up federal land.
So what's more painful for the GOP? Preventing Americans from having
healthcare options or damaging the economy in places like Southern Utah that
rely on the Fed for tourism? I read that federal gun permits have
come to a halt due to the shutdown as well -- enraging gun advocates who want
guns to proliferate in free society per the 2nd amendment. With no gun permits,
Americans' right to bear arms is now threatened! How much longer will the
GOP hold out? Clearly, widespread access to guns must be more important than
widespread access to healthcare!
Of course the liberals don't want Utah to manage the parks. They want to
stick it to those small towns and make the pain as great as possible. Hill
workers went back, so they need some poster 'child' to hold up to
claim that the Reid/Obama shutdown is the Republicans' fault.Sad thing is, the federal government will have to borrow the money to run the
parks because entitlements eat up all the revenue, and everything else is paid
for with borrowed money. Growth in the economy could supply more
revenue, but the economy is currently barely surviving on borrowed life support
from the fed. And the democrats solution to this dilemma? Pass
another huge entitlement/corporate welfare program called the ACA, and tax the
low income folks with the individual mandate tax (but call it a penalty even
though the SCOTUS ruled it a tax).
Gimmick. Nothing more. So obvious. Want to help, Governor? Lobby Utah's
Congressional delegation to stop their toxic games.
this has publicity stunt written all over it.
I'm wondering why instead he is not putting the heat where it belongs - on
Congress to do their job and the parks wouldn't have had to be shut down in
the 1st place. It is dangerous to offer to rescue the federal gov't.
Instead the pressure should be on Congress and the White House to do their jobs.
The issue isn't lack of money (well... I guess when the debt ceiling is an
issue...) it's a lack of Congressional authorization to spend on the parks.
Loaning money to the federal government is a really bad idea, unless you are
CHina, and loan enough that you have total control over the deal.
Silly Republicans, Shutdowns are for EVERYONE.
The shut down is like a little pin prick. Those were the astute comments of Ms.
Palin recently on Fox News regarding this current fiasco.
I'd rather they loan money to run the centers for disease control.
We really don't need the Feds permission to do anything. Let's take
our land back.Power to the People.
I wonder where Gov Herbert has extras funds to prop up federal facilities. What
if we do this and suddenly the feds don't fund a pay-back? Better for us
to live within our means. And those who have had a paycheck for decades and
can't survive a one-week shut down ought to review their own spending
habits. If the country goes broke there won't be any safety net of any