Automatic budget cuts means a loss of $500K for Utah's national parks

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  • Republitarian SAINT GEORGE, UT
    March 5, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    The "sequester" is not a budget cut! The president and a few other liars in Washington would like you to believe that it is a cut, but it is not. Congress passed a budget resolution which the president agreed to. Now, because of mismanagement (which has been happening for years) the Executive branch of the federal government wants to "overspend" that amount. The sequestration simply says "Sorry kids, daddy is not buying any candy this trip to the store."

    The Deficit Reduction Act of 1985 established the concept of sequestration. Had the Congress been disciplined enough to tell all presidents "NO" when they mismanaged the government, rather than simply increasing the budget resolution we would not have this problem today with a president that believes he is entitled. Actually, the economy would be so much strong we might have never even had this boy in the White House trying to do a man's job.

  • TeaPublican Houston, TX
    March 5, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    I watch FoxNews and they say that obama is just using scare tactics to get people upset about the sequester and that the cuts are going to be proportionally small! They are RIGHT! We have nothing to worry about here in Utah! Your National Parks are safe! Just move along folks, there’s nothing to see here!

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    To one old man: I can't resist. Arches was made a National Monument, not a park in 1929 and eventually a National Park in 1971.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 5, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Part of the problem is that our national parks have been chronically underfunded for many years. Unlike the Department of Defense.

    Iron&Clay -- you must be much older than I am. Arches has been a national park area since 1922.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 4, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Gee, I never realized how lean and mean our federal government really is. This 2% disruption (after the automatic growth of the budget) is really frightening. But I suppose all those grants and foolish tax refunds just aren't enough to save all those billions of dollars.
    And we must have enough in the kitty to send $250 million to Egypt. We'd hate to see them go without.
    This story makes me feel sad, like the day they shut down my business four years ago. We laid off 15 good people that day, most of them with families. And for some of us it took a long time to find a new job.
    I suppose these cuts had to come to government workers, too. They aren't immune to cutbacks.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    Forced budget cuts are just what the government needs. They'll find ways to keep things going. The sky won't fall.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    March 4, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    I remember visiting the delicate arch as a youngster. There was no so called 'national park'.
    But this natural wonder was still there and it allowed itself to be seen by anyone willing to hike the trail.

    A loss of funding for the parks will not make the natural wonder vaporize into oblivion.