Parks shutdown causing economic emergency for Utah communities, county leaders say

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  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    So are these the same counties who fight the Feds on roads and want Federal law enforcement officials arrested and are generally anti-federal government? Interesting irony...

  • dasha! Provo, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    DistantThunder: Because these are national parks, not state parks. That's why they're not overseen/run by the states.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Here we have an example of a situation opposite to that of Detroit, where people blamed the Big-3 automakers for the city's financial woes. Now businesses are blaming their woes on the government.

    As ridiculous as I think our politicians are being, I understand their rationale, but they've chosen the wrong option... But, in both the case of Detroit, and the businesses in our local cities, we're taught an important lesson in economics: Never become overly dependent on any single source of revenue. I empathize with these businesses, I really do. But if nothing else, this shutdown's served as a poignant reminder that we shouldn't rely on the government (local, state or federal) to ensure our livelihood.

  • JMHO Southern, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    It seems like a lot of people are on the blame Mike Lee bandwagon. However, how much power does a new minority congressman really have? It seems like the senate could pass what they want with the democratic majority. So...they don't like the house bill. As stated above, form the committee and work it out.

  • CPA Howard Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Oct. 8, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    During the 1995 shutdown the National Parks stayed open. The President ordered our National Parks closed, just as he elected to close our White House. The President should stop acting like a spoiled child and understand that Section 1 Article 7 give the power of the purse to the House of Representatives and not the Senate or the Executive branch. The founders feared that rich Senators would not understand the importance of not overspending and they wanted to limit the power of the executive branch.

    We are in this current situation because the Democratic controlled Senate has not passed nor acted upon the budgets passed by the hours for the past five years (two of those years the House was controlled by the Democrats). Also when the Senate passes a bill that is different than the one passed by the House a conference committee is appointed by the Senate to work with the House to resolve the differences. The House has appointed its members; however, Mr. Reid has not appointed the Senates members.

    So the Senate seems to be responsible because they refuse to act on the budgets pass by the House and won't appoint a conference committee.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Mike Lee should pay compensation to those hurt by his recklessness... out of his own pocket!

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 3:37 a.m.

    It was bound to happen and its the economics of government waste and the fact that leisure and entertainment are no longer essential or affordable consumer expenses. These cities and towns should best look for some more productive and economic enterprises to spend their time and money on. Tourism is dead.

    We cannot blame the GOP on the government shut down, its imperative that many government agency's be shutdown and eliminated and the president Obama has chosen the less productive operations that produce the least for the benefit of the nation or his personal agendas.

    With a $17 trillion dollar debt the president has put on generations of americas future he has created a situation that has insured that tens of thousands of federal jobs and federal agency's are in peril of all being shut down. Rather than shut down the NSA spying on Americans Obama chose to punish us in more meaningful terrorism by closing down small business.

    Leisure and entertainment are dieing out because poverty and socialism do not benefit from them. They produce nothing for the economy or the state or the country, is completely dependent on the state of prosperity of the american people.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:55 p.m.

    Federal government has too much power. Why are these lands in control of the Federal government and not the state government where they are actually located? We are in an abusive relationship with our government. Put the animal back in it's cage.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    And how many of these counties voted overwhelmingly for Mike Lee?