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Obama Closes Park That Gets No Federal Money

From the Washington Free Beacon:

NPS orders closure of park that receives no federal funding

By Lachlan Markay | October 02, 2013

The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government.

According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property. “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money,” she said.

The park withstood prior government shutdowns, noting in a news release that the farm will be closed to the public for the first time in 40 years.

“In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm,” Eberly explained in an emailed statement.

“In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service … I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS,” Eberly said.

Welcome to the Age of Obama.

The farm is an historical reenactment site, which “authentically portrays the life of an 18th Century American family building a life on the nearer edges of civilized society,” according to its website.

Well, that certainly wouldn’t entire them to the Obama administration. Maybe if they opened up a section on the abuse of slaves.

Farm staff repeatedly asked the NPS to allow the farm to remain open. “Every appeal our Board of Directors made to the NPS administration was denied,” Eberly said. She called the decision “utter crap.”

“We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm,” Eberly explained…

Ms. Eberly is putting it mildly. This is the stuff of banana republics.

But the Obama administration wants headlines and sob stories like this, via the Agence France Presse:

Tourists kicked out of landmark US parks

By Robyn BECK | October 2, 2013

Joshua Tree National Park (United States) (AFP) – For many people it is the trip of a lifetime. But thousands have been left angry at being locked out of landmark US national parks due to the government shutdown.

Hundreds who were lucky enough to already be staying in places like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon faced a deadline Thursday to leave, 48 hours after the shutdown went into force due to a budget standoff in Washington DC.

"We grew up seeing pictures of it in books," said Clare Cogan from Cork, Ireland, on honeymoon with her husband Mohally but locked out of Yosemite National Park, shuttered since Tuesday.

"You know, the cars underneath those huge sequoia trees. That was America," she told the Los Angeles Times, which called the spectacular Californian park "an emblem of partisan divide."

The National Park Service closed its gates on its 401 sites as soon as the shutdown went into effect after midnight Monday, leaving visitors — including many from overseas — frustrated at park entrances across the country….

Oddly enough, none of the news media’s sob stories about the national parks being closed that we are seeing today ever mention that the House passed a bill to fund the National Parks Service on Wednesday evening on a 252-173 vote. But that Harry Reid slapped it away like a kid with cancer.

In the Grand Canyon, visited by 18,000 people a day on average at this time of year, spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said the gates were closed from 6:00 am Tuesday…

It is pretty amazing. Obama can close down the Grand Canyon and 400 other national parks, but he can’t secure our borders. Go figure.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Closes Park That Gets No Federal Money”

  1. Astravogel

    They closed the parking lot at Mt. Vernon (privately owned) also.
    Just the parking lot, mind you. But closing the Grand Canyon? Wow!

    Also, not on topic, but I just thought of a good book title for either
    Bill O’Reilly or Ann Coulter: KILLING AMBITION: 50 YEARS OF WELFARE.
    Someone please send this along to them.


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