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Walker Refuses To Close Popular Wisconsin Parks

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

State DNR refuses federal directive to close some popular parks

By Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist | October 2, 2013

The state Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday refused a directive from the National Park Service to close a host of popular state properties because of the federal government shutdown.

The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.

State officials opted to keep public lands open as Gov. Scott Walker blamed both Republicans and Democrats for the partial government shutdown and said congressional leaders should run the nation more like Wisconsin. Democrats balked at those comments, saying the Republican governor has had a tumultuous tenure that has divided people.

Unlike, say, Barack Obama. By the way, Wisconsin is doing much better because of Walker. Too bad the same can’t be said of Mr. Obama.

Even though federal lands such as the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have been shuttered, the DNR issued a statement saying all state parks, trails and other recreational properties were open and not affected by the federal government’s budget problems.

The agency also reopened a boat launch Wednesday at Wyalusing State Park on the Mississippi River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed the launch on Tuesday because it was on federal land.

But in a sign of defiance, the DNR removed the barricades at the landing, saying it had the legal authority to operate the launch under a 1961 agreement with the federal government

Next thing you know these crazy damn people will be dumping tea overboard.

On Wednesday, state and federal authorities came to loggerheads over access to state land when the Park Service directed the DNR to close properties in which the state and the federal government had a cooperative financial agreement.

The federal agency provided the DNR $701,000 for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to the DNR. The DNR said the majority of money for the parks comes from the state and that it would use state funds to continue operations…


In a question-and-answer session with reporters at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Walker blamed both sides for partially shutting the federal government down for the first time in 17 years…

“The best way to resolve it? Look at what we did in Wisconsin. We had a $3.6 billion deficit; we now have more than a half-a-billion-dollar surplus. Every Wednesday — I did it this morning, before I came over here — I sit down with the legislative leaders and, you know, we figure out a way to solve the problems that face our state. We have an effective line of communication, and we get things done.

How is that any different from what Obama and Harry Reid doing? — Oh, that’s right. Never mind.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Walker Refuses To Close Popular Wisconsin Parks”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    What will the Unions do?

    /necessary for a Thugocracy.

  2. yadayada says:

    would it not cost more to have someone go place and guard the barricade than just leave the area open?

    typical commie libs. trying to start to block access to public land at beginning of hunting season.

  3. wirenut says:

    When the Fed’s tell me, That, this is their, grass,water,deer,snake,,etc. I quit paying taxes. They need me more than I need them. It’s not the King’s grass,water,deer,snake,etc. It’s what my family and I provide for ourselves and nature. GO Walker!

    • captstubby says:

      there are about 600 people in wasington that need to be told this.
      by ballots, recalls, impeachment, and trials of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”.

      “The powers given to the state government are called the Reserved powers. The powers given to the National government are called the Express powers, and the Powers shared by both are called Concurrent powers.

      Since the federal government is one of enumerated powers, any powers not granted to the federal government still rest with the states. The Tenth Amendment says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

    • GetBackJack says:

      You know, Cat. We’ve tried. They neither care nor listen nor believe. But the people, and I use the term loosely, who can enforce the Law, respect the Constitution and rein in the lawless actions of the Federal Government are the very people we have to use to get it done. What are we to do when the people in charge are the problem? And don’t tell me Voting. That’s proven to be disastrous.

  4. captstubby says:

    i was afraid you were going to say that.
    its a no win for us.

  5. wirenut says:

    Remember when, “Congress shall make no law”? I didn’t think so. GBJ. I hear you. What’s proven to be disastrous, is the have-not’s against the have’s. I’ve worked all my life, to gain a small amount of property,and say it’s mine. Now, “IT’s” our’s. If you don’t own property, speak english,or have some real skin in the game.
    You don’t vote. Life, Liberty,and the pursuit of wealth, is what this Country’s all about. Most should try it by the book, my Wife and I did, and now I’m told I didn’t earn it? Be damned. My grandchildren deserve better.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I totally agree.

      What incentive is there for a voter to be informed if your vote has no consequense to you personally? When you’re only experience in voting is you’re being repayed by corrupt politicians with others hard earned money, why would you do anything else? Especially when you have no sense of what is meant by the word liberty.

      No Land, No Vote! Back to the founding. You pay no tax, you cast no ballot.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Nozy, … damn … sedition makes me grin all over. But then, maybe SOME DAY the survivors will understand what my Rebel Confederate forebears went to the mat for ..

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I would have gone further with my comment, but I’m probably still on thin ice with the ladies of S&L. Let’s just start with only landowners and taxpayers being able to vote and see how that turns out. If the same outcome is seen on the horizon, then we could, eh hem….., make the needed adjustment. I’M KIDDING GIRLS!!!….mostly…

      Another obvious answer is just not allow people with mental disorders to vote, and since liberalism is a mental disorder, problem solved!

  6. wirenut says:

    Noyz, the incentive is to be, under educated, under employed,and under a democrat. Not on my watch!

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