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    BREAKING: White House Ordering Hundreds of Privately Run, Privately Funded Parks to Close

    Closed companies forced to buy the Barrycades -- "We are like prisoners of war who have to pay for our prison."


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    October 2, 2013 - 12:02 pm


    It’s official. They are shutting all of us down ASAP. Marching orders straight from the White House.

    Original Story:
    Warren Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, is owner and president of Recreation Resource Management, Inc. RRM employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. It is one of a handful of companies that have been managing national parks and campgrounds as tenants for years, through previous government shutdowns including the last one in 1995-1996. Those previous shutdowns never closed any of the parks managed in this way, but the current shutdown threatens closure.

    The campgrounds are self-sufficient and receive no federal funding. No government employees staff or manage the parks. The management companies pay the National Park Service out of the funds they generate from operating the thousands of campgrounds. So the reason for the shutdown is puzzling to Meyer.
    Today, he sent a letter to both of his senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, asking for help to keep his parks open.

    “My company, based in North Phoenix, operates nearly over 100 US Forest Service campgrounds and day use areas under concession contract. Yesterday, as in all past government shutdowns, the Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service confirmed we would stay open during the government shutdown. This makes total sense, since our operations are self-sufficient (we are fully funded by user fees at the gate), we get no federal funds, we employ no government workers on these sites, and we actually pay rent into the Treasury.”

    Notice that last part. The parks not only do not cost the taxpayers any money, they pay funds into the Treasury out of the fees park users pay. Shutting them down will cost the taxpayers money.

    How much? Meyer told the Tatler that his parks generate hundreds of thousands of dollars per week. Multiply that across his competitors and the Treasury could lose a few million dollars, in what is essentially free money to the government, over the course of the shutdown.

    Which, as Meyer points out, is unnecessary, as these management companies are not revenue losers, but revenue generators for the Treasury.
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    However, today, we have been told by senior member of the US Forest Service and Department of Agriculture that people “above the department”, which I presume means the White House, plan to order the Forest Service to needlessly and illegally close all private operations. I can only assume their intention is to artificially increase the cost of the shutdown as some sort of political ploy.

    The point of the shutdown is to close non-essential operations that require Federal money and manpower to stay open. So why is the White House closing private operations that require no government money to keep open and actually pay a percentage of their gate revenues back to the Treasury? We are a tenant of the US Forest Service, and a tenant does not have to close his business just because his landlord goes on a vacation.

    The US Department of Agriculture is an executive branch agency, and answers to the White House. Another Judicial Watch FOIA may be in order to get to the bottom of this.
    Meyer says he has sought clarification from the US Department of Agriculture about the shutdown. Officials are saying that they are shutting down the privately run, revenue-generating parks “to be consistent with the National Park Service.”
    That would be the National Park Service which has barricaded the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., andclosed a self-sufficient living history farm in Virginia.
    Meyer says that the situation could cost jobs and is leaving him stranded, not knowing what to tell groups that are planning to use the parks his company manages.



    Update: Mr. Meyer emails to add that not only is his business being forced to take losses for the closures, but in some cases the government is making him and the other park management companies buy the barricades that will be used to shut the parks. He says:
    We are like prisoners of war who have to pay for our prison.

    Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.


    The only real surprise is that nobody is surprised. Come on, MSM, you can't ignore this forever, can you? Do your job and inform the American people!
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    They closed the Grand Canyon. It's a big hole in the ground. How in the hell do you close that?
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    Another violation of the "Taking Clause" (last clause of the Fifth Amendment) by this Obama administration. "Make it as painful as possible" comes to mind, even when it's illegal. Obama wants to punish the nation he hates.

    Just another example of black on white crime.

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    Mr. Meyer should tell his people to put big signs on the gates...

    Sorry, Park is Closed on orders from the Empty Suit in DC.
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    I can't fathom how people can defend this arrogant, defiant empty suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    I can't fathom how people can defend this arrogant, defiant empty suit.
    Easy. All it takes are low information voters with equally low IQs, and a bunch of Chitcago Southside hoodlums daring you to do something about it.

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    The puke in the white house is going to have this crap backfire on him it is going to take more than the illegal vote to get democrats re elected to Congress and he is pissing off every one with his petty bullshit.
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    Now gov’t trying to block people from LOOKING at Mt. Rushmore (seriously)

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/10...ore-seriously/
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    As bad as the Battle of the Barrycades is in Washington, D.C., forcing WWII Vets to have to push their way past barricades at the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Iwo Jima Memorial, what the feds did at Mount Rushmore has to be the most petty and insane of them all.

    The feds didn’t just shut the access roads — even though the state offered to pay to keep them open — it erected cones along a viewing road in the distance to prevent people from pulling over to view the presidential monument.

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    The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument.

    The cones first went up Oct. 1, said Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff. The state asked that they be taken down, and federal officials did so with some of them. The state was told the cones were a safety precaution to help channel cars into viewing areas rather than to bar their entrance.”

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    The government did not manage to block all viewing areas, but that it tried says everything about the mean-spiritedness and pettiness of the Obama administration.

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    More pics from the Bad Lands and Mt. Rushmore.

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    I'd suggest closing Camp David, bar funding for AF1 and no support for his vacations. If he wants to golf, let him have someone drive somewhere close. I'm sure Congress could cut off his funding if he continues with his mean spirited pettiness.
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    I asked this on Facebook:

    Let me get this straight: Open air war memorials, closed. Ocean, closed. Grand Canyon, closed. Lake Mead, closed. Smithsonian, closed. U.S. border at Mexico, as open as a prostitutes legs. Can someone explain this logic?
    Have yet to get an answer from any of my liberal friends.

    Oh, per Real Clear Politics, Obama's approval rating is between 43 and 48%. Unless they're only sampling Democrats, his approval rating is illogical.
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