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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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    Quote Originally Posted by marv View Post
    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.
    This. Plus alot of liberals seem to have a personality trait that doesn't allow them to admit when they are wrong. Not all of them, but I would say the majority. You can show them all the proof in the world, debate them into the ground, twist them up in their own logic, but it doesn't do very much good. Thats why left wing voters won't take their leaders to task and why most major media agencies continue to back him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FourWinds View Post
    This. Plus alot of liberals seem to have a personality trait that doesn't allow them to admit when they are wrong. Not all of them, but I would say the majority. You can show them all the proof in the world, debate them into the ground, twist them up in their own logic, but it doesn't do very much good. Thats why left wing voters won't take their leaders to task and why most major media agencies continue to back him.
    Very true. The reason for this is that liberals don't care if their policies work, they just care about power. They demand a policy that gives them control of something and then ignore the consequences, because the stated goal was never the real one. When Obamacare crashes and burns, they'll blame everything but themselves and claim that they need even more authority to "fix" what they broke. Expect a push for single payer after this debacle.

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    If there was any "mystery" as to why the government was closing venues that require no federal funds due to the shutdown, that mystery has been solved.

    The government closed down the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. even though it was an open-air monument that was normally open 24/7 and required no security. This, in spite of the fact that the administration had been notified that several veterans, some in their nineties, were schedule to visit the memorial. Not only does the memorial require no federal funds, the only costs incurred by the government involved setting up the barricades to block entry. Disgusted by the situation, several people, including some Republican congressmen, physically removed the barricades themselves and escorted the veterans onto the grounds. After receiving critical media coverage, the administration said they would allow the veterans into the memorial in the future. But instead, the administration doubled down and continues erecting the barricades. Why are they doing this?

    When asked by the press as to why the National Park Service was closing the parking lot of Mount Vernon, which is privately owned, a park ranger admitted they were under orders to "make life as difficult for people as we can". This is why owner of the Pisgah Inn in Asheville, North Carolina was told to close his doors of his privately-owned enterprise which has no federal employees and why the U.S. military is keeping Camp David open while cutting off sports coverage to troops overseas.

    The Democrats are claiming the Republicans are holding the nations "hostage." But is seems the mean- spirited hostility to the public is coming from the Obama administration.

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    ....The World War II Memorial exists thanks to some $200 million in private donations — plus $15 million or so from Washington: In other words, the feds paid for the grass. But the thug usurpers of the bureaucracy want to send a message: In today’s America, everything is the gift of the government, and exists only at the government’s pleasure, whether it’s your health insurance, your religious liberty, or the monument to your fallen comrades. The Barrycades are such a perfect embodiment of what James Piereson calls “punitive liberalism” they should be tied round Obama’s neck forever, in the way that “ketchup is a vegetable” got hung around Reagan-era Republicans. Alas, the court eunuchs of the Obama media cannot rouse themselves even on behalf of the nation’s elderly warriors....
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