National Park Service spitefully removes handles from water fountains

SERIOUSLY? National Park Service spitefully removes handles from water
fountains
By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/8/2013
Catholic Online
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Investegations considered; this won't end well for the NPS.
The National Park Service has tried to close Mount Vernon, the home of
George and Martha Washington, as part of the government showdown. The
problem -the site is privately owned. The list of outrages against the
NPS is growing.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Until very recently, the National
Park Service was one of the least-loathed government agencies in the
country. Now, with orders from on high to keep the public from
visiting beloved parks and monuments the agency is developing a poor
reputation.
Park rangers have very diverse jobs, providing everything from
policing to the janitorial duties required to keep public parks and
memorials open, safe and enjoyable. However, they have recently been
compared to the Gestapo (hyperbole) as they actively work to keep
people from enjoying public spaces.
According to a report in the Newburyport Daily News, tourists at
Yellowstone National Park were actually detained under armed guard and
locked in their hotels when the government shutdown started on October
1st. The paper explained that foreign tourists with poor English
skills actually thought they were under arrest because of their harsh
treatment.
When the tourists were allowed to leave by bus, they were forbidden to
stop anywhere during the 2.5 hour drive out of the park, not even at
public restrooms along the way.
In other places, park rangers have issued tickets to people who have
ignored signs and barricades and threatened others with arrest.
At Mount Vernon, the privately-owned and managed historic home of
George and Martha Washington, NPS authorities erected barricades to
keep people from parking at the site. The site is privately owned and
funded, but the NPS technically co-owns part of the parking lot and a
bus turnaround. Of course, since it is a parking lot, it requires no
maintenance. Nonetheless, the NPS is spending more money and resources
keeping people out of such places than it would spend by simply
allowing the public to use them.
Republicans contend that the NPS, which is part of the executive
branch, is under orders to make life difficult for would-be parkgoers
as part of a broader political plan by the Obama administration to
turn public opinion against Republicans. Both parties blame the other
for the shutdown and so far appear unwilling to negotiate.
Meanwhile, the American people are disgusted with the antics. These
sites belong to the American people and nobody should be barred from
entry. Notably, the citizens of this nation have paid for the
maintenance of these sites by their taxes, and there is no rebate or
reduction forthcoming. Since the American people are being charged
full price for these locations in spite of the shutdown, they should
also enjoy access.
Senior Republicans have said they may open a formal investigation into
the mass closures and the barring of people from places where no
significant maintenance or security is required. Small children's
parks, hiking trails, and outdoor monuments remain closed despite the
minimal investment needed to maintain them, if any.
It what looks like a spiteful move, the NPS even removed handles from
water spigots along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal where bikers and
joggers exercise as well as along the Great Allegheny Passage, just to
ensure people don't get any water from them.
Instead of saving money, the NPS is expending additional resources to
go out of its way to close such locations and to make people
miserable.
There's really no scenario where this ends well for the NPS. First,
several of their workers have lost their wages, workers are working
without pay, and when the dust settles, heads will roll in subsequent
investigations. The NPS is making itself unpopular with the American
public, which is stewing for vengeance as the weather turns cold and
bitter.
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Gunner Asch
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It seems that the "Government owned" things such as national parks, was paid for and is paid for by taxpayer dollars. The government property is the publics property because it was bought with our money. The government is still getting tax money from the public so why should our parks be closed at taxpayer expense?
Just as Obama misuses the IRS to target people that disagree with his majesty, he abuses the national park service, spends extra taxpayer dollars, to close things that are open by default, it takes money and an active effort to close. Obama voters will believe any lie Obama tells them as they have already proven by Fast and Furious, Benghazi, ObamaCare, IRS scandal, Voter fraud, and how many other things are there. Obama has one scandal to draw attention from the last scandal, the president of scandal after scandal and his supporters prove they are dumber than a "box of door knobs".
Obama has to pass gas so his supporters can breathe!
RogerN
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RogerN
Because the federal govt has not been funding these by taxpayers. The funding source that has been shut down is money that comes from buyers of US treasury securities.
Taxpayers are not paying for it and have no legitimate reason to complain when it is shut down because the funding source is gone.
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jim
Not the taxpayers. That is certain.
If it means relying on taxpayers for funding, there will be no national parks and no drinking fountains and no handles. All that and much more will be gone.
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jim
Silly rabbit, taxpayer pay for everything in this country. Even, and especially free health care.
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Stormin Mormon
Individual Income Tax payers only pay 40% of federal taxes. And taxes only cover 70% of federal expenditures.
That means individual income tax payers are paying less than 30% of of federal expenditures. Now take away any 70% of federal expenditures you can think of and those income tax payers would be squealing like stuck pigs, because the simple fact is those taxpayers aren't even covering the cost of the expenditures that benefits them, much less paying for any other persons benefits.
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jim
And the part the taxpayer doesn't pay increases our national debt, and that will be the responsibility of who?
I know people like Obama are spending so much that it will never actually be able to be paid back but it's still a burden to the taxpayers and will destroy this country.
Our system has become corrupt, people vote for the corrupt politician that they believe will personally benefit themselves the most, they don't care about right and wrong anymore. We the people, the majority are immoral crooked dishonest cheats and liars. We vote for politicians that reward illegals immigrants with citizenship, reward the lazy with welfare, all to buy votes so that corrupt politicians can live their dream while destroying the country at the expense of others. Just like the greedy people that kept wanting more and more for less and made it profitable for almost everything to be manufactured overseas.
An immoral and corrupt people elected an immoral and corrupt government and it will be to their own destruction, we are watching this play out right now.
RogerN
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RogerN
No President has the authority to spend money unless that spending has previously been authorized by Congress, with certain extremely rare and minor exceptions.
The national debt, as a percentage of GDP, fell during the Truman through the Carter administration, rose sharply during the Reagan and GHW Bush years, fell under Clinton, then rose sharply again under Dubya, and continues to climb under Obama.
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Jeff M
If we start with the position that those numbers are true, it looks like there are corporate taxes and fees also collected. Corporations only get thier money by selling things to the tax payer, so that money also comes from tax payers.
The other spending not covered by taxes? Will be paid by future generations, or the creditors will get stiffed, and that will be paid by the creditors.
I'm not encouraged by all this.
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Stormin Mormon
I think it's possible that the honest voter is being out manipulated by the few who are corrupt.
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Stormin Mormon
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Yes, it does seem that somewhat less than half of voters have been subjected to that.
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Jeff M
The individual income tax payers have been payin for less than 30% of Federal expenditures. They benefit from more than 30% of Federal spending. There is no transfer from individual income taxpayers to anyone else. That's just a bullshit story.
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jim
We all know the customer pays corporate taxes. In other words, the poor pay Walmart's taxes.
It comes mostly from the people who we are constantly told are deadbeats and don't pay taxes.
Or the Fed will pay it all. The one who definitely will not pay it is the individual income taxpayer
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jim
The evidence is certain that the taxpayers won't pay it. That is the people who get credit for being taxpayers won't pay it.
When was the debt incurred during WW2 paid down? It never was and it never will be.
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jim
2009 26% 2010 26% 2011 27% 2012 32%
It averages well below 30%. It is currently too high to be sustainable. This will lead to another downturn which will push it back to around 26% again.
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jim
It's funded by the creditors voluntarily. There is no problem in doing that perpetually
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jim
Please provide the contact info for creditors who don't wish to be paid back. I'd love to open a few large lines of perpetual credit with them.
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Stormin Mormon
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No. That does not mean the deficit dropped 30 percent. The deficit is generally measured in DOLLARS. Did the deficit drop 30 percent in dollars?
Dan
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