By Axing Public Parks, Politicos Are Stealing the People's Property

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    "Sorry, we're closed." In one of the saddest signs of the times, this message is popping up all across the country, as governors and legislators are cutting off funds (and shutting off access) to one of the finest, most popular assets owned by the people of our country: state parks.

    More than 6,600 of these jewels draw some 700 million visitors a year to their grand vistas, historic sites, abundant wildlife, majestic forests, cascading waters, expansive beaches, nature trails, campgrounds, educational centers and lodges. Parks are a tangible expression of America's democratic ideals, literally a common ground for every man, woman and child to enjoy, learn, absorb ... or just be. Especially for the middle class and the poor — the great majority of our people who can't jet off to luxury resorts for a getaway for vacation — these spaces offer a form of real wealth, something of great value that each of us literally "owns," knitting us together as a community and nation.

    Yet so many spiritually shriveled, small-minded and short-sighted state officials are snuffing out this invaluable, uniting social force. They are stupidly treating parks as nothing but a budget number or a piece of the "nanny state" to be axed in the name of ideological purity. Worse, they are sacrificing parks in order to keep the tax-dodging moneyed elites who pay for their campaigns from paying even a dime more in taxes.

    The majority of states have been closing many of their parks, slashing hours and services at others or simply handing the public's asset to profiteering corporations. Idaho's governor has proposed eliminating the entire parks department; California shut the gates of a fourth of the state's parks last year; officials in Arizona and Florida intend to privatize their parks; Washington state has cut off most of its park funding; and Ohio has okayed oil drilling in its parks to replace state financing.

    As Woody Guthrie said of outlaws, "Some'll rob you with a six gun/Some with a fountain pen." This is theft by the in-laws, the political insiders who're stealing The People's property — stealing from America itself.


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    Personality i would be more then happy to end welfare and food stamps to open all of the parks and upgrade all of their infrastructure... that way ALL people will benefit.



    Its called a budget. You cant pay for everything.
     
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    Budget? We don't need no stinkin' budget!
     
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    My thoughts exactly! The state legislatures have decided that maintaining their welfare/nanny states are much more important than providing "family" services that can be enjoyed by ALL people, regardless of income.
     
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    Even governmant has to cut back. Some think they don't have to live within thier means as households do unfortunately.Governments have long since milked the cash cow dry.
     
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    It would appear as if some think just that


    SPEND SPEND SPEND!!!! ...and then.... SPEND some more!!!
     
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    Did we dig up the Tree of Liberty and replace it with a Money Tree or something?

    Seriously, it is very weird that some lefties just don't grasp the fact that the country is broke.
     
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    If the government is unwilling or unable to raise revenue then it is not a budget, it is nothing but a trap. The price of tax cuts is getting too high when we cannot even afford to have an outdoors.
     
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    The tree of liberty in our case and time is the FED (which the Founders didn't want), printing more money...:eusa_whistle:
     
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    Can't keep on spending like we have been for the past decade. We have to pay that money back. So, you want parks, fine - what will you cut to pay for them?
     

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