Closing Monuments Costs More Than Keeping Them OpenSubmitted by Chris Dishwashski on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 01:36
On Tuesday morning – the 123rd birthday of Yosemite – all 401 of the United States’ national parks and monuments, along with millions of acres managed by other federal agencies, furloughed their employees and closed their gates. End result: no visits to the World War II Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, or Ellis Island. No walk-throughs at the Golden Gate national recreation area, or hiking the trails in Yellowstone’s 2m-acre wilderness. It means no rafting the Grand Canyon or boating the Everglades.
All of this because one single grand monopoly (aka the Federal Government) is holding every key to every gate and has decided that paying its thousands of park and monument employees is suddenly superfluous spending…but paying guards to keep people away from enjoying the now cloistered spectacles isn’t.