Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Efficient use of limited resources


One's initial reaction to this is, "Unbelievable!"  Sadly, it is all too believable...
The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government.

According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property...
So the National Park Service is spending its limited dollars in blocking access to a site that required the expenditure of none of them. The Federal Government is spending money keeping people out of a non-Federally funded site. It is spending taxpayer dollars in the pursuit of inconveniencing taxpayers. The Federal Government is expending its resources in accomplishing one thing, and one thing alone - ensuring that the current limited Federal shutdown is as painful to as many people as they can possibly make it.

It's the old mafia protection racket, writ large. "Nice historical site you've got there - be a shame if something were to happen to it..."

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