If the government has the resources to block access to national parks, it certainly has the resources to leave them alone. The same government that has the resources to blockade a private restaurant with 5 rangers in 3 cars on a 24 hour basis isn’t shutting down parks because it can’t keep them open.
It’s doing it to make a political statement on behalf of Obama Inc. And make a little money too.
A marathoner says he was fined $100 for running in Valley Forge National Historical Park during the government shutdown.
John Bell, 56, said he parked his car on Sunday in a remote parking lot, not one blocked by a barrier. Bell, of Chadds Ford, said two rangers were waiting with their car lights flashing when he returned.
Bell said he plans to fight the ticket in federal court. He said he saw many other runners and bikers in the park.
Maine’s Acadia National Park had trouble keeping visitors out during the shutdown and was issuing fines to campers, bikers and hikers. On Saturday, 16 hikers hopped a gate to gain entry to Utah’s closed Zion National Park to protest the shutdown.
It obviously takes more resources to keep people out of a national park, than it does to run a park or just go down to bare bones. Occupations are always expensive.
But the government can always cash in by fining people.
Like most occupations, the thread of logic behind it no longer leads anywhere or makes any sense. We have Parks Service employees being deployed to block people from using parks because there’s no money to keep the park open.
But there is money to keep people out of the park.
Especially if you fine people for jogging in the park.