THE PARK POLICE—TALK ABOUT WASTE 11/1/13
Let’s consider the actions of the National Park Service since the government shutdown began. WW2 memorial was closed—but its an open plaza, nobody there to collect tickets etc, BUT we had the money to pay somebody to put up barricades and posting guards to “close” the WW@ memorial takes more resources and manpower thatn “keeping it open”.
A little known historic site outside McLean Va, Claude Moore Colonial Farm where a group of private citizens set up and endowment to take care of the farm’s expenses and has operated independently the park service told them to shut down. The farm appealed this directive—they explained that the Park Service doesn’t actually do anything for the site. BUT they found the money to send officers to the park to forcibly remove both volunteer workers and visitors. The park service, which is supposed to serve the public by administering parks, is now in the business of forcing parks they don’t administer to close.
Parking at Mount Vernon was closed by the NPS even thought the park service does not own Mount Vernon: it just controls access to the parking lots form the George Washington Parkway. At the Vietnam Memorial—which is just a wall you walk past—the NPS called in police to block access. But the piece de resistance occurred in S. Dakota. The NPS wasn’t content to close Mount Rushmore; they went the extra mile and put out orange cones to block the little scenic overlook areas on the roads near it, you know just to make sure not taxpayer could catch a glimpse of it.
The NPS falls under the DOI and its director is a political appointee, director Jonathan Jarvis.
The NPS ultimate desire told by then John Parsons associate park director in 2000 told the Washington Post he hoped that eventually all unauthorized traffic, whether by foot or private care would be moved off the mall. Visitors could park in distant satellite lots and be bused to nodal points.
One park range explained to the Washington Post last week—“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can”,
This is the clearest example yet of how the president understands the relationship between his government and the citizenry.
Source—weekly standard, Washington post, johathan last