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Park closing was unnecessary

March 10, 2014

In all likelihood, an Interior Department report last week was intended by President Barack Obama as another slap at conservatives in Congress....

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Mar-13-14 11:38 AM

Completely agree JReader. Finger pointing is not solving any problems. In a society where there is "always someone to blame" we have lost all accountability. Time to hold our leaders accountable, regardless of class affiliation. Time to pull together. It's easy for the politicians to point fingers when we do it as well.

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Mar-11-14 10:16 AM

You don't think what we have going on today isn't trickle down economics ? Maybe you need to pull your head out of the sand. Bottom line - nothing has changed in Washington except for things getting worse for the middle class. It would have been no different with Romney either so no need to go there. We need to hold all politicians accountable no matter what party affiliation they have and stop giving one side a free pass just because you happened to have joined their club.

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Mar-10-14 5:48 PM

Yeah JR, and this problem in Washington all started when Obama took office and if Mitt Romney or some other Republican were in office, the Senate was all Republican then everything would be fixed by now. Let's try Trickle Down Economics again.

Maybe it is you who should take off the blinders.

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Mar-10-14 2:07 PM

In case you haven't noticed our government is constantly "running" on money it doesn't have. The shutdown was nothing more than a stunt so one side could make the other look bad. Someone needed to be the "adult" in the room and unfortunately nobody could rise up and take that role. Obama had the chance to do it as much as the Republicans in congress. He being the president and only one person could have made it happen much easier than a collective group of knuckleheads. He chose not to. The result as illustrated here was that real Americans lost over 400 million in earnings because of this pathetic game of chicken.

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Mar-10-14 12:37 PM

I couldn't believe I actually read this letter correctly. Congress didn't appropriate money to keep the federal government running . . . therefore the federal government shut down . . . how do you pay the park staff when you don't have a budget? It isn't as simple as "the money coming in would have paid the park staff". They didn't pass a budget. Therefore government cannot remain in business. Well, except for them. On overtime. There is no way they could have left the parks open and justified that to the other federal workers on shut down. How do you deem a national park an essential service and tell NRCS employees, etc. etc. that they are not??

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Mar-10-14 10:56 AM

"Obama was smart to not give up all his good cards".

The problem with that is he was playing cards with other people's money. It's very easy to go "all in" when you have no skin in the game. In this case he was willing to gamble on 414 million of other people's revenues to give congress their black eye. And he does this when the economy remained weak. This just proves he serves only his own interests and not those of the American people.

I can't understand why you people are standing behind the guy "who is going to change the way things are done in Washington" when he has become one of the worst Washington Insiders. Time for you to take the blinders off.

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Mar-10-14 2:13 AM

The government was shut down by Congress. Only Congress can appropriate the money to keep government running. The Park Service is not an essential government service. If all the "fun" parts of government were kept open, then all the necessary items lose leverage at the bargaining table. You need to have a good hand when bargaining. Obama was smart to not give up all his good cards.

Whether you like President Obama or not, this is common practice in politics.

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