Park Service Tries To Shut Down Private Businesses Due To Government Shutdown

I keep waiting for Big Bird to make the headlines again, appearing on PBS and telling kids that he won’t be able to do any more shows because of the government “shutdown.” He might tell his young viewers that he hasn’t been able to get a paycheck because there isn’t enough money, and as a result, he hasn’t been able to pay his rent or put food on the table for his little bird kids. He would tell his viewers that if they want him to continue to be able to air shows on public TV, they’ll have to contact their Republican representatives in the House and Senate and yell at them for shutting down the government and depriving them of Big Bird.

So far, that hasn’t happened yet. But they’ve barricaded the War Memorial. And the National Park Service has been ordered to make life as difficult for people as possible in closing access to parks, certain sections of the ocean and even ordering people out of their homes. In other words, they’ve been ordered to be as annoying as possible just so people will get mad and blame the Republicans. Eighty-seven percent of the government is still up and running. If only we had a real government shutdown.

They’ve already ordered people from their homes because their residences were built on federal land. Now, they’re going after private businesses:

“The National Park Service has closed privately run marinas, restaurants and inns throughout the country and in some cases even posted guards to keep people from using them during the government shutdown, arguing that it doesn’t have the money, manpower or authority to let them operate. But the moves, which likely have thrown thousands of people out of work, are drawing scrutiny from Congress and don’t rest well with many voters who believe the administration is making the effects of the shutdown worse than necessary. On Friday, the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina decided it would buck the Park Service’s order and remain open — only to find park rangers come and block the driveway to the inn to prevent anyone from entering. The parkway itself remained open, but the administration said all concessions in national parks must shut.”

They’re claiming they don’t have the “money, manpower or authority” to let these businesses operate? But they certainly have the money, manpower and “authority” to block entrances to businesses so that patrons can’t get in. If they have the money and manpower to have officials blockade private businesses in order to make life difficult for people, why do they claim they have no money or manpower to do their regular job?