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Old 10-10-2013   #11
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Originally Posted by restrac2000 View Post
No, they are not "handing over" the parks.

On the other hand, this is not a simple gesture by the states. Many of the Congressman holding the budget hostage and causing the shutdown are the ones declaring states of emergency and offering to fund the parks. Its a great irony and brilliant political strategy actually.

Counties in Utah have done exactly this along with our ultra-conservative governor. Read this, its just one of the "symbolic" gestures of my state:

Utah has been making moves like this for years. Our counties and state knew a government shutdown would lead to closure of our parks and new they could work this into their long term political plans. Arizona is the same. Not sure about the other states. But our now famous Mike Lee actually called what people would experience in a shutdown an "inconvenience".....a term to define the millions of dollars southern utah is losing and the private sector employees being laid off in the tourism industry. He planned and stated he would use a shutdown since elections in 2010. And what happens when he does....he cries bloody murder and comes to the rescue.

All the while the locals legislators and congressman in my state get to look like heroes for "solving" a problem they caused in the first place. Bravo for the strategy, its a brilliant long game move. All the while it ignores what caused the problem and the fact that the Congress has financially crippled our public lands for years. Win-win for politicians.

That is certainly one way of looking at it... though, I'd question the "brilliant political strategy" part.

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