Skip to comments.National park cuts could hit state hard
Posted on 02/23/2013 5:07:02 PM PST by artichokegrower
Park rangers in the Bay Area and throughout California would be laid off, interpretive programs would be cut and Yosemite's bears might end up with a perpetual trash banquet if the federal government does not find a deficit-reduction plan, according to a National Park Service document leaked this week.
The lack of a long-term financial plan would mean a $1.2 trillion across-the-board cut in federal spending and a 5 percent hit to the budgets of the 398 national parks, including Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore.
The cuts would be necessary in the event of what is known as the "sequester," which is a legal writ forcing cuts in federal programs in the event President Obama cannot reach an agreement with Congress on a budget plan by Friday.
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#SequestrationThreat Jellystone National Park: furloughed, starving Ranger Smith shoots Yogi and Boo-Boo for food
I’m sure there is absolutely nothing else other than services that people actually use that can be cut. Crickey, just fire half of the managers, and they will still be top heavy.
1. It’s a lie.
2. I don’t give a smelly Obama.
CA, take the $ you waste on illegal alien (dim-bulb-crat) voters and spend it on legal things, b*ttholes
Not possible. Women and Children are Hardest Hit.
Park rangers in the Bay Area and throughout California would be laid off
I knew that Leftists would soon end up paying for their wastefulness
at a public off road park that was taken over by the state...the “Rangers” are liberals..and the funds taken in are spent buying them new jeeps and buildings...nothing is spent on improving the park or Buying more land...
these democrat scum will soon be loosing their jobs as the State implodes.
I have also seen my wages and benefits drop dramatically. Why should I continue to sacrifice while the people who work for me live a better life than me?
Sorry. Maybe this is unfair. I don't wish this on anyone but there seems to be a disparity — the taxpayer versus the people who make their living off of the taxpayers.
We can certainly start with the more frivolous and unnecessary jobs in the public sector.
What do you figure is the ratio of “essential personnel” to “non-essential personnel” in the federal workforce?
Seems to me that we should just tell all the “non-essentials” that the furlough is permanent and they’re getting two weeks severance pay.
Screw the unions.
Why are all of these horrible things going to happen when the sequester goes into effect since the sequester is only a cut in the INCREASE? There are no ACTUAL cuts happening - that is, no one will have a smaller budget. In fact, as I understand it there will actually be MORE money in the budget this year than last - just not as much as they were counting on. So why would even ONE PERSON be furloughed? Can someone explain that to me?
It didn’t take but a few sentences for the author to expose his irrational panic.
If the parks are closed, then there will be no trash in the bins for the bears to feast. The poor bears may actually have to forage in the woods!
These cuts will surely cause the deaths of thousands and thousands of lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!
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Blah, blah, blah government scare-mongering. I’m so tired of it.
* Our school board warns of serious and deep cuts in education if they don’t get their tax hikes. They were turned down and they still managed to balance the budget and not lay anybody off.
* Our town warns of serious and deep cuts in “services” if they don’t get the utility tax extended.
* Our county warns of serious and deep cuts in “services” if they don’t get their sales tax hikes. When I moved here, it was 3%; now it’s almost 10% — over 3X MORE. Yet they are never satisfied and want more, and more.
* The State of CA always warns about serious and deep cuts in prison guards and state parks if we don’t give them more tax money. We have about the highest state taxes in the nation and they want MORE, MORE, MORE.
* The Feds warn about huge cuts in “services” if they get a lousy 1% cut in revenue. Kids on the streets, grandma out in the cold eating dog food, etc.
Leftists all sing from a songbook with a single tune in it.
I am so disgusted by this lying scare- and fear-mongering I want to scream. It is childish and immature beyond belief. This nation elects the biggest bunch of immature losers from top to bottom. They are not fit to govern.
Screw the unions.
We would have to get rid of the Democrats first.
The Parks will be there when the Rangers go back to work. I really can’t remember the Rangers outcry when 75,000 coal miners were fired. Saddle up boys its time to join the recession the government has nurtured and grown. Perhaps you could have voted to end this nightmare called Obamaunism.
#SequestrationThreat NPR hosts forced to pay for own Valium and poignant banjo interlude music
Yes. Funny how when we in the private sector get laid off...or my commissions cut on half no one cares..but if it happens to a government employee it’s the end of the world.
” More than 800,000 non-essential federal workers — out of a civilian workforce of 2.1 million — would be furloughed until new spending legislation was passed.”
So roughly 40% of the federal civilian workforce is “non-essential”. What a scam.
Close the fed Parks in Alaska, locals will luv it. Get rid of the Nazi Fed Park Cops; let the Parks go back to Nature like before Carter stole State Lands.
You’re correct. I was working in DC at the time. People were begging to go on the furlough list. They got to take a week off, with pay, without it counting against their vacation leave. There were so many shoppers at the giant Pentagon City Mall that there were cars parked along the exit ramp from the expressway. It was a complete and total farce.
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