Skip to comments.Feds: Tenn cost for reopening Smokies $60K per day
Posted on 10/15/2013 5:58:05 AM PDT by don-o
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says a deal to open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parks in Tennessee for the weekend came too late for the state to send money to the federal government.
The price tag? $60,000 per day.
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Time to get rid of Federal Parks.
When this is over the states should demand that the national parks be returned to the states. The federal government has no business owning more than half of some states.
What a country. Now the states have to pay the government to open parks owned by the taxpayers who have already paid...and then have to pay fees to enter. After UT taxpayers kicked out millions to open Zion for 10 days, we went there yesterday. I asked the “ranger” if nobama would “let us in now”. The government drone didn’t think that was funny. In the park we met some Chinese tourists. One of them spoke English. I suggested to them that they not let nobama “push them around”. When he translated to his friends, they all laughed. LOL.
The state should take it back and fund needed services through user fees or something.
I’ve got a state park passport tag on my MI. license plate.
Maybe we should sell off the National Parks—we have too many of them. Keep a few good ones but sell the rest off—or give them back to the states. I don’t use them and most Americans don’t. Only people who do grow weed on them.
The feds would sell them to the Chinese before they would sell them to the states.
What a great opportunity for the 2014 Congress to gift these federal lands to the states they’re in.
Never again will the people’s property be closed to the people.
Best comment yet. I continue to say the States need to take back what was there’s to begin with. They need to use Eminent Domain to take back the property which rightfully belongs to the States. There’s no justification for the Fed to be in the Parks business to begin with.
Wow. Who knew that letting mountains lie, and bears sh*tting in the woods cost $60k/day.
No telling what the Grand Canyon or Meteor Crator cost to keep open. I’d be they are just a hair trigger from closing up /do I need it?
GSM has about 300 employees. 60K/300 = 200 per day...GS-9.9 through 11.3...that may be a little high, but there are other expenses too (electric, water, phones, internet, vehicles, etc.)
Call up the National Guard and seize the parks....Tell the Feds to "F" off Problem solved.
I would guess it is not to hard to calculate.
$60, 000 x 365 = $21,900,000 the annual Smokies budget
Eminent Domain taking citing the 10th??? Works for me.
The Meteor Crater is privately owned.
All this is an example of FED “Blackmail” Pay to keep open a park that does NOT need any staff. I say shut down the white house and save a lot of $$$.
Remember, the original fight in drawing up the Constitution was States Rights vs Federal Powers.
Jefferson was right. Washington was wrong.
Soon, the Feds usurped the powers of the states. They now do it by monetary means.
The shutdown of National Parks and Monuments (FOR NO REASON) is a stunning example of abuse of Federal powers.
Time for the Feds to turn over some of the Federal Lands to the States. They were not intended to be held by the Federal Government. They were effectively "stolen" from the States.