Back on Feb 22, we discussed the effects of “sequestration.” Boy, that’s a word you don’t use very often. In simple terms it means “automatic spending cuts.” In dictionary terms: (take a deep breath):
Originally a legal term referring generally to the act of valuable property being taken into custody by an agent of the court and locked away for safekeeping, usually to prevent the property from being disposed of or abused before a dispute over its ownership can be resolved.
At midnight tonight, the ax falls. For the Park Service, it could be underfunded by 8.2% and lose over $200M in earmarked projects.
The Park Service budget represents just 1/14th of 1 percent of the overall federal budget. At the same time, Parks help generate over $30 billion on tourism, hotels, tours, merchandise etc. spending. Overall, it takes 258,000 people each year to generate this. So not only will there be Ranger impacts, surrounding communities will suffer. El Portal, Mariposa, Groveland, Lee Vining….One estimate is that 100 parks could be in “skeleton crew” mode or even shut down.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.” – W. C. Fields
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