To The Daily Sun,
Did you know the Federal Government was shut down? Would you have noticed if the media did not constantly tell you about it in the news?
Yes, the big problem was the closing of the National Parks. In the news every day, people on vacation were not allowed access to the roads in the National Parks or to the monuments in Washington DC. It is hard to imagine that people are fooled by this political action. Closing the roads to National Parks is like closing the roads across the N.H. White Mountains.
Park Rangers closed the gates and stopped collecting entrance fees at least until the states decided to open some of them. Yes, the federal government-run campgrounds and other housing facilities might need to stop operating along with the Disney World like tram ride in Yosemite but why did the roads through these parks need to be closed?
When the Federal Government "shuts down", parklands should remain open free of charge to allow vacationers the right to access roads and trails to view the many beautiful waterfalls, rivers, lakes, cliffs, canyons, trees, mountains, super-volcano lava flows, etc. Park Rangers are not necessary for people to see the outdoors.
How many noticed the shutdown of the unnecessary government agencies like the Department of Energy, Education and HUD. The permanent closing of these agencies would result in less spending and government controls that negatively impact jobs and the free market economy.
There was some news about how highly-paid federal employees were suffering from the 16 day shutdown, although reports now say they are being paid for not working. I wonder how the people who truly live on a paycheck to pay check basis feel about the alleged "suffering". Perhaps they missed one of their $200,000 plus conference/seminars? It is sad that the elderly were scared by the threat of not sending out retirement social security payments.
Reports that the country lost billions of dollars because of the shut down are unsubstantiated. If they did not pay federal employees for the shut down period, you would think there would be millions saved in reduced labor costs associated with these unnecessary workers.
The pro big government people sure seem to think they won the shut down exaggeration. This just confirms that there are people who benefit from big government at the expense of the many who lose. Unfortunately, those fooled by the park closures are likely going to continue to be fooled by those successfully convincing people that a centralized big government spending and borrowing trillions is necessary and good for them.