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Our money, our parks, our property

We’ve experienced the end of the world now, as government bureaucrats call it, for the 18th time in recent history — or a partial government shutdown as the rest of us call it.

Only in the world of bureaucrats do you send employees home, forbid them to do any work for their employer even at home, pay them later, and call it “suffering.” The rest of us call it a vacation.

But nothing frosts me more than when the feds start throwing people out of parks. How is it the feds can’t pay a few gatekeepers to hold out their hands and take more of our money, but they can pay lots of people to scour the parks and throw campers out or arrest them?

If you’re a U.S. citizen, you own the park land as a birthright, and if the people you hired as a taxpayer to be its custodians can’t do their jobs, it’s your right to throw THEM out. Millions of people work 130 days a year and more to pay all of their combined taxes, and then humbly plan to spend a couple of weeks relaxing in THEIR park. For the feds to throw them out is an absolute, blatant, indefensible, abuse of power.

Bureaucrats squander untold billions on lavish Hawaiian and Caribbean “seminars,” and spend endless office hours playing computer games and browsing porn sights (we’ve all seen the stories by now). But at shutdown time, they really hunker down and work tirelessly to come up with the most punitive schemes they possibly can to punish the serfs who work so hard to support them.

We’re not allowed to set foot on the national mall in D.C. during a government shutdown, OUR property, while at the same time we’re paying millions for the president’s golf outings and congressional salaries. What more could the government do to make us feel like browbeaten little serfs?

Imagine George Washington and Thomas Jefferson coming back to life and setting out to take a walk across the national mall, only to be thrown off because “the government’s shut down.” Think this scenario through carefully because what they would do is what we ought to do.

Dave  White

Princeton

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