Whenever the federal government steps in, inefficiency, dysfunction and waste seem to be quick to follow—and the National Park Service is no different.
Jonathan Jarvis, the Director of the National Park Service, cited the inability to maintain security as the primary reason for shutting down federal properties, including the open air WWII veterans' memorial. His statement at a recent Congressional hearing directly contradicts several earlier reports suggesting that extra security staff members were hired during the shutdown to erect and police barriers and that they were told to be as obstructive as possible.
Sunday, hundreds of veterans descended upon Washington D.C. to protest the barricading of open air memorials on the National Mall.
The Spite House.
What happens when you find yourself inside Yellowstone National Park during a federal government shutdown? Try removal by armed rangers.
The federal government has been no-holds-bar in making the shutdown as inconvenient as possible, even if it means closing what isn’t theirs. Here are a few examples of the federal government’s entitlement issues.
Even a privately funded National Park is not safe from the government shutdown.
Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly debate the National Park Service's involvement in the Occupy Wall Street movement.