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Yellowstone gets real
about budget cuts

Washington Post, by Lisa Rein

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 3/10/2013 10:51:39 PM

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — The giant yellow snowplows that wake Yellowstone from its winter slumber every March are idled, waiting for the sun to make up for federal budget cuts that are forcing the park to open late for peak season. Mandatory cuts kicked in three days before the plows were to start clearing snow and ice from 300 roads at altitudes that reach 11,000 feet. Faced with an order from Washington to slice $1.8?million from his budget, the park superintendent, Dan Wenk, had considered his options.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dreadnought, 3/10/2013 10:53:39 PM     (No. 9218608)

Quick! Find the sleigh ride guy!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1, 3/10/2013 10:55:30 PM     (No. 9218612)

What baloney! They don´t get to increase the spending as much as they wanted, but did increase it, and claim the reduction is an actual cut, as in less than they spent last year. Some bureaucrats and politicians (and their media sock puppets) should hang for lying to the American people like this.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: flatwater, 3/11/2013 12:49:45 AM     (No. 9218688)

Obama told his people to "make it hurt." The national parks employees are simply complying with Obama´s demands, doing everything in their power to ruin people´s vacations.

But, hey, with gasoline at $4.00 a gallon and real unemployment at 17% under Obama´s disastrous policies, Obama was already doing everything in his power to "make it hurt" for the American People.

Wise King Barky hates America.

Wise King Barky hates prosperity.

Wise King Barky will do whatever he can, whenever he can, to bring pain and suffering and hardship upon this nation.

All hail Wise King Barky.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pearson365, 3/11/2013 1:19:10 AM     (No. 9218699)

Re: “Everybody says, ‘We want you to run the park like a private business,’?” he said, referring to the 5.1?percent cut he must make over seven months, which will feel a lot bigger. “Well, here it is. The impact is 9 percent.”

A. WaPo does not explain the 5.1% reduction when the sequester reduced the increase in spending by 2.4%.

B. if the park has such high demand, why not raise park fees and prices?? Would a private business close its doors to lines of customers if its electricity rates rose by 5.1%?

Expect more pain from Obama and more WaPo articles about the suffering caused by the "cuts". Passport applications, IRS refunds, Social Security apps and even USCG responses to maritime emergencies will all be threatening delays.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Babsathome, 3/11/2013 2:15:32 AM     (No. 9218718)

Maybe they will give American kids jobs instead of bringing over foreign students to work the shops all season. Each year many Americans would love the jobs . Seems a waste during lean times.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/11/2013 2:31:06 AM     (No. 9218723)

It is all manipulation. Make drastic cuts in areas that are most visible and painful. Keep pouring money into friends´ special interests and to foreign countries that neither need nor deserve it. Do nothing about the bloated government full of thousands of bureaucracies and hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats who do nothing but make our lives miserable and expensive. Somebody needs to do a full investigative story on this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/11/2013 3:37:54 AM     (No. 9218738)

Obama claims he doesn´t have the power to move money around so I guess it´s just a coincidence that he´s making cuts to tick people off while leaving his cronies cut free.Has anybody seen battery subsidies getting cut?

What he´s really doing is recreating the government shutdown in the 90´s that backfired on republicans.The only mistake there was Newt not passing funding for things like passports and national parks.Clinton made a secret deal with the federal unions that they would get all back pay after it was over. Obama´s making similar promises to government workers who possibly get furloughs.

The whole idea is to create a culture of hate towards congress,so they´ll pay in the next election.We saw the abuses when the dems controlled all the branches of gov´t. the wasted stimulus and obamacare and Dodd/Frank which is killing private sector growth..

Under another dem clean sweep you´d get blanket amnesty,crack and trade,maybe nationalizing oil companies and at least skyrocketing energy costs.A federal gay marriage law.A total ban on guns,even obvious self defense ones.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mws50, 3/11/2013 7:10:16 AM     (No. 9218794)

If I was the Park Superintendent, I would agree to cut spending and immediately forget about the mandate. It will take the incompetent federal bureaucracy at least 2 years to determine nothing was cut, and by that time, no one would care.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MattMusson, 3/11/2013 9:26:58 AM     (No. 9219016)

Closing Yellowstone and Yosimite to get money for the 1st Lady´s B-Day!

Who needs Old Faithful and El Capitan - when you can have Beyonce and Adell?

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