More proof that the Obama administration is simply trying to inflict as much pain via the shutdown as possible.
from PJ Media:
Warren Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, is owner and president of Recreation Resource Management, Inc. RRM employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. It is one of a handful of companies that have been managing national parks and campgrounds as tenants for years, through previous government shutdowns including the last one in 1995-1996. Those previous shutdowns never closed any of the parks managed in this way, but the current shutdown threatens closure.
The campgrounds are self-sufficient and receive no federal funding. No government employees staff or manage the parks. The management companies pay the National Park Service out of the funds they generate from operating the thousands of campgrounds. So the reason for the shutdown is puzzling to Meyer.
Today, he sent a letter to both of his senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, asking for help to keep his parks open.
“My company, based in North Phoenix, operates nearly over 100 US Forest Service campgrounds and day use areas under concession contract. Yesterday, as in all past government shutdowns, the Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service confirmed we would stay open during the government shutdown. This makes total sense, since our operations are self-sufficient (we are fully funded by user fees at the gate), we get no federal funds, we employ no government workers on these sites, and we actually pay rent into the Treasury.”
However, today, we have been told by senior member of the US Forest Service and Department of Agriculture that people “above the department”, which I presume means the White House, plan to order the Forest Service to needlessly and illegally close all private operations. I can only assume their intention is to artificially increase the cost of the shutdown as some sort of political ploy.
The point of the shutdown is to close non-essential operations that require Federal money and manpower to stay open. So why is the White House closing private operations that require no government money to keep open and actually pay a percentage of their gate revenues back to the Treasury? We are a tenant of the US Forest Service, and a tenant does not have to close his business just because his landlord goes on a vacation.
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Since writing the above letter, Mr. Meyer has received confirmation that he is not only to shut down his business, but the NPS is actually telling him to buy the barricades to keep people out!
UPDATE 10/2/13 @ 7:27 pm Central: I just heard from Mr. Meyer. He emails:
It’s official. They are shutting all of us down ASAP. Marching orders straight from the White House.
Update: Mr. Meyer emails to add that not only is his business being forced to take losses for the closures, but in some cases the government is making him and the other park management companies buy the barricades that will be used to shut the parks. He says:
We are like prisoners of war who have to pay for our prison.
This is tyrannical stuff from the White House. He is ordering private business to shut down. The President has no authority whatsoever to do such a thing.
But there it is, America. Obama is ordering the closure of private businesses, he’s ordering the closure of open-air monuments that have never been closed before, he’s ordering the Navy not to play its football games that aren’t even funded with tax dollars, and he’s literally asking the stock market to crash!
Obama is reverting to his roots as a “community organizer,” a rabble rouser who chaos and bully tactics in order to provoke public outcry.