Interior Dept: That shutdown cost our national parks $414 million, you guys

posted at 9:01 pm on March 4, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

As you might remember, the Obama administration did just about everything it could think of to make the government shutdown last fall as visible, inconvenient, and outrageous as was humanly possible, including all kinds of Washington-Monument strategizing with our nation’s national parks both large and small. They gated off the open-air World War II memorial and scenic overlooks on the George Washington Parkway; they forced the innkeepers of a privately-run inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway to close up shop during peak leaf-viewing season; they tried to nudge states into shutting down even state-run properties for the duration of the shutdown. So, uhm… let that be a lesson to you? Via the Washington Examiner:

The 16-day government shutdown in October came at a $414 million economic loss to communities that host and surround national parks, the Interior Department said Monday.

Those figures are a preliminary estimate based on 7.88 million fewer park visitors in October compared with the previous three years. …

“[O]ur national parks help propel our nation’s economy, drawing hundreds of millions of visitors every year who are the lifeblood of the hotels, restaurants, outfitters and other local businesses that depend on a vibrant and reliable tourism and outdoor recreation industry supported by our public lands,” Jewell said. …

Jewell has blasted Republicans as well, as the shutdown hurt the National Park Service’s 16,000 employees. She has pushed the House to adequately fund the agency — the spending bill passed in January awarded it $2.6 billion, though the House had originally proposed $2.3 billion.

Yes, I suppose chiding Republicans for “their” shutdown while pushing for still more money to Interior’s budget so they can continue to add lands to the one-third of the surface area of the United States they already control and often grossly mismanage, is one option. But, if the Obama administration really wanted to do the great American landscape a favor and ensure that political antics don’t do so much to harm our economy and our environment, perhaps they should be looking at the bureaucracy-slimming, profitable, and revenue-generating public-private partnership options instead. They’re out there, and they work, whether big-government types want to consider them or not.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

It cost you a lot more than that. Can’t look at a park ranger anymore without thinking “brown shirt.”

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Would have cost a lot less if there were no barrycades, orange cons on public highways, and NPS SS rangers stopping/kidnapping/illegally imprisoning people from/for “recreating”.

dentarthurdent on March 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

So why did you shut it down ?

listens2glenn on March 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

D|ckhead Obmam…

“I will spend every last dime to fluck it to you…”

“So don’t resist me…..aholes…”

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:11 PM

It cost you a lot more than that. Can’t look at a park ranger anymore without thinking “brown shirt.”

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

+1

[BTW -- Hasn't the First Family spent more than that on food, vacations, etc.?]

ShainS on March 4, 2014 at 9:12 PM

“flucking freedom @sses……”

I Won….

Take that you flucking aholes…….”

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I did my GOES interview during the shutdown at Miami’s airport – they were accommodating and not too harsh. A pleasant surprise, especially coming from a person that expects the worst from Federal employees.

King B on March 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

loss of income is not the same as a cost.
a cost is when you spend something.
stop allowing the word games.

dmacleo on March 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Obama is Putin’s b|tch…..

and for America..

Obama supporters….

You are red…..

But you knew that…..

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Good. Now, the NPS has less money to waste and/or “misplace.”

Blake on March 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

C’mon, Obama closed open-air museums like the WWII Memorial, restricted access to Mt. Rushmore, with a negative financial impact of $414 million. It’s not like he closed a couple lanes on a bridge.

PatMac on March 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

So what will the cost be when Agenda21 gets put into place and there isn’t anything called a National Park?

Lets see….$414MM / 16 days = $15.9MM per day.

$15.9MM per day X 365 days = $5,780MM per year.

So a “loss” of $414MM in 16 days is bad.

Losing $5.78B every year is “the future”.

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Less money to kidnap tourists…

d1carter on March 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

The government is costing American taxpayers trillions guys!

Hey.. maybe you could sell some of that land you’ve been buying up and get it back. Why do we need so many parks anyway?

JellyToast on March 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

So obama shut down the only part of gov’t that produces a revenue stream from willing donors. Sounds about right.

HumpBot Salvation on March 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Disgusting.

forest on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 PM

What shut down?

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Hopey has money to burn!!

Taxis/Spendis Obama!!

canopfor on March 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Oh…you mean job lock…..

Come on trols…..

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Tell us how Utopia is soooo grand….

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Hey, Reid got a respite from the aroma of sweating tourists to the nation’s capitol.

Murphy9 on March 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Come on trolls…..

Tell us how being Communist is so grand….

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

It cost you a lot more than that. Can’t look at a park ranger anymore without thinking “brown shirt.”Goons.

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

diogenes on March 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

[BTW -- Hasn't the First Family spent more than that on food, vacations, etc.?]

ShainS on March 4, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Michelle Obama, daughters to visit China this month

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama will travel to China this month with her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson, for a trip built on the theme of education, her office announced Monday.

The March 19-26 trip will include a visit with her Chinese counterpart, Peng Liyuan, who is a popular folk singer and the second wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

kcewa on March 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

profitable, and revenue-generating public-private partnership options instead.

Sure, we can get the CEOs from Enron and Quizno’s to run ‘em.

There are incompetents and crooks in both government and private industry…and who do you think the crooks in government would pick to oversee these?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

In the pic for this thread…

Is that a person walking with Obama?

ToddPA on March 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

..and if it IS a person, we’re supposed to believe
it is of a Female variety??

ToddPA on March 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM

In the pic for this thread…

Is that a person walking with Obama?

ToddPA on March 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

No…

But She is wants something……

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Nobody cares about out of control spending, so I won’t care about this. There, I hope liberals are happy now.

Dongemaharu on March 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

In the pic for this thread…

Is that a person walking with Obama?

ToddPA on March 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I just assumed she was a survivor of the shutdown’s infamous “sir, you are recreating” Yellowstone hotel tourist lock-up.

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Nobody cares about out of control spending, so I won’t care about this. There, I hope liberals are happy now.

Dongemaharu on March 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

They want more…

Will you vote for Hillary?

You live depends on it….

Electrongod on March 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

And let’s not forget why we had the shutdown.

Obama refused to negotiate ObamaCare delays with Republicans, period. It was “the law of the land,” period. No changing it now, period.

Of course, once he beat the Republicans on that principled stand, he then himself set about to change that law unilaterally some 20+ times using executive authority that exists nowhere in the Constitution.

In retrospect, why does no one point out that he shut the government down in a refusal to work with House Republicans to do that which he has himself — with brazen political objectives in mind, like helping the Democrats survive this election cycle — done anyway.

I so wish somebody would stick this in the eye of SOMEBODY in the mainstream media.

bobcalco on March 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

The Parks Service could have saved a ton of money had they not tried to commit pain on the american public. How much did they spend, putting up barricades around the WWII Memorial to block veterans from seeing it? I can’t tell you, as an American and a veteran, how disgusted I am with Obama and his administration for doing that. I will never forgive him, his administration, or the Democrats, for allowing this to happen, just for the sake of politics. A Pox on all their houses.

bflat879 on March 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

davidk on March 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Excellent news, davidk. Excellent.

Cleombrotus on March 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

I went to the National park and the crapper was closed. Took my dump in the woods.

I don’t like the prison style seats, anyways.

I grow weary of being threatened and blackmailed by my gubmint.

I plan to crap some more.

wolly4321 on March 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Yes, I suppose chiding Republicans for “their” shutdown while pushing for still more money to Interior’s budget so they can continue to add lands to the one-third of the surface area of the United States they already control

Occasionally there are good ecologically reasons for adding this land. And I say this as a person who think the global warming nonsense is nonsense. If the GOP is too strident opposing adding land when there is good ecological reasons, it turns people off. Politically successful strategies do not lead voters to believe that the GOP doesn’t care about the environment, since we need a habitable environment to live.

thuja on March 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

The 16-day government shutdown in October came at a $414 million economic loss to communities that host and surround national parks, the Interior Department said Monday.

Those figures are a preliminary estimate based on 7.88 million fewer park visitors in October compared with the previous three years. …

That works out to a little over $50/person.

That $50/person didn’t vanish into thin air. They likely spent it elsewhere creating economic activity in the private sector since a whole 17% of the government was shut down. Their economic loss argument is bogus.

airupthere on March 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

I so wish somebody would stick this in the eye of SOMEBODY in the mainstream media.

bobcalco on March 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

It’s really hard to break through. I try to put it on liberal comment sites, since the media refuses to acknowledge it, but the message just doesn’t get out. The media is ruining our country by presenting a distorted view of reality to the public.

The media is the enemy.

Breitbart.

No great suggestions on how to overcome this problem.

talkingpoints on March 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

. thuja on March 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

In an enviroment not plagued with leftist locusts for the last 100 years, maybe.

However, they want it all. Every frigging square inch.

They have too much now.

wolly4321 on March 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

DavidK thanks for the link :

German Homeschoolers, Romeike Family, Will Not Be Deported, DHS Says

I was going to point out that they made three major mistakes. They were born white, they’re religious, and they came here legally. Had they just fixed these three issues they would have been celebrated celebrities as an Obama event.

Maybe I was proven wrong.

I am glad for them.

CWchangedhisNicagain on March 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

the Obama administration did just about everything it could think of to make the government shutdown last fall as visible, inconvenient, and outrageous as was humanly possible

Lets see here. Isn’t that against the law? Is it not the Republicans job to see that this did not happen? Wasn’t it the Republicans job to inform the American people about this egregious violation of trust? Where were the Republicans?

No Chop Charlie on March 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

…the guy with JugEars has a weird cut coat!

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Ever since bears and squirrels got minimum wage… and now Sleazy Eric Holder wants them to vote.

viking01 on March 4, 2014 at 10:45 PM

It cost you a lot more than that. Can’t look at a park ranger anymore without thinking “brown shirt.”

de rigueur on March 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Sad but true, as I realized visiting national parks in January…

Drained Brain on March 4, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Lets see here. Isn’t that against the law? Is it not the Republicans job to see that this did not happen? Wasn’t it the Republicans job to inform the American people about this egregious violation of trust? Where were the Republicans?

No Chop Charlie on March 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Beating up Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

AesopFan on March 5, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Lets see here. Isn’t that against the law? Is it not the Republicans job to see that this did not happen? Wasn’t it the Republicans job to inform the American people about this egregious violation of trust? Where were the Republicans?

No Chop Charlie on March 4, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Beating up Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

AesopFan on March 5, 2014 at 12:38 AM

This.

Although let’s not forget that the House passed a bill to keep the parks open but the Senate Dems and the President voted for closure and pain instead.

Ricard on March 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM

It looks like almost every Czar or Department Head appointed by obama is a member of the LGBT Crowd.

nobama1267 on March 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Although let’s not forget that the House passed a bill to keep the parks open but the Senate Dems and the President voted for closure and pain instead.

Ricard on March 5, 2014 at 8:55 AM

AND King Putt went out of his way to ensure the NPS inflicted as much pain as possible on us peons – despite the fact that they SHOULD have been shutdown – and therefore nobody getting paid to be at any parks.

dentarthurdent on March 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM