Republican Congress passes National Park bill that raises fees


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More bull from the House Republicans: In an effort to fix budget problems at the National Park Service, caused by years of Congressional and Presidential budget malfeasance, the lame-duck Republican-run House today passed a bill that would raise the lifetime fees for a park senior pass.

The House of Representatives moved quickly Tuesday to pass legislation designed to provide the National Park Service with badly needed funds to help the agency chip away at a staggering $12 billion maintenance backlog. However, without concurrence by the Senate by week’s end, the measure could die.

As passed by the House, the National Park Service Centennial Act would increase the price of a lifetime pass for senior citizens 62 and older to $80 from its current $10 lifetime fee. Seniors who don’t want to pay the $80 could purchase an annual pass for $20. Park Service staff estimate that the increase in the cost of a senior pass would generate $20 million a year.

It appears that already purchased lifetime passes would still be valid, though I am willing to bet that, given time, these bastards will change that as well. What really annoys me about this is that the reason the Park Service is short of funds is not really because they don’t have enough money. The budget isn’t really any smaller than it’s been for decades. The reason it is short of money is that the federal government, and the Park Service, wastes enormous amounts on things that are not essential, on pork (such as dozens and dozens of tiny park facilities spread throughout the country that are really outside the Park Service’s original purpose and exist mostly because some elected official pushed for their creation).

What these idiots never do is find ways to reduce or rearrange spending to pay for things that are important. Instead, they constantly work to suck more money from the taxpayer, endlessly. And they wonder why they got Trump.

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4 comments

  • Chris L

    Let me get this straight. They have a 12 billion dollar maintenance backlog, and the fee will raise 20 million dollars a year. By my calculations, it will only take them 600 years to pay for their maintenance. Washington logic at its best.

  • wodun

    The reason it is short of money is that the federal government, and the Park Service, wastes enormous amounts on things that are not essential, on pork (such as dozens and dozens of tiny park facilities spread throughout the country that are really outside the Park Service’s original purpose and exist mostly because some elected official pushed for their creation).

    Yup, they are always acquiring more land and restricting activities on it. But they don’t have the money to keep everything properly maintained. Then people have to pay higher and higher fees, putting public lands out of the reach of people without a lot of money.

  • ken anthony

    Why is it ok for govt. to own any land? Why stop at that? Why not have govt. own all businesses? I hear there’s a system where people are tied to the land as property. Hey, we could go with that! It sure would simplify things. Serf’s up!

  • Steve Earle

    It will be several more years before I am 62, but I wonder if I can go in and say I’m an elderly illegal alien with no ID?

    Would they give me the 20 dollar pass before the price goes up?

    And then when I go to use the pass, do they check ID at the gate to make sure I’m the person on the pass?

    Considering those same Park Employees were all too eager to close gates and put up road barriers when the Government “Shutdown Theater” was in effect, my guess is that they will enforce the rules on regular English speaking visitors, but just wave-thru anyone that “No-comprende’s”…… :-(

    Just wondering.

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