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Government Shutdown Theater continues, and so do the ridiculous federally-ordered closures.
We’ve all heard about the hundreds of thousands of government workers who were furloughed because of the government shutdown, but humans weren’t the only ones impacted. Twenty-eight hard-working Nubian goats were sent home because of concerns about their place of employment being closed by the feds. The goats were hired to take care of a poison ivy infestation in New Jersey’s Gateway National Recreation Area.
The feds also tried to close another privately-funded tourist site – George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. The National Park Service showed up on Tuesday and barricaded the parking lots.
This displeased former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich:
The NPS closed a historical farm that hasn’t received government funding since 1980. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, Virginia, was hosting a Chamber of Commerce event when the NPS sent the Park Police over to escort staff and volunteers off the property. Anna Eberly, the site’s managing director,said, “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money.”
Eberly makes an excellent point. Our taxpayer money is being wasted on this shutdown. The placement of Barrycades all across the country is a good example of this:
How many NPS employees does it take to post “closed” signs? Are these “essential” employees?
It seems like all of these closures require more staff than keeping the sites open does.