Fall is peak tourist season in East Tennessee, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And with the Tea Party shutting down the federal government, that’s been bad news to the communities surrounding the Smokies. Tourism has taken a hit, which will only get worse as the shutdown drags on. Local businesses are suffering — so much so, in fact, that one East Tennessee mayor is suggesting his community will pay to reopen those parts of the park in Blount County:
“I have asked Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to allow Blount County to enter into an agreement that would allow the park to stay open for the traffic at no cost to the federal government,” he said. “I would hope they would consider this matter as seriously as we do and respond quickly and favorably.”
There were no estimates of how much it would cost the county to provide those services. “This is a burden we can bear for the benefit,” Mitchell said.
There has been no response to the request, which was emailed to the Department of the Interior on Thursday. A spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Oh, my. “This is a burden we can bear for the benefit,” even though we don’t know how much it will cost. What other burdens can we bear for the benefit, I wonder? Anything to do with healthcare, maybe? Some modest regulating of the insurance industry? Some health insurance exchanges so people can shop for insurance whether their employers provide it or not? Probably not.
Verrry interrresting how suddenly we can bear burdens when it benefits us and our friends but when it’s “those people,” forget about it. Not mah tax dollahs!
Over the weekend I spied this on the Interwebz, and yes, it’s a hoax:
I know this is a hoax because Christians For Michele Bachmann is a hoax site. Still, it most certainly is an accurate representation of how Republicans feel about the federal government. Remember Mitt Romney saying he was going to stop the subsidy to Big Bird? Remember Republicans’ old mantra that “government doesn’t create jobs”? Yeah, that was so cute. Now they’re scrambling to preserve military spending, reopen national parks and monuments, and even approving back pay for all of those furoughed workers whose jobs apparently weren’t created by the government.
Amazing. With every new action, Republicans kill their treasured talking points.
To the residents of Blount County, let me offer some advice: just remember, this is not a “shutdown” it’s a “slimdown.” The Republicans you sent to Congress want you to learn to live with less government.
If you don’t want to live with less government then stop voting against your own interests and sending nutballs to Washington where they do things that hurt your businesses.