Federal Government Park Service blocking view of Mt. Rushmore from highway with Tim Johnson’s support.
With South Dakota’s most famous park, Mt. Rushmore, many people can stop along the highway and take pictures because… Well, because IT’S A MOUNTAIN.
But the Obama administration won’t have any of that. They have actually gone to the step of putting parking cones along the highway, so you can’t stop and take a freaking picture of the nation’s most famous mountain from the road, as I did above.
Even worse, Tim Johnson’s office is defending the practice.
“It’s all closed up,” the newspaper quoted North Collins, N.Y., resident Hilde Werneth as saying. “They won’t even let you stop and take a picture. You can only drive by.”
Perry Plumart, a spokesman for Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, said closing Mount Rushmore hurts visitors, businesses and furloughed park rangers.
“The best way to restore access to all national parks, including Mount Rushmore, is for Speaker Boehner and the House to pass a clean continuing resolution and end the government shutdown,” Plumart said.
Read it here. Nothing about putting cones on a public highway being outrageous? Just a pithy comment about passing a clean resolution? What’s next? Johnson defending them putting a tarp over the monument?
If Johnson opposes it, he needs to do more than send his spokes-monkey out to parrot the administration’s talking points. He needs to give us a real opinion about blocking South Dakota highways so people can’t take pictures of a mountain.
Here’s what right-headed people have to say about blocking the view from the highway:
“It disgusts me that taxpayer resources were used on this act of stupidity,” Rep. Kristi Noem said. “This is federal government arrogance at its worst.”
Sen. John Thune said he had seen photos of the coned-off viewing areas, and he said it’s “outrageous” if federal officials are barring people from pulling over and taking pictures from the highway.
“It seems to me, on a lot of levels — and we saw this out here with the World War II Memorial — the administration wants to make this as painful as possible,” Thune said, referring to barricades around the memorial.
Thune said the Senate could easily take up spending bills to fund parks and other specific items rather than an overall spending bill, but he said Democrats have refused. “They, obviously, prefer to have the issue and not the solution,” he said.
Read that here, and keep in mind that it’s the Obama administration and democrats who want to put virtual tarps over Mt. Rushmore.
The Federal Government Park Shutdown is nothing more than ploy, and they put the exclamation point behind that here in South Dakota.