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Reader Participation Day: How Should The Next President Of The United States Help The National Parks?


Come November, we get to choose the next president of the United States. President Obama might get a second term, or Mitt Romney might get his first. Whoever wins, how do you think the next president of these United States can best help the National Park System?

More funding is always nice to ask for, but Congress controls the purse strings, so even if the next president proposes to double the National Park Service's budget, Congress likely won't let that happen.

But there are things the president can do by executive order, or simply through promotion, or, barring passage of H.R. 4089, through the stroke of his pen with the backing of the Antiquities Act.

With those ground rules, what would you like to see the winner of November's election do to help the National Park System?


Lee didn't include a link.

Actually he did but his post has since been altered. If this is what he was linking to, then I am correct. It provides no evidence that Romney wants to eliminate the Antiquities Act. Lee just made that up.

One thing they could do is support sunsetting of FLREA law. Next, they could ensure that there is some housecleaning at the NPS. A culture change is needed to reign in this group of self policing bureaucrats who manipulate data to serve their own purposes. I support an oversight function of the NPS which is long overdue given their abuses in the Ranger Danno, Indian Trader and Smokies Fee scandals. It is a shame that America's treasures are in the hands of such questionable leadership.

If Romney really thinks resources should be developed to benefit the State instead of benefitting only free market privateers that bite the hand of the government that feeds them (through government contracts, subsidized leases of public land, patent protection, ad infinitum) then I might consider voting for him. But of course I'm being facetious.

To respond to the original question, the POTUS ought to transfer all national monuments to NPS jurisdiction via executive order a la that great American hero FDR.

Okay, let's try this. PEER recently published a very interesting article on Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts. Look it up.

But I have a feeling Anon wouldn't believe anything even if he heard it directly from Mitt's mouth.

Keep smiling, everyone.

Sorry the link doesn't work because its pointing to your gmail box. But, I suspect that it too will fail to show that Romney wants to eliminate the Antiquities Act.

Well said! The President and his family should have made it their vacation spot. Would have sparked a lot of interest in our national treasures!

I think money should be taken out of school budget. Everything (perhaps except math) a student could learn in the National Parks!

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