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Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2014 - 10:33pm PT
Government Shutdown Cost Communities Near National Parks $414 Million

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/03/government-shutdown-cost-_n_4892036.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Posted: 03/03/2014 3:42 pm EST


WASHINGTON -- Last October's 16-day government shutdown cut the number of visitors to national parks by nearly 7.9 million, according to a report issued by the Department of the Interior Monday.

That drop in visitors resulted in an estimated loss of $414 million in spending in what are known as "gateway regions" -- the towns just outside of national parks where people buy gas and supplies, eat at restaurants and stay in hotels.

The report found that the communities near 45 of the country's parks experienced a loss of more than $2 million each. Five states -- Arizona, California, North Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming -- experienced a projected loss of more than $20 million each in October visitor spending, according to the report.

"The senseless shutdown cost communities nearly half a billion dollars," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on a call with reporters. "Let's hope we never have to go there again."

The report compared the visitor figures and economic impact of park tourism for October 2013 with the October averages of the previous three years, 2010 through 2012.

"October is a very important month in terms of visitation, particularly in the southern-tier parks," said National Park Service director Jon Jarvis, noting that parks in Arizona and Utah are especially popular in October. "A lot of gateway communities rely on that season."

The findings arrived alongside a separate Department of the Interior report on overall park attendance and economic effects for 2012. It found that national parks drew more than 282 million visitors that year and accounted for $26.7 billion in economic activity. Of that total, $14.7 billion was spent in "gateway" regions. The parks also sustained 243,000 jobs around the country.

The department said it plans to issue its report on 2013's totals by early summer.

Jewell said the figures in the reports show the important role that parks play in local economies.

"The economic reports produced annually are really important tools for us to use to make the case for why support for the parks is an important investment for the American people," said Jewell. She noted that congressional funding for parks has declined in recent years when adjusted for inflation. She also noted that there is a backlog in maintenance needs for the parks that totals $11 billion.

"Parks are great investments in local communities," said Jewell. "For every dollar Congress spends, the parks produce more than $10 in economic [benefit] … That's a very strong return on investment."


Don't forget to add in the other $65 billion that the economy lost due the Republican shutdown.

Thanks for nothing a-hole conservative Voters, you voted for this.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 3, 2014 - 10:36pm PT
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/us/republicans-from-west-give-support-for-gay-marriage.html?hp

Evoking Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, a group of Western-state Republicans plans to enter the battle in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, urging a federal appeals court to declare gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma unconstitutional.

The most prominent of the approximately 20 signers of the brief are former Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, a longtime supporter of gay rights, and former Senator Nancy L. Kassebaum of Kansas, who said last year that she had reconsidered her former opposition to same-sex marriage. The document says that “marriage is strengthened” and “the social stability of the family unit are promoted” by allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Republicans with a well-tempered and reasoned view on gay marriage? Did I fall asleep and wake up in 2040?
dirtbag

climber
Mar 3, 2014 - 10:52pm PT
They're RINOs. Think they'd survive primaries in this political climate?
Tvash

climber
Seattle
Mar 3, 2014 - 10:56pm PT
The statement in quotes was probably gleaned from a recent court ruling - can't remember the state, where the judge asked if prohibiting gay marriage would incentive gay couples to have families outside of marriage - thus eroding the very institution gay marriage opponents claimed they were trying to protect.

Federal judges have their marching orders - the War on d Gays is lost. Republicans with an eye towards the future will either examine their hearts or just tow the line gritting their teeth.

The Kristians now have a bunch of money freed up to send to Africa to fund their sour grapes spite campaign there. They can rub their pious knobbies raw watching gays, black ones no less, get beat up, imprisoned, and killed. Kinda glad I've got a zero chance of winding up in Heaven with these folks.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Mar 3, 2014 - 11:17pm PT
Dr. F! Re your recent post:

You can just ignore bookworm, he ignores us.
He has never responded to a question or rebuttal, he's just a loser troll that hates for the Gov that pays his salary.
Typical hypocrite


I'm still convinced "it" is a computer program that spews out pre-selected conservative BS on this blog, and likely on various other blogs.

Cheaper than than hiring a conservative blogger that might have an "original-thought" once in a while, and respond to questions.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2014 - 11:20pm PT
He's a real climber
He posted some Tuolumne photos a couple years ago

He just acts like a Right Wing bot, too much kool aid

Credit: Dr. F.

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Mar 3, 2014 - 11:28pm PT
Dr. F. I remember some climbing content, but otherwise: it is sooooo-easy to think "it" is a rightwing computer program.

No original thoughts, no wit, nothing but cut & paste.

But then why would a modern Republican want to have an "original-thought?"

They would have to become a liberal.

Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2014 - 11:28pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.

Credit: Dr. F.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 3, 2014 - 11:45pm PT
In case you missed the 2013 highlights

Credit: Dr. F.
Credit: Dr. F.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Mar 3, 2014 - 11:56pm PT
Yargle Bargle!
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 4, 2014 - 08:41am PT
barry continues to violate the constitution for purely political purposes:

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/199784-new-obamacare-delay-to-help-midterm-dems


one question: if barrycare is so wonderful, why not let the law stand as written, passed, and signed?
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 4, 2014 - 08:48am PT
vlad takes pointers from barry on how to speak totalitarian: all those russians disembarking from russian planes, carrying russian weapons, wearing russian uniforms, and encircling ukrainian airports and military bases are not russian invaders but "local self-defense forces"

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/04/285653335/putin-says-those-arent-russian-forces-in-crimea?ft=1&f=1001&utm_source=npr&utm_campaign=nprnews&utm_medium=twitter



i suppose you libs are proud to see barry actually leading from the front for a change...oh, wait, actual leadership would suggest american excpetionalism, which is second only to climate change in weapons of mass destruction
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:19am PT
a good question for the "greatest secretary of state...evah!"

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/hillary-clinton-ukraine-2016-election-104213.html?hp=t1

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obamas-foreign-policy-is-based-on-fantasy/2014/03/02/c7854436-a238-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 4, 2014 - 11:25am PT
actual leadership would suggest american excpetionalism, which is second only to climate change in weapons of mass destruction
hookworm
oh! such a burn hooky
lame ass

you right wingers must love watching Putin, a Hard Right Wing Leader squash those Liberal rebels wanting to live a western liberal lifestyle.
What's your advice, invade, oppress, arm everyone for their own safety.


Or do right wingers hate every other right winger not in their tribe?
Yes, so they both love and hate Putin.
It must be tough being a right winger, so much hate, so much anger so many wars to start, so many people to oppress, your work is never done with all these liberals wanting to live free that must be dealt with.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:26am PT
heard on the radio "Obama is ply'n marbles while putin ply'n chess"
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 4, 2014 - 11:33am PT
I heard the people that said that were lying treasonous bastards on the radio
Why would anyone say that other than to be an a-hole

Also on the radio, I heard that all Republicans were brain dead morons with a combined IQ of 40,
and at band camp, I heard that Tea Baggars are part of a Satanic Cult!!
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:36am PT
well, at least, barry still has some influence:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2572563/Etihad-wipes-Israel-inflight-map.html


and so it begins...
Sketch

Trad climber
H-ville
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:42am PT
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas

Mar 4, 2014 - 08:26am PT
heard on the radio "Obama is ply'n marbles while putin ply'n chess"

So it seems.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:43am PT

so, being an expert on foreign policy and being in the daily security briefings with President Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff....

what have you learned that would cause you to do anything differently with Putin now?

you would have preferred that President Obama have immediately attacked Russia?

prove you are not the dumb ass you come across as
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:45am PT



"heard on the radio "Obama is ply'n marbles while putin ply'n chess"...




"Why would anyone say that other than to be an a-hole"...




Exactly...

That's the ONLY reason...

It means NOTHING!!!...


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