Shutdown Bullies: Obama Admin Closes Privately Funded Park
Yesterday, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm was ordered closed by the Obama Administration’s National Park Service as a result of the government shutdown. There’s only one problem: the Claude Moore Colonial Farm isn’t supported by taxes. It’s privately funded and is staffed by volunteers:
photo: Business Wire
That didn’t stop the shutdown bullies from closing it. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property.
“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,” she said.
The park withstood prior government shutdowns, noting in a news release that the farm will be closed to the public for the first time in 40 years.
“In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm,” Eberly explained in an emailed statement.
“In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service … I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS,” Eberly said . . .
Arrogant. Arbitrary. Vindictive.
Maybe our WWII Vets should pay a visit to this park, too.