Good morning, Netizens…
Cartoonist David Horsey seems to hit the bulls eye once again, with this morning’s cartoon about Obama cutting the National Deficit. While I freely admit I was unaware that one of the cuts on the fiscal chopping block was the National Parks, I have been aware that, year by year, the budgets for National Parks and the U.S. Forest Service, have been steadily eroding. Somehow, it just stands to reason: they do not have nearly so many nor as powerful a group of lobbyists in Washington, DC as do say the Pentagon nor various well-heeled entitlements.
I hail from a generation of increasingly gray-bearded old-timers who remember when the public lands were celebrated, revered and treated with respect. We rode horses on what amounted to National Parks in those days, hiked and swam in the waters where few ever passed since the time the Red Man lived openly upon the land. Even as recently as two decades ago, I rode horseback through a portion of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, not seeing lights nor human habitation for three entire days and sleeping beneath the stars at night.
We are blessed with having a rich, vibrant legacy of wilderness lands in the Pacific Northwest, but if they are further cutting funding for the National Parks, what is next?
Remember, our nation has to pay for simultaneously waging two wars and we have to eventually pay for that, despite our current proclivity for deficit spending.