How Budget Cutbacks Are Helping California Parks

The private sector stets up as the state government admits defeat.

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Californians should likewise resist the new scare campaigns. For instance, in a January column in the Bee, writer Susan Sward argued that potential park closings say something dark about our moral values: “My visit to the Redwood Campground—now in its early stage of decay—told me that when shuttered parks are left untended, soon enough the structures defining those parks will rot, and there will be nothing at those sites to tell aliens that this was a society that valued nature and spent millions providing parks for its people.”

But these parks are not going to rot. My question is what our current system says about our values. If Californians claim to care so much about their beautiful park lands and landscapes, why do we allow them to be under the monopoly control of a government that is incapable of doing practically anything well?

Steven Greenhut is vice president of journalism at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

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  • Suki||

    Opening them to sale to the highest bidder is such a novel solution that nobody suggests it.

  • Lt. Gov. Gamma Ray||

    That's because you-know-who would be the highest bidder.

  • Hitler||

    Not me! I'm dead.

  • Brother Grimm||

    He was also a vegitarian. Which means all vegitarians are genocidal psychopaths. Right?

  • sarcasmic||

    There was a Jooish guidance counselor in my high school who liked listening to Wagner until she discovered he was Adolph's favorite composer.

    How dumb is that?

  • Suki||

    Have you talked to one lately?

  • Suki||

    Interesting quote from the guy who already nationalized all the industry in his own country as well as his neighbors.

    Are you proud that Obama says the same thing?

  • KPres||

    "We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions."

    ~Adolph Hitler

  • Hitler and Fibertarians||

    talk with forked tongue

    Not surprising, knowing they're all city-Statists bent on Gambol Lockdown.

  • ||

    You left out "whiter"/

  • sarcasmic||

    That’s what happens with services that the public really wants—individuals will figure out ways to provide them once the government gets out of the way.

    But, but, but....

  • Paleo Lithic||

    People fed them selves from the land.

    Get off my lawn.

  • Suki||

    Bill Maher wants you to call them Kenyans now.

  • KPres||

    "People fed them selves from the land."

    Unlike today, where we use food replicators.

  • Fibertard ignores difference||

    Between foraging and agriculture.

    The stupid is strong with KPres.

  • anon||

    But, but, but....

    teh childrunz?

  • ||

    That’s what happens with services that the public really wants—individuals will figure out ways to provide them once the government gets out of the way.

    I don't understand. If the state government isn't telling them what to do, then how do they know what to do?

  • Eminent Domain||

    I don't think so.

  • You don't think. So?||

  • sarcasmic||

  • Truly Unfortunate||

    Carrie explains that drinking the warm pee for the first time didn't make her throw up so she decided: 'You know what, I can do this.'

    And, by golly, people like me!

  • Ice Nine||

    Um, and the rest of her diet?

  • H man||

    "Stets up" I can't follow you kids with your street slang anymore.

  • ||

    "That’s what happens with services that the public really wants—individuals will figure out ways to provide them once the government gets out of the way."

    Or maybe they could form a government and ask it to provide those services?

    There's a lot of things I don't want the government doing, but setting aside, and/or maintainng some wild lands for future generations is ok by me.

  • sarcasmic||

    All kinds of people today call themselves “libertarians,” especially something calling itself the New Right, which consists of hippies, except that they’re anarchists instead of collectivists. But of course, anarchists are collectivists. Capitalism is the one system that requires absolute objective law, yet they want to combine capitalism and anarchism. That is worse than anything the New Left has proposed.
  • sarcasmic||

    It’s a mockery of philosophy and ideology. They sling slogans and try to ride on two bandwagons. They want to be hippies, but don’t want to preach collectivism, because those jobs are already taken. But anarchism is a logical outgrowth of the anti-intellectual side of collectivism. I could deal with a Marxist with a greater chance of reaching some kind of understanding, and with much greater respect. The anarchist is the scum of the intellectual world of the left, which has given them up. So the right picks up another leftist discard. That’s the Libertarian movement.
    -Ayn Rand


    http://www.aynrand.org/site/Pa.....bertarians

  • WI||

    I appreciate Rand's critique of the anarcho-capitalists.

    Frankly, everybody's critique of other political solutions are usually pretty much right on.

    I've come to the conclusion that, within the agricultural city-statism (civilization) mass society, which ignores man's neurobiological limitations (Dunbar's Number) that:

    1. Everybody is completely full of shit and it's well documented by all political groups in their critiques, and

    2. Nobody has the slightest workable solution to make mass society work.

  • KPres||

    "..when it is protecting (via cops, courts, and thugs) what was TAKEN by force from Non-State society by the capitalist elites."

    How can you take land from a non-State society? That would imply that they OWNED the land, ie, that it was the PROPERTY.

  • KPres steals candy from babies||

    Hey, they haven't fully developed the city-Statist concepts of property like KPres has.

    Fibertards will gloss over any initiation-of-violence that profits them. Just like any Stalinist motherfucker.

  • ||

    Or maybe they could form a government and ask it to provide those services?

    Go right ahead. I look forward to the armed showdown on the evening news.

  • RBS||

    soon enough the structures defining those parks will rot,

    So what defines these parks? The trees and the wildlife and all that or the ranger station/giftshop and the porta potty's?

  • sarcasmic||

    So what defines these parks?

    Grunting sounds coming from the men's restroom as Tony and White Indian take turns acting out their favorite gay porn flicks.

  • ||

    soon enough the structures defining those parks will rot

    You would think that would be a plus to your hardcore greentards.

  • ||

    The parks have had privately operated campgrounds for a long time. I have no problem with privately operated concessions in parks, including campgrounds and visitor centers, but I do oppose entrance fees. If it's public property, I shouldn't have to pay to go there unless I use the services that they provide.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    “My visit to the Redwood Campground—now in its early stage of decay—told me that when shuttered parks are left untended, soon enough the structures defining those parks will rot, and there will be nothing at those sites to tell aliens that this was a society that valued nature and spent millions providing parks for its people.”

    That's right, ladies and gentlemen: we MUST continue to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars in to our state park system so that aliens might understand that we CARE!!

    Holy. Fuck. How does this woman have a fucking job?

  • ||

    God forbid we be judged harshly by aliens.

  • John||

    Ron Swanson would be overjoyed.

  • Juice||

    This sounds similar to Colorado Springs.

  • myfriend123||

    Nice article.

  • Abercrombie Deutschland||

    The blog is absolutely fantastic. Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need. Thanks.

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