Sunday, January 21, 2018

US government shuts down. Blame Trump

Associated Pres (; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The Trump administration is failing us. It is threatening to shut down the government... Oops, too late. It is now shut down, and some national parks are closed.

Geysers yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming - Visitors could still ride snowmobiles and ski into Yellowstone National Park Saturday to marvel at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown.

But across the country in New York, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration -- the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island -- were closed. The Interior Department had vowed to keep open as many parks, monuments, and public lands as possible during the shutdown, which began at midnight Friday on the East Coast.
By mid-day Saturday, the pattern was spotty, and some visitors were frustrated. "My initial reaction is, they really kind of screwed up our day. We had a great day planned," said Dan O'Meara, a California firefighter who wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Visit them before it's too late!
"But the next thing is, you know -- it's troubling that the people we voted in are not doing the job that they're supposed to be doing. So it's very frustrating," he said. In Yellowstone, cross-country skier Carol Weaver was unhappy with lawmakers, even though the trails were open for her and a group of friends making a two-day visit.
Weaver, from Bozeman, Montana, worried about what would happen if the impasse is lengthy. "This is our public land, and we should be able to use it any time we want," she said. "Congress better get its act together. They've been so irresponsible the last year, as well as the White House." More

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