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According to a ranger who spoke with Fox News, the National Park Service is deliberately exaggerating the impact of budget cuts associated with “the sequester” – a modest reduction in government excess which kicked in earlier this month.

“Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain,” the ranger told the network.

Hmmmm … if true, such a strategy would obviously be in keeping with the broader sequester approach adopted by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

But here’s a much better question: Why are taxpayers subsidizing the National Park Service in the first place? In fact why are taxpayers subsidizing parks at any level of government?

The federal government’s debt is more than $16.6 trillion, people … which means it is time (past time, actually) to start prioritizing core functions of government. Privatizing our parks is a common sense place to start … and if some people find that too “painful,” then tough shit.

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