Published Oct 1, 2013
Well, our government "shut down" at 12:01 AM this morning.
Were we a trained journalist, we would make no attempt to call the morons who run our government "morons." However, due to the fact that we are merely a lowly freelance writer with less training than the average White House spokesperson, we will speak our mind and call the morons in Washington "morons." Thank you.
The Facebook page for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail concisely put the affect of the shutdown into perspective:
Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service Facebook page is inactive. We'll start the conversation again when we get back.
The Department of Interior has a shutdown fact sheet named "Contingency Plan One Pager Summary" online.
The Department of Interior has a shutdown Frequently Asked Questions document online.
This is only temporary. Probably.
We'll be frolicking in the forest before long. Probably.
And we'll elect more morons to run our government. Definitely.
As stated in its original authorizing legislation, the National Park Service mission is to "preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations."
The National Park Service manages over 84 million acres in all 50 States and Territories in 401 park units that preserve, protect, and share the history of this land and its people. Nearly 287 million people visited the national parks in 2012 and NPS works to provide visitor services in partnership with over 250,000 volunteers.
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