Rep. Steans: Time To Sell National Parks

This week, it was announced that budget cuts would now include canceling the Mars missions. However, Rep. Cliff Steans (R-FL) wants to go further. In a recent speech, Steans called for the selling off of national park lands. We have previously seen states sell off park lands, government buildings and other property — even as we burned hundreds of billions in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In a town hall meeting Belleview, Florida, on February 25 that Steans stated “we don’t need any more national parks in this country” and that we need to “actually sell off some of our national parks.” That is a remarkable proposal since national parks are the most successful program in the government with rising demands of citizens visiting parks and sites. One would think we would be expanding the parks not cutting off one of the most popular government programs.

Here is the full statement:

I got attacked in a previous town meeting for not supporting another national park in this country, a 200-mile trailway. And I told the man that we don’t need more national parks in this country, we need to actually sell off some of our national parks, and try and do what a normal family would do is — they wouldn’t ask Uncle Joe for a loan, they would sell their Cadillac, or they would take their kids out of private schools and put them into public schools to save to money instead of asking for their credit card to increase their debt ceiling.

Putting aside the thousands of jobs and millions of recreational hours supplied to citizens through these parks, we continue to show a bizarre sense of priority in sending billions abroad to fund wars in countries with growing anti-American sentiments. Instead of saving hundreds of billions of dollars, we will instead continue to cut educational, scientific, and environmental programs that protect our future.

Source: Think Progress as first seen on Reddit

183 thoughts on “Rep. Steans: Time To Sell National Parks”

  1. The national parks was the best idea America ever had. It is what this country is founded on. I’m ASHAMED that this man calls himself a representitive in this nation. He should be removed IMMEDIATELY. He is obviously a MORON and not American.

  2. Congressman Cliff Stearns On Obama’s Birth Certificate: The Question Is, Is It Legitimate?

  3. Idealist 707 asks, “Thanks for the tip on Eliza, and especially the basis on which is was founded. May I presume a certain expertise on your part?”


    You might say that. Heh!

  4. Bob Kauten,

    “Sorry, I shouldn’t be so critical.”

    If there was any implied criticism on your part, it was gentle and constructive. I looked upon your comment as an accurate observation.

    Stick around and you, too, can have a “past”. 😉

  5. Mike, Blouise,

    Sorry, I shouldn’t be so critical. You guys have a past together. I was mostly baffled by references to the past, and by all of these personality conflicts. I inferred a lot of resentment.

    I couldn’t make sense of it. But I don’t have to.

    It’s like dropping in on any other big family. Your relationships evolved while I wasn’t present.

    No, I don’t mean to divert the conversation into the Theory of Evolution.

    I say all of this in warmth and fuzziness, thought I don’t mean to divert the conversation into Global Warming.

  6. Mike A,
    “This blog in its content has always bee about the human condition and its foibles.”
    Can we expect good ideas, according to our criteria, to come from egotistical maxed people/parties/corporatins?

  7. OS,
    Thanks for the tip on Eliza, and especially the basis on which is was founded. May I presume a certain expertise on your part?

    As for our commenter Bdaman; I have analyzed to a small degree and a very short time and grown tired in the same way as most have already mentioned.

    If we presume that at one time he was programmed by the creator or disciples of the creator, of Eliza—–what challenges would it have to face in trolling this blog.
    So far I detect none, although I stopped programming in 1974.
    The multiple opponents, no problem. Knowing that it is addressed. No sweat. Holding a line—–we see so well how he does that, repeating again and again from a very large data base, using key word search, and if that is less that “good” falling back on standard replies to use ad infinitum.
    The data base can either be refreshed manually or by a special program coupled to a feed from a custom search program on Google. Just like I wrote about in connection with searching for Jewish names—-an onling facility which used such a custom Google search.

    I could go on—–just as he does, but don’t, in contrast, wish to bore you.
    Am I smart, no—but as has been said, we each, if we are real people, have a unique experience and knowledge reservoir.

    His owner is, of course, someone who checks its internal merit stats in term of replies, repliers use of words indicating anger, etc. He gets his jollies that way. He might even read a bit from the transcript.

    As for being on multiple threads, even in the 70’s we had reentrant coding——-no sweat.

    So, ignore him is my advice—–unless you get your daily dose of some hormone by charging up on his stupid “script” as Mike S calls it.

    It just a self-running program. Don’t you know the geeks, etc think this is just a ball. If you had Anonymous (not ours) contacts you could download a free copy to customize. The geeks particularly like it when they can install them in the WH and Pentagon circles at high level. Tapping into the transcript is FUNNNNNN!!!!! Details on request.

    Can somebody teach me how to write the above in 5 sentences or less?

  8. Getting to the point of the topic, Rep. Stearns’ suggestion, like most of what he says, is absurd. I may be able to meet the next mortgage payment by selling the contents of my house at a garage sale, but then what. Arizona sold its state capitol and a couple other buildings for $81,000,000.00 a couple of years ago, and now wants to buy them back, which will cost more than they what they got for them.

    Second, we are talking about an important part of the nation’s heritage. There are hopefully many generations to come long after Rep. Stearns has died and his limited accomplishments forgotten. This is just another bad idea from a party that apparently never runs out of bad ideas.

  9. Bob Kauten

    So this thread…is predominantly about…nostalgia for past threads and former commenters?



    You’re right … again.

  10. If that was directed at me….I will answer….I respect Vince….Vince has the cajones to say what he thinks….and with conviction….Just as all who post here can get irritated with another’s position and not agreeing with everything we say or they say…..we can still be civil to each other on other threads…That is a learn ability .

  11. Bdaman:

    Vince Treacy finished the fight. He was not run off. He has other things to do.

    Neil Davis:

    You are late to the birther debate. It was thoroughly and responsibly covered on this blog. If you have the time, pull it up and read it. Second, Minor v. Happersett may not properly be cited as authority for the definition of “natural-born citizen” because that was not the issue before the Court. The case concerned whether the fact of citizenship included the right to vote. All of the discussion you refer to was unnecessary to support the Court’s conclusion. Do not make the mistake of assuming that one will find solid scholarship on the free republic, native born citizen and similar birther sites.

  12. “So this thread…is predominantly about…nostalgia for past threads and former commenters?

    Bob Kauten,
    Nostalgia for the past is not my thing. However, I feel some investment here, being an old-timer and a guest blogger. My concern is for this blog to draw in people from all viewpoints, who can discuss various issues intelligently, yourself for instance. Our dedication here is to have an open forum with the absolute minimum of censorship. This does make this blog subject to people who basically use the blog as a vehicle to promote propaganda, but then that is the price of free speech. The means of being seen as a regular on this blog, rather than the insularity of other sites, is merely to comment regularly. Once in a while some of our long term commenters need a gentle reminder that they are taking undue advantage. There are no threats implied in these reminders, merely a call to decency, which may or may not be heeded without penalty.

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