Obama’s National Park Shutdown & Barricades Cost US Taxpayers $414 Million
Last October Barack Obama shut down the national parks and erected barricades the war memorials including the open-air World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
But he didn’t count on these guys from tearing them down.
World War II Vets on an Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington stormed past the barricades that the Obama Administration had erected.
Obama also arrested US veterans for trespassing at the Vietnam War Memorial.
Obama’s shutdown of the national parks and barricades at the nation’s memorials cost the country $414 million.
The AP reported:
The government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending, the Interior Department said Monday.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the 16-day shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country.
“The very unfortunate government shutdown of October had one silver-lining: Communities realized just how much benefit they get from the parks being open,” Jewell said in a conference call with reporters. “Let’s hope we never have to go there again.”