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[ft-l] Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing NationalParks
This is not privatization. Privatization would be if the land was sold to
private companies, and they managed/developed it in the most economical way
possible. This is a "partnership" between government and private companies,
which means it's subject to the same sort of corruption that operates in
any government-run business. Government and business don't mix. The purpose
of government is to protect individual rights, not to provide people with
hiking trails, hunting land, forest timber, etc.
At 08:07 PM 6/16/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>The campgrounds and Springs in the Ocala Nation forest are privitized. On
>my hike through there this spring, so many of the "privitized" workers I
>encountered in those areas were extremely nasty, rude and hiker
>unfriendly. And I don't mean just a few. In my mind, privitization will
>be very bad for the parks. Several other hikers I ran into on that trip
>had the same perceptions.
>On the other hand, government park rangers that I've met on my AT hike
>last year always seem extremely dedicated and committed. If it's
>privitized, they'll only be looking for the very cheapest of labor and I
>can guarantee you won't see the same caliber of employee.
>----- Original Message -----
>Sent: Monday, June 16, 2003 4:12 PM
>Subject: Re: [ft-l] Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing NationalParks
>If Privatization can lower the expenses of maintaining the park and
>forests then what is wrong with that? Many government agencies maintain
>their budgets by asking for more and more each year without proper
>utilization of their finances. When I was in the U.S. Navy almost half a
>century ago the word was that more money had to be asked for than what was
>asked for the previous year. Any monies which had not been spent as the
>new fiscal year approached had to be spent quickly (sometimes on items not
>even necessary) so that the upline regulators would see that more money
>was needed for the next fiscal year. Privatization, with proper
>supervision, can be made more efficient than governmental agencies.
>I would come to the conclusion that the Bush Administration is not failing
>the NPS but, to the contrary, is making the NPS more efficient and is
>responsive to the needs of the people of the United States.
>I believe that this week the NY Times carried an article stating that the
>current administration had provided some good guidance for National Parks
>and National Forest entities. Oh, to be sure, the NY Times gave the news
>that the legislation and decision of the Administration included some
>possibilities of new roads, etc., but these are valuable for fire fighting
>crews and can be useful for maintenance crews.
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