“We don’t want to get into a fight with the federal government at this time…” – David Garza via No RVs, fishermen at Thomae Park in Arroyo City – Valley Morning Star : Winter Texan Calendar.
The media has done a very good job of portraying the entire government shutdown as the will of Republicans. And while Republicans are far from blameless in the fiasco that has rolled into its eight day, the Obama Administration is at least equally culpable. The quote from county County Commissioner David Garza is a clear indication that the Obama Administration is going to great lengths to turn the screws on John Q Citizen in an effort to create political pressure against Republicans.
Garza indicated that no federal money is used to staff or maintain the county park. The park was untouched by previous government shutdowns, including the twenty-one-day shutdown of 1995-1996. But it seems this time, because the land is leased from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it is now off limits to any and all citizens during the shutdown. I wonder how long it will be before they send rangers into George Bush Park in Houston to shutdown American Shooting Centers.
How could that happen? Many people don’t realize this but, the entire Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are owned by the U.S. Government. Specifically, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Harris County leases the land as does American Shooting Centers. If they are shutting down parks operated leased to a county and operated entirely by private or county funds, what would stop them from doing the same in Houston other than they simply haven’t thought of it yet? Your votes at work folks. You’ve got a new election cycle coming…Choose wisely.