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Stephen Kruiser


October 3, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Truly despicable.

Arizona’s Republican leaders, known for picking fights with the federal government, are seething again now that the Grand Canyon is closed because of the budget crisis in Washington.

Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state’s signature national park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.

“I appreciate the support and I thanked them for the offer, but it’s not an offer we can accept,” said park superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

The shutdown that began Tuesday has led to furloughs for about 2,200 people who work at the Grand Canyon National Park and its hotels. “And that’s not counting the economic impact in the gateway communities, all of the related businesses, the bus tours, hiking companies, the jeep tours, all of those associated functions are suffering economically as well,” Uberuaga said.

Many of those businesses also have offered to chip in to pay to reopen the park.

There is a precedent for keeping the park open, so the “it’s not an offer we can accept” bit is a lie.

Just remember, it’s more important to Team Lightbringer to make sure this underwhelming success sputters forward rather than have the rest of the government funded.


Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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In other news, the federal government has elected to no longer staff a large hole in the ground.....public to be kept away ostensibly for fear of damaging said large hole in the ground.
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So the Feds are going to close the entire Grand Canyon?
Actually, all the Feds can do is block easy access to public areas. There are some great spots in the Grand Canyon that are on Indian land, and the Feds won't be able to touch that; unless they want to start closing Interstate highways.
And surrounding most of the Grand Canyon is high desert. Are the Feds going to start patrolling all of Northern Arizona, to keep people from just driving or hiking in? I'll bet a WWII vet in a wheelchair could roll right up to the South Rim.
1 year ago
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Don't ask permission. Arizona state officials should seize operation of the Grand Canyon until the Feds are fit to start running it again.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Speaker Boehner, why wont you let a clean CR come to the floor for a vote? Why are you holding even your own party hostage? Who is inside your pocket sooooo deep that it is worth you selling your very soul for?

Inquiring minds want to know...
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