Ok, this is not a political blog, but I think this idea is important. It really isn’t all that political either.
The 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is this year. President Obama has been invited to speak at the anniversary in June at the spot (Newfound Gap) where President Roosevelt spoke at the park’s grand opening 75 years ago.
I’ve read that the national parks are from 1-2 billion short of being able to get everything in the parks upgraded to tip-top shape.
President Obama should agree to attend the anniversary, and in his speech, he should propose that 1-2 billion in funding from congress to get the job done.
The CCC helped build many of the parks around the country, as well as a good portion of the work that went into building the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The CCC was a program used to help give people jobs during the Great Depression. What better way to propose a similar solution to today’s economic recession? Is there a project that was worked on that was more worthy of being invested in than the national parks during the jobs push during the great depression?
I don’t like government waste anymore than the next guy, but I can tell you government dollars are NOT being wasted in the parks I’ve personally been in. As a matter of fact, when I hear someone say “tell me one thing the government does right,” I have at least one good answer to that. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Finally, 1-2 billion is a lot of money. I know that is expensive, but we talk about how future generations will be strapped with the bill of the stimulus packages being passed in congress. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a little of that money giving the future generations something tangible that they can use for the money they will pay back?
Perhaps I’m wrong here. Maybe most people think this is a bad idea.
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