Sunday, October 6, 2013

We're From The Government, And We're Here To Help...

Yeah, I'm glad that the shutdown is only being done to save money...

Lake Mead property owners forced out until shutdown ends
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they're being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land.

Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They've been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn't an option.

The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they've owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.
Now, I'm not sure how that works, where they own the house but it's on Federal land. It would seem to me that they don't really *own* it if the government can just make them leave because they don't own the land it sits on. One does wonder, though, exactly how much money was "saved" by forcing elderly residents out of their homes with 24 hour notice. Especially where they had to expend park ranger time to go around telling folks to get out, compared to what federal resources the homeowners used while living in the homes.

I suspect the answer is, of course, none. There are stories of parking areas being Barrycaded or coned off so that folks can't pull over and look at the national monuments. It's hard to see this as anything other than a petty temper tantrum, especially in light of the previous directive to "make it hurt" in regards to the sequestration efforts. From what we're seeing on the news - like keeping folks from visiting private memorials that just happen to use public parking areas - it seems like the Obama administration is going out of their way to inconvenience as many people as possible.

Kicking septuagenarians and octogenarians out of their homes, though, seems to be a new low even for this administration...

That is all.

8 comments:

Bubblehead Les. said...

We have the same situation up here in Cleveland. When the Feds created the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area in the late '70s, rather than throw out the Families who were stuck in the Valley, they cut a deal. They got to live there until the Original owners died off, THEN the Park Service would take over the Property for their own usage. I'm sure the same thing is happening at Lake Mead.

But why they aren't allowed into their own Property, which was THEIRS before the Federales took it over is unusual.

Unless one of Obama's Evil Minions has decided to follow his Marching Orders and make sure that PAIN is Inflicted upon the Innocent.

Which is the exact same Psychopathic Mentality that says "It's YOUR Fault I killed those People!"

All in the name of "Change We Can Believe In."

AuricTech said...

I wonder when .gov will start putting up Barrycades on the Interstate Highway System....

Anonymous said...

Auric - don't give them any more ideas!
As to the original topic - one way to determine the 'ownership' is to look at the property taxes - that would determine who really owns what. Any way you look at it, throwing an elderly couple out of their house is just more demonstrable evidence as to how petty and vindictive this syndicate I mean 'administration' truly is.

notDilbert said...

We live near Concord's North Bridge and pass by the Park multiple times a day. Monday it was being guarded by Rangers but since then the Parking lot has been chained shut and a saw horse placed across the main entrance. HOWEVER --- Right next door is the "The Old Manse", a companion park owned by the privately funded and owned by "The Trustees of the Reservation". Their parking lot ( still Open) is conveniently linked to the North Bridge Path system, so everyone just parks there instead and it's Business as Usual - even the daily tour buses out of Boston are still stopping and discharging their loads of tourists.

Across the river at the National Wetlands Park on the Concord River the Parking lot is also chained shut. But since the entrance is off a dead end Cul-de-Sac everyone who normally uses the walking paths there is simply parking along the street ( no signs prohibiting it and the sign at the entrance simply says the programs normally scheduled are cancelled - but nothing saying the park can't be used during normal hours). If anything there are MORE people there than normally.


..... and the diesel powered 24" water pump being used to refill the wetlands that were drained for maintenance this summer, is still merrily pumping thousands of cubic meters of water from the Concord River 24 hours a day.


So, apparently, in a liberal enclave like Concord, They have no problems. .....

Because -- Do as we say - not as we Do.

Wally said...

barricades on interstate highways would be... interesting. That would in effect be the Feds saying "no more interstate commerce" and thus any law based upon the commerce clause could be upended.

It would be a major shot in the arm for state level "firearms freedom" acts...

Chaplain Tim said...

Let them barricade the interstate highways. Between the truckers and commuters, all of the barricades would have to have one of the new MRAPs next to it to keep it there more than a few hours. I personally know of three deep rock quarries that would hold a lot of barricades, and I have the truck to get them there.

Anonymous said...

A large number of folks went on a charity ride in Mammoth NP on Saturday even though it was closed.

The rangers were smart enough to stay out of the way.

I don't think I would leave if I was in my 70's, hell I don't think I would leave period.

Gerry

RabidAlien said...

A part of me actually hopes they try something with the Interstates. Go ahead. Close 'em all down. THAT will do nothing but bring the fight down to the street (grassroots?) level for EVERY American. It will become personal, no longer just a "sit back and complain about some monuments 1000 miles away being closed" armchair issue. Make it personal. Piss everyone off. Then we can start working on impeachment.