A quick look at the statistics:
The National Park System has a budget of $2.6 billion, much of it raised by concession and attendance fees.
Even if it were entirely taxpayer-funded it would represent only .00068 of every federal dollar in our $3.8 trillion budget.
Nonetheless, hardball-playing White House strategists have made it the most conspicuous instrument of pain inflicted by the federal shutdown.
Republicans in House have tried to fund the park system during the struggle over Obamacare funding, but without success.
Even park funding offers by states have been rejected by the Obama administration.
Almost every day brings fresh examples of unnecessary annoyances and hardships visited on the public by the park service and its Interior Department superiors.
The purpose of these gratuitous crackdowns seems to be to provoke outrage against the House of Representatives. But might they not instead provoke well-justified resentment against political manipulation by the White House?
That resentment will grow, it appears, when it turns out that that even within the Park Service the implementation of the shutdown gets exceptions based on partisan political clout.
Full report here.