Rebecca Shabad of The Hill reported yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "placed barricades near a Mississippi River boat launch," which is yet another illustration of the sheer amount of time and expense of the federal government's efforts to keep Americans away from national parks.
"I think not just in Wisconsin but in states across the country there's a lot of governors and lawmakers in both parties who wish the folks in Washington in both parties would act more like the states and less like our nation's capital."
Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel reported that "Democrats balked at those comments, saying the Republican governor has had a tumultuous tenure that has divided people."
As reported by the Examiner,
"many of the moves by the National Park Service have been implemented at an 'increased expense to taxpayers,' such as adding guards and barriers to monuments where none existed previously."
Wisconsin’s natural resources agency defied the federal government directive, and reopened the boat launch, citing a 1961 agreement. Wisconsin's Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said,
"We respect the magnitude of the process the federal government has had to undertake...However, after close review and legal consult, DNR has clarified areas where the federal procedures are over-reaching by ordering the closure of properties where the state has management authority through existing agreements."
A reminder of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution is in order:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
According to the Hill,
"Wisconsin had received $701,000 from the federal government to help run state parks for fiscal 2013, which ended Monday. But officials say because the majority of their funding comes from the state, they would continue to operate using their own dollars."
James Daniels of DownTrend wrote yesterday that "In a sign of just how easily states can do without federal assistance, Wisconsin plans to operate its parks entirely with its own funds." It is a hopeful sign, as perhaps it will spur on states to start recognizing how much sovereignty they lose by accepting federal funds.