In the news: Huge fee hike for park proposed; National Park Service seeks rise to $70 for one vehicle, one week

Several comments here, saying that parks need to be better about stopping people as they enter these federal lands to verify that the proper day use permits are in hand. Heading out for your picnic might feel something like trying to enter a military base. Washington State Parks are already on to this. They are now in the habit of stopping vehicles at guilty until proven innocent checkpoints to verify that you have purchased what started out to be a parking pass several years ago. Fort Ebey State Park is good for this.

But-what about discrimination?

The federal government is A-OK with dividing people up into groups- then assigning a separate value to each group.

Parking pass for federal lands you paid for the same as the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan:

America the Beautiful Passes

Regular people- $80 annual pass

Military- free

Annual 4th Grade Pass- free

Seniors- $20 Annual Senior Pass

Don’t forget- If you are not headed towards a National Park- but want to make a daytime visit to BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands– you may be asked to pay a fee.

How about an opt in/out pass to pay for decades (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands?

If people don’t want to show proper support by paying a special fee- above and beyond April 15th federal taxes- then the wars would have to be shut down.

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