Tourists trapped in small Montana town as government slimdown cuts off road access

This sort of stuff is idiotic. It is just an arbitrary abuse of power intended to make folks feel the pain of the shutdown. Using the same rangers it is using to close the road, the park service could have kept the road open.

When will we understand that government is about laws and power. We have laws because WE DO NOT WANT to be ruled over by men. However, because government has power, some MEN WILL ALWAYS SEEK TO ABUSE THAT POWER so they can rule over their fellow men.

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Published October 07, 2013
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Tourists in Cooke City, Montana are trapped after the access road that cuts through Yellowstone Park is closed due to the partial government shutdown.

According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, there are two ways out of the town:  one that connects to a mountain pass closed due to snow, and one that crosses through the now-closed Yellowstone Park.

The park road from Gardiner, Montana to Silver Gate and Cooke City, is being kept open, but residents only—not tourists—have special passes to allow them through the locked gates.

“We’re trapped,” Bill Anderson told the Chronicle. “It’s nuts.”  Anderson, of Wichita, Kan., is one about 15 tourists unable to leave Cooke City.

They’re reportedly spending a lot of time at Buns N Beds, the only business open in Cooke City besides the gas station.

Owner of Buns N Beds, Leo Gaerther, who described Cooke City…

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7 thoughts on “Tourists trapped in small Montana town as government slimdown cuts off road access

  1. I am a bit surprised at this diatribe against Republicans in the House of Representatives. Look, if the tactic of forcing changes in health care laws by shutting down government is to have any chance of succeeding, we can’t just pretend to shut down government. A shut down costs billions of dollars, disrupts millions of citizens’ lives, and causes all kinds of problems ranging from the annoying to the life threatening. But that’s the point. If it didn’t have these deeply damaging impacts, how can a relatively small group of House members get the Administration to move off its position? Unless Republicans are willing to destroy America, including being inflexibly brutal on relatively trivial issues like road access in some federal lands, how are they to get the leverage they need to force the Administration to go backwards on a law that has been duly enacted, whose sponsoring President has been re-elected by a comfortable margin, and that has been upheld at all levels of the judicial system of the United States? That is an almost impossibly heavy lift. If we start making a little exception here, a little exception there, it would be like kidnapping someone’s child, demanding an exorbitant ransom, but letting the kid go home to his parents for weekends and holidays.

    Those of you who think this was a good idea need to toughen up a bit here and not get wobbly just because someone, somewhere is inconvenienced in the route he takes to his home.

    I personally think it was a stupid idea and I wish the House had passed a CR. But, then again, no one asked me.

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    1. Poor Speaker John Boehner. Beset by those vicious Tea Party radicals. I can just feel your sympathy for the man gushing over.

      If I follow your argument, Democrats are just accommodating the Republicans’ desire for a shut down by making it as uncomfortable for everyone as possible. 🙄

      The President decides what is essential, not Congress. President Obama, via his appointees drove the decisions to do dumb things like closing down perfectly good roads and putting up barriers around monuments. In order to get their way, Democrats are using brinksmanship. Obama and the Democrats are running around proclaiming doomsday, screaming names at their opponents, and plainly stating their refusal to negotiate with a gun held to their heads. Meanwhile, more than 4/5 of the Federal Government is still running. And you expect to be taken seriously? If there were not so many people who (apparently like you) had voted for Obama, I would see no good reason to bother.

      What Republicans want is the right to control spending via normal budget processes, processes earlier incarnations of the Democratic Party have more responsibility for instituting than Republicans. To end the government shutdown, why don’t you look up what Republicans are willing to settle for? It is hardly radical, but if your idea of good government is spending as much of other people’s money as you can manage…….

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  2. I very much doubt that President Obama (or previous presidents in previous shutdowns) have the slightest ideas what facilities are closed. I went through a run-up to a shutdown in the Reagan Administration from the inside, and it’s very clear that the Anti-Deficiencies Act leaves very little discretion to administrators once the money runs out. The idea that this President or any other pin-points particular individuals or towns etc to put some hurt on them is barmy.

    This was a tactic pushed by Republicans. The idea of the shut down, the reason that some thought it worth doing, despite all the harm it causes, is that its effects on the Nation are so negative that the President would have no choice but to yield to demands that he retreat on health care. It’s fairly laughable for people who generally cheered the idea of the shut down to be yelling ouch, either for themselves or others, when it does precisely what the House Republicans intended it to do.

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    1. The park road from Gardiner, Montana to Silver Gate and Cooke City, is being kept open, but residents only—not tourists—have special passes to allow them through the locked gates.

      The distinction between locals and tourists is in the Anti-Deficiencies Act? Frankly, I don’t think you have a clue.

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  3. So, this isn’t a big deal for people who live there. So much the better. How many residents are we talking about?

    As I said, I’ve been through a shut-down run-up from within the Government. I think I have a clue. What was your experience working with the ADA? If it is radically different from mine, you can point out to me why my (and many others’) efforts in the 1980s were misguided. Not much I can do about it now, however.

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