The Republican Party, the GOP, the Greed over Propriety Party, are as usual backing financial exploitation by opposing a plan to restrict commercial outlets in Yosemite Park they claim amounts to an environmentalist extremist power grab.
This is a brand new installment on the always ongoing mystique of "Paradise Lost."
Republicans are angered over a Parks Service Plan to scale back on services in Yosemite Valley that make it essentially what it is today, an amusement park. The philosophy of Philistines and despoilers everywhere, whether it's imposing your will on a small impoverished Arab country, or outer space, or Yosemite Valley, is if you can't steal it or conquer it-----charge for it.
Called the Merced River Plan, a $235 million project by the Yosemite National Park Service would restore green areas, remove traffic, create additional hiking trails and reduce congestion and preserve the quality of the Merced River in the famed valley.
GOP lawmakers denounced the plan as a liberal Park Service environmentalist plot to deny visitors the right to enjoy Yosemite.
"The Park Service insists the law compels these radical changes, and yet the law does no such thing," said Rocklin Republican Tom McClintock.
At a recent hearing on the proposal, McClintock and Yosemite National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis disagreed about the level of public support for the plan, McClintock saying most people are against it. The plan proposes to remove two bicycle rental centers, two swimming pools, a snack bar, an ice rink and other facilities. Parking facilities would remain the same, and camping sites would actually increase from 525 lots to 726.
McClintock, in that curious logic only a Republican could love, asked, "Where could a dad go to get ice cream for his kid on a hot summer day?"
Democrats, while they haven't voiced support for it, seemed more willing to at least consider the proposal.
But McClintock's use of the "dad and kid" analogy is a typical conservative smokescreen tactic. You clear the way for financial gain by adopting the pose of being for the commonplace man. The typical Republican always tries to mask their attempts to rape the landscape for money with a homey, family values touch, the dad and kid bit. Nice tactic Tom. Gee Tom! Maybe Yosemite shouldn't be an ice cream parlor. Maybe just looking at the scenery should be enough.
Your kid can perhaps do without an ice cream cone for one afternoon, child obesity being what it is. Or you could purchase a cone at a snack bar just a few miles outside the valley.
Should you also expect a movie rental outlet in Yosemite? Or, could you take a break and stop your watching of movies in your cabin at Yosemite for just one night of your life. You might be compelled instead to read a book, or talk to your wife or even your kid.
See Tom. I can use the dad and kid analogy too.
I have an idea Tom. We could install an upscale condo development above Bridal Veil Falls and call it "Executive in the Mist Manor," for important executives like yourself. We could make a killing
There will still be a gift shop where you can buy a plastic fake pine cone for $39.95. There will still be so many rope climbers on Half Dome attempting to give meaning to their empty lives by playing the part of dare devils that the mountain looks like an escalator. There will still be triple-decker buses loaded with humanity and the exclusive Ahwahnee Hotel where you can enhance your rugged and primitive woodland experience by ordering expensive room-service delivered poached eggs and a newspaper brought by an illegal immigrant from Costa Rica.
People are loving Yosemite to death, but to Republicans as usual, it's making money above all else that counts.
When money comes up against common sense or restraint, it's always money that wins.