Thursday, October 3, 2013

Obama Administration illegally forcing private businesses closed

Today's absurdity is the news that profitable businesses that lease federal land are being forced to close. These are campgrounds and day use parks that receive no federal funds, no government workers are employed there, and have contracts to pay rent to the government for the use of the land. In the dozen plus previous shutdowns that the US has had in the modern budget age, these facilities have remained open. At this point, they are being forced to close.

This is unjust. It serves no legitimate public policy purpose. It costs the government money it can ill afford to lose and reduces the faith in government being a reliable business partner. Profit making private businesses operating under lease cannot be shut down merely because the landlord is having some internal trouble with their budgeting process. That's no less true if the landlord is the federal government.