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We are dependent on government

Frank Carroll
Published: Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The true impact of Winter Storm Atlas will be long in the telling. We measure such events by the human suffering or the massive changes wrought on the environment, but it’s not always easy to understand what happened until months or perhaps years later. We are good at measuring things, but not so good at putting our measurements in context. We know broccoli contains carcinogens and we can measure the amounts. The question is, so what?
In the wake of the storm some of the “so what” is clear and the outcomes for people are becoming clearer. The storm came on the heels of the government shut down, which made a bad situation worse. We really do depend on our government for many things, many often invisible things, at least until they aren’t there anymore.  
Access to a couple of hundred million acres of public lands, parks and monuments is limited or shut down. That’s annoying because many people think the Park Service, among others, is working overtime to keep the American people out of the Parks like Mount Rushmore as a punitive measure to punish the American people who will then theoretically punish our local federal delegations who will then theoretically do the right thing and reopen government services.

The true impact of Winter Storm Atlas will be long in the telling. We measure such events by the human suffering or the massive changes wrought on the environment, but it’s not always easy to understand what happened until months or perhaps years later. We are good at measuring things, but not so good at putting our measurements in context. We know broccoli contains carcinogens and we can measure the amounts. The question is, so what?

In the wake of the storm some of the “so what” is clear and the outcomes for people are becoming clearer. The storm came on the heels of the government shut down, which made a bad situation worse. We really do depend on our government for many things, many often invisible things, at least until they aren’t there anymore.  

Access to a couple of hundred million acres of public lands, parks and monuments is limited or shut down. That’s annoying because many people think the Park Service, among others, is working overtime to keep the American people out of the Parks like Mount Rushmore as a punitive measure to punish the American people who will then theoretically punish our local federal delegations who will then theoretically do the right thing and reopen government services.

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