Politicians would rather build new things than allocate money to fix old things. That may be human nature, but it definitely is good politics, and it explains why national parks are in such disrepair.
That’s the essence of an intriguing report issued by the Property and Environmental Research Center, titled “Breaking the Backlog.” The nation’s parks are $11.9 billion behind on their honey-do lists, and that is five times more than the amount Congress gives it each year. The combination of those two things makes for an uncomfortable reality.
The bottom line of the report: Don’t build any more parks until Washington figures out how to take care of what it already has.
A funny thing happens when a group makes such a common-sense proposal in Washington. Interest groups appear, trying to make common sense sound like heresy. The chief conservation officer of the
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.