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'This new source of revenue we want to extract from backpackers? It's not really a new source of revenue, we've just never done it before.'
I have no problem with GSMNP finding new revenue sources. But I would like the federal government to fully fund national parks so rangers and administrators do not have to turn on the people who most value the land and its culture and the duties and authority of NPS. I would also like them to be honest about what they are doing.
The NPS funding crisis is not a product of backcountry expenses. It is a product of sloganeering politicians in D.C., and backpackers, scout troops and even visitors from Kentucky should not be asked to foot the bill.
Create a new tax bracket at $1M/yr. Fat cats at that level could sneeze up $280k without asking for a tissue. People who use backcountry sites that are never full, but would share and make room and make friends if they were, they should not be asked to do what giddy millionaires with historically low tax rates could do with barely a burp of discomfort.
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