Scott Walker REFUSED to close parks despite order by feds…

Now I like this gutsy move by Scott Walker. This is awesome:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s administration defied the federal government by refusing to close popular state properties at the behest of the National Park Service.

The park service ordered state officials to close the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, and Interstate state parks and the state-owned portion of the Horicon Marsh, but state authorities rebuffed the request because the lion’s share of the funding came from state, not federal coffers.

Instead, the state’s Department of Natural Resources “issued a statement saying all state parks, trails and other recreational properties were open and not affected by the federal government’s budget problems.”

Walker blamed both Republicans and Democrats for current fighting in Washington, perhaps leaving the door open for a run for the presidency as a centrist in 2016.

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  • johnos2112

    I admire his courage but stay away from the presidency please!

    • c4pfan

      If he wants to run, I don’t find that a problem.
      However, I’m over the ‘it’s both fault’ crap.

      • keyesforpres

        The problem is he came out a few months ago in support of mass amnesty.
        I agree, it makes me mad he said “it’s both sides fault”.

        • proudhispanicconservative

          Typical response from a rino.

          • keyesforpres


      • Yep.

    • marketcomp

      Everyone is positioning themselves for the Presidency and neither are fighters-Rand Paul, ready to throw in the towel amidst eh shut down, Paul Ryan, Mr. immigration, And Scott Walker Mr. immigration and Obama care, and then there is Chris Christie, Mr. BIG GOVERMENT! None even have the stamina to stand up to Obama like Sen. Cruz or Sen. Lee.

  • ApplePie101

    What jurisdiction does the federal government have over state parks?

    • orthodoxyordeath

      This is what I’ve been wondering. Why is Walker the only one to see that they have no right to close STATE parks?

      • Heh. Good point. Next we’ll see idiots who think that kids who point their fingers and yell “bang!” are equal to gun-wielding thugs and need to be yanked out of schools. I mean, people couldn’t be that stupid.

  • snowshooze

    Right on Scott!!!!
    Federal Government… piss off.

    We are the respective States and you are at OUR service.

    We brought you into this world, and we can take you out.

    • marketcomp


  • keyesforpres

    Conservatives are the centrists.
    Walker is a GREAT governor, but I would like to remind everyone that a couple of months back he came out in support of mass amnesty.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      He also set up the Obamacare exchanges in his state, notice in the article he blamed the republicans and democrats for the fight in Washington, positioning himself as a centrist, in other words a Rino.

      • keyesforpres

        Exactly….a rino.
        I forgot he set up the exchanges. That definitely nixes him.

        • Something kind of Christie-ish about that. Standing up big to teachers unions, and caving on big government? That’s not a principled stand, it’s just being a bully by picking winners and losers.

    • deTocqueville1

      Yes, even his statement was ‘decisive’ fence straddling.

  • Sentinel

    I like Scott. This takes stones. I wish other Governors did this too… but not all states are financially solvent like Scott has done in Wisconsin. Bravo!

  • Meech204

    Everyone take notice and stand up for this country!!!!

  • las1

    Walker blamed both Republicans and Democrats for current fighting in Washington, perhaps leaving the door open for a run for the presidency as a centrist in 2016.

    Good grief! Is that like blaming both Germany and Great Britain for the “current” fighting in Europe back in 1941. Or is that like blaming the Copts and the Muslims for the current spate of church burning in Egypt recently. Or is that like blaming the shoppers and the Muslims for the carnage in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

    When will Republicans STOP acting like squishes and take a stand… period!

    Either you take a stand or you don’t. Republicans… afraid of being called bigots, racists, haters or poopy-heads… or something. Again… good grief!

    • proudhispanicconservative


    • Yep. That’s the disgusting flaw of administrators everywhere. It’s why if your kid gets punched in the face by some thug at school, he’s going to end up serving detention for “fighting.” Administrators grow cowardly in office.

  • Duane Swink

    state parks are open lol….. so he is keeping his own state parks open? WOW considering state parks arent federal lands im surely impressed…. im sure that makes for a wonderful sound bite but he hasnt done a thing to keep federal parks open…

    • juliajuli


    • marketcomp

      Almost a joke since he was one of many calling for funding of Obama care.

    • jdbaird

      Ah haha, you’re so crafty. As the article states, that you obviously didn’t read, he was ordered by the Nat’l park service to close parks that did receive federal funding, and he didn’t close them. It actually never said anything about federal parks.

  • cabensg

    Good idea since blocking some of the sites cost more than keeping them open. Oh! and how about the sites Obama wanted closed that aren’t even Federally funded.

  • Stehekin912

    I am willing to give Governor Walker credit where credit is due – when he puts his foot down, good luck to anyone trying to get in his way. Bamo said to close state parks and Walker said NO. GOOD! Every Governor should just say NO, and federal workers should refuse to barricade or close Federal parks, too.
    Now if he would just get with the Conservative program on immigration….but for now, GOOD JOB, Governor Walker!

    • PapaLouie

      As for immigration, we should demand no more security barriers in DC until they’re willing to put them on the border, too. That might spur these cowards into action. Why should Washington be secure when they’re unwilling to make the rest of the country secure?

    • Paul Evans

      the key word is state parks which obummer has no authority over

  • Its You

    “If he wants to run, I don’t find that a problem.
    However, I’m over the ‘it’s both fault’ crap.”-c4pfam
    ME TOO
    Heres the deal, all ready they are using cancer kids and BS….
    This is real
    They just killed an UnArmed Women and the Congress went into hiding “lockdown” and then applauded the Judge/Jury/Executioner…No road spike, no stun gun, No mace, no club

    Meanwhile WWII props are now forgotten

  • Janice

    Please don’t tell me you people think states park had to close during shut down… They don’t…how is this Walker taking a stand…

    • jdbaird

      Well let’s see, either you can’t read or you’re not very smart. As the article states, the Nat’l Park Service ordered him to close them, and he didn’t. That’s how he’s taking a stand, to spell it out for you.

      • Nukeman60

        Sometimes reading is just a secondary skill (right after learning fb games on your Obamaphone).

  • Heh. “…perhaps leaving a door open to run…”

    You have to quit welding it shut by calling for amnesty if you want to open that door.

  • Betsy sedelbauer

    Walker may have kept the parks open but he let common core in…

  • NJK

    If he’s leaving the door open for a run for the presidency, but is blaming both, I think he’s showing weakness.

    • BearNJ

      Walker is a big amnesty guy. He’s as bad as Ryan on a lot of issues. Too bad but the Wisconsin GOP talks the talk but their policies on far too many issues stink like bad cheese. Cruz is the only potential GOP nominee I trust. He reminds me of Reagan who was the first , and best, President I ever voted for in 1980.

    • 1KR

      I have my doubts that that is what he said.

  • Yazz55

    Sometimes actions speak louder than words. While I don’t completely agree with his statement, his action standing up to the regime by keeping the parks open is whats important. Perhaps other governors should take note and do likewise.

  • PapaLouie

    Why would Obama order State Parks to close? He should order the border closed. That’s something he’s supposed to control. if he’s so anxious to put up barricades all over the country, why not put them up at the border with signs telling invaders — I mean visitors — that the country is closed indefinitely due to the shutdown?

    • OldmanRick

      The brat doesn’t have a clue about much except blaming everyone else for his asinine screw ups. BTW, since Valerie Jarrett was busy and the teleprompter had not been readied, he was at a temporary loss for words.

    • 1KR

      He is doing the opposite. He is ordering the border patrol to “stand down” and basically NOT do their job!

      • deTocqueville1

        Exactly what one would expect.

    • Galatiansch2vs20

      I think your “He should order the border closed” statement is brilliant, so far as it applies to illegal aliens, would be terrorists, drug smugglers and criminals!

    • Grumpa37

      Wouldn’t it be better to close the “borders” around the ten by ten miles of the District? Of course, we’d then have to buy a real nice doorknob and decide whether to put it on the inside or outside of the one useable door….

  • rjcylon

    1: Walker did an absolutely fantastic job fighting the unions. He is exactly the type of governor every state needs, I can’t think of a single bad thing to say about him in regards to his stewardship of his state.

    2: We do not need a “centrist” for POTUS.

    • tinlizzieowner

      “2: We do not need a “centrist” for POTUS.”
      Didn’t we already put 2 ‘centrists’ on the ballot in the last 2 Presidential elections?

      • 57thunderbird

        Yup!And how did that work out?Sheesh.

    • deTocqueville1

      He should remain in Wisconsin.

  • spin43

    We don’t need a “centrist” to clean up the filth in DC. Is Walker planning on giving out free Wisconsin cheese? Please give us a true CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE!

  • Rick2340

    It’s good that he didn’t close the parks but he shouldn’t be blaming his own party. He also shouldn’t be for amnesty.

    • DHardy

      Any more the rhetoric is so thick it’s hard to tell what anyone stands for. These bills are stuffed so full of special interest and pork that it’s hard not to vote for things you don’t support to get the votes needed to pass what you have to get passed…they know that and the minute that happens people start picking these bills apart and reporting any BS that was piggy backed in…We really need to demand that a bill most stand alone..No pork No special interests and no piggy back bills….They say if that is the way it is they would get nothing done…So voting and passing or not passing a bill isn’t getting business done? you have to cheat the system and bully the public to get you way?

  • timerunnersc

    Another elected tea party American standing strong. I’m sure when reid, obama and schumer get wind of this report all three will blow a gasket.
    Those pesky tea party members will not give in no matter the threats, intimidation and insults.

    God bless em.

  • Rshill7

    File this under, “Huh?”

    Professor O’ actually said this, referring to the “terrorists” in Congress…and I paraphrase:

    “Imagine if a bunch of private sector workers got together and decided just to shut down a business because they didn’t get what they want?” (Obama)

    No, really. He actually said that. When I heard it, I just stood there a few seconds, mouth agape.

    Sounds like standard Union practices to me Mr. O’. Man O’ man. Him don’t even know what him saying do him? The words flaming hypocrisy are no longer adequate to describe this fool.

    • kong1967

      ROFLMAO!! So true!

  • kong1967

    Attaboy. Good man.

  • StrangernFiction

    The fighting isn’t between R’s and D’s, it’s between the ruling class and those of us who want to be free. And being well aware of this Walker isn’t blaming the Republicans for the fighting, he’s blaming us. How dare we not want to control our own lives. How dare we. Fvck him and the rest of the ruling class.

    • deTocqueville1

      Unfortunately you are right. Remember Walker spent years in DC and is a friend of Paul Ryan who is presently working assiduously to bring amnesty about.

  • deTocqueville1

    Astute political move but I dislike the added gratuitous comment about the Reps and Dems working together. Typical political opportunist speak.

    • Laurel

      I have no desire to work with Democrats. I desire to defeat them completely.
      They offer nothing that I want to work with or for.

  • Joe DeLory

    Scott Walker a “Centrist”? Thanks I have had my laugh for the day.

    • toongoon


    • Laurel

      He is actually. For starters he supports amnesty.

    • iaintlyin

      Hey Joe, don’t be surprised there are very very very few full blown conservatives active in politics today. Some of the strongest happen to be hosts rather than gov’t. officials. Its a shame but its a fact. Hey look how much my view of Crispy Christie has changed since his coming out teachers uniion bash. Since then he’s went from promising to vomit inducing

  • Bravo, Scott.

  • Dan Defoe

    Make Scott Walker Speaker of the House. Flush Boehner down the toilet where he belongs. The Speaker does not have to be an elected House Representative. It can be whomever the majority of Representatives vote for.

    • Laurel

      I don’t always agree with Walker but you are right he would be a great Speaker.

  • Dan painter

    I like this governors style.

  • Conservative_Hippie

    Walker is another one to keep a beed on. We have some quality politicians available for 2016! Hopefully the GOP establishment doesn’t try to ram a McCain or Romney down our throat! Arghh!

    • Ford Prefect

      The way it is going they will push King on everyone. Happy times.

      • Conservative_Hippie

        Oh heavan help us, NO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jasper Silvis

    Please do not let this man leave Wisconsin! All his hard work will be washed away within the year after he leaves office. Do not support a 2016 run for Walker! We need him as a shining example for how a state government should be run.

    • keyesforpres

      Agreed. We need to keep good governors….governors. Besides, he wouldn’t be a good president because he supports amnesty. Good governor? Absolutely!

  • Dick

    A Centrist? No thanks.

  • Grumpa37

    If the governor should find it necessary to call out the Wisconsin militia — which only he can do, and only he can identify — could Minnesotans cross the river and help him show the way to send any Washington D C home? I’d love to help.