The kabuki dance of federal government shutdowns is familiar and absurd. Because the left wishes to make Americans suffer when the federal government closes operations, it deliberately prevents inexpensive programs like the National Park Service from providing ordinary Americans with the blessings of our natural treasures.
Republicans can respond to this by demanding that national parks be transferred, along with the cost of maintaining those parks, to any state governments that wish to have them. This transfer could provide the same protections which currently exist in the use of the land, but the duty to care for the parks, the cost of providing staff, and the fees charged for entrance to the parks could be devolved to state governments. This transfer of national parks to states could apply to national monuments and similar noteworthy preserves.