And just think the citizens of Utah have their Senator, Mike “laughing stock” Lee, to thank, in part, for the government shut down. Betcha former Senator Bennett would not have been so ridiculous when it comes to shutting down the government. The Tea Party activists, who ousted Bennett, argued for a smaller government with less economic intervention. But now its Utah’s Governor who’s pleading to “President Obama to reopen the region’s National Park areas.” I wonder if the “don’t-tread-on-me” gang, when complaining about that big bad government that should be “small enough to drown in a bath tub” wanted a government so small that it couldn’t provide resources that would allow “four Utah counties” to be “dependent on National Park and public lands visitors.” No that would make a portion of Utah part of Mitt Romney’s 47%ers. Now from county officials in Utah you have “pleas “for Congress and the administration to get the parks open.” The clown Teabagger Senators have advanced the conservative falsehood to the point where it is now hurting large segments of their states, the falsehood that in the United States of America, we do not have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Cut it blindly, like a clown in an operating room and you risk “losing as much as $300,000 a day in tourism spending and tourism-related tax revenue.” But with these devil-take-the-hindmost, Ayn Rand disciples, the belief is that government should not be concerned with things like that because we are running deficits, even as they collect $174,000 a year and take advantage of excellent healthcare made accessible by the government.