Contrary to Senator John Thune's politically motivated claim that the decision to close Wind Cave National Park's campground is a politically motivated ploy to make the budget cuts imposed by the sequester he voted for more publicly visible, the National Park Service is keeping its major facilities in South Dakota as accessible to the public as possible. NPS is not reducing hours at the two most prominent national parks in the state, Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. Wind Cave and Jewel Cave will still be open; you just won't be able to sleep at Wind Cave. If NPS wanted visible cuts, they'd barricade Mount Rushmore on weekends and holidays (women can only think rationally about America's heritage on business days anyway, right?).
Meanwhile, Governor Dennis Daugaard may be putting his foot in some bad budget poo with his offer to keep the Wind Cave campground open with state Game Fish and Parks personnel. Dennis, what are you thinking? Do you really want the feds to get the idea that we don't need their funding? If we take over Wind Cave, the feds might start sequestering crop insurance, the VA in Hot Springs, pine beetle funds, and all those other federal programs to which we so eagerly cling. Some budget hawk in Washington will figure out we've been squirreling away our wealth while mooching off federal largesse, and then the party's over.
Save the red-state moocher model, Dennis: demand that the feds reopen the Wind Cave National Park campground.