The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. Taking it one step further, The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States. Come to think of it, The Statue of Liberty is actually one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. People from all over the United States plan trips for months ahead of time to visit New York City. People who live on all seven continents of North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia dream of one day traveling to New York City and visiting the Statue of Liberty. Many of those people save money for their entire lives in planning their trip to New York City.
Imagine, if you have lived in France and have spent the past fifteen years saving money every month to take your family on a once in lifetime rip to New York City. You have finally saved enough, planned your trip and arrived in New York City on a mid winter weekend n January of 2018. Or perhaps your family lives in Colorado or New Mexico or Los Angeles. You take your family into the mini van and drive across the country with New York City as your destination. Flying a family of five was just incredibly too expensive, so you hit the road. On Saturday January 2018, you arrive in New York City from Los Angeles or France or Tanzania and head down to the Statue of Liberty. Your knees are shaking as you are about to visit one of the most important symbols of freedom in the world. You have grown up your entire life seeing pictures and reading stories about the Statue of Liberty. You and your family head down to the southern tip of Manhattan. You arrive at Battery Park. Cameras in hand, you are ready to embrace Lady Liberty. As you walk up to the Ferry Gates, you see a large sign overhead reading…….
SERVICE ADVISORY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Statue of Liberty CLOSED
There are no words to describe the feeling in your stomach as you look at the dreadful looks of disappointment and sadness on your children’s faces as they realize their one chance to see the Statue of Liberty has been ruined by a governments’s inability to do its job. Men and women who hold political office and are paid extremely high salaries and wonderful medical benefit packages can simply not do their jobs. Its not about political parties, its about incompetence. Both political parties can play the blame game as much as they want. In the end, its about failure to do their jobs, its that simple.
So all those people who had planned trips to New York City, saved for years, are now turned away. Sure, there are many more places in New York City that one cans visit. Place like Macys, Times Square, Broadway shows are all run by competent business people for the most part. They are all open. But try to visit a National Park or Museum and your out of luck because those places are run by a government with a closed sign on their door.