Do you mean that they’ve set it up so the public pays for routine stuff and individuals get credit for what’s glamorous? Or that they’ve jiggered the tax system so the public has no control over what gets spent at all? I think the latter is a bit closer to the truth than the former, but wouldn’t put anything beyond the realm of possibility.
Hiwever, there needs to be a serious conversation about the prioritization of government funding. There is not enough to fund all programs sufficently. Therefore, it is time to decide what the private sector should do.
I suggest the private sector be accountable for funding PARKS.
Adopt A Park
I am going to bold and set a new standard. All public parks should be publicly owned by the government but be privately run and funded by nonprofits. This is the right opportunity for businesses to make a pledge to effect the environmental future of the US. Congress should pass a law that exempts these nonprofit entities from being sued. Government has never adequately funded its parks and people use these facilities at their own risk. The exclusion from lawsuits to the stewards for the people does not take away a benefit that people already had.
Government should be out of the business of running services. They are just lousy at it. Some of you might say that government should not cut what parks it already funds. I would disagree and state that there should be a gradual decline to zero. The parks of our nation need to have an endowment established by business and individual donors to support their access to all people and manage them. To adequately manage the parks takes commitment by many of us to volunteer to be stewards and the endowed funds to ensure a standard for their preservation. Any employee necessary to support the park functions should be an employee of the nonprofit steward organization.
The only part that an organization should not be responsible for is security. Security is the function of federal, state and local officials.
Government needs to have the political strength to set a plan and request volunteers, organizations and donors to step forward to take on the stewardship of their respective park system.