Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California asked the National Park Service to consider raising the price of senior lifetime passes to help solve the national parks’ $153 million budgetary crisis. Under the current rules, anyone over 62-years-old can buy a $10.00 lifetime pass to visit more than 2,000 federal recreational sites. The proposed legislation would double the price of a senior lifetime pass to $20.00, so the increased price could make a difference for indigent senior citizens, and older retirees living on fixed income. This legislation will have the cost of maintenance for the national parks relying on senior citizens. This is not the way to fix the budget for national parks.
America faces a looming retirement crisis, and a member of Congress has proposed a terrible idea that would bash seniors. Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California asked the National Park Service to consider raising the price of the senior lifetime pass to help solve the parks’ $153 million budget gap caused by the sequester cuts. People over 62 can buy a $10 lifetime pass to the more than 2000 federal recreational sites http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes. Volunteers, the disabled and young children, can visit free. The cost for an annual pass to all the sites is $80.00, with the exception of a few other cases. If the park service doubled the cost of the senior lifetime pass, it would raise $5 million. That will barely touch the budget of the National Park Service, so it would not be worth raising the price on seniors. This proposal is just another attempt to erode the financial situation American seniors who are already facing financial threats in their coming age. How much more can the government punish the older American for living and prospering?
Raising the price of park passes for seniors will not make a dent in the budget of even help the younger generation enjoy the parks. This will create more families and the elderly not to visit the parks. The American economy is still sluggish and older Americans that are nearing retirement are facing more and more uncertainty. The older worker is not finding employment, because employers are reluctant to hire older workers. Anyone who loses a job at 55 or older have it the hardest and face a longer period of unemployment. The older Americans are trying to sustain instead of investing. The government should be trying to create a sustainable and stabilized budget instead of creating financial hardship on the older Americans, not helping the younger generation become employed.