Recreational Access Tax (the RAT)
(Fee Demo) Complaint
U. S. Forest Service is systematically imposing "User Fees"
on anyone who wishes to visit our national forests. These
fees typically average about $10 per day. In 2005 the
federal government finally understood that “Fee Demo” was
very unpopular with people who wanted to use our national
forests. They changed the name to “Recreational Access Tax”
(RAT) as an attempt to hide the fact that they are charging
double fees (taxes plus the RAT) for access to lands that
are suppose to belong to everyone.
Expenses to maintain national forest land used
to be part of the national budget, but congress and the
executive branch have cut these funds as part of
"eliminating waste". As a result the U. S. Forest Service
has had to initiate user fees that are being imposed on
anyone that would like to get away from the rat race (e.g.
Road Rage) and see what the real world is like.
The National Forests are similar to the Interstate
(National) Highway System in that they are a national
resource. If equality is to prevail, either all resources
managed by the government should charge "user fees", or none
of them should charge "user fees".
If we are to have "user fees", then they should
be applied equally. For example, toll booths should be put
up on all interstate highways.
The National Forest System is a responsibility
of the entire nation. Congress and the president should
accept financial responsibility to maintain our National
Oh, by the
Will the money collected be used for upkeep of the National
Answer: (Hint) Where is the money coming from to pay
the salaries of the staff diligently collecting the fees?
1) I have a Golden Age Passport which
exempts me from RAT (Fee Demo) payments. Thus, I am not
influenced by any personal financial reason.
2) I am not involved in any other protest
action. Thus, I have no legal entanglement.
3) The Recreational Access Tax (Fee Demo) is
economically inefficient as a large portion of the fees
collected do not go to maintenance and upkeep of national
forest facilities. The fees pay the salaries of the
personnel collecting the fees.
4) The most efficient way to pay for national
forest upkeep is through federal revenues which is the way
it was done before the government abdicated its
Perhaps the Recreational Access Tax (Fee Demo)
seems appropriate to Washington bureaucrats who are out of
step with the real world, but the “RAT” is an added expense
to many people that would like to enjoy our national
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