I know folks out in the mountains are fiercely independent and not inclined to recognize the value of government services. That's why they elected Mark Meadows, the extremist bomb-thrower who rallied Republicans to shutdown the government over the past month. Unfortunately, they didn't plan on him staging a costly shutdown right at the peak of fall foliage. No big deal. What's a few million in tourist income to a true believer?
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The shutdown may have changed little about politics in Washington, but here in the home town of one of its biggest champions, it had a measurable impact. And not in a good way. The area encompassing the district of Rep. Mark Meadows lost as much as $1 million per day during the more-than-two-week stretch when the national parks were closed, according to one estimate, suspending the foliage tourism industry that usually props up the local economy this time of year.
Mark Meadows, of course, was elected in an extremely gerrymandered district, one that even scared off conservaDem Heath Shuler. Which means all those fiercely independent voters will likely return him to office next year. Bless their hearts.