May 23, 2005
Patuxent Research Refuge, less than 20 miles from Washington, D.C., is one of 540 national wildlife refuges, part of the federally funded U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Its budget has been cut, its building maintenance has been put off, two of its research facilities have been shut, its hours have been cut.
But Patuxent is used – in a very special way. On land the public is no longer allowed to visit, one man goes bicycle riding: President Bush.
When Bush and his Secret Service arrive, the scientists have to leave their labs. The federal refuge becomes Bush's personal recreation grounds.
Just another "privatization!"