Headline from the Hill:
White House will open parks if states pay
Ben Geman's story goes on to report a statement from House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.):
“Why now, after more than a week of refusing to allow States to pay to keep National Parks open, is the Obama Administration suddenly reversing course? It appears they are truly just making this up as they go along, as they have put out one inconsistent policy after another.”
Or, perhaps, the feds feel they have made their point. You want to look at Mt. Rushmore, buddy, you've got to go through us first.
Now, they can appear reasonable.
One hopes that when the dust of the "shutdown" has settled, the people in the states will remember the offer and take Washington up on it.