Sunday, August 14, 2011

One Way to Cut Deficit

If the federal government is really serious about saving money they can start selling off land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The federal gov't owns 80+% of most western states. They can start by selling off the land that they lease for next to nothing to ranchers, loggers. Not only would it raise an immediate amount of money, but if we can save millions when enough land is sold that we can start eliminating district offices. Think about the money saved when all that administrative overhead is gone for land that very often just sits there.
Think about all the land that the federal gov't owns and is holding on to for no good reason, and then the money we pay in taxes/deficit to hold onto this land.

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Renee said...

But by the govt owning that land aren't we guaranteeing open space? if it's sold, folks can do with it as they wish

Athanasis Contra Mundum said...

For starters, I am suggesting the sale of Bureau of Land Management lands. This is a separate collection of land from National Forests, Wilderness areas, military training areas and Wildlife refuges. It's also separate from state lands. Not only that but as I mentioned before most Western states are already over 80% owned by the federal gov't. These lands are already open for use as pasture land, forestry, mining and other uses. We may as well sell this land off and get the money from selling it and also cut the expense of having federal employees manage it when the people who use it could manage it for themselves.