Audrey Hudson writing for Human Events brings us some under the radar news about our Federal Government’s insatiable appetite for withdrawing land from public and private use. We learn from her article that hidden in the recent highway-funding bill is ” $1.4 billion to buy private property for new conservation efforts and adds even more inventory to the nation’s 635 million acre holding.”
Isn’t our country broke? Isn’t our national debt approaching $16 trillion? Aren’t we borrowing about 41 cents for every dollar our government spend? So, where do we find $1.4 billion to spend on buying land? But, the bigger question is why does our government need more land?
As Ms. Hudson points out, government already owns 635 million acres. Let’s put that number in perspective. There are 640 acres in a square mile, which means the government owns about a million square miles of land. That is 3.8 times the size of Texas. According to Wikipedia, 107, 500,000 acres or about one sixth of those land holdings are locked up as “wilderness areas.”
In the opinion of this humble observer, the last thing our government needs is more land.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?