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Trump Needs to Transfer All
Federal Land Back to the States

American Spectator, by Steve Baldwin

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/11/2018 4:58:08 AM

With President Trump’s recent order to “shrink” two massive federal land grabs in Utah and a shocking turn of events in the Bundy Ranch/BLM controversy, the issue of federal land ownership is back in the news. Both events illustrate how the federal government has used its massive land holdings to control the lives of Americans. And lurking in the background of these events is the constitutionality of federal land ownership, an issue that has been ignored for generations by politicians, the courts, and the media. Indeed, the evidence is fairly clear that our founding fathers did not design the federal

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: greatGreyhounds, 1/11/2018 5:10:31 AM     (No. 11506525)

Then the BLM could be removed from the Federal Budget!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: FunOne, 1/11/2018 5:40:46 AM     (No. 11506534)

One needs to examine the holdings of the National Park Service and make sure that the land that they manage clearly holds historic or unique scenic or scientific value to remain in federal ownership. Have a land sell-off to help the feds get out of debt, and return that land to private ownership so it can be taxed like all private land to support state and local governmental services such as roads, schools, police, fire, recreation facilities and the like.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/11/2018 5:47:59 AM     (No. 11506536)

Wow! This article is chocked full of information on how the government is totally ignoring the Constitution. Take a few minutes and read it all...the Bundys are lucky to be alive, sounds like the BLM goons really wanted to slaughter them. Not to mention the sleazy Clinton and Harry Reid doing one of their ´pay to play´ scams.

Kudos to Steve Baldwin for an excellent and informative article.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/11/2018 6:29:08 AM     (No. 11506567)

Msg to PT: Do it, then turn around and get rid of the BLM (run by the British but under the fake auspices of the Interior Dept).

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/11/2018 6:31:15 AM     (No. 11506570)

Message to PT: Do it, then get rid of the BLM, which is run by the British under the fake auspices of the Interior Dept.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: runningdoc, 1/11/2018 8:23:20 AM     (No. 11506639)

I agree that the Federal Government should divest itself of it´s lands not in use. But, they should be sold to private US citizens and the money used to retire the National debt. A real win/win solution.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jimjr, 1/11/2018 9:53:10 AM     (No. 11506715)

#6, I see what you´re saying, but if the FedGov divests, the land must be returned to the several states for ultimate disposition.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 1/11/2018 10:00:34 AM     (No. 11506731)

Not a perfect quote but "the government couldn´t manage a small garden much less millions of acres of land". That´s the truth and do away with BLM and disarm agencies like the BLM and ATF who prey on American citizens.
The Bundy´s skirted a horrible turn of events not so Randy Weaver or the people at Waco.
The ATF was originally a tax collection agency wearing skinny little ties with white shirts before they armed themselves and don black Ninja outfits and killed people at Waco when the local sheriff could have done the job of arresting David Corish. The BLM is no better and did kill one person in their abuse of power.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 1/11/2018 10:02:05 AM     (No. 11506734)

How many veteran L-dotters can recall my posting this very idea many times - - years and years ago?

It´s nice to know that the rest of the world is beginning to catch up to the insightful folks on this forum!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: velirotta, 1/11/2018 11:47:50 AM     (No. 11506870)

As the article briefly mentions, the Constitution permits the federal government to "own" lands for very limited purposes: post offices, roads, etc. What we mistakenly call "federally-owned" land is more accurately termed "federally-administered" land. All the vast lands of the west were held in trust for people who would move there and use the land and its resources. So, for example, the Homestead Act allowed people to claim land for farming, etc.; and the small fee that was required was NOT a purchase price, but a fee for the paperwork. Likewise, mineral claims were free for proper claimants. Selling publicly-administered lands or giving them to the states would be a calamity. Ultimately, most of those lands would end up in possession of the rich--as in Montana and elsewhere--and "No Trespassing" signs would go up everywhere. One of the great blessings of living in the west is that a person can stop just about anywhere and walk in any direction he wants. My first trip to New England showed me the value of what I had back home. There, in the rural areas I was restricted to roads, period, fences everywhere; no way was I allowed to hike up to a hilltop I could see.
I worked for the BLM in Oregon for a time. The problem I saw was that the employees considered the land as publicly OWNED, and they felt that they had every right to restrict public access--so they blocked forest roads indiscriminately, for example, and only opened them up again after near-violent protest from the locals. Government agencies in the wide-open spaces have a history of encroaching and even bullying ranchers and others--hence the recent calamities in Oregon and Nevada.
Anyway, Keep Federally-ADMINISTERED lands in public control, and open to the public!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: coldoc, 1/11/2018 12:00:22 PM     (No. 11506887)

Anything that diminishes the influence/power of the federal government (excluding defense and its necessary fund raising) sounds good to me.

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