The constitution is quite clear on what land the federal government is allowed to own.
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
Michelle Malkin reports on Alaska and Utah suing the Obama Administration because they are trying to take even more land, not with statutory authority or even review by the affected states.
The truth of the matter is, once a state becomes a state, it is no longer lawful for the federal government to own any land in that state, except for that land which the state legislature permits. Even if the federal government does own land, it can only be owned for the purpose of “Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings”. Leaving the land empty in the name of a federal park is not for the purpose of building anything.
The federal government can raise vast sums of money if it simply sold the land it shouldn’t own in the first place. This land could be sold to the states (Alaska and Utah running a surplus), which the states could then use to build parks or reserves, or to the people themselves, with the states collecting sales tax on the land sale.
When you look at a map that shows which land is owned by the federal government and which land is owned by the states or the people, it’s quite clear that the land tyranny is how the East keeps its thumbs on the western United States. By not allowing us to expand and to fill our states, they limit our economic possibility, limit our tax base, and limit our very freedom to enjoy our land the way we see fit.
One day, I’ll talk about how most of the western states should be broken up into several states, to mirror that in the East. The Puget Sound region, for instance, should be a state independence of eastern Washington. It would be in both our best interests.