This is an excerpt from my February column in the Stockman, which should be published any day now.
Donald Trump recently said he was totally against transferring federal lands to the states. In an interview with the editor of Outdoor Life Trump had the following to say: “I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do. I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble? And I don’t think it’s something that should be sold. We have to be great stewards of this land.… And the hunters do such a great job—I mean, the hunters and the fishermen and all of the different people that use that land.”
The idea the only way something can be “great” is for it to be owned by the feds is scary to me. And besides, wouldn’t that also apply to Hotels & Casinos?
Ben Carson says, "I think it's ridiculous that the government owns so much land and that we should enact a program whereby we gradually begin to restore that land to the states," while acknowledging, "we can't do it all in one fell swoop because they wouldn't be able to afford it."
Ted Cruz says, "I think it is completely indefensible that the federal government is America's largest landlord." “I believe we should transfer as much federal land as possible back to the states and ideally back to the people," said Cruz, making exceptions for national parks and military bases. "If I am elected president, we have never had a president who is as vigorously committed to transferring as much federal land as humanely possible back to the states and back to the people," said Cruz.