The federal government still owns most of Idaho, but may own slightly less than in the past.  Not sure how that would happen but 247wallstreet.com tells us the distant bureaucrats still hold a lot of western real estate.  Click on this link for some of the details. 

When the environmentalists argue we need to preserve Idaho, Nevada and Utah, why isn’t the same principle applied to New England, the Middle Atlantic and the Deep South?

It has always struck me as rather obvious the federal government owns very little land in the regions where most of the administrators live or lived before government work.  Maybe we can excuse this by saying there aren’t many people living in the Mountain West and areas of the Great Basin.  Therefore it makes sense, although.  Perhaps more people would live here if there wasn’t so much federal interference in our lives.

When the environmentalists argue we need to preserve Idaho, Nevada and Utah, why isn’t the same principle applied to New England, the Middle Atlantic and the Deep South?

Or why is a smaller percentage of Alaska owned by federal overlords than Idaho?  Yes, it’s much larger and total acreage exceeds Idaho, but Alaska’s population is likely never going to exceed the number of people living here.

The Forest Service is the largest of the many federal land owners in Idaho, with 20.4 million acres.  Still, it's far less than half of the total holdings in the state by a far-away centralized government.  I would have a more positive view if we had more Idahoans getting a check for working government property.  Yet, the figure is less than two percent of the state’s total workforce.

I’ve argued these issues with some callers.  They claim if the government left and we were left to handle our own affairs, we would despoil the land.

First, this suggests some distant team of bureaucrats has overcome human nature while we remain in a primitive form. Two, why isn’t the same standard applied in Maine.  It’s a lovely place with a tiny federal footprint.  The state’s residents haven’t regressed to pagan savagery because of a lack of control from Washington, D.C.

Ultimately, the surest way to bring this to an end is to assert our citizenship and our sovereignty.  It needs a united front, politically and with our neighboring states on board.