Largest Landowner In The United States: The Federal Government

How much land do you think the Federal Government owns?  10 million acres?  100 million acres?

Try 650 million acres

How much is too much land for the federal government?  What about 84.5% of Nevada?  Or 69.1% of Alaska?  Or 45% of California?  If that sounds ridiculous…that is because it is!

The Federal Government owns over 30% of all of the land in the United States…

We can argue over the merits of the different uses of this land, including defense bases, national parks, Indian reservations, or testing grounds, but we cannot argue over the fact that the land is being badly mismanaged.  According to the GAO, the Federal Government owns over 55,000 buildings that are barely being used at all.  If the government were to sell these buildings, they could yield up to $96 billion immediately, and would save millions of dollars a year in maintenance costs, while generating billions of dollars in additional taxes to the people who purchase and use the buildings.

$96 Billion is equivalent to almost $1,000 for every household in the country!

The Federal Government needs to refocus themselves on doing their primary jobs:  Running the government, and keeping our families safe.  While many of us believe that the total size of government should shrink, there are still a lot of folks who think big government is good government.  I would like my followers to go ask these big government fans the following question:

“Would you rather own 55,557 useless buildings…or $96 Billion Dollars?”

Follow that question up with:

“Do you still believe that the Federal Government knows how to spend your money better than you do?”

Please post the answers you get in the comment section so that we can all share the logic they use to defend the government’s position.  Thanks folks!


About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on September 2, 2012, in Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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