Monday, February 29, 2016

Donald Trump on Federal Lands

In an interview with Field and Stream Magazine, Donald Trump accidentally revealed his understanding of Federalism, by declaring that states would not know how to best manage land which ought to be under their own sovereignty.

As the graphic displays, the federal usurpation of state sovereignty via federal property management is not a big issue on the East side of Manhattan, or frankly East of the Mississippi. But in Nevada, 83% of the state is federally controlled.  Based upon Trump's assertion, the Federal government should be in charge.  

In contrast, Senator Ted Cruz advocates devolving federal control of public land in the West to states. Guess that Cruz trust the people to wisely exercise their sovereignty rather than spotty federal oversight. 

Hope that no one thinks that Trump respects Federalism or will shake things in Washington up to have smaller government 

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