Comment: Yessir

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That should be a top priority. Not only could we free up all that unused land (and other assets) for productive development, but we could pay off some of the debt.

My day-dream actually is to slash federal spending to $400 billion annually and default on the debt. Then sell off almost all federal assets (upwards of $6 trillion: see above), using the proceeds to 1) compensate American treasury holders to the tune of about $.25 on the dollar, 2) buy-out fired federal employees for 25% of the present value of their retirements, and, 3) we'd still have enough left over for a five-year 100% tax holiday.

How's that for a deep-fried slice of gold?

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