Comment: Really good points, Smudge

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Really good points, Smudge

I've always found American Indian perspective on land ownership (and many other things, actually) interesting and hard to argue with.

I understand the logic that if someone developes a piece of land (builds a home on it, plants crops, etc.) that no one else is using, he has a right to hold it and sell it to someone else based on improvements he's made.

What I don't understand is federal and state govt. holding and fencing off the great majority of land in this country, causing scarcity and keeping real estate prices out of the reach of many people. If the entire world population can comfortably habitate the state of TX (which, supposedly it could), what's the deal with govt. land hoarding?

P.S. Sorry I won't get a chance to try that tasty elf. ;-)