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Feds have too much land

I supported Rep. Matt Shea’s trip to Nevada. The federal government and many local municipalities are increasingly using eminent domain to confiscate property from citizens in order to increase tax revenues, or other uses at the expense of the homeowner.

Shea’s trip was not necessarily to support Cliven Bundy, but in support of all citizens’ property rights and to protect us from a government bureaucracy out of control. The federal government controls huge quantities of land in the West and pays no property tax or other forms of revenue to the states.

The question we should all be asking is: “Why does the federal government need all this land, and why should it not cede the land back to the sovereign states for the rightful use of the citizens of that state?”

Ray Vansant

Spokane Valley


 

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