That last paragraph down there is along the lines of something that, to me, seems to be a ‘feature’ not a ‘bug’.

Looking at these sites it’s a little strange to me that there’s many that ‘just happened’ to contain vast mineral and other resources. Knowing that the national debt is impossible to repay, it just walks and quacks like a duck to me that what might happen, when the U.S. finally gets to the point of being unable to service the debt and the markers are presented for payment (and U.S.$ not being wanted) is that the government will  – ‘reluctantly forced by circumstances’ –  repeal the law that forbids their sale. However the truth will be that they’re simply handed over to whoever is holding the Treasury debt. The word ‘collateral’ coming to mind.
But, that’s just me and my cynical side.

Trump criticizes Obama’s ‘abusive practice’ of monument law, orders review

President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to review national monument designations by his three predecessors, taking specific aim at Barack Obama‘s protections.

Obama placed 265 million acres under the control of the federal government, more land than any previous president. The designations ranged from underwater canyons and mountains off Cape Cod, Mass., to the vast Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean.

“The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water, and it’s time we ended this abusive practice,” Trump said at the signing at the Interior Department.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will review two dozen monuments created over the past 21 years by Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. That includes two protections in Utah where the state’s Republican-led lawmakers want to revoke the monument status for sites believed to hold fossil fuel resources.