Mike Scarborough

Mike Scarborough

I grew up in Española,leaving there in 1960,spent eight years in the air force, flying as a navigator. Moved to Santa Fe in 1968 when I left the service, graduated from the College of Santa Fe and UNM law school. Served on the Santa Fe city counsel from 1970 to 1974. practiced law for twenty-five years. The passed five years were spent researching and writing "Trespassers on Our Own Land" an oral history about Juan Valdez, a member of the 1960's Alianza and about the political history of land grants in Northern New Mexico which I published recently. The web site can be found at: trespassersonourownland.com And my blog can be found at: trespassersonourownland.blogspot.com Thank everyone here at voces for allowing me to become a member of this great web site. Mike Scarborough
Saturday, 23 June 2012 23:03

Spanish/American War Cartoon


How Manifest Destiny continues to adversely affect the Western States

The following figures reflect the amounts in acreage and percentage of land owned by the federal government in the ten states with the most government land:

State                                         Acreage                                             Percentage

Alaska                                   171.8 million                                             47.0%

Nevada                                   56.1 million                                             79.3%

California                               44.8 million                                             44.7%

Utah                                       33.9 million                                              64.3%

Idaho                                      33.0 million                                              62.3%

Oregon                                   31.8 million                                             51.64%

Arizona                                   31.3 million                                             43.1%

Wyoming                               31.0 million                                              50.0%

New Mexico                          26.2 million                                             33.7%

Montana                                 25.5 million                                             27.3%

Washington                            12.0 million                                             28.0% 

The following figures reflect the amounts in acres and percentage of land owned by the federal government in the eleven states with the least government land:

State                                             Acreage                                             Percentage

Iowa                                         29.6 thousand                                             .08%

Delaware                                 1.9  Thousand                                             .15%

Connecticut                              6.9 thousand                                            .22%

Rhode Island                            3.1 thousand                                             .49%

New York                              196.6 Thousand                                            .64%

Kansas                                   349.7 thousand                                             .67%

Maine                                    193.2 thousand                                             .97%

Nebraska                              514.9 thousand                                            1.05%

Ohio                                      279.6 thousand                                            1.07%

Massachusetts                      52.1 thousand                                            1.04%

Texas                                        2.0 million                                                  1.2%

Is it any wonder that the Western States are so poor? Consider how much better off we would be if the government only controlled one percent of the land in these states. Severence Tax revenues? Property tax revenues? Other income syphoned off by the federal government which is unavailable to our states during the past 100 years?

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