Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is under fire from environmental groups because of his decision to sell the so-called “Christmas Mountains” which abut Big Bend National Park in far west Texas. Patterson rightly believes that the land will be better utilized (and better protected) by private owners. Better, selling the land not only brings in new non-coercive revenues but eliminates a cost. This is a win-win for taxpayers.

Which, of course, makes it completely untenable to those who believe government should own, manage or regulate every blade of grass.

It’s not like the 9,000-acre site has always been in government hands. In fact, the land was donated to the state in 1991 by a group of “conservationists.” According to today’s Fort Worth Star Telegram, the land commissioner at the time took the land and said it would always be with the government.

SIDE NOTE: This is why you should be wary of long-term promises made by any politician, no matter how much you want to believe them! 

Let’s hope Commissioner Patterson stands firm on principle, and works to return the land to private ownership.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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