"Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts."
--Gerald O'Hara (Gone With The Wind)
Map showing the fraction of state land that is owned by the federal government. Fed land ownership is concentrated in the west.
Professor Williams has suggested that the federal government could give this land away to citizens in exchange for making good on entitlement promises that otherwise cannot be kept.
Interesting idea. Another idea is to simply sell it and use the proceeds to pay down federal debt.