So President Bush is looking to make some cash for an ailing economy that's been deficit spending for something like 70 years? Well I suppose selling expensive public land would help, but I don't think it's going to make a huge difference. The land selected for sale is apparently not important pieces of national parks or wildlife preserves, but simply the idea of selling land to private consumers that was once that of a national park makes it seem like an act of desperation. The money that is made and will be made from the maintenance savings is substantial, but when you play it beside the national deficict and the great amount of spending on things like the war in Iraq, it doesn't seem like it will matter much. Another thing to consider, could this be considered a step toward an even greater level of privatization in the United States? How much public land is the United States government willing to give up in the next 20-50 years? No one wants to see national parks disappear to private landholders, but who should really decide how much public land is enough?