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Whiskey & Wry — US debt

42. Riding high over the fiscal cliff

Congress giving away billions in national lands! Toads falling in plague swathsfrom the lightning-streaked sky! Mayan temples cracking open to disgorge clouds of ancient killer bees! ANDY DICK TO STAR IN YET ANOTHER 'INSPECTOR GADGET' SEQUEL! These and other made-up, apocalyptic headlines accompanied this article in the Guardian. The column highlights a plan by the often-worthy-of-derision Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to "give away Americans' birthright" in the form of federal land. "Republicans have overwritten the value of federal lands, easing the path to disposing of federal property even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable...

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