But Why Would Canada Pay $1 Trillion For Montana?


There’s a fun little petition over at Change.org – why not sell Montana to Canada to pay down the national debt? The observant will have noted more than just the one problem with this of course:

Montana should be sold to Canada to help pay off some of the U.S.’s national debt, according to a petition on Change.org. Ian Hammond, the petition creator, wants to sell The Treasure State to the nation’s neighbor to the north for $1 trillion.

The petition itself is here:

Sell Montana to Canada for $1 Trillion to eliminate the national debt

Well, yes, except the national debt is actually $22 trillion. Meaning we’d have to sell near half of all the states to pay off that debt. Seems a bit excessive as a cure for the desire of politicians to spend more than we’re willing to pay in taxes.

There’s also this:

We have too much debt and Montana is useless. Just tell them it has beavers or something.

All obviously and entirely true.

However, here’s the really major problem here. Why would Canada be willing to pay $1 trillion for Montana? It’s not as if the more northern place is short of stunning scenery or anything, is it? Or, to put the same thing another way, doesn’t have enough useless wilderness?

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Surely selling California to Mexico would be a better proposition.
Beats giving it away which appears to be the current plan.