Petition: Sell Montana to Canada to erase $1T in debt petition seeks 15K signatures

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A petition is gathering attention for its solution to chipping away at the country's $22 trillion national debt: sell Montana to Canada for $1 trillion.


The petition attracted nearly 11,000 signatures as of midday Wednesday, with a goal of reaching 15,000. The petition’s author, Ian Hammond, merely states, “We have too much debt and Montana is useless. Just tell them it has beavers or something.


The petition has raised the ire of the Great Fall Tribune of Montana, prompting a pointed editorial. Among the questions the editorial imposed was “No. 1: How dare you?” as well as “What do Americans do about the other $20 trillion in national debt? $1 trillion would only cover a year's federal deficit (projected to be $985 billion in 2019)” and “Does Canada have an extra trillion?


Hammond didn’t indicate what he was going to do with the petition once it reached its 15,000 signature goal.

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