Standard Republican public contracting innovation, familiar to us all since Reagan and then W (via Republican Congressional initiative) removed the old-fashioned New Deal liberal regulations and red tape that formerly - however inadequately - curbed abuses. The open market is not the only measure of the fraud. Ryan Zinke just issued an edict granting the Polymet mine - a proposed hardrock heavy metal mine to be operated just upstream of the Saint Louis River, with tailings and waste processing ponds installed in the Boundary Waters flowage a few miles from the most popular entry points - full authority to proceed. These minerals are public resources, as is Lake Superior and the freshwater landscape of the BWCA (and Quetico - this could go international if bad things happen), but Polymet's price for extraction privileges and ownership of them does not reflect the cost of protecting the surrounding landscape and the public welfare. That burden will be either undertaken voluntarily by Polymet (subject to some loophole - ridden and always alterable regulations that may or may not be enforced), or fall to the taxpayer of the future. When Social Security and Medicare are privatized, joining the military and various aspects of national security and intelligence operations, that is how it will happen. Why is that suddenly an issue now, with this horrible and long-overdue-to-be-good-riddance statue?