, Maddus Mattus wrote

*snip*

And the US for some reason cannot sell it's own natural resources?

Curious,...

I do not know the numbers, but Canada's government spending budget is likely 20% of the US. But what it gets for selling its timber and hydro, minerals and oil is likely equal to what the US receives. Just guessing, but it makes sense that Canada gets a much higher percentage of its government revenue from its sale of natural resources than the US does.