If you watch or read more normal news sources you may have seen some limited coverage of this developing story in Nevada. If you check the “news” sources of the right wing(nuts) you most certainly have.
Clive Bundy is a rancher in Clark County, NV, who grazes his nearly 1,000 head herd of cattle on BLM (public) lands. A common enough thing in the west- where like so many other destructive industries the federal government gives away land at “fees” far, far below the going commercial rate (often at what amounts to a loss).
But of course Mr. Bundy believes he has some god given right to the land, and has refused to pay even the below cost fee of $1.35 per head per month for 20 years. So after many, many years of legal battles, and issues more recently including protections of the endangered desert tortoise, the Feds have moved in to seize the cattle and forcibly remove them from public lands. With claims that Bundy owes taxpayers somewhere between $300K and $1 million in back fees.
And of course the articles and reader comments on the right wing nut “news” sources are calling- whether thinly veiled or openly, for confrontation and violence.
Anyone who is paying attention already knows that the red states whine and moan about “government handouts” such as social safety net programs. And know that hypocritically the red states already take far more from the federal government then they put in.
And here again we have a shining example of hypocrisy. Someone who is offered an unfair business advantage, a handout from the federal government/taxpayers to be able to graze their cattle at rates far below market fees. Someone who refuses to pay even these heavily taxpayer subsidized fees insisting they have some sole right to the lands held in trust for ALL americans. (and let us not forget- for generations the federal government, ie, us taxpayers have been giving these handouts to traditionally republican industries- lumber, mining, oil and gax extraction, cattle ranching, agriculture).
I am not sure which is more disturbing here- the general hypocrisy at the root of all this, or the calls for militias and armed violence in this case. Time will tell how this plays out.