For years, the Republican Party has made the phrase about the “makers and takers” their political platform. They always cite people on food stamps, welfare, WIC, Medicaid and the working poor at the “takers”. Then, they turn around and tell everyone that the “makers” are those who are paying those poverty level wages.
We have discussed several times the fact that major corporations in this country pay little or no taxes. They receive millions of dollars in subsidies from the government. The very infrastructure they depend on is funded by tax dollars they don’t pay. And the list goes on and on. However, the right-wing has found itself a new hero to fall back on. Our friends over at the Foreign Owned Xenophobic news network even calls him a hero. When in fact, he has been stealing from the Federal Government and American Taxpayers for 20 years and should be put in jail!
Of course I am talking about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Mr. Bundy is a rancher in Nevada with a somewhat sizable herd of cattle. Problem is his land is not big enough to maintain his herd. Therefore, Mr. Bundy uses Public Owned Land to allow his cattle to graze on. The Bureau of Land Management allows ranchers to utilize public land for grazing as long as the rancher pays a grazing fee. Seems everyone in the area pays the grazing fee except Mr. Bundy.
He claims the government does not have the right to charge him the fees. He says he does not “recognize” the governments right to the fees or even owning the land. As a result, Mr. Bundy has NOT paid his grazing fees for 20 years. He currently owes the Federal Government approximately $1.1 million dollars in back fees.
The government has tried to deal with Mr. Bundy in court and administratively to no avail. Recently, they received a court order that allowed them to confiscate Mr. Bundy’s herd and sell it off to settle his debt. Of course, Mr. Bundy started the bullshit of screaming how the government is overreaching and that he is just a “patriot” trying to make a living. Naturally, other wackos, mostly from out-of-state showed up last Saturday, armed to the teeth, to “take back Mr. Bundy’s herd”.
After a very tense standoff, the BLM backed down and allowed Mr. Bundy to remove his cattle. They didn’t want to get into a shooting match with the well-armed militia nuts who showed up. The showdown is far from over. The BLM says it will “continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” though Bundy still doesn’t recognize federal authority over the federal lands that he continues to use in violation of a court order. The federal judge who issued that decision says Bundy’s claims “are without merit.”
That order from October 2013 says Bundy owes $200 per day per head for every day he fails to move his cattle. That amounts to roughly $640 million in damages owed to the federal government for illegally grazing his cattle. Can anyone say felony?
This is the face of the right-wing’s “makers”! A rancher who decides which laws he will follow, and which he won’t. He makes money off of selling cattle that he feeds illegally on public lands stealing from the American People. Their mouthpiece, FOX news, calls Mr. Bundy a “patriot and hero”. I call Mr. Bundy a common criminal!
Mr. Bundy even backs up his claim by stating that his ancestors have been working the land since the 1800s. Okay, but what about those Native American Tribes who worked the land and lived there for hundreds of years before Mr. Bundy’s ancestors ever saw the land? Oh yeah, they aren’t white are they. Guess in Mr. Bundy’s mind that means they don’t count!
There has always been conflict between ranchers in “sagebrush country” and the government. There probably will always be conflict. But showing up and threatening to shoot the wranglers who were hired to carry out a court order is not patriotism, it is anarchy! So why should the right and their mouthpiece FOX news support such behavior? Because it stirs up the hatred that they want. The party of “pure evil” I wrote about yesterday wants anarchy. That is their whole game plan to seize power.
The next time you hear one of the Republicans talk about the “makers”, you should picture Mr. Bundy. This “maker” is a thief and “taker”. That is what the Republicans support. All the while they talk about gutting social safety nets, they want to allow thieves like Mr. Bundy to continue stealing from the public and calls him a hero.
It all falls in line with their true motto: “Steal from the poor and give it to the rich”! Bet that would look good on a bumper sticker!