even if Bundy HAD paid his fees., he was still being subsidized with our tax dollars. the grazing fees on public lands is far far below market rates...the black folks give Bundy the finger....
Guess What, Cliven Bundy? Your Nevada Ranch Is Also Getting a ‘Government Subsidy’
How about leaving “the Negro” out of your half-baked manifesto, Mr. Bundy? If you refuse to pay for your herd to graze on government land, you’re the one on welfare.
Put aside, for a moment, the fact that he’s apparently weighing the relative merits of human bondage. What’s also galling is that Bundy’s a guy currently involved in an armed standoff with law enforcement over his unpaid use of federal land to graze his cattle, and he’s the one referring to “the Negro” being “on government subsidy.”
To say the least, it’s an ill-considered riff that puts the vintage, now almost quaint, Tea Party rallying cry,“keep your government hands off my Medicare,” to shame.
Bundy, of course, is the beneficiary of a huge subsidy—making a living, in part, off of cattle ranching on federal land, while refusing to pay over a million dollars in grazing fees, being in arrears, and then threatening to shoot federal agents after they first took him to court, then couldn’t collect and then tried to repo the cattle, which, I’ll just add one more time, were on federal land.
Even the most stalwart defenders of the rancher’s cause, like Powerline’s John Hinderaker, have conceded that “legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on.” And even the most ardent opponents of government assistance would concede—whether it’s the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s SNAP program, providing food stamps that help families make ends meet, or the USDA’s MILC program, which creates price supports that let dairy farmers keep the price of milk artificially high—that at least most government beneficiaries are getting their benefits legally.
By contrast, Bundy took his at the point of a gun.
Bundy's entire way of life is subsidized...