CMV: The whole Bundy Ranch thing going on in Nevada isn't really about the government takeover of land to use for nefarious purposes but about a rancher who doesn't like change and refuses to pay grazing rights on public land that isn't his. (self.changemyview)
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Now to start off, I'm completely against federal government being involved in local business. And I love a great conspiracy theory as much as the next guy but this whole Bundy Ranch thing is getting convoluted. Basically, from what I've gathered, this guys' family has had this ranch for generations and used the land adjacent to their ranch (which they do not own) as grazing ground for their cattle. That was all fine until public property laws started popping up. The state started making his family pay grazing fees for their cattle grazing on land they didn't technically own. They were ok with this. It was controlled by the local government at that time. Then came about the federal establishment, Bureau of Land Management. Now how they were given justification, if at all, over this public property that Bundy's cattle graze on I have no idea. But apparently it wasn't an issue at first because Bundy had started making his annual grazing fees to them without issue. Then apparently around 20 years ago he had an issue with BLM that I'm unclear on other than he said they were "managing him out of business" and decided to stop paying grazing fees. He says he's made attempts to pay the state of Nevada the grazing fees but they refuse to take it, which makes sense if it's a federally controlled thing now. So for ~20 years they let him continue to use land that wasn't his without paying his grazing fees. So now I know about the endangered tortoise ploy as well as the Chinese energy company solar panel field conspiracy and Sen. Reid and his son's involvement. There may be some ulterior motive, I'm not saying there isn't, involved in this land deal for the solar panels but there have been at least one report that the projected area for the solar panel field doesn't even come into either the Bundy Ranch nor the contested land this whole dispute is about: http://polizeros.com/2014/04/12/harry-reid-son-plan-solar-power-near-bundy-ranch/?utmsource=feedburner&utmmedium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PoliticsInTheZeros+(Politics+in+the+Zeros).
And the tortoise thing? Could be explained as an easy (albeit unethical) way of getting federal involvement into this issue faster.
TL;DR Bundy rancher is being stubborn and everything else is tin foil hat brigade material.
71 comments submitted at 19:32:45 on Apr 13, 2014 by drykul