I’ve been following the Bundy ranch story for a few days (per the many posts here), but I hadn’t realized just how clearcut the dispute is. I almost can’t believe that the Teahadists have made this a hill to die on:
For decades, Cliven Bundy’s cattle have grazed on land near his Nevada ranch. But in 1993, the Bureau of Land Management increased its restrictions on grazing — in part to protect the then-endangered desert tortoise — and required Bundy to pay a fee if he wanted to keep grazing on federal land.
But Bundy simply refused to pay, and kept his cattle grazing there anyway. (He decided to submit a check to the county government instead, in protest of the feds, but the county returned it because of lack of jurisdiction.) In response, the federal government fined him, and he wouldn’t pay that either. He now owes $1 million in unpaid fees and fines, according to the BLM.
The case wound through various courts for 20 years, and Bundy has lost several times, but refused to comply with court orders to remove his cattle from the government lands.
The guy’s just been mooching off the federal teat for 20 years, refusing to pay the fees that others map to have their graze on federal land. Now, the government is trying to make him pay. I understand DIRTY HIPPIES LOVE DESERT TORTOISES, but he’s not being evicted, just forced to pay a fee to use land he doesn’t own.