brilliant plan, shitheel
|Binro the Heretic |
I had to look this story up.
Apparently, this Cliven Bundy guy is a millionaire who doesn't want to pay fees for his grazing his cattle on federal land. He hasn't paid for almost 20 years.
When the feds stepped in and seized the cattle, a bunch of Bundy's shit-kicking neighbors swooped in to defend him because "GUVMINT BAD!"
And the feds didn't feel like shooting a bunch of dolts over money, so they backed off. I'm sure the assholes are crowing about this great victory, but I can't help but feel a sense of foreboding on their behalf.
I've been following this story pretty closely from both sides of the political spectrum.
Much of the response to the BLM "backing down" from the Left has been pretty disgraceful. It's almost like they wanted another Ruby Ridge or Waco. These are land management bureaucrats and service workers, not heavily armed SWAT teams. This was a pretty routine clearance of illegally grazing cattle, and they gave the guy 20 years to stop doing it.
The response from the Right has been nothing short of hilarious. Conservatives that are smart enough to understand that this is a property rights issue are like "Uh, this is kind of embarrassing to us" while the Ron Paultards are all "REVOLUTION! HOW DARE YOU INSULT THE PEOPLE WHO PUT FOOD ON YOUR PLATES!" Seeing them fight on Facebook has been a true joy to behold.
Here's the unglamorous ending to this tale of redneck stupidity: This man will spend his dying days fighting Federal courts. There will be a hold on his assets. He will be sued. Nobody needs to shoot a single bullet. He'll never be able to take his cattle to market. His children will sell the ranch. Case closed.
Binro the Heretic
Ah, that's what that sense of foreboding was.
I knew they had other ways to deal with the guy, I was just too fucking lazy to look them up.
Executive Order 12548 -- Grazing Fees
February 14, 1986
"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, and in order to provide for establishment of appropriate fees for the grazing of domestic livestock on public rangelands, it is ordered as follows:
Section 1. Determination of Fees. The Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior are directed to exercise their authority, to the extent permitted by law under the various statutes they administer, to establish fees for domestic livestock grazing on the public rangelands which annually equals the .23 base established by the 1966 Western Livestock Grazing Survey multiplied by the result of the Forage Value Index (computed annually from data supplied by the Statistical Reporting Service) added to the Combined Index (Beef Cattle Price Index minus the Prices Paid Index) and divided by 100; provided, that the annual increase or decrease in such fee for any given year shall be limited to not more than plus or minus 25 percent of the previous year's fee, and provided further, that the fee shall not be less than .35 per animal unit month.
Sec. 2. Definitions. As used in this Order, the term:
(a) ``Public rangelands'' has the same meaning as in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978 (Public Law 95 - 514);
(b) ``Forage Value Index'' means the weighted average estimate of the annual rental charge per head per month for pasturing cattle on private rangelands in the 11 Western States (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and California) (computed by the Statistical Reporting Service from the June Enumerative Survey) divided by .65 and multiplied by 100;
(c) ``Beef Cattle Price Index'' means the weighted average annual selling price for beef cattle (excluding calves) in the 11 Western States (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and California) for November through October (computed by the Statistical Reporting Service) divided by .04 per hundred weight and multiplied by 100; and
(d) ``Prices Paid Index'' means the following selected components from the Statistical Reporting Service's Annual National Index of Prices Paid by Farmers for Goods and Services adjusted by the weights indicated in parentheses to reflect livestock production costs in the Western States: 1. Fuels and Energy (14.5); 2. Farm and Motor Supplies (12.0); 3. Autos and Trucks (4.5); 4. Tractors and Self-Propelled Machinery (4.5); 5. Other Machinery (12.0); 6. Building and Fencing Materials (14.5); 7. Interest (6.0); 8. Farm Wage Rates (14.0); 9. Farm Services (18.0).
Sec. 3. Any and all existing rules, practices, policies, and regulations relating to the administration of the formula for grazing fees in section 6(a) of the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978 shall continue in full force and effect.
Sec. 4. This Order shall be effective immediately.
The White House,
February 14, 1986."
[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:32 a.m., February 18, 1986]
I love the way this video is titled--makes it seem like the opening voiceover to a movie trailer. All it needs is the sound of a record player screeching to a stop afterward.
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