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Hey, Cliven Bundy, thanks!

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

He’s a racist, he’s a bully, he’s an anarchist! But Cliven Bundy has unwittingly done American taxpayers a favor – he has let you in on an issue that most people aren’t aware of: livestock grazing on federal land. Much of the current land owned by the federal government was acquired from England, France, Spain, and other countries after the American Revolution. Congress directed that the territories be explored, surveyed, and made available for settlement. Some of the land was sold or given to various interests including homesteaders, railroads, mining companies, and Indian tribes. Over time, the remaining public lands were viewed as valuable resources to be managed in a way that “will best meet the present and future needs of the American people.” This included leasing the lands to ranchers for grazing privileges. However, according to the Western...

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