BLM claims that Cliven Bundy, the notorious Nevada rancher, owes $1.1 million in grazing fees, but they aren’t saying how they arrived at the figure. Given that they regularly collect from Oregon ranchers, the figure seems pretty questionable.
The BLM’s public pronouncement about the debt led to head scratching among Oregon cattle ranchers, puzzled how one rancher could rack up and then evade such a debt. The BLM, which manages about one-fourth of Oregon’s acreage, diligently collects fees from ranchers around the state. The total outstanding debt from Oregon ranchers in April was $18,759.
BLM officials, however, have repeatedly refused to document the basis for their $1.1 million claim and initially wouldn’t say a word about its attempts to collect the debt. The agency’s stature earned another black eye last week from the Nevada sheriff who initially agreed to help BLM gather up Bundy’s cattle.
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said in interviews with Las Vegas newspapers last week that the BLM lied to him about circumstances of the cattle roundup. He said agency officials told him Bundy’s sons weren’t in the area when in fact they were. He said he was told the agency had a place to store the cattle when it didn’t. His office this week said it didn’t dispute the published accounts of the interviews.
All told, something about the BLM actions doesn’t as yet ring true. To quote Festus, from the old “Gunsmoke” shows: “I ain’t saying they’re lyin’, I’m sayin’ it ‘pears like theyre lyin'”. Actually, according to the Sheriff, that’s exactly what they’ve been doing.
What a conundrum, what with the conflicting stories and all. Who to believe – an agency presently run by the Obama administration, or the local Sheriff and Oregon ranchers? That’s a tough call, for sure. Well, let’s look at what some of the other agencies under Obama are doing:
“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza. “This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.”
Spokesman Garza continued, “We do not know who these people are, we often have to solely rely on who they say they are, where they say they came from, and the history they say they have. We know nothing about most of them, ICE releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce themselves.”
That’s kind of special; while TSA is groping grannies and checking photo IDs of American citizens, a special class of non-citizen gets to board the same airliner by just waving a piece of paper, according to the National Border Patrol Council’s Hector Garza. The Border Patrol objects to the decision by DHS to just turn ’em loose like this on several grounds, not the least of which is the fact that we don’t actually know who they are and there’s no way to track them.
Welp, that’s just another step in the “fundamental transformation” of America.