The yuppies who think they know something about “public” lands are at it again.
They want to raise the grazing fees on the 87% of the land in Nevada that happens to be owned by the Federal Government.
Astonishingly,this time,the BLM is on the side of the people;and by that,I mean us. You and me.
Here’s a question for you.
If it costs a rancher more to graze cattle on “our” land,what do you think is going to happen to the price of beef? Do you think it might go up?
Yet Katie Fite,who is the “biodiversity director” (whatever the hell that is) of the Western Watersheds Project (whatever the hell that is) says that we ought to raise that fee because it is unrealistically low.
The Government,which shouldn’t own the land in the first place,should charge more to use the land so we can produce food so our cost of food should go up.
Why,that’s the same thing as saying that we should tax oil at a higher level so . . . never mind.
Fortunately,even the Obama Administration understands that actually raising the cost of food could trigger a whole lot of unpleasant consequences up to and including food riots that the President doesn’t want to deal with while all of his other chickens are coming home to roost.
Who are these people?
Well,like most “conservationists” or “environmentalists”,they seem to believe that man simply isn’t part of the ecology. That we shouldn’t be able to eat,have modern conveniences,and motorized transportation because while we may be God’s most advanced creature,our opposing thumbs don’t give us the privilege of using the land on which we live.
In short,these people are luddites. (If you are under 40 and went to a public school,google it.)
Meanwhile,they have forgotten something. That land doesn’t belong to them. They’re not the stewards of our future. Their concept of ranching being “damaging” to the land is ludicrous.
They are as dumb as the global warming people.
Think about it. If global warming is such a terrible thing,then Al Gore and his ilk must long for a return to having a glacier at the corner of Tropicana and the Strip. (Although I might point out with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek that it would be very difficult to have a car to car shootout on a glacier.) They could rename the MGM Grand the Ice Palace.
By the same logic,the Western Watersheds Project would also like a return of the 30-foot meat-eating Allosaurus to our territory. It became extinct about 65-million years ago,but we’re guessing that’s something the Western Watersheds Project cannot blame on today’s ranchers.
I’ve read much of the mumbo jumbo on their web site,and I have yet to figure out what these people are actually for;but it is easy to figure out what they are against. They are against everything that feeds us efficiently.
Again,fortunately,even the Obama Administration—despite the base tendencies of its leadership—seems to understand that taking an action that will clearly raise food prices is a non-starter. But not raising the grazing fee has not stopped the Federal Government from curtailing grazing allotments because it doesn’t seem to matter who is in office;these folks have infiltrated both the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture,and the attitude of the Western Watersheds Project is well represented in the bureaucracy.
If our Western Congressional delegation really wants to do the nation a service,when it is budget time,the members of the House (where all spending bills start) need to actually pay attention to what they are funding in Interior and Agriculture.