According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), rancher Bundy has been grazing his cattle on federally-owned lands for many decades now and has not paid the government any grazing fees. The BLM estimates that Mr. Bundy owes the federal government over one million dollars in fees. Unable to collect those fees, the BLM decided to ride in, confiscate Mr. Bundy’s cows, and essentially throw the Bundy family off land that they had been using since the 1800’s. Now, if you take this story at face value, you just might decide that Bundy is a dead-beat who is ripping off the American taxpayers—you know, the folks who are indeed the rightful owners of that land since it is federal land.
The BLM did indeed come onto the land and gather up Bundy’s cows, which immediately ignited a firestorm that had Bundy’s neighbors and associates running to his side to face off with the BLM. The BLM countered by moving in equipment, command posts, weapons, and a force of over 200, including snipers who were strategically placed should their use be necessary. The BLM also made the command decision that people could exercise their First Amendment rights only in areas they designated as “free speech zones”—sounding a bit like the book 1984 at this point. These moves did not seem to deter the Bundy faction and the face-off continued to escalate with confrontations and some minor injuries. Bundy and company were not backing down even in the face of federal force.
The action stopped on April 12th when the BLM decided to pack up and move out. Prior to leaving, they also returned the Bundy cattle. Looking on, the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief, realizing how close this situation had come to escalating into one of needless bloodshed as the federal department strong-armed and bullied its way around the state of Nevada. This one had ended without violence—we could only hope that in the future the federal government would exercise its legal muscle in the courtroom rather than make a show of force with an agency that should not be in the force business at all. One begins to wonder if all agencies of the federal government are taking on the role of “jack-booted thugs” to carry out the desires of this administration. Regardless, cooler heads had prevailed and it was over.
Well, that was what we thought about the situation at that point. Then, another voice entered the fray, one that was not unexpected by a lot of people. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, the distinguished senior senator from Nevada, showed up just long enough to declare that the situation with Bundy was “not over,” leaving us all to wonder what would happen next, short of pursuing court action. Remember, the original claim here by the BLM was that Bundy’s cattle were destroying the habitat of the Desert Tortoise, a protected species that has flourished so successfully that federal officials are now euthanizing them to thin their population. Senator from Nevada or not, what did Harry Reid have to do with the function of the BLM?
That fog began to clear a bit when a Reuters News Service report emerged stating:
“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an
If you are wondering what “well below” means in the above quote, ENN is attempting to purchase the land from Clarke County Nevada for a price of $4.5 million dollars. That figure represents less than an eighth of the land’s assessed value of $38.6 million dollars. So let’s see if we have this right—Reid’s son is leading the way on a fantastic land grab on behalf of the Chinese--all in the name of solar energy—while using the muscle of the Bureau of Land Management to rid the land of the people who are paying to use it and have been since the 1800’s. You might also note that the Chinese are not making their offer to the federal government to buy the land. The horse-trading is going on between Clark County and the Chinese. How is it that the BLM or any other federal entity, Harry Reid included, have a place at the table? Could this be part of the scheme cooked up by Reid to allow the Chinese to convert their $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt to an equity basis in the USA? Sounds pretty solid to me.
If this is indeed the case, it is simply further confirmation that the Obama Administration is quietly selling China a stake in the USA. Back in January of 2013, the Obama Administration allowed the Chinese to acquire holdings in the oil and natural gas market when China Offshore Oil Corporation purchased a part of 600,000 acres in south Texas. That company is an energy giant and is also “state-owned,” meaning that it is controlled by the Chinese government. This is a direct reversal of the policies under the Bush Administration, when, citing security concerns, Chinese interests were blocked from acquiring the California-based company Unocal. Apparently, national security is of little concern to the Obama Administration—they don’t mind illegal foot-traffic from Mexico, nor do they fear an infusion of Chinese-owned companies into our country. In some circles, this is called “selling out the American people”.
These are only a few examples of what has taken place in terms of Chinese acquisitions in the USA since Obama took office. Two of China’s largest state-owned or controlled energy giants have, since 2010, acquired $17 billion dollars in oil and natural gas investments within the USA. These investments include entities in Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Those in favor of such investments argue that the Chinese are minority stakeholders, but one can only surmise that the barn door is open to future expansion and control as the Chinese not only move to control energy and energy production in the USA, but also to gain insight into the technologies used. These situations do not bode well for U.S.- based companies or their investors.
So, where is Harry Reid in all of this? What is his interest in the Chinese acquisitions? Some questions are difficult, but these are not. One look at a picture of Harry Reid and one knows immediately that this is a man who is interested in only two things: power and greed. ENN contributed over $40,000 to Reid in campaign donations for his last three election runs. That is the money that we know about under the Freedom of Information Act. We know nothing of any money which might have changed hands under the table, and we are not yet aware of any promises that might have been made by Reid that would inure to his benefit.
There is one thing that we do know for sure, and that is the federal government is playing both sides of the fence with the American people. You might remember that Obama had the government guarantee $535 million dollars in loans for Solyndra, a U.S. solar panel company which went belly-up in bankruptcy, citing its inability to make a profit in the global solar panel market. The Chinese were directly responsible for that situation, having driven the price of solar panels down by almost 50% in just over 15 months. So, let me see if we have this right—we sent Harry Reid and a group of senators on a junket to China in 2011 to stir up business deals in the USA with the Chinese, and then we turned around and used taxpayer dollars to guarantee the loans of a U.S. company that would be devastated by those efforts. Now, there is some real intelligence at work. Actually, this isn’t about intelligence, it is all about power, greed, and manipulation.
I don’t know about you, but in light of the above information, a number of things come to my mind regarding the Nevada confrontation with the Bundy family. I have not seen anything to support the position that Clark County, Nevada had notified Bundy that the land was sold and that he needed to vacate its use. Bundy stated that he was paying grazing fees to Clark County and the county did not dispute that position. If the land indeed is property of Clark County, what authority does the BLM have for policing it? How can Clark County sell the land if the federal courts found in their 1998 ruling that Bundy owed grazing fees to BLM—not Clark County? Why would China—the country that gutted the price on solar panels in just over a year—want to come to the USA and build them considering our higher wage structure? It makes no sense.
One thing you can be sure of—Harry Reid has not entered the picture just to make sure that some 1998 court order is upheld. Reid’s interests in that court order only extends to how it serves his need to remove Bundy and others from the land. Bundy began paying his grazing fees to Clark County in 1993 and Clark County accepted the fees. Now Clark County is involved in discussions to sell that land—where is the lawsuit to stop that if the BLM is indeed in charge? There are some long dead fish stinking up this barrel, fish that have Harry Reid’s name and fingerprints all over them. As Americans, we may have to make a choice: stand by and watch tyranny at work in the federal government as it runs over Bundy and others like him, or get out there in the road and stand with them, saying, Enough is enough, and it stops here!
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