POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:13pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 5:25pm
(KETK) — I have stepped back from talking about the Nevada story because there has been a lot of misinformation reported.
Let me say this, the 65-year old Nevada rancher at the heart of this brawl owes the U.S. government about a million dollars for grazing rights for his cattle for the last 20 years. Although, I read yesterday he thinks he's grand-fathered in and out to be dealing with the state and not the feds. Either way, he is not without sin. But, I cannot believe how the federal government has handled this, and in doing so with heavy-handed tactics, they already lost the public relations war. No matter what the problem was--sending in these officers from the Bureau of Land Management with firearms was ludicris. I mean, they carry pistols, but having them display rifles? What was that all about?
I told you six months ago about federal officers wanting to check an Alaskan mining outfit to make sure the miners were not polluting the waters, so they swooped in with a swat team. A knock on the front door would have been better. All the officers did in Alaska, and now Nevada did, was escalate things.
Why not let the lawyers talk? Lawyers are there to hammer out deals. If the old rancher won't give, then, as Judge Andrew Napolitano said, have the government put a lien against his property for the owed amount. But, to show up with snarling dogs, tasing the ranchers son and having a local official, who was siding with the feds, tell the rancher and his family to make funeral plans? That was sheer stupidity.
Harry Reid says it's not over. Yes, it is. I think the locals there in Nevada and many watching on television have seen this as a line in the sand for a federal government which has grown too big for it's britches. Weaponry shown from the feds, indeed.
That's my point of view what's yours? You can email me at KETKnbc.com or facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.