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Harry Reid has been involved with shady deals with his son and others regarding land around Las Vegas before. Nothing would make me happier then Reid being caught with his hand in the cookie jar. But I question the source of this story and regardless of where the story came from it doesn't make sense. If you have ever been there you would understand the land is next to worthless and there is literally millions of acres of this "worthless" land. Why take 20 years to push Bundy off some worthless BLM land?
Is Harry Reid working with the Chinese to force the Bundys out?
The facts don’t support it.
Reid and his son, Rory, were both deeply involved in a deal with the Chinese-owned ENN Energy Group to build a $5 billion solar farm in Laughlin, Nevada. But that is roughly 177 miles away from Bundy’s 150-acre ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., and 213 miles from the federally owned Gold Butte area where Bundy ‘s cattle graze, according to Google Maps.
It’s worth noting that Rory Reid is the former chair of the Clark County commission (Clark County is located near the Gold Butte area). He left in 2011 to work for a Las Vega law firm representing ENN.
But despite the Reids’ best attempts to secure the land for ENN, and despite the Bureau of Land Management expressing concerns that “trespass cattle” could complicate plans to use land in the Gold Butte area for “offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development,” it was all in vain: The Chinese company eventually shelved the project in June 2013 when it failed to find a customer. The deal is over and the proposed construction will not happen.
This is not the first time that Harry Reid has gone to bat for his son. In the summer of 2010, Harry Reid had this to say.
"I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK," Reid said, speaking to Latino supporters whose votes he needs to win re-election in November. "Do I need to say more?"
As Harry Reid was running for re-election in 2010, this could be seen as simply trying to shore up his Hispanic base. Turns out there was probably an additional reason for Senator Reid to say this.
Reid's oldest son, Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, is running for governor against former federal Judge Brian Sandoval, a Hispanic Republican who supports Arizona's law, which allows police to question people about their legal status if stopped for some other reason.
So the Hispanic running for Governor on the Republican ticket against Harry's son is in effect a race traitor. Bit of a slur, that.
In doing a quick web search on the Reid quote, I found only one source- a Las Vegas paper- that pointed out that Reid's son was running for Governor this year against a Hispanic Republican. This is an example of media incompetency.
who's going to make movies of the environmental terrorist farmer who fought the valiant people of the EPA and other protectors of the environment?
If anything the movie will be about the brilliant young (and of course female minority) government worker who stood up against the tirany of the evil ranchers and saved the fragile land of the ground burying desert shrub rat.
Wouldn't a better, less violent resolution involve garnishing any refunds from the government or putting a lien on his property? As far as rounding up the cattle, it would've been smarter to get the local county involved in this, rather than the feds. No guns necessary. Also, what about arresting him for violating a court order? Also use the local authorities for this.
Has anyone else done the math? They say he owes over $1M in fees...if that is 20 years' worth of fees, $50,000 a year seems a little steep for allowing less than 1000 cattle to graze on federal lands, don't you think?