Monday, May 5, 2014
Follow-Up on the Cliven Bundy Caper
Granted that Cliven Bundy is an ignorant old fool. Ignorant: nobody has used the term "Negro" in nearly 50 years, and nobody has picked cotton by hand in the US in more that 20 years. Fool: he should have seen the writing on the wall 20 years ago, and sold out like all the other ranchers in Clark County, Nevada.
It just so happens that my husband Rasty knows an ex-rancher in Clark County, right down near the Utah border, near Bundy's land. This old buddy, who shall remain nameless, saw what was happening in Clark County a good long time ago -- and took much smarter steps. He made a deal with the local Paiute Indians, got a grant from the US government, and turned a big chunk of his land into a "resort" -- complete with casino, run by the Paiutes. From the rents thereof, he made enough money to afford full-time irrigation (a serious consideration, out here in the Great Southwestern Desert) so he could turn the rest of his land to farming. He now farms (you guessed it!) melons, just like Cliven Bundy. The melon really is a desert plant, but it needs a certain amount of water. This clever ex-rancher found a way to pay for the water to raise the melons, so as to keep him on his family's land.
Bundy is an old fool who tried to keep on raising cattle, on land that the government wanted. Yes, there's good evidence for that. Consider: