Thursday, February 16, 2012

Freedom costs A Buck O' Five, but feeding yer cow's gonna cost ya a teeny bit more

Amazing, astounding, and very welcome news from the Obama Administration's proposed budget: The BLM is going to start charging an extra dollar per cow/cow pair per month to cover the administrative costs of the grazing program. Hot damn. You'd think there was some kind of effort underway to get the dems to balance the budget or something.

Not the way the ranchers whine about it. Nope, to them, this "tax" on their $1.35 fee is going to ruin. the. world. An assault on ranching! Heavens no! (Seriously. From the same people gunning for wolves, spreading poison for predators, and ultimately slaughtering their beloved "pets," you'd think they have a more accurate definition for "assault.")

These folks expect their asses kissed and to be paid for the privilege of doing it apparently. The "tax" has been unfairly passed on to the taxpayers for decades, with subsidies in the range of $500 million/annually coming out of the federal budget to support the failing program.

Cry me a river, boys. We'd pay more than $2.35 each month just to get our forest back.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A 2005 Government Accountability Office report that found federal agencies in 2004 spent at least $144 million to administer grazing programs but took in $21 million in fee revenue.

So that's where my tax dollars are going.