Skip to comments.Republicans: Harry Reid Opposes his own State: 84% of Nevada owned by Feds
Posted on 04/17/2014 7:07:45 AM PDT by Moseley
Republicans should force Harry Reid to choose. U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) could easily transfer much of the 84% of Nevada land owned by the Federal Government to his own States ownership and control. Instead Reid is promoting the power of the U.S. Government and the Democrat Party at the expense of his constituents.
Harry Reid could be a hero within his State. But the Senator clearly doesnt give a damn about Nevadas voters. And Republicans should force the issue and make it obvious. Of course, the Mafia-like treatment of Reids family business attacking rogue rancher Bundys family business to cash in on a Chinese companys solar farm on the Bundy land is also emerging at the same time. That scandal is developing in parallel.
In 1996 Nevada citizens voted overwhelmingly to return Federally-owned land to the State. In 1993 and 1995 the Nevada legislature voted unanimously to remove that part of Nevadas State constitution which gives the Federal Government ownership of these unappropriated lands and take back the land from Federal control.
Republicans could change the tenor of the 2014 elections (even further) by hammering Reid over the Bundy Ranch uproar. Although Reid personally is not up for re-election until 2016, excessive Federal ownership of Western lands is a huge irritant in many Western States like Alaska. Hammering Reid could put Democrats on the defensive in general and sideline Reid from campaigning. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) needs to introduce legislation and put Democrats on the hot seat.
The Elko Daily Free Press reported States challenge Congress ability to control lands http://elkodaily.com/news/opinion/commentary/states-challenge-congress-ability-to-control-lands/article_a36f2db0-8443-11e1-b5dc-0019bb2963f4.html on April 11, 2012:
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So why isnt Reid standing up for the clear desires of Nevada voters and Nevadas State legislature? As U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Reid has the power and influence to swiftly and easily implement the requests from Nevadas legislature to treat Nevada equally with other States.
First, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives would enthusiastically vote to treat Nevada like a grown-up, full State and vote to reduce Federal control over Western States.
Second, Reid runs the U.S. Senate with an iron fist. He has the clout to add at least 6 Democrat votes to the 45 Republican Senators, to pass such legislation with 51 votes. But such legislation backed by Reid would probably clear with 80 to 90 votes out of 100.
Third, the Democrat Party including Barack Obama would have no choice but to follow powerful Reids lead.
Renegade Rancher Cliven Bundy is shining a spotlight on this issue. The hair-raising show-down between the Bureau of Land Management and militia supporting the cattle rancher is raising questions. Bundy insists that the State of Nevada, not the U.S. Government, owns the land his cattle are grazing upon. Bundy claims that he was paying grazing fees to Clark County, but the County stopped accepting his payments.
Bundys objection is that in every territory that became a State, the Federal government owned or controlled all the land managed as a territory. But once a territory achieved Statehood, all of the land was relinquished to the new State.
So how is it that the U.S. Government owns 84% of Nevada? It is almost as if Washington, D.C. is treating Nevada as a child that cannot manage itself. Nevada citizens are being discriminated against.
There is a lot of money to be made and Harry knows that he only has about 6 months to grab it.
Luckily, with 2014 Republicans taking over the Senate, that gives us dummies some really nice options.
Why not give Harry a brand new office ....in the Capitol's sub-basement, next to the furnace. Harry'll just love his brand-new cardboard desk (some assembly required). Although I hear phone service isn't hooked up down there yet. Harry can always use smoke signals (from the handy furnace) to communicate.
And give 'ol Harry a comfortable chair---and tell him not
to worry about all those silly electrical switches laying around.
How about the repeal of the 17th Amendment and return the appointment of Senators to state legislatures?
States, and the citizens of the states need to take possession of their property, and evict the federal government from all properties that aren’t granted to it in the Constitution.
Repeal the 17th.
Harry only wants to support the Las Vegas immediate area and his cronies there.
He doesn’t give a hott about the rest of the state. He has proven that many a time, and he only shows up here in the North Nevada areas when it is getting time to vote for him again..
N Nevada hates Harry. He has hurt ranchers & farmers here more than Mother Nature has over the years.
All of Harry’s power is in Las Vegas. He would like nothing better than to cut it off into another state of it’s own. He claims to understand the plight of the Nevada rancher, but he works constantly to kill that same landowner.