Recently Utah Congressmen Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart have come out in defense of Cliven Bundy, placing blame for Bundy's predicament on the federal government.
The scofflaw Bundy, a bigoted racist, has been illegally grazing his cattle on ecologically sensitive federal lands without paying his grazing fees for 20 years claiming he, not the government, owns the land. Everyone I know pays their taxes, which means we are all funding Bundy's thievery.
Now, Chaffetz and Stewart are sweeping Bundy's crime under the rug and faulting the government for not turning federal land in the west over to the states. Their motivations are clear, there are short-term profits to be made by mining, developing oil and gas production, promoting subsidized cattle grazing on public lands for a fraction of the true cost, all polluting and poisoning the delicate ecosystems of Utah's priceless undeveloped lands, water and air.