Glenn Beck, who also owns a ranch, asks Bundy if he is a “welfare rancher” because he is not paying fees other ranchers pay:
I would pay my grazing fees to the proper government and I did try to pay my grazing fees to the proper government. I do not have a contract with the United States because I will not sign that contract with the United States. I have no contract. I did not graze my cattle on the United States property. And I would pay my grazing fees to the proper government.
Bundy claims that the people of Nevada were “forced” to give up title to its land in order for the federal government to make it a state. The state and county governments, not the federal government, owns and operates that land, Bundy claims. “It’s not BLM land. It’s Nevada land.”