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If you wanted that poor rancher to pay up then why ignore Harry's friends?

  If you read the article “The Mining of Our Aquifers” you may have wondered how the Mining Law of 1872 could be the most current law to regulate the mining industry and its disastrous effects on our aquifers and land. 

According to the article “Harry Reid, Gold Member: Is our Senator in bed with America’s worst polluter?” by Josh Harkinson, “Reid has been instrumental in blocking efforts to reform the archaic General Mining Law of 1872, a legal blank check that has allowed miners to take an estimated $408 billion worth of gold and other hard rock minerals from public lands without paying a single cent in royalties – ever.  those mines are tapped out or go bust – as they inescapably do – taxpayers are often stuck with the cleanup bill…But Reid…has vigorously fought off efforts to make the industry pay its way…

But that’s not all, under the 1872 law, mining companies have been able to buy mineral rich federal land for $5 an acre or less. 


Or maybe you'd get Warren Buffett to pay his 1 BILLION tax bill.  Seems that lefties are always worried about little stuff when it comes to people they hate while those they love get by with the big stuff. 



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Re: If you wanted that poor rancher to pay up then why ignore Harry's friends?

I noticed that some want the rancher to pay for using his land and they seem to view the governments taking of land as a desireable trait.  Ever wonder where Democrats and liberals get their ideas?


Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Abolition of all right of inheritance.