Look here to see how the livestock industry has used their political whining to keep down grazing fees. No president from Clinton to Obama has taken on the cowboys because they fear fighting the 'John Wayne' image of these welfare ranchers. Yet the damage they are doing to western landscapes continues to grow. No, I am not heartless and do feel bad for the economic condition out on the range. But maybe this whole model of desert grazing needs to end for the good of the planet.
So, the next time a piece of Arizona blows by your house, remember some portion of that is coming from ranching in the desert. And that those responsible are using your tax dollars to do it.