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The President Ordered the Firing of "Cattle Guards"-Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:
The story claims that the President ordered the firing of more than half the "cattle guards" in Colorado because Colorado ranchers rejected his changes in grazing policy.  It also claims that a Colorado Congress member asked that before any were fired they should be offered retraining.
 

 

 

 

The Truth:
There is no truth to this story.   It's a hoax.

This story actually began back in the days when Bill Clinton was President but took a new name sometime around April 1, 2010.

Cattle guards are not uniformed personnel but metal rails that keeps cows and other large livestock on the ranch and off the roads.

updated 06/03/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Original version:
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Cattle Guards


 For those of you who have never traveled to the great West or Southwest, cattle guards are horizontal steel rails placed at fence openings, in dug-out places in the roads adjacent to highways (sometimes across highways), to prevent cattle from crossing. For some reason the bovines will not step on the guards, probably because they fear getting their feet caught between the rails. I need to make that clear in order for everyone to appreciate the following TRUE story.

While in office, President Clinton received a report that there were over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado. Because Colorado ranchers protested his proposed changes in grazing policies, he ordered Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt to fire half of the guards immediately. Before Babbitt could respond, and presumably straighten him out, Colorado's Congress-woman Pat Schroeder intervened with a request that before any were fired, they be given six months of retraining. (and we PAY these people)

2010 Versions:

AND THESE PEOPLE ARE RUNNING THE COUNTRY??

For those who have never traveled to the great West, cattle guards are horizontal steel rails placed at fence openings on highways to prevent cattle from crossing. For some reason the bovines will not step on the guards, probably because they fear getting their feet caught between the rails. We need to make that clear in order for everyone to appreciate the following story.

President Obama received a report that there were over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado. Because Colorado ranchers protested his proposed changes in grazing policies; he ordered Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to fire half of the guards immediately.

Before Salazar could respond, and presumably straighten him out, California's congresswoman Nancy Pelosi intervened with a request that before any were fired they be given six months of retraining.

 

 

A few months ago, President Obama received a report that there were over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado Because Colorado ranchers had protested his proposed changes in grazing policies, he ordered the Secretary of the Interior to fire half of the guards immediately.

Before the Interior Secretary could respond and presumably straighten him out, Vice-President, Joe Biden, intervened with a request that before any guards were fired, they be given six months of retraining.

Passed on to you without further comment....

 

 

A few months ago, President Obama received a report that there were over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado . Because Colorado ranchers had protested his proposed changes in grazing policies, he ordered the Secretary of the Interior to fire half of the guards immediately.

Before the Interior Secretary could respond ... and presumably straighten him out ... Vice-President Joe Biden intervened with a request that before any guards were fired, they be given six months of retraining. After a request from Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi appointed a commission to study what effect the methane gas emitted by the cattle had on the health of the guards. Senator Chris Dodd's committee initiated a study to see if the guards have had the opportunity for low-interest housing loans ... and will make sure the interest is forgiven for those losing their jobs. Harry Reid had a bill introduced that will make sure the terminated guards have health care for life, for themselves and their families. (Including the children, until they reach age 65).

(The media hasn't covered this, yet, because they are still covering Joe Biden's use of the "F-word" when the mikes were open.)

 


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