One of the Oregon militants has a problem beyond the possibility of getting arrested. Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who hails from Arizona but decided to join Ammon and Ryan Bundy in the standoff in Oregon, apparently left several foster children behind with his wife. Now, it seems the state of Arizona has taken them away. Finicum was living off the subsidies he was getting for those children, which calls into question just why he’s so upset.
“They were ripped from my wife. We are very successful (foster parents). Our track records are good, it’s been a good relationship. (Federal authorities) must have gotten to the governor, who told the state to get them out of there.”
Of course he would think that. It doesn’t occur to people like Finicum that, since he has been away from his home for two weeks, and plans to stay away for as long as “it” takes, that things like this might happen. He’s involved in criminal activities, which could easily be reason enough for the state to take them away.
Finicum does have a ranch in Chino Valley, but he and his wife break even on it at best. Catholic Charities, however, paid the Finicums roughly $115,000 for 2010, for fostering children, and Finicum flatly admits that foster children are his primary income:
“That was my main source of income. My ranch, well, the cows just cover the costs of the ranch. If this means rice and beans for the next few years, so be it. We’re going to stay the course.”
The amount that foster parents receive has gone up, so yes, Finicum is probably angry about losing that income. He may well be upset about losing the children, too (because he’d be completely and horribly heartless otherwise), but whatever it is he’s really upset about, it’s something he should have considered before he decided to join an illegal and ill-advised occupation of federal land in a far-away state.
Finicum has said that he hopes people are seeing “the sacrifices we’re making here.” The problem is, people are seeing those sacrifices, and they think it’s dumb because these militants are just idiots who buy into the sovereign citizens movement. They’re not the Constitutional crusaders they fancy themselves to be. It might be different if there was a real Constitutional crisis going on there, but there isn’t. These are just people who hate government and will do anything to prove it, and who probably want the attention to boot. Their fight is not worth sacrificing home and family for.
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