I don't know if you've ever eaten government cheese or not. The USDA used to, and may still I don't know, buy up milk fat and have it made into cheese. This was a good deal for dairy farmers as it allowed them to produce and sell more milk and the government would buy up surplus. This kept the retail prices higher and stable for the farmer, allowing him to sell all he could produce without having to worry about a pesky supply and demand curve.
There were some other benefits too. The second group to benefit was the welfare industrial complex. This group consists of all the professional welfare workers, their subcontractors, consultants, warehouse workers, agricultural concerns etc. Free cheese is big business. The farmer gets a cut. The cheese guy gets a cut. The truck driver gets a cut. Then you have all the case workers, cheese distribution specialists and accountants who do the work and demonstrate and document the need for free cheese. Free cheese is big business.
Of course there is one last group that benefits from free cheese, the poor man eating it. Although the program allegedly exists for his benefit, he is only a minor part of the process. As long as he shows up every other week to pick up a bag full of cheese and other government subsidized products they are handing out, all is well in the economy of "free cheese".
America is so good at free cheese that approximately 1/3 of the population gets in on it and makes a sandwich. That doesn't count all those who benefit from jobs and profits form working in the free cheese complex. According to this: there are 86 million workers supporting 148 million takers in a country with a population of about 340 million. That's a lot of free cheese from not a lot of producers.
If tomorrow you were to move, not take, just move the cheese, you'd upset a lot of people. After all, they were counting on that cheese being right there. You moved it. You are a bad person.
For arguments sake lets say that someone saw a piece of cheese that they thought, because nobody else could possibly want that piece of cheese, they could get it for the taking. Again for arguments sake, lets say that a tiny family of mice had been eating on that piece of cheese nobody else wanted for about 140 years.
In order to be the old rat in charge of the pack, you have to be cunning and vicious. It has to look like the cheese just happened to fall into your lap, or the other rats will be jealous. You arrange for consultants to consult, advisors advise, the bureaucrats lick boots, not because you've arranged for the boot licking, that's just what they do, its in their nature. When they see an ass, they want to kiss it. They want to be "change agents". Just tell them "its the law" or call it "policy" and they will blindly do your biding without considering if it is right or just.
Imagine that the rat, having set the wheels of steal into motion, is just about to have his piece of cheese fall into his lap, when a cat stops by to visit the family of mice. Instead of getting the cheese the rat gets his tail stepped on. Now the rat has to go out and get a bigger cat.
If you've grasped my analogy you now understand what is going on with the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. Except the Bundy family has over the years played by the rules and only stopped when it became clear that no matter what they did, someone was going to rustle their cheese.