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Obama Buys More Votes With 3rd Pigford Payout

From the Daily Caller:

Obama USDA offering women, Hispanic farmers over $1.3 billion in discrimination payouts

By Caroline May | 09/25/2012

As part of “a new era of civil rights” at the Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Monday that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who believe USDA discriminated against them can file claims to get a piece of at least $1.33 billion in cash awards and tax relief payments and up to $160 million in farm debt relief, beginning this week.

Women and Hispanic ranchers and farmers who feel the agency denied their loan or loan servicing applications because of their race or gender at various periods from 1981 to 2000 can file claims alleging discrimination from Sept. 24, 2012, to March 25, 2013, for a slice of the payout.

Lest we forget, that all of this stems from Ronald Reagan having done away with the ‘civil rights’ division in the loan office of the USDA in 1981. The laws against discrimination were still on the books. There was still a civil rights division in the Department of Justice. But because there was no civil rights division present at the USDA it is assumed there was discrimination. Nothing has to be proved.

“Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices from the USDA must file a claim by March 25, 2013 in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness,” Vilsack explained in a statement Monday. “The opening of this claims process is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to correct the wrongs of the past and ensure fair treatment to all current and future customers.”

Also bear in mind that you don’t even have to have been a farmer to have been ‘discriminated against.’ In fact, most of the recipients in the payouts were not farmers.

In February 2011, Vilsack announced the historic “path to justice for Hispanic and women farmers” to offer them an outlet to receive compensation for past wrongs without having to go to federal court.

So now every Hispanic and woman who can fill out a claim form will also be getting an average $50,000 payout from the government. All you have to do is ask.

And why not? The government has money to burn.

This is the third settlement to interest groups the USDA is believed to have discriminated against during the Obama administration.

The first Pigford giveaway involved a mere 400 black ‘farmers.’ But it has quickly ratcheted up to include 72,705 ‘farmers’ in Pigford II:

The $1.25 billion Pigford II settlement [in February 2010] — which covered black farmers who charged that the USDA had discriminated against them when applying for loans from 1981 to 1996 but missed the filing deadline in the original 1999 Pigford settlement.

The Keepseagle settlement [in November 2010] made $760 million available to Native American farmers and ranchers who believe they did not receive the same farm loan opportunities as whites between 1981 and 1999.

Hey, Indians vote too, you know.

The USDA plans to engaged in outreach through mail, media, and community advocacy groups to ensure that those eligible are aware of the claims process. The agency has print, video and audio outreach messages in English and Spanish on its website.

After all, it doesn’t do any good to use taxpayer money to buy votes if the voters don’t know about it.

But just look at all of the hundreds of thousands of farmers who were discriminated against by the loan department at at the USDA in those terrible 18 years between 1981 and 1999. Who knew government bureaucrats were so damned bigoted?

By the way, what is the USDA doing giving out loans, anyway? Were there no banks?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Buys More Votes With 3rd Pigford Payout”

  1. tosler

    So we’ve paid off black farmers, hispanic farmers, female farmers…..
    I grew up on a cattle ranch….shouldn’t there be some sort of payout for former youth farmers? lol

  2. And if you’re not a female farmer, the government has set aside enough money for you to get a sex change, and to buy some farmland while the paperwork goes through.

    I’d be interested to see what the first 2 payouts have accomplished. And how many of the previous recipients are currently on food stamps and welfare because they don’t know how to farm.


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