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Sherrod Highlights ‘Black Farmer’ Racket

This is what passes for journalism from the Associated Press:

[May 12, 2009 caption:] Although he calls the settlement a “huge step in the right direction,” National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd said that more money is needed.

Despite Sherrod Spotlight, Black Farmers Denied

Under glare of Sherrod case, black farmers, Indian landowners still wait for settlement money

July 23, 2010

WASHINGTON – Black farmers, due $1.2 billion for a legacy of discrimination by the Agriculture Department, suffered a new and disheartening setback this week, despite the national spotlight provided by the quickly disavowed firing of a black department worker.

The Senate refused again to pay the bill.

Notice how the AP describes this as a “bill,” instead of what it is – a payoff to the Democrat Party’s constituents disguised as a class action settlement.

Opponents say it’s a question of where the money would come from, and that’s a a major issue with an election nearing and voters up in arms about federal spending.

Late Thursday, the Senate stripped $1.2 billion for the claims from an emergency spending bill, along with $3.4 billion in long-overdue funding for a settlement with American Indians who say they were swindled out of royalties by the federal government.

Even the attention the Shirley Sherrod case brought to the issue of discrimination at the Agriculture Department couldn’t bring lawmakers together on a deal.

Ironically, Ms. Sherrod’s contretemps may have thrown more light on this preposterous class action lawsuit, Pigford V. Glickman, which is one of the major scams of all time.

Read about Pigford in this backgrounder on Ms. Sherrod or the Wikipedia entry on the lawsuit. Either should be enough to make any sane person realize that it is ‘reparations’ for Ronald Reagan having closed down the USDA’s ‘civil rights’ office in 1981.

What is the USDA doing giving out loans, anyway? Are there no banks?

Instead, Republicans and Democrats alike proclaimed their support for the funding – appeasing important constituencies – while blaming the other side for not getting anything done.

The result: Thousands of black farmers and Indian landowners will keep waiting for checks that most lawmakers agree should have been written years ago…

For decades, minority farmers have complained of being shut out by local Agriculture offices, well after the days of blatant segregation…

Sherrod herself was a claimant in a case against the department. She had been part of a cooperative that won a $13 million settlement just last year…

Yes, this $1.2 billion is money that will go on top of the money already doled out. The largest chunk of which, $13 million, went the Sherrods ‘New Communities,’ which was a black separatist farm project which claimed they were discriminated against by the USDA’s loan department from 1981-5.

The Sherrods personally received $300,000 for their ‘pain and suffering.’ Moreover, Shirley Sherrod was hired to be the top Georgia administrator for the USDA. (Never mind that she has subsequently admitted that she has never wanted to have anything to do with agriculture. It was a job where you couldn’t get fired.)

The money for both the black farmers and the Indian landowners was stripped from the Senate war-funding bill Thursday after the House had passed it earlier this month. Senate Republicans objected to a variety of other Democratic priorities as well, insisting they be paid for rather than adding to the federal deficit…

Notice that the Obama and Democrat imposed PAYGO rule is never mentioned by the Associated Press. It’s almost as if they are unaware of its existence.

"This is an interesting game we’re playing around here," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday when asked about the black farmers’ money, arguing that Republicans are simply stalling the funding…

Of course, Mr. Reid would view anyone insisting that the Congress abide by its own self-imposed rules as ‘playing games.’

The black farmers’ settlement is the second round of damages stemming from a class-action lawsuit the government originally settled in 1999. The new money is intended for people who were denied earlier payments because they missed deadlines for filing. Individual payments will depend on how many claims are successfully filed…

The lawsuit has metastasized from 400 supposedly discriminated against black farmers to a whopping 72,000. And once this payment is made, it will grow larger.

Willie Adams, a 60-year-old farmer who’s been raising chickens all his life in Greensboro, Ga., said he’s had to let his farm sit idle in recent months because he doesn’t have money to invest and can’t get loans.

"I don’t like it one bit," he said of the latest delay. "Basically they just don’t want to pay the farmers."

Recent months are not covered under this latest round of reparations. So Mr. Adams is positioning himself for the upcoming expansion of this never ending lawsuit.

Again, are there no banks? And where in the Constitution does it say there should be government loans – or for that matter – even a USDA?

We’re kidding of course. We realize that this is just another Democrat get out the vote drive. And it has nothing to do with justice or laws or anything else except for income redistribution.

The Democrats are redistributing out wealth to buy votes. Just like they always do.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Sherrod Highlights ‘Black Farmer’ Racket”

  1. caligirl9 says:

    My father was a farmer in the 1960s through 1980 or so.

    He never ONCE received federal money, for a failed crop or a crop that was not harvested, due to weather or the United Farm Workers picketing the farms, preventing farm workers from coming in and doing their jobs. Crews of pre-teen and teenage kids (my siblings, first cousins and our friends with work permits) really couldn’t get things done working on weekends (my dad did, on occasion, pull me from school to work during processor tomato harvesting season, usually September or October).

    Of course, my father was white … farming is a risky business, plain and simple. Of course when there are failures, there are some people who look to the government to make things right, to bring out the money teat to save the day!

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