Shoring Up The Vote: Reparations Continue Apace
Â Â As you are probably aware, if youÂ are distantly related to, or vaguely resemble,Â or can display any type of empathy for, or sometimes have visions of, Â anyone in the history of human civilization who was ever put upon, you can sign a statement saying you woulda, coulda, shoulda been a farmer and be compensed to the tune of $50,000.Â Â Or, if you can correctly identify, either by yourself or with the help of your friendly racialist scamming law firm, what the “A” in USDA stands for, you can sue for, and receive, untold millions.Â
Race hustlers are shaking down taxpayers for payoffs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is falling for the scam. The controversy involves a discrimination claim against the USDA for allegedly denying loans because of race. A federal judge approved payments of $50,000 or more based on low levels of proof. This encouraged a mad scramble for cash based on false claims.
The â€œPigford Settlement,â€ an agreement that came out of the original 1997 lawsuit by Timothy Pigford and 400 southern black farmers, resulted from some apparently legitimate instances of discrimination. However, plaintiffsâ€™ lawyers got involved, and the number of supposedly aggrieved farmers grew exponentially. Eventually, more than 94,000 claims were filed even though the U.S. Census Bureau never counted more than 33,000 black farmers in America during the years in question.
In 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama began working to pass legislation providing even more money for a whole new class of claimants via â€œPigford II.â€ This push ignored fraud in and several convictions over the original settlement, but Mr. Obama was advised his legislation could help him in a Democratic presidential primary fight against then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. As president, Mr. Obama rammed this new, $4.6 billion boondoggle through Congress during last yearâ€™s post-election, lame-duck session.
RDLN Graduate and Board Vice Chair Shirley Sherrod was appointed Georgia Director for Rural Development by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on July 25. Only days earlier, she learned that New Communities, a group she founded with her husband and other families (see below) has won a thirteen million dollar settlement in the minority farmers law suit Pigford vs Vilsack.
See you at the polls.
Â Â Â Â But what if you wereÂ just a common urbaniteÂ and dreamed of being a fireman when you were a little kid?Â Well, if you thought about getting a piece of the action in Chicago in 1995 but didn’t make the cut, help is on the way.Â You will soon have accrued 16 years of pension benefits without ever having worked a day or fought a fire or paid a dime in dues to the firefighters’ union.Â Heck, who knows, you may also qualify for some distinguished service medals, retroactive perks and bonuses and good citizen citations you would have gotten had you actually been a firefighter all those years.Â As you approach the twenty-year milestone of having been virtually on the force and soon to retire comfortably, remind yourself what great leaders we have in certain political endeavors in this country and just who put those judges on the bench.Â
An attorney for the black firefighter candidates said that the 111 jobs would be filled from the applicants who passed the 1995 test and their pensions would be adjusted as if they’d been firefighters since 1995. And, said Joshua Karsh, 6,000 others who also passed the test will divide “tens of millions of dollars” that would have been paid 111 firefighters from 1995 until today.
Â Â Â Â That’s right -Â even if you’re not one of the 111 lucky lotto winners chosen to receive a lifetime non-achievement award, you will be eligible for several grand just for playing the game.Â Is this a great country or what?