$1.15 Billion for what? The lame-duck Senate, by voice vote (what else?), has voted to give 70 to 80 thousand black farmers $1.15 Billion to compensate them for claimed discriminatory treatment by the U.S. Department of agriculture.
There is something wrong with this. Namely:
Much of the cause for concern is the fact that there have been vastly more claims of discrimination than there are even black farmers in America. Sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by the president of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd, put the number of black farmers in America at 18,000.
To date, more than 94,000 individuals have filed discrimination claims.
This is the second payoff from a 1999 class action settlement, known as Pigford vs. Glickman, in which the original plaintiff Timothy Pigford, along with 400 others, sued USDA for discrimination in its allocation of loans. The plaintiffs won, but since then, the number of claimants have vastly ballooned to unanticipated levels.
Over $1 billion has already been paid out to over 16,000 people, and this second round is expected to pay off an additional estimated 70,000 – 80,000 who missed the deadline to file their initial claims.
The report states that the whole thing, after the Pigford settlement, has been concocted by Eric Holder, a few of his cronies, and the Pelosi House Democrats.
Now it’s up to the Republicans to take it apart in the new session of Congress.