Black farmers hoping for government settlement money in a racial bias case better not bet the crop this Spring, until Congress finds a way to pay for the $1 billion deal. A meeting Wednesday at the White House may not have provided much encouragement.The Democrat-controlled Congress can seem to find all kinds of money for all kinds of sweetheart deals, but when it comes to their core constituency, the African-American community, they just can't to seem to find it.
Litigation known as "The Pigford Case" established a longstanding pattern of discrimination at the U.S. Agriculture Department against black farmers who had applied for farm loans and support from federal programs.
Under the terms of a process overseen by a federal judge and dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias. In addition, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said those farmers may pursue a claim for actual damages from the bias and potentially receive up to $250,000.
The simple fact is they don't have to buy their votes. The Dems take it for granted. They flutter into town all the time, to great fanfare, promise unicorns and lollipops to everybody and once they have the assurances that like good little zombies the African-Americans will vote for the person with a (D) behind their name, they blow town and forget about them until the next election cycle.
I have great respect for farmers, and while I am not a fan of subsidies, I think the whole program needs to be scrapped and then if certain ones of them are truly necessary allow them, but this is not a subsidy, rather the result of a case of court ruling and the Dems in Congress have no business ignoring it.
Nancy could probably find the money for this in her flower fund. Maybe if the Congressional Black Caucus could get their heads out from under Nancy's skirt and making scurrilous claims of racism at every turn they could come to the aid of these farmers.