This story must be told. It must be investigated. The Darell Issa Congress cannpt come soon enough. This story has been broken by Breitbart at Biggovernment.com. Here are the details.
A few months ago Andrew Breitbart published a video of Sherly Sherrod, an employee at the USDA, claiming that when she worked at the USDA that she discriminated against white farmers. The next day Sherrod was fired. When it was revealed that Sherrod was being quoted (perfectly in) out of context, she was reinstated. However, this was only the tip of an iceberg story.
Sherrord, as it turns out, was awarded a 13.5 million dollar settlement in a discrimination case against the USDA. She was then given a job at the USDA. How often does that happen? Sue someone, win, and then get hired by them? Only in government …
Former Sanfrisco Mayor Willie Brown provides some details. “This woman has been a thorn in the side of the Agriculture Department for years. She was part of a class-action lawsuit against the department on behalf of black farmers in the South. For years, she has been operating a community activist organization not unlike ACORN.”
This suit is what is known as the Pigford settlement. From LeftCoast Ledger:
Pigford v. Glickman is one of those stories that reads dry, but at its core is a leviathan of corruption and race-baiting Democratic Party abuse.
Pigford v. Glickman was a class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging racial discrimination in its allocation of farm loans and assistance between 1983 and 1997. The lawsuit ended with a settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay African American farmers $50,000 each if they had attempted to get USDA help but failed.
In essence Pigford, while originally a legitimate grievance by about 400 black Southern farmers against USDA, has become a reparations Ponzi scheme that will cost taxpayers billions when the Obama orchestrated “resettlement” is paid out. It is rife with fraud, corruption and even murder.
In the end, virtually any black person who ever grew a pansy on their windowsill could file a claim as a farmer. There are no more than 33,000 black farmers in the US; 94,000 have filed claims. And Pigford opened a floodgate of lawsuits by other minorities to settle claimed injustices by the USDA. This week Native Americans who jumped on the bandwagon were awarded $4.55 billion, as well.
And now, on the heels of Breitbart’s break on this story, Obama will be signing a bill creating a brand new slush fund. Essentially, it is Pigford II. To make matters worse, Senator Kyl slipped in a provision that allows Native Americans to get in on the fraud. This is bipartisan muckery.
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