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  • “Entrepreneurs and Hucksters…That’s Who We Are.”

    03/08/2015 8:16:03 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-8-2015 | MOTUS
    We finally managed to make it back home after an exciting day, and a wardrobe change, in Selma.It was quite a day, Big Guy gave a moving speech and explained again how We are the Wons we’ve been waiting for: "Look at our history. We are Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea, pioneers who braved the unfamiliar, followed by a stampede of farmers  Black “farmer” Shirley Sherrod is consoled by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack as she learns her share of the entrepreneurial Pigford Settlement is only $13 million. and miners, and entrepreneurs and hucksters. That’s our spirit. That’s who we are.”No...
  • Holder’s Justice Dept Uses Bank Settlements to Fund Democrat Nonprofits

    08/30/2014 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | August 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Once again, our Chicago-style Attorney General has proven that corruption is the basic foundation upon which the modern Democrat Party is built. Eric Holder, the nationÂ’s top extortionist officer, has been running around the financial sector suing banks for anything (and everything) he can get away with. Ally Bank paid millions for alleged racist lending practices (an allegation the DOJ made without ever looking at loan portfolios), JP Morgan has shelled out billions for various anti-Obama comments regulatory infractions, and Bank of America just paid a $16.6 billion fine for their government-mandated role in the financial crises of 2008.Aside from...
  • DOJ To Give Money From Bank Of America Settlement To Liberal Activist Groups [formerly ACORN]

    08/29/2014 2:48:53 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch reports that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America. The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major “Democrat strongholds.” “This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration...
  • Holder Cut Left-Wing Groups In On $17 Bil BofA Deal

    08/28/2014 5:14:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies ^ | 8/27/14 | IBD Editorials ???
    Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder's record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America. Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation's largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.
  • Holder cuts left in on $17 billion Bank of America settlement

    08/28/2014 9:42:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | 8-28-14
    Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America, Investors’ Business Daily reports: Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests. The deal requires billions of dollars in debt forgiveness payments to delinquent borrowers. It also requires Bank of America to make billions in...
  • Holder’s Bank of America Heist Funds Left’s Community-Organizer Shock Troops

    08/28/2014 12:59:06 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Government coercion of the financial sector to make irresponsible loans was the primary driver of the 2007-08 financial meltdown. Now we learn that Eric Holder, the Tom Hagen of this racketeering enterprise of an administration, is using the vig that DOJ muscle is extorting from the banks to pour tens of millions of dollars into the coffers of the radical Left’s top rabble-rousers – in addition to diverting what should be public funds to pay off delinquent debts in cities that Democrats have destroyed.
  • Pigford Redo – Holder To Give Funds From DOJ’s $16 Billion Bank Of America Settlement To Radicals

    08/28/2014 2:23:52 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies ^ | August 28, 2014 | Sundance
    (Via Judicial Watch) The Department of Justice (DOJ) keeps giving radical leftist groups that support President Obama huge amounts of cash collected from big banks to settle discrimination and mortgage abuse lawsuits filed by the government. Judicial Watch first reported the scheme two years ago when Countrywide Financial Corporation doled out $335 million to settle its discrimination lawsuit with the feds. The money was supposed to be distributed to more than 200,000 minority victims who supposedly were charged higher interest rates and fees than white borrowers based on their race not their credit. Instead, a chunk of the money went...
  • The Department of Agriculture Deserves the Death Penalty

    05/28/2014 6:38:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | May 28, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I believe in free markets and small government, and I’m also againstWashington corruption. Which is why I want to abolish the Department of Agriculture. And I suspect all sensible people will agree after reading excerpts from these three articles. We’ll start with Damon Cline, who produced a searing indictment of farm welfare for the Augusta Chronicle. Alexis de Tocqueville posited in the 19th century that America’s undoing would occur once “politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.” That’s exactly what the Farm Bill allows politicians to do – loot the treasury on behalf of the lobbyists,...
  • Nation of Islam Leader’s Home In Hyde Park Received $100,000 in Farm Subsidies ( Illinois )

    12/12/2013 5:17:53 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Your tax dollars at work… Millions of dollars in farm subsidies were given to city dwellers including over $100,000 to Louis Farrakhan in Hyde Park!
  • Obama Crony Sherrod's Ugly Suit Against Breitbart's Widow

    10/11/2013 5:04:17 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 11, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: An Obama official at the heart of the Pigford reparations scheme sues the widow of the crusading conservative who exposed her and a multibillion-dollar redistribution scam to African-American farmers. Hell hath no fury like an Obama administration official exposed for corruption or racism. On Wednesday, news broke that Shirley Sherrod, the former USDA official whose speech before an NAACP group revealing her angst about helping a white farmer got her fired, has decided to amend her lawsuit against the late Andrew Breitbart to name Andrew's widow and mother of four, Susie Bean Breitbart. As Christian Adams recounts on PJ...
  • Pigford Investigation Uncovers Massive Fraud

    09/10/2013 6:16:02 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 8 replies
    The ^ | 9/10/2013 | Steven H Ahle
    I wonder where my check is. Companies and government agencies often try to settle lawsuits out of court. In many cases they are much cheaper. That is until the government takes over. The original bill on Pigford was introduced by Senator Barack Obama. The courts reviewed the case and eventually the Supreme Court ruled that 91 farmers were deserving of settlements based on racial bias. No one can argue that was not fair. Discrimination did take place. But in 2009, Bob Menendez threatened to shut down the settlement unless thousands of Hispanics were added to the payoffs and Obama then...
  • Charts: The Economic Gap Between Blacks and Whites Hasn’t Budged For 50 Years

    08/20/2013 11:43:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | August 20, 2013 | Taegan Goddard
    As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech approaches,Brad Plumer points out that the ratio of black to white unemployment rate has hardly budged. Washington Post: ”Many of the most overt forms of racial discrimination and bias have faded, but yawning economic gaps have persisted since 1963, and there has been essentially no narrowing of the unemployment gap between blacks and whites. The financial crisis and recession scarred minorities more than any one else.”
  • Farm-bias lawyers get $90.8 million

    07/17/2013 5:41:26 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Overlawyered ^ | 07/17/13 | Walter Olson
    "[W]riters associated with the late Andrew Breitbart had been charging for more than two years [that] the so-called Pigford settlement, in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to make payments to persons charging racial bias in agriculture programs, is riddled with fraud," [and now] "U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman has just approved a payout of $90.8 million to the lawyers, over objections."
  • What President Palin Would Not Have Done

    06/16/2013 4:47:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 42 replies
    the-American-catholic ^ | June 15, 2013 | Donald R. McClarey
    Palin would not have dismissed the Black Panther intimidation lawsuit that the government had already won. Palin would not have seized two auto companies and give them to her cronies in and out of the UAW. Palin and her supporters would not be claiming that her opponents were racists for disagreeing with her policies. Palin would not have tried to block Boeing from building a factory in South Carolina as a gift to her union buddies in Washington state. Palin would not have toured the world apologizing for America. Palin’s Homeland Security Department would not have classified patriots as security...
  • Holder to Hearing: Ask Somebody Else — Holder to Issa: You're 'Shameful'

    05/15/2013 1:41:20 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies ^ | 5-15-2013 | Philip Bump
    As predicted, Wednesday afternoon's testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder focused heavily on revelations that the Department of Justice subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press following their publishing leaked information about a terror attack. The House Judiciary Committee had the wrong guy at the witness table, though, since Holder, who'd recused himself from the matter couldn't offer much new information. This left the committee members to fill the time by attacking their opponents, and allowed for a dispute that resulted in Holder calling a Congressmember's behavior "unacceptable and shameful." At the start, it seemed as though the focus might...
  • Obama Is Every Bit as Bad as We Warned You

    05/12/2013 12:11:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | May 11, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Kurt Schlichter notes that conservatives have been vindicated quite often in the past several weeks: Kurt Schlichter @KurtSchlichter Things Conservatives Have Been Proven Right About Lately: ☑ Benghazi; ☑ Pigford;☑ Obamacare; ☑ IRS. Next up: The immigration reform scam. 6:43 PM - 10 May 2013 357 Retweets 90 favorites I suspect that list will grow longer. The common thread in each of these scandals is corruption and a willingness to abuse the expanded powers of big government--while failing to carry out the most basic responsibilities of any government. In Benghazi, Obama a) failed to take action to save American diplomats...
  • Rep. King: Holder, Vilsack Knew Pigford Claims Fraudulent

    05/02/2013 12:24:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/2/13 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) accused U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of knowing that women and minority farmers fraudulently claimed discrimination to receive taxpayer-funded settlements, and they knowingly initiated more programs to facilitate more of these payments. "It is my sense they know what they are doing," King said on "Breitbart News Sunday" on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125. "That's a heavy statement, but they knew what they were doing. They knew these were fraudulent claims." King said as he "watched the actions of the USDA" under Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and the Justice Department under Attorney...
  • Obama's Pigford Scandal - Breitbart Was Right [Andrew Lauded]

    04/30/2013 4:23:39 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 30, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Social Injustice: Turns out conservative crusader Andrew Breitbart was correct when he exposed a multibillion-dollar redistribution scheme to African-American farmers based on largely dubious claims of discrimination. If there's a patron saint for government watchdogs, it's Breitbart, who was well into exposing at the time of his early death one of the most egregious examples of wealth redistribution in the name of social justice: the Pigford case. A handful of black farmers who arguably were discriminated against in their dealings with the Agriculture Department were exploited by a racial grievance industry empowered by a government and a president out to...
  • The Obama/Clinton Reparations: The enormous scam that is Pigford.

    04/30/2013 6:59:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2013 | Rich Lowry
    Abraham Carpenter Jr., a farmer in Grady, Ark., has more insight into human nature than the average sociologist. “Anytime you are going to throw money up in the air,” he told the New York Times, “you are going to have people acting crazy.” Carpenter is quoted in an astonishing 5,000-word Times exposé on the federal government’s wildly profligate program to compensate minority and women farmers for alleged discrimination. The government rigged the game against itself and in favor of anyone claiming taxpayers’ dollars. It was like a gambling house that fixed its slot machines to always come up triple cherries...
  • Who Says Pigford Is Reparations? [ DNC fought GOP to keep Slavery- Make them pay reparations ]

    04/29/2013 5:26:54 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies ^ | April 29,2013 | by Lee Stranahan
    In a 2001 debate on the issue of slavery reparations, Al Pires--one of the lead attorneys behind the Pigford black farmers settlement--referred to the settlement "mini-reparations" and described the reparations "'dream team' he was part of," which included one of President Barack Obama's most important law school mentors.
  • Pigford Forever (A massive Obama-administration con)

    04/29/2013 11:08:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/29/2013 | The Editors
    At the time of his premature death, the great provocateur Andrew Breitbart was more than a year into a grinding crusade to bring attention to a little-known class-action settlement called Pigford, which had begun with plausible accusations that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had discriminated against a small number of black farmers, but which had spiraled into a billion-dollar, open-ended government kickback machine for untold thousands that showed no signs of letting up. The Pigford case represented everything Breitbart raged against in the American political order — large-scale cronyism, corrosive and cynical identity politics, unrepentant hypocrisy, and the predictable indifference...
  • STEALTH REPARATIONS: NY Times confirms Obama administration behind billions in fraudulent payments

    04/28/2013 7:18:43 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Director blue ^ | April 28, 2013 | Doug Ross
    It's not often that I'll write approvingly of an article in The New York Times, but for Sharon LaFraniere's masterful deconstruction of the Pigford Scandal, I'll make an exception. Pigford, you may recall, was first exposed by Andrew Breitbart and because of it he was sued, dismissed and lampooned by the Democrat-Media Complex. The term vindication was invented for situations like this. Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans...
  • U.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination [Obama gave money to fake "farmers"]

    04/26/2013 8:08:46 PM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2013 | SHARON LaFRANIERE
    the Obama administration’s political appointees at the Justice and Agriculture Departments engineered a stunning turnabout: they committed $1.33 billion to compensate... The deal... was fashioned in White House meetings... the $50,000 payouts to black farmers had proved a magnet for fraud. the claims process prompted allegations of widespread fraud and criticism that its very design encouraged people to lie... Agriculture Department reviewers found reams of suspicious claims, from nursery-school-age children and pockets of urban dwellers, sometimes in the same handwriting with nearly identical accounts of discrimination. As a senator, Barack Obama supported expanding compensation for black farmers, and then as...

    04/26/2013 3:02:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Big Government ^ | 26 Apr 2013 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The New York Times reported Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has likely enabled massive fraud in the Pigford series of legal settlements, in which black, Hispanic, female and Native American farmers have claimed to be victims of past discrimination. The cost of the settlements, which could exceed $4.4 billion, is the result of a process that "became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees," the Times notes. Among those influential members of Congress was then-Senator Barack Obama, who...
  • Credit Where Due: New York Times Does 180 On Pigford [ Breitbart proven correct ]

    04/26/2013 10:59:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 12 replies ^ | April 26 2013 |
    Today, the New York Times ran a front page article that is the best, most in-depth coverage of the Pigford story by the mainstream media to date. Oh, how things have changed. Just three years ago, in February 2010, the New York Times published an editorial entitled "Pay Up" that towed the pro-Pigford line. The blunt headline summed up the aggressive position that the pro-Pigford advocates were taking. As the Times said then: After the settlement, some farmers got their money, but far too many ran into a new buzz saw. They were stalled and rejected through paperwork technicalities, tight...
  • New York Time: Breitbart was right about Pigford

    04/26/2013 7:52:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It's rare to get this kind of vindication, so let's enjoy it in memory of Andrew Breitbart for as long as possible. For more than two years, Andrew and Lee Stranahan have investigated the Pigford settlement and the fraudulent claims that not only have cost taxpayers billions, but have left the original black farmers who sued the USDA over discrimination. Today the New York Times reports what Andrew and Lee have been saying all along — that the Pigford settlement was a political hack job by Tom Vilsack’s Department of Agriculture, and that it’s a magnet for fraud (via Twitchy):...
  • Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Discrimination (NY Times on Pigford Fraud)

    04/26/2013 4:46:15 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Sharon LaFraniere
    In the winter of 2010, after a decade of defending the government against bias claims by Hispanic and female farmers, Justice Department lawyers seemed to have victory within their grasp. Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans had, that biased federal loan officers had systematically thwarted their attempts to borrow money to farm. But a succession of courts — and finally the Supreme Court — had rebuffed their pleas....
  • Obama Claus Gives You 90 More Days To Collect Your $50,000 Reparations Check

    12/26/2012 10:18:51 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Dec 2012 | Lee Stranahan
    Circle March 25, 2013 on your calendar. That's the last day you can submit your claim form from this official U.S. government website to collect fifty thousand tax-free American dollars, courtesy of the Obama administration in its current multi-billion giveaway scheme. No, you don't need a potted plant and you don't even to be black or even Hispanic; as long as you are a woman (or related to one) and you fill out the forms correctly, you can collect the money because nobody will verify your information. Welcome to the Love settlement for women farmers, the close relative of the...
  • GAO Report Confirms Pigford Designed for Undetectable Fraud

    12/08/2012 10:10:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/12 | Lee Stranahan
    An official government report released Friday admits that the Pigford “Black Farmers” Settlement was designed with no mechanism for objectively determining fraud but hid that shocking conclusion under pages of bureaucratic doublespeak. “Burying the lede” is a journalistic term used to describe the act of hiding essential information by putting non-essentials in front of it. On December 7, 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office released report number GAO-13-69R, also known as "Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations." Just based on the title, you can already tell the report is needlessly...
  • Pigford II: Politically Correct Wealth Redistribution Infects Obama's USDA

    10/04/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT · by billflax · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/02/2012 | Bill Flax
    Federal functionaries serving radical agendas rather than taxpayers riddle Washington. Last week came further evidence that cultural Marxism imbues the Department of Agriculture. Orthodox Marxism fixates on the economic, revolving around class struggles. Cultural Marxism, otherwise called political correctness, incorporates social dynamics. The “privileged” class extends beyond capitalists and bourgeois to whites, men, Christians and heterosexuals. While workers are still afforded victimhood those “alienated” by American culture also include minorities, women and even people behaving ways historically considered immoral. President Obama perceives society through this politically correct prism. His raison d’être rests on a post-modern variant of Marxism popular in...
  • Spawn of Pigford Lives… Obama USDA Offers Women, Hispanic Farmers Over $1.3 Billion Redistribution

    09/25/2012 11:15:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    gateway ^ | September 25, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    More than 92,000 “black farmers” signed up for reparations from the Obama USDA after the Pigford case was extended in 2010. That’s five times the number of blacks who were actually farming during the time period in question and would possibly qualify for the reparations. ... To date, almost $1 billion has been paid or credited to the farmers under the settlement’s consent decree. Democrats want to add another $1.2 billion to the money pot and continue with the reparations. Now the Obama Administration is offering Hispanic and women farmers over $1.3 billion in discrimination payouts. ... Obama’s plan has...
  • "Pigford" incident - Obama's first BILLION DOLLAR fraud against America

    06/06/2012 1:29:30 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 22 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 6-2012
  • Pigford Blues: a true story of politics, race, betrayal and greed (suckers!!!!)

    11/08/2011 5:45:53 PM PST · by Kolath
    You Tube ^ | 11-08-201
    Here's a rough cut of the documentary "Pigford Blues" (intro) Join the Facebook club
  • Pigford settlement (ready for the sequels)

    11/07/2011 5:59:42 PM PST · by Kolath · 5 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11-7-2011 | publius
    “This settlement allows the Department of Agriculture and African-American farmers to focus on the future, and brings us one step closer to giving these farmers a chance to have their claims heard,” said Attorney General Holder. “Accomplishing this settlement has been a top priority of this Administration and I am pleased that the court has approved it.”
  • Will "Fast and Furious" Topple Obama and Holder?(gunwalker)

    10/22/2011 6:39:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 21 October, 2011 | Roger Aronoff
    As much as the media have tried shielding the Obama administration from responsibility for corruption and malfeasance, the combined weight of the fallout from the Solyndra fiasco and the Operation Fast and Furious scandal have begun taking a serious toll on the administration. I will address Solyndra, the so called green energy company that received federal loans of more than a half a billion dollars, and then went bankrupt, in an upcoming report. That is starting to look like the tip of an iceberg of a political payoff scandal. But with subpoenas having been issued on October 13th in the...
  • Probe Pigford Fraud

    07/21/2011 4:31:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2011 | Staff
    Oversight: As the hearing to give approval to the final settlement for the Pigford farmers approaches, it's time to investigate this classic case of waste, fraud and abuse. Somewhere Van Jones is smiling. Seventy-nine Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week against an amendment to H.R. 2112 — the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012 — that would have blocked the government from paying out additional billions for the Pigford II settlement. One of them was Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, who had promised...
  • Bachmann and King Criticize Black Farmer Settlement

    07/19/2011 6:50:09 AM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 13 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 7/19/11 | Brian Koenig
    After touring flood plains along the Missouri river, Michele Bachmann and Republican Steve King of Iowa sprung the issue of multi-billion dollar settlements to black farmers, during a news conference on Monday. These black farmers who have received billions of dollars claim they were discriminated against for decades in loans and other aid. In response to a question regarding farmers affected by the flooding, who could possibly lose funding from the Department of Agriculture: The two responded by criticizing a 1999 settlement in what is known as the Pigford case, after the original plaintiff, North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford. Late...
  • Bachmann criticizes black farmer settlement (she has them scared to death)

    07/18/2011 5:49:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 7/18/11
    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pointed to one program in particular Monday when talking about wasteful government spending: a multibillion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid. The issue came up after Bachmann and Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa toured flooded areas along the Missouri River. During a news conference, they fielded a question about whether farmers affected by the flooding also should be worried by proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture cuts. The two responded by criticizing a 1999 settlement in what is known...
  • Allen West explains Pigford vote

    06/22/2011 12:31:58 AM PDT · by shove_it · 32 replies
    the right scoop ^ | 20Jun 2011
    Allen West says that he didn’t do enough due diligence on the Pigford amendment and says he may have to take this one ‘in the shorts’: [audio interview at link]
  • The Pigford Settlement: Obama's way to sneak through "slave reparation"

    06/19/2011 7:52:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/19/2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Acorn, Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and slavery reparations are the real agenda driving the Pigford Settlement, the multi-billion dollar Black farmers’ pay out according to conservative investigative journalist Andrew Breitbart. Pigford was the lead plaintiff in the original class action suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The distribution of subsidies in the early 1980s to mid l990s was at issue, with “sympathetic USDA administrators” agreeing to settle the case at taxpayer expense. Breitbart recently told a radio audience these were the factors behind Obama’s largest fleecing of U.S. taxpayers in history. Breitbart maintains Acorn is being used in this...
  • Darrell Issa, Allen West Vote To KEEP Pigford Funds

    06/16/2011 10:32:45 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 100 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 16 June 2011 | Lee Stranahan
    Rep. King’s amendment failed – here’s the roll call vote. Every Democrat voted against it – but it lost because 78 Republicans also went against stopping over a billion dollars in money being paid out for fraud. Two votes jumped out at me. Tea Party favorite Allen West (R-FL) voted with the Congressional Black Caucus to keep Pigford funding flowing to fraudsters. But worse, Darrell Issa (R-CA), who would be the one to get investigations going.
  • No More Taxpayer Money to Settle ‘Fraudulent’ Pigford II Claims, Republican Says

    06/16/2011 8:09:08 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 3 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 6/16/11 | Susan Jones
    ( - A Republican lawmaker is trying to protect taxpayers from what he calls fraudulent racial discrimination claims filed against the government by black farmers. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Wednesday filed an amendment to an Agriculture appropriations bill that would prevent any additional taxpayer money from being used to settle claims associated with the government's "fraud-plagued Pigford II program." The money, King said, “is being used primarily to build political goodwill for the President.” As previously reported, the USDA allegedly discriminated against black farmers in dispensing federally funded farm loans between 1981 and 1996. In 1999, the federal...
  • The Post & Email Speaks with Susan Daniels, Private Investigator

    05/16/2011 1:21:38 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 171 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | May 16, 2011 | Sharon Rondeau
    Susan Daniels is a licensed private investigator who has researched the use of the social security number currently being used by Barack Hussein Obama which she has determined was issued in the state of Connecticut, where Obama has neither lived nor worked. Daniels has stated that the number had originally been assigned to a man from Connecticut born in 1890. Daniels is president of Daniels and Associates Investigations Inc., which is located in Ohio and was incorporated in 1995. Prior to opening her own company, Daniels worked as a private investigator for Friedrick Investigations in Lakewood, OH, including in the...
  • Shirley Sherrod returns to the USDA

    05/14/2011 8:52:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was forced out after a portion of a videotape was misleadingly used to show her making a racially insensitive remark, will start working for the USDA again, the department told POLITICO Friday. But she’s not getting her old job back. Instead, Sherrod will help the USDA improve its dismal civil rights record.
  • Government offers payouts to Hispanic, female farmers who claim discrimination

    05/07/2011 8:41:20 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/6/11 | Eloísa Ruano González
    Minority farmers have complained for decades that the U.S. Department of Agriculture denied or delayed giving them farm loans because of their ethnicity or gender, costing them their crops and land. Now, the USDA has acknowledged the discrimination. It is urging Hispanic and female farmers who can prove they were wronged to apply for settlements of up to $50,000. Frederick Pfaeffle, the department's deputy assistant secretary of civil rights, recently met with farmers and ranchers in Kissimmee and South Florida to promote the program. The settlement, which some Hispanic farmers have criticized for offering too little and placing the burden...
  • The Real Shirley Sherrod Scandal

    03/26/2011 4:18:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2011 | John Stossel
    Want to get a check from the government for $50,000? If you’re black and willing to say you once “attempted to farm,” the money could be yours. Why? In the 80’s and 90’s, some Black farmers were allegedly discriminated against by the Agriculture Department. Department loan officers supposedly did the opposite of what Shirley Sherrod was accused of: they granted government-subsidized farm loans to whites but not to blacks. Government shouldn’t be giving out government subsidized loans to anyone. But that’s another story for another time. When some black farmers sued, claiming discrimination, the USDA agreed to pay $50,000 to...
  • Pigford II - USDA offers settlement to women, Hispanic farmers

    02/28/2011 12:27:33 AM PST · by MissyUrion · 10 replies
    Is this Pigford II? WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is offering at least $1.3 billion to settle complaints from female and Hispanic farmers who say they faced discrimination from the Agriculture Department. The Agriculture and Justice departments announced Friday that farmers who could prove discrimination could receive up to $50,000. The proposal comes after the government settled with American Indians over similar discrimination issues last fall and Congress provided money for the second round of a black farmers settlement.......
  • USDA offers settlement to women, Hispanic farmers

    02/25/2011 12:33:20 PM PST · by freespirited · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Wapo ^ | 02/25/11 | Mary Clare Jalonik
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is offering more than $1.3 billion to settle complaints from female and Hispanic farmers who say they faced discrimination from the Agriculture Department. The Agriculture and Justice departments announced Friday that farmers who could prove discrimination could receive up to $50,000. The proposal comes after the government settled with American Indians over similar discrimination issues last fall and Congress provided money for the second round of a black farmers settlement. The government first announced its intent to settle the complaints in May. The more detailed offer announced Friday does not cap the amount of money...
  • Is Dr. John Boyd, President of the National Black Farmers Association, even a Doctor?

    02/22/2011 10:45:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 2/22/11 | Alana Goodman
    John Boyd is the president of the National Black Farmer’s Association and has been the main media face of the Pigford settlement for over a decade. He’s been featured on numerous TV shows and in print. He’s been lauded by members of the Congressional Black Caucus and often appears beside them in public appearences. He’s been recognized by President Obama and was present at the private signing ceremony when the Pigford II settlement was signed. Here’s a question that should be simple to answer — does he actually have a doctorate that allows him to refer to himself in professional...
  • Pigford’s Harvest

    02/17/2011 3:11:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NRO ^ | February 17, 2011 | Daniel Foster
    One unhappy night in 1992, 40-year-old Timothy Pigford, a fourth-generation black farmer having a terrible time of it trying to grow soybeans in North Carolina, sat in the living room of the house he was barely holding on to and drew up the outline of a lawsuit against the federal government. It was a decision more than 15 years in coming, ever since the first of the many times he’d been denied a USDA loan because — he was convinced — of the color of his skin. Before all was said and done, he would spend 20 years of his...