House GOP Calls for Investigation of Black Farmer Settlement

House GOP Calls for Investigation of Black Farmer Settlement

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 Three House Republicans say they want payments of more than $1 billion to black farmers stopped and are calling for the Justice Department to examine charges of fraud and abuse in the settlement of a racial discrimination suit.

According to Reps. Michele Bachman (Minn.), Bob Goodlatte (Va.) and Steve King (Iowa), the $1.25 billion payout to settle discrimination claims in the Pigford lawsuit--initiated in the late 1990s by the farmers—includes individuals who were never farmers.

The trio claims the settlement is subject to widespread fraud and abuse, and Sept. 29 called for a U. S. Justice Department probe of the settlement and how it has been implemented.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the African-American farmers, and others who attempted to enter the trade, after they were denied funding from the U.S. Agriculture Department to jump-start or keep their farm businesses afloat.

Currently, more than 75,000 farmers are awaiting their portions of the compensation, which also has the support of members of the Congressional Black Caucus and President Obama.

But King said in a statement issued by the Northern Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center that there is “massive fraud in the Pigford settlements.”

“I think [the Obama administration] has turned a blind eye to the fraud and corruption here,” King said in the statement.

In his statement, King noted that there are 18,000 black farmers. “They could not all have been victims of discrimination.

“To date, there have been over 94,000 claims made. These numbers speak to massive fraud, meaning that American taxpayers are on the hook for what Pigford judge Paul Friedman called ‘forty acres and a mule,'” King said, referring to U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman. ?
Friedman approved the April 14, 1999 settlement and consent decree of the suit that alleged black farmers were the victims of racial discrimination in USDA assistance from 1983 through 1997.

The class has expanded from the 400 farmers in the original suit to more than 75,000. Roughly 13,000 have been approved for payouts that start at $50,000 and can include loan forgiveness and tax offsets.

John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, and others have maintained that White farmers only had to ask for the same kind of assistance and funds were deposited in their accounts in a timely manner.

Boyd told the AFRO that King and his supporters opposed the settlement not over issues of fraud, but of race.

“They’ve been making those kinds of statements for a while,” Boyd said, “and bottom line, we think Mr. King is a racist.”

Boyd on other hand wonders where are the investigations for the farm subsidy programs and billion dollars that has been sent primarily to corporate farming businesses and White farmers.

“King wants to raise issues with the Black farmers but I’m saying there’s a whole lot of abuse such as in the farms subsidy program and elsewhere that he isn’t talking about.”
 

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Anonymous

Posted Oct 6 2010

No one called for an investigation of the "white farmers' President Obama just paid out almost a billion dollars to Blanche Lincoln for.

Michelle Bachmann is working with Andrew Breibart on this. i will post the link when i find it. I have read the link. Its not so much about the Black farmers as it is about hurting Shirley Sherrod. Breitbart needed someone to help him bring her down and (there's a blog on just that written by Breitbart) and Michelle Bachmann and others in Congress has agreed to help him. Also, Michelle Bachamann should be investigated as for taking money for being a "farmer'.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2010

I hate whitey...

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2010

Whitey know he is Tricky...boy I tell you!!!"Don't trust Whitey not now not ever!!!!!!"

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2010

The true fraud does occur with corporate farmers in the form of subsidy payments, crop insurance fraud and disaster payments . Not every farmer had a disaster in 2009, but rice and cotton farmers that experienced a minor loss of 5 -10 percent will be eligible for disaster payments. Black farmer payments pale in comparison. But it seems like corporate farmers deserve whatever they can get, whereas the black farmers are mostly fraudulent. In any class action suit there is going to be some degree of fraud. These hand full of senators should not hold up progress for all the legitimate claimants, just as they did not hold up the Disaster Bill for those that will get and dont deserve it.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2010

Republicans are old white racists who are destroying this country so nothing surprises me about them.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 7 2010

And white people wonder why blacks do not vote republican. There is nothing else to say here.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 8 2010

Nothing surprises me about the whitey.remember wayy back slavery was legal...NEVER TRUST WHITEY... EVERRRRRRR !!!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Oct 8 2010

Nothing surprises me about the whitey.remember wayy back slavery was legal...NEVER TRUST WHITEY... EVERRRRRRR !!!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Oct 8 2010

Nothing surprises me about the whitey.remember wayy back slavery was legal...NEVER TRUST WHITEY... EVERRRRRRR !!!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Oct 8 2010

Nothing surprises me about the whitey.remember wayy back slavery was legal...NEVER TRUST WHITEY... EVERRRRRRR !!!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Oct 8 2010

Nothing surprises me about the whitey.remember wayy back slavery was legal...NEVER TRUST WHITEY... EVERRRRRRR !!!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Oct 8 2010

I know this is true white people as and will always try to keep the black race from achieving there goals.


Anonymous

Posted Oct 11 2010

Fear the Republicans, Yes. Fear the Tea Party Ten Fold. With the Tea Party there will be NO Minimum Wage. Today's Minimum Wage is not a livable wage as it is. With the Tea Party, If you get sick, you die. Survival of the fittest. They have no love for Poor Folk, Black or White. Those that have, want more and they will take it from me and you, the have not's. In a New Civil War, they can't possibly win. They will be fighting for their possessions, We will be fighting for our lives.

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 13 2010

Mr king is a fallen angel,who is the personification of evil;called Satan.......

Anonymous

Posted Nov 10 2010

I think this is a very good ideal about the matter the mony is needed very much

Anonymous

Posted Nov 15 2010

This is a scam perpetrated by White lawyer James Scott Farrin who filed a lawsuit on behalf of thousands of black farmer he didn't even represent. This man is TV lawyer who has NEVER tried a single case. If this lawsuit is funded millions will go to white lawyers and not black farmers.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 15 2010

This is a scam perpetrated by White lawyer James Scott Farrin who filed a lawsuit on behalf of thousands of black farmer he didn't even represent. This man is TV lawyer who has NEVER tried a single case. If this lawsuit is funded millions will go to white lawyers and not black farmers.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Only 18K Farmers but 94K filled, Sounds like King is right and many of you calling him a racist are the true racists! Disgusting.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

All Americans seem to want is a 'free' handout from the government. Are we really that stupid to think that we can create 'free' money for everyone - for the government to give money to Peter, they first have to rob it from Paul. This county is simply doomed!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Do there goals include readin rittin and rithmatic?

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Lets compare the lives of blacks in America, under the "evil Whitey", vs blacks in Africa under the noble black leaders.

America: Blacks in America have highest standard of living of any country with a significant black
population $32021 US Census Bereau 2006 much higher if EDUCATED
have moved into highest eschelons of government and business, Obama, Rice, JayZ...
All Blacks have right to free speech and equality under the law
No genocide or inter tribal warfare

Africa: Genocide, inter tribal warfare
No investment in infrastructure instead leaders steal all countries money
No free speech no equality
abject poverty
rampant disease

Africa is what blacks have built. Europe, America, Australia, NZ, Canada, Russia are what the whites have built.

Ohh that "evil Whitey" how dare he let you be rich too.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Blacks bitch about pickin cotton, but when there is free money to be had, don't mind farming cotton at all.

How about them jewish farmers on Manhattan Island. There are 2000 farms receiving US Ag subsidies on Manhattan Island alone.

White people don't need most of you. Go somewhere else and quit leeching off of whites.
Parasites.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

75,000 farmers times 50,000 comes out to 3,750,000,000 on my calculator. Isn't problem number one the 1.25 billion figure?

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Poor Poor "Blackie"...I love what "blackie" has done to the neighborhood..oh..sorry "hood". I'm sick of the white people giving s.... to "blackie" just because hes black. Da white man keepin me down...yea sure. Have a white person saying "kill the n....." and he'd be locked up for years or killed. Hell, "blackie" says "kill the crackers & their babies" & gets absolutely NOTHING. Yea, I feel sooo bad for the poor blacks in this country. And dont cry about slavery..ALL nations were made slaves at some point in time. All blacks want is a free ride & free stuff, and they give it to them for their votes. Mexicans are the next voting pool to get free stuff ....JUST FACTS....

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Don 't tell me what I wonder. I could not care less what you vote. It's funny how the biggest fraud committing group of trogladites still sits and calls people whitey. Man, break the stereotype already. Every time you idiots crawl out of the wood work you just make it so easy to see you for what you are. Enjoy that short lived wealth "suckas"

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Black race has goals? HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHHAHHA .........HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. THAT'S A KNEE SLAPPER!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

To hell with the black-white bullshit.Couple of years from now Viva` we got it all!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

A Black man and a White man were sharing a house. There was a fire in the house and the black man died. Why did the White man survive? Because he was at WORK.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

This is for "viva we got it all"

And when you get it all, you'll turn it into a lovely garden spot just like the place you losers cannot wait to leave.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Fraud is fraud, regardless of race. There are Tea Party members in the Republican party, but the Republican party is not the Tea Party. They have to put candidates in one party or the other and the Democrats are way too liberal. If you want to reap the rewards for your work, then support Tea Party candidates. If you want to be a slave to the government with all of the entitlements and handouts for doing nothing, then stick with the Democrats.

Michael Steele is head of the Republican National Committee. James Clyburn couldn't even get the minority whip position in the house. Who got it? Steny Hoyer, a rich white guy. Who bowed down to whitey with their endorsement and golf-clapped while a special position was created for Clyburn that didn't even exist before? The Congressional Black Caucus. We should feel insulted and patronized because of this, but we don't. There have been blacks in prominent positions in Republican governments, but not so much so in Democrat governments.

I've heard all my life from my mama and gram that the Democrats really take care of us poor black folks. Sorry, but we've been lied to from the get go. I worked two jobs to put myself through college and I've made some sacrifices, but I don't live in a project checking my EBT card for the monthly deposit and worrying whether my kids will make it home from school safe. You're going to get even poorer waiting on a politician to help you out. You owe who you borrow or take from. You don't owe anyone when you earn it yourself. Sometime we're our own worst problem.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Isn't 1.25 billion divided by 75,000 farmers something like 17,000 dollars apiece? That's not much. They should give that much to every citizen in the country... 'jump start' the economy.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

the united states of zimbabwe.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Is there anything the teabaggers haven't declared war on?

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

This case has been SETTLED, people. Look it up. Michelle Bachmann is an unmitigated lunatic who has the same motivation as Sarah Palin, but she's just dumber. You want to set the precedent of questioning COURT SETTLEMENTS now?! Further proof that rightwingers believe that the law is theirs, so when it is unfavorable it's time to change things or throw laws out altogether. What's next? Reconstitution of the Confederacy? Repeal of the Civil Rights Act? Morons.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

niggers

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Niggers

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

These worthless shitskinned species is always trying to get unfair advantage from the government. Look at how many niggers are welfare queens.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

This case has been SETTLED, people. Look it up. Michelle Bachmann is an unmitigated lunatic who has the same motivation as Sarah Palin, but she's just dumber. You want to set the precedent of questioning COURT SETTLEMENTS now?! Further proof that rightwingers believe that the law is theirs, so when it is unfavorable it's time to change things or throw laws out altogether. What's next? Reconstitution of the Confederacy? Repeal of the Civil Rights Act? Morons.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

stupid inbred swine have no self worth unless they have someone to hate. whites are responsible for all wars and disease on earth and all the suffering of mankind. so a few NEGROES get $20 grand, big fucking deal. pinktoed swine couldn't make that in a year, so theyre all here dropping "nigger" anonymously. fucking cowardly swine deserve the inbred diseases they carry

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

This isn't that big of an issue by itself; because it's a symptom of the greater problem. The point everyone should be considering is not that "those people" (whites or blacks, depending on which side you are on) are getting over on "us" (whites or blacks, depending). The point here is that our whole system has become corrupt, and people are zeroing in on it from every point of the compass as they smell the "easy money." We're becoming a nation of scammers, and in the long run it's not going to get us anywhere but in trouble.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

I believe that many blacks deep down inside hate America. They get up every morning and when they look in the mirror, they don't see themselves as...a man...a woman...like everyone on this planet does...blacks still until today see...an x-slave! American blacks have a slave-mentality! They stand behind Obama 100%. American blacks don't care that Obama is again enslaving them. American blacks and we blacks from other countries don't get along. Blacks from other countries want to make sure that they are not associated with the negative, self-hating, pitiful attitude, down with America American blacks. Ask me how I know...I'm from Jamaica and I never saw such a sorry ass group of people with so much hatred in their hearts! Do away with your - you owe me mentality, free your mind - and mentally BE a FREE MAN!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

I can see it...NOT the last part though.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Why do nigger farmers have to get "special treatment"? Because the prez is a nigger!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

The only All Black team to anything of significance plays rugby!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

let it go...everyone else is stealing...wait a minute: not everyone, just the bankers, the govt and the churches

Anonymous

Posted Nov 20 2010

Let it go. Everyone else is stealing. Oh, wait a minute. No everyone, just the bankers, the govt, the politcians, the corporations. Blacks never get on that actiion. Every black working-class person has been raped so I think they should have it.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

blacks will continue to prove their ignorance such as the comments here confirm.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

We need a race war! The 87% that aren't n!ggers need to wipe you apes out once and for all!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

We need a race war! The 87% that aren't niggers need to wipe you apes out once and for all! Niggers are the curse of the USA!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

whites have all the color frequencies, so the light tells that in the color. any protest of goons dressed like whites and trying to mimic the white tecno way of life will always be treated as a joke. you have no dignity, never broke resistance against the slavers. whites have been making themselves slaves between the white tribes for thousands of years in battlefields of europe and asia, and noone cries like a depressed girl. you think you have a plan? we are all laughing. when you get in the right life balance and act properly as our dogs, you will start being rewarded.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

I hate niggers

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

I cannot believe the comments! Seriously, you all are complaining because somoeone is trying to cut off 'free money'? Listen up black folks, quit living up to the stereotypes and people will stop stereotyping you! Its as simple as that. When you stop relying on welfare and govt handouts to make a living then you are taking a step in the right direction, you talk about slavery and 'whitey' owes you.. lol, were you a slave? 'whitey' dont owe you a dime! Take responsiblity for you own lives! Truth is, every race on this planet was a slave at one time or another, some still are! Yet you only hear about blacks complaining about slavery...its all you have left! You have as many and probably more advantages than any other race, Free scholarships, welfare, affimative action, My God do i have to keep going? Do you hear about the irsh complaing that they were slaves? NO! Look what happened to the American indians! they were massacred by the thousands, and told where to live, do you hear them bitching? NO! But a mere six percent of black people were slaves back in the 17-1800's in America and the truth is out of that six percent, half were owned by other blacks! and your still bitching! My God! Lets talk about the real slavemasters, the Govt. They have you by the balls with theyre 'entitlements' to blacks, Welfare for one, they have you on a leash and you dont even know it! Get real and wake up!
- Sincerly, A True Knightrider!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

If you really look at the TRUE history of slavery, you will find that most if not ALL of the slave traders that brought the africans over here were JEWS! That's right! Whites are not your enemy. It's the damn Jews passing as white. Research it yourself, if you're not too thick!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

Whitey feeds, clothes and provides all medical care and critical infrastructure for Blacky, I would love to see Blacky try to survive on his own.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

i hate nigger loving jews

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

Jews blame whites for colonialism and slavery when in fact jews were the prine slave traders and jews ended up owning the resources that came from colonialism.

Jewish banks funded both sides of the US Civil War. They funded the South at 3% interest and the North at 25% interest. Gee I wonder who they were hoping was going to win?

White people in Germany were the first people in the world to outlaw all forms of slavery. White people in England followed closely after and took it a step further upholding their slavery laws on the high seas. Blaming slavery which was a world wide institution encompassing all ethnicites on whites when whites were the first to outlaw it is silly.

Jewish control of the media is the reason the above facts have been forgotten.

Scott Mollett
CA USA

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

It's clear: Obama despises white middle class Americans and is doing everything possible to rob us of what little we save after taxes by printing trillions out of thin air; robbing us of our dignity - it wouldn't surprise me if he, Michelle, and Reggie Love, his 'friend' joke about the TSA sexually molesting us; rob us of our power by escalating these wars of opportunity for profit; and rob us of our freedoms by routinely (as the Neocons did also) ignoring the United States Constitution. Our government has become a criminal parasitic kleptocracy.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 21 2010

I am a Jewish person and if it were up to me, none of the blacks would be owning a computer because they would all be cleaning toilets somewhere.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 22 2010

Wow, this type of article is clearly to ratchet up racial tensions. Why else would they not censor the appalling comments from whites, blacks , and even a Mexican. Don't fall for it people, when things get bad, and they will, we cannot, as Americans, afford to be caught up in these really stupid squabbles. Stay cool, don't act impulsively. We are stronger with unity. Please remember this. We are ALL Americans Dammit!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 24 2010

I hate blacks vile creatures

Anonymous

Posted Nov 25 2010

There isn't enough money to compensate all the people this government has screwed.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 30 2010

I believe they should be paid.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 20 2011

a lot of black people mised out of the lawsuite, becuse of late notice i joint strong law firm at the last minute and didnot qualify and was dismiss after the pigford 11 deadline and my family the was most affected family,all people in my area fraud against with the so call THOMAS BURELL THE BFAA INC P.O. COVINGTON TENNEESSEE BLACK PEOPLE FOR A 100.00 A YEAR MEMBERSHIP

Anonymous

Posted Feb 4 2011

This is a scam perpetrated by White lawyer James Scott Farrin who filed a lawsuit on behalf of thousands of black farmer he didn't even represent. This man is TV lawyer who has NEVER tried a single case. If this lawsuit is funded millions will go to white lawyers and not black farmers!

Anonymous

Posted Mar 12 2011

some black people are good some are not so good. some white people are good some are not so good and so on with other race of peoples. it seams like the black man has all had hard times back in those days slaves.i am so glad that my mother and father did not teach their childrens to hate but to love like GOD say love .other peoples other country ask for money food or what ever look like they get it with no hasel. this is what we did was farm the ones who had land that was not taken from us.i am so glad GOD dose not have pick and chose.one day he will be back like he said. he said he wood and fix it. I will pray for our leaders that they will do the right thing this is GOD world and we are all his childrens. HE WILL FIX IT.

Anonymous

Posted Mar 12 2011

we need help.

Anonymous

Posted May 26 2011

Shirl
It is so, so sad that so much hatred is still in so many hearts. Will we ever learn that GOD loves all of us no matter what the color of our skin. We are so divide. Where is the Love? Wake up everybody take a look around. God is tried of all the fighting. He his on his way back. Instead of all the name calling and everthing else we should be praising GOD and looking to spend ETERNITY with him. Instead of fighting over material things. GOD IS LOVE, GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF HIS CHILDRENS. Keep the faith in him(God) and we will make it into the promised land. Romans 10:11 "Anyone who trusts in him (God) will never be put to shame." Be Bless

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