Michele Bachmann Bashes the Black Farmer Settlement

NewsOne, July 19, 2011

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.

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The two [Michele Bachmann and Rep. Steve King] responded by criticizing a 1999 settlement in what is known as the Pigford case, after the original plaintiff, North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford. Late last year, President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing a new, nearly $1.2 billion settlement for people who were denied payments in the earlier one because they missed deadlines for filing.

King has likened the Pigford settlement to “modern-day reparations” for African-Americans. He said Monday a large percentage of the settlement “was just paid out in fraudulent claims” and criticized the Obama administration’s plan to resolve separate lawsuits filed by Hispanic and female farmers.

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Bachmann seconded King’s criticism, saying, “When money is diverted to inefficient projects, like the Pigford project, where there seems to be proof-positive of fraud, we can’t afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.”

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  • Question Diversity

    I have used this medium and my own to heap a lot of opprobrium on Michele Bachmann as of late, not because I’m particularly mean or vicious (I can be, but that’s beside the point), but because she deserved it for substantive reasons. Just this one re-statement of her previous position during the middle of a Presidential campaign means that she (at least for now) has more racial courage than the rest of the Republican field put together. Now, it might not stay that way, she might go and say something stupid, i.e. left-wing on race, by this time next week.

  • splendiferous

    That just cost her the primary.

    Republican voters will never elect a Whitey who dares to cast suspicion or prejudice upon the “oppressed, manginalized, vulnerable, and at-risk communities of the beloved color”.

    If Republicans really thought about their own interests, we wouldn’t suffer under the hostile and dangerously anti-White Affirmative Action Diversity regime that has been imposed upon us by elite Whiteys, all who get status, position, power, and profit from “doing the right thing” for the blacks.

    In memory of Brittney Fox Watts, killed by Diversity, July 15, 2011, Midtown Atlanta.

  • WASP

    Bachmann has been out-spoken on this issue for YEARS.

    http://goo.gl/wUJpj

    Only 8,400 hits on this video? We stupid white folks deserve to pay this because we are too busy watching “Keeping up with the Kardashians” Go turn on the TV white folks….everything is OK!

    This settlement is nothing more than “back door reparations” expect more of it!

  • sbuffalonative

    While I support the criticism of these settlements, I believe it was wrong to liken them to reparations. That’s what they are and were ment to be.

    Emphasis should have been solely directed at the fraud. The reference to reparations is likely to pour fuel on the fire.

  • Wayne Engle

    Good to see a couple of politicians had the guts to take on this gross miscarriage of justice. Fox News did an expose on this ripoff some time back; thousands of blacks signed up as co-plaintiffs who had never farmed in their lives. It was just a handy way for them to “get back at Whitey.”

  • rockman

    During the depression my white grandfather traveled the country looking for work to save the family farm. he did not apply for federal money instead he worked and saved the farm by his own efforts owing the feds nothing.

    This settlement issue is pure PC bullcrap and a political bribe to vote for Obama.

  • Fritz

    I share some of the concerns of others that this might hurt Bachmann, unless she handles it right. She had the courge to say what she said and if she has the wisdom to back it up with facts and not apologies, this could be a plus for her. One thing is likely, they’ll probably stop talking about her headaches now.

  • Fr. John

    IT seems others are noting the ‘disingenuousness’ of B.O. re: the Bachman honesty.

    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2011/07/20/barbour-county-alabama-eufaula-black-farmers-pigford-scam/

  • Shawn (the female)

    Bachman is just another politician. There are a few who might have the courage to mention what they truly feel at the outset of a campaign, and she just might – might – be one, but they either all fall into line with Diversicrap speech tailored to the particular audience at the time or they fall out.

  • Douglas

    If the Pigford black farmers settlement got your Irish up, just wait ’til you see this

    https://farmerclaims.gov/FarmerClaims/farmer.do

  • Anonymous

    10 — Douglas wrote at 1:36 PM on July 21:

    If the Pigford black farmers settlement got your Irish up, just wait ‘til you see this

    https://farmerclaims.gov/FarmerClaims/farmer.do

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    Thanks for the link…It will NEVER stop until they drain Whitey of every cent he has. Or he is dead and gone, which is their agenda to begin with. Take what he has then kill him. Sounds like South Africa doesn’t it?

  • Marc B

    I disagree with Bachmann on many issues, but I like her more than the other candidates (Ron Paul is now supporting amnesty). Globalists and GOP establishment types have been doing hit pieces on her as she has risen in the polls, but she didn’t get much good press over the years before that. She is a bit batty, but I support her because guys like Karl Rove want to destroy her. The enemy of my enemy…

    Rick Perry is knight in shining armor they want to swoop in to win the primary just in case Obama is doomed to be a one-term president. He is an establishment globalist posing as a secessionist and states rights advocate.

  • Fox news is one of the best media sources known to the US. I think it is reliable and has always been accurate and infomative.