Probe Pigford Fraud

Investor’s Business Daily, July 21, 2011

[Editor’s note: Here is the story we wrote about the Pigford shakedown ten years ago. Congress is only now catching on.]

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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 to include in his investigation the whole Pigford matter, which began as a redress of grievances by a handful of black farmers and morphed with the help of President Obama into a redistribution of wealth scheme and back-door reparations.

The original Pigford settlement arose out of a 1997 class-action lawsuit by Timothy Pigford and 400 southern black farmers who had apparently legitimate claims of discrimination against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its allocation of farm loans between 1983 and 1987. At last count, more than 94,000 black farmers had signed up for well north of $1 billion in payments under the settlement.

Based on census data, however, there were only some 33,000 black farmers in existence during the period in question. Based on that number and the number of denied applications, the USDA originally estimated that only 2,000 such claims would be filed. A separate suit filed by 300,000 American Indians claimed they, too, had been cheated out of land royalties dating to 1887.

In 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama began working to pass legislation providing even more money for a whole new class of claimants via “Pigford II,” which now includes Hispanic and female farmers as well as American Indians. As president, Obama rammed this $4.6 billion monstrosity through last year’s lame-duck session.

Under the original settlement, a federal judge ordered $50,000 payouts to claimants using very low levels of “proof.” As BigGovernment.com reported, the only “proof” required was a form stating the claimant had “attempted” to farm, perhaps planting tomatoes in the backyard, and to have a family member vouch for that assertion.

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We don’t know why Rep. Issa is dragging his feet on his promised investigation into Pigford or why he and Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., were among the 79 Republicans who voted not to defund Pigford II.

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  • Anonymous

    We don’t know why Rep. Issa is dragging his feet on his promised investigation into Pigford or why he and Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., were among the 79 Republicans who voted not to defund Pigford II.

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    Oh yes, the great black Allen West that so many Tea Partiers love. Of course he is going to give our money to his “people”. As for Issa, another Republican who makes promises he doesn’t intend to keep.

    We all know by now the Republicans are as bad as the Democrats when it comes to taking White taxpayer dollars and give it to blacks and assorted nonwhites. They can’t be “racists” can they?

  • Question Diversity

    … Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., were among the 79 Republicans who voted not to defund Pigford II.

    I’ve said it in this space recently, that Allen West shouldn’t be trusted with one iota more political power than he has now. Not the Presidency, not the Secretary of Defense, not the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, not the subcommittee chairman of fill in the blank whachamacallit, nothing beyond that of an ordinary Congressman. He benefited from affirmative action in his military career, to think otherwise is naivete. Give him any real power over the Pentagon, and he’ll use to to ram even more affirmative action down its throat than it has already. Give him power over immigration and guess what happens when rickshaws full of Haitians are on their way to South Florida.

    Now do you think I’m crazy?

  • Urban Teacher

    “Pigford II, which now includes Hispanic and female farmers as well as American Indians”.

    We’re still waiting to hear from gay and lesbian farmers.

  • WASP

    This is reparations under a different label.

    Bachmann has been the only one I have seen standing up to this.

    I will most certainly vote for her.

  • rockman

    Amazing what white folks put up with and say nothing about. I am going to dye my skin and put in for some money myself. Reminds me how a black furniture store in the Central Valley of Calif got a 100,000 small business loan in 1973 when that was still alot of money. One year later they had assets of 5,000 total. Just didnt know where the money went. Then there were the black contractors on the Alaskan Pipeline who slept in the crew bus all day and never worked one single hour on the project.

  • anonymous

    Some were cheated. If they were, compensate them. Those with vague claims, bring some evidence that you actually were a farm operator, or drop out.

  • gg

    No real place to post this, but black conservative writer Elizabeth Wright, who has been posted several times at AR, has entered her final days in hospice care. God bless her human soul.

  • Anonymous

    6 — anonymous wrote at 5:08 PM on July 23:

    Some were cheated. If they were, compensate them. Those with vague claims, bring some evidence that you actually were a farm operator, or drop out.

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    What makes you think there were some that were “cheated”? You think maybe, just maybe, they could not even qualify for a loan? You think maybe they were bad credit risks? Back in the days when COMMON SENSE was used by the lenders!

  • Question Diversity

    7 GG:

    I know of at least one occasion where she told the leader of a pro-white organization that she would withdraw her support of it if it ever stopped being explicitly pro-white.

  • Question Diversity

    I wanted to post this before this thread got stale, but Allen West is running around making the excuse that he “mistakenly” voted not to defund Pigford because he didn’t understand the issue. Andrew Breitbart was on the Dana Loesch show today, and said that West is lying when he uses this cop out, because Breitbart himself told West about Pigford and what a fraud it was months ago, months before he even got elected. Of course, exposing Pigford fraud was one of the famous Breitbart media empire’s “stings” (even though AR covered it years and years ago).

    That combined with West’s being the “house black” to John Boehner’s “Massa” to poodle for a Federal budget that cuts all of $0.001 trillion this year, that should finally drive the point home about him. Though Breitbart mistakenly assumes that West’s perfidy is part of him being absorbed into the Beltway culture — Maybe that’s true to a point, but the real reason is that he’s black, and a black is a black is a black is a black is a black. Don’t trust a one any further than you can spit. Now I hope West loses his next election, even if it is to an unhinged liberal kook, and even if it does mean the political class interprets his loss the wrong way. Unfortunately, the Florida Republicans will probably give him a favorable gerrymander.