Why Reparations for Slavery Could Help Boost the Economy

Michael Maiello, Reuters, June 4, 2014

{snip} Imagine we have decided yes, as a society we must pay a price for these injustices [against blacks], and it must be large. Those payments could well constitute the stimulus that the U.S. economy needs to take it into the next century.

To the economy, stimulus is stimulus, as long as it’s done right. Whether it is paid to a group of people based on where they live, their ethnicity or their religion might matter to politics, but to the economy, it doesn’t matter–as long as the money is put to work through either consumption or investment. The reparations-as-stimulus idea gets a short mention from Coates, who writes that:

In the 20th century, the cause of reparations was taken up by a diverse cast that included the Confederate veteran Walter R. Vaughan, who believed that reparations would be a stimulus for the South.

Vaughan, a former confederate soldier turned Idaho politician, recognized that “pensions would financially benefit former slaves and would indeed be a semblance of justice for their years of forced labor,” according to an article in the summer 2010 issue of Prologue magazine, a publication of the National Archives. {snip}

Vaughan’s vision is too simplistic to apply to modern times. Today reparations would affect 44.5 million Americans, most of whom are in a position, or could eventually be in a position, to do far more than spend. The stimulus would lead to both entrepreneurship and investment and potential direct poverty alleviation for 3.2 percent of the total population, assuming that cash-based reparations payments would be large enough to lift even the poorest recipient above the poverty line.  This would affect the roughly 27 percent of African-Americans who were below the poverty line in 2012.

Put those elements together and there is a prime case for stimulus that would both alleviate poverty directly, and provide payments to people who can either grow their investments or start or expand businesses.

Any reasonable program would start with direct cash payments of sufficient largess that it should be able to eliminate any reasonable consumer debts and allow the recipient access to retail banking services (the poor are notoriously under served by financial institutions). This assistance could immediately affect more than 30 percent of the participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, boosting them in such a way that they no longer need to receive benefits, according to figures from the Urban Institute. The payments would be a huge boon for the states who administer the block grants behind these programs. Imagine similar reductions in the number of users of food stamps and medical programs.

The drawback is that one-time payments are temporary and we do not want to find ourselves, one or two years down the line, back where we started. {snip}

Coates has given us a lot to think about. The temptation is to argue about what is ethically “right.” But in doing so, we shouldn’t ignore the also interesting possibility that we could be looking at a pilot program for a new America.

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  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Reparations will be incredibly popular amongst poor and middle class Whites.

    • LHathaway

      haha. If you mean reparations for whites, however, yes, reparations would be popular among poor and middle class whites.

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        • Whitetrashgang

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  • cecilhenry

    This is so parasitic as to be beyond disgusting.

    How about compensating whites for 150 years of black crime, violence, degeneracy and lower standards.

    And oh, there hasn’t been a black slave in 150 years so there is NO one to compensate.

    Remember if you choose group guilt then blacks then and now have a lot to answer for. LEt’s start there first.

    • Publius Pompilius Quitus

      Indeed, it is laughable hypocrisy and nothing more than anti-White grievance.

  • JSS

    If giving free stuff to blacks was good for any economy then Detroit and Africa would be economic power houses.

    • Groovy

      Reparations will just destroy some of the nations wealth and as a result we will all be poorer.

      • MooTieFighter

        yep, just look at the cities that receive the most financial handouts. there like a financial vortex.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Boost to economy translates into…

      These shiftless negroes will spend every penny of anything “gibsen” to them within a year or two on the most moronic junk and garbage and then…

      They’ll be back where they started, asking for more “gibsmudat”.

      No, the trillions they’ve already cost isn’t enough.

      I’m for one more big pay out, however…one that involves them going back to colonize da muddahland and never returning.

  • MekongDelta69

    Here’s another novel idea.

    We keep our own money and Michael Maiello can go [blanket-blank-blank].

  • Groovy

    Winners will be coke dealers , Nike and expensive booze makers.

    • r j p

      Korean stores that sell malt liquor, hurr (hair) and claw (nail) shops, Koreans and Chinese who sell their hair, spinner rim sellers, payday loan stores, pawn shops, colored soda makers, KFC, rib shacks, skin bleaching manufacturers, Cadillac dealers, street walkers, strip clubs, NBA/NFL/MLB hat manufacturers and the stores that sell them, cigar stores, corner weed dealers, spandex clothes stores, negro suit tailors,tacky jewelry dealers, etc.
      .
      And then whoosh. All the money gone.

      • SentryattheGate

        You nailed it!

      • Rhialto

        Not true! The payday loan stores & pawn shops will lose, temporarily.

        • r j p

          I was actually thinking a little more about the payday loan stores.
          They loan $200 once and it gets renewed between pay days for life, or until they file for bankruptcy. The auto title loan racket has to be even funnier. You know that loan will no longer perform the day a 23 year old car dies for good.

      • Kenner

        ‘Hurr’ and ‘claw’!! –Excellent!

  • Brian

    What about the anti-stimulus to those whites who have to PAY the fee? Aside from the ‘justice’ of redistribution angle, all they’re doing is shifting money, not creating it. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch!

    • The Verdict of History

      Free lunch is already available, and black ideology in this country views it as their just due. Anything else is “perpetuating the legacy of slavery”

      1.) We already are paying reparations.

      The War on Poverty constituted, perhaps unintentionally, an enormous reparations program in and of itself.

      – billions of dollars in aid to education
      – enormous entitlement programs
      – affirmative action in private industry, government and education and scholarship programs
      – billions of dollars worth in urban renewal programs
      – Office of Economic Opportunity: Head Start, Job Corp, Community Action program
      – “LBJ promised that the war on poverty would be an “investment” that would “return its cost manifold to the entire economy.” But the country has invested $20.7 trillion in 2011 dollars over the past 50 years.”

      Period.

      2.) Western Nations, particularly the British, played a critical role in abolishing the slave trade during the 19th century. No non-Western society was so enlightened. Not a single one of the Black African countries, nor any Islamic country (which thrived on the slave trade prior to its trans-Atlantic phase began) saw political or humanitarian efforts to end slavery.

      3.) From the 15th century onward, African Nations and commercial entities played an instrumental role in selling their own people and those of their rivals, into slavery. If we’re to blame anyone for the slave trade, we ought to start with Africans, who engaged in it for centuries prior to the arrival of the first European.

      “How did slaves make it to these coastal forts? The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred.”

      – Henry L. Gates, Harvard Professor and Chair of African American History Department

      4.) The vast majority of European Americans were not directly implicated in slavery, not even passively…

      Large swaths of the White American population are descendants of immigrants who migrated to the US after slavery was destroyed (Italians, Eastern Europeans, including Jews and Slavs and Italians). The Irish and Germans fought on the side which destroyed slavery.

      If the slave-descendents get compensated, should Irish and German Americans be given medals of honor for their ancestors’ valor??

      According to the US Census of 1860, only about 1.6% of US citizens owned slaves in 1860, when slavery was at its apogee in North America. None the less, this was merely the cog in the wheel of a financial and industrial machine which relied on the slave-run agricultural motor. It was merely one competent in an international machine.

      This is all about pointing fingers into the white man’s eye.

      • Ron Cheaters

        Its what movies like 12 years a slave are designef to whip up. Expect more of it in the months/years to come.

  • Luca

    Someone please explain for me the difference between Reparations and Welfare?

    • MekongDelta69

      Sure.

      One word starts with an “R” and the other word starts with a “W“.

      Always glad to help a fellow AmRener

    • Jesse James

      Welfare theoretically is based on economic need or disability; reparations are specifically targeted at blacks and other special peoples.

      • Luca

        It was a rhetorical question.

        • Jesse James

          I know I just couldn’t resist taking a swing at it.

    • r j p

      Welfare arrives monthly, reparations are the once in a lifetime great negro Christmas.

      • The Verdict of History

        Reparations, in concrete application, would constitute annual, multi-hundred billion dollar infusions into various black “communities” and “institutions”.

        Kind of like what we have now – pouring funds into the eternal abyss.

        • r j p

          You seem to be using the Jewish Survivor Pension definition for reparations. If we are going to do it here, it should be one and done.
          F*** off, you got your “repperayshuns” now quit complaining.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      One is a lump sum, the other an annuity.

      • AE Hall

        Oddly accurate

    • AE Hall

      The arbitrary whimsical justifications?

  • Puggg

    All the welfare money we’ve spend on ’em over all these years and decades hasn’t helped so far. Why would even more make a difference?

    They won’t pay debts, they won’t take the money to a bank, they won’t invest. It’ll go to bling, junk, shoes and Escalades.

    • Jesse James

      Pugg reparations are not being pushed so much to actually help blacks. I think the idea is to destroy white prosperity. The radicals won’t be happy until they shove us down into the mud and piss on us.

  • Akwarius Tilton

    I thought we were already paying reparations monthly in the form of EBT, Sec 8, WIC, and a host of other fine give-away programs.

  • David Ashton

    In Britain and Italy the income from prostitution and drugs appears to have been included in our GDP statistics. Amazing what you can do with the balance sheet if you are in charge of it.

  • Luca

    If they ever hand out lump-sum reparations I am buying stock in Cadillac, Colt 45, Air Jordans, gold-teeth manufacturers and KFC.

    Give them all $50k a piece and all that money will be gone in one week.

    • tlk244182

      Thanks for the stock tip!

      • Whitetrashgang

        Don’t forget hair weaves because half the womans money is going there.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Come on most should have enough money for a month or two, considering they will still be using section 8 and payday loans.

      • ElComadreja

        50K would keep them in crack, heroin, booze, smokes and fried chicken for a few weeks.

        • David Ashton

          Clean new white trainers every day.

  • TruthBeTold

    Well, every other transfer of wealth has failed to raise black achievement so this proposal HAS to work. Right?

  • Frank_DeScushin

    The past fifty years have been a “pilot program for a new America” and has seen trillions in unnamed reparations. The economy hasn’t been kick started and new America sucks.

  • Jesse James

    How utterly mad these people are, it appears they will keep talking and talking about it until reparations become reality. Why not? This strategy worked out well for them on forced acceptance of homosexuals, race mixing, government manipulated health care insurance, destruction of merit testing and promotions systems. You name it the left keeps kicking their insanity can down the road until we pick it up and eat it.

  • I posted this hilarious explanation of stimulus on my site last night. It’s from the great Zen Gardner. If I were still teaching economics at the university, I would use this in class:

    Stay with this one. It is good.

    It’s a slow day in the small town of Pumphandle and the streets are
    deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is
    living on credit.

    A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel,
    and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms
    upstairs to pick one for the night.

    As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs
    next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

    (Stay with this….. and pay attention)

    The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt
    to the pig farmer.

    The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his
    supplier, the Co-op.

    The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the
    local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to
    offer her “services” on credit.

    The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel Owner.

    The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the
    traveler will not suspect anything.

    At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the
    rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.

    No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole
    town now thinks that they are out of debt and there is a false
    atmosphere of optimism and glee.

    And that, my friends, is how a “stimulus package” works.

    • dd121

      Socialist Keynes economics in a nutshell.

    • tlk244182

      Sounds to me like the hotel proprietor traded the prostitute’s room for the pork chops, and the farmer produced the pork, thus earning $100, no? (Obviously, I’m not an economist.)

      • Ron Cheaters

        The hotel owner took a hit of $100 hoping his hotel looked good

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      In the early 80s I thought I was being slick by playing bank float. It caught up with me after something I didn’t plan for and came tumbling down like legal bricks.

      I learned a hard lesson about playing games with money. It’s a tool, nothing else. But that’s the problem in government, nobody gets punished like I did. They get to blame it on “the economy” as if we’re all “stupid”.

    • Tarczan

      That sounds screwy, but I can’t figure out where the logic is wrong.

      • r j p

        The only thing that didn’t happen is the innkeeper didn’t get $100 for his room. It is a completely reasonable description. Nobody makes a profit though, they used the funds received to pay existing debts so they have no means to re-invest in their own businesses.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Its because nothing really happened, everything is still the same.

      • connorhus

        YA the guy inspecting the rooms, who in this case acts like a bank, got shafted because he didn’t get no stinking interest.

    • IstvanIN

      Excellent! Wealth is not money, it is simply a medium of exchange. Only by producing something can wealth be created. The farmer creates wealth by raising the pig. The butcher creates wealth by making sausage. Everyone else depends on the wealth creators.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        Such a simple concept but understood by so few!

    • Martel

      I didn’t know you taught economics. What is your position on protectionism?
      The infant industry argument seems to be considered an irrelevant side-note in most books published by the main publishers of educational material, but at least its mentioned. There are also very few studies which show the damage done by unrestricted globalism, showing how little interest there is amongst academics.

      I like the explanation, though I would hope only first year students would require it.

  • Whites poured over a trillion into Africa. What do they have to show for it?

    And reparations have been paid for a long time in the form of free stuff for blacks.

    I guess, since the Jewish and white elites are embarrassed that they are the richest people in America, they wanna maintain an alliance with blacks through massive bribery.

    • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

      America has poured over one trillion in Israel in various aid. What do they have to show for it?

      • Jews turning us into slaves.

        Jews should pay us reparations in turn.

        • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

          Their shekels are hard to take, only violent force will suffice

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          What’s the worst gift for a gentile to give as a bar mitzvah gift?
          An Easy Bake Oven.

          • Whitetrashgang

            So now I have to stock up on easy bake ovens?

      • r j p

        How much did Germany give them (including the survivor pensions)?

        • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

          I just seen on Yahoo today the Germans were going to give them more

          • r j p

            Oh my, more, they are a quite a tribe

          • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

            They have always been the money grubbing tribe since ancient times. In ancient Egypt (Old Testament) they were supposedly slaves but when they left Egypt (or deported) they had enough gold earrings and other objects to melt down into a golden calf to worship. Quite the slaves to have such golden hoards.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            I thought Germany repatriated them to Israel and the United States. They got reparations too?

          • r j p

            They received “survivor pensions”. It was a substantial potion of Israel’s gross income for years, that, and US foreign aid.

    • Kenner

      ‘Jews’…There’s the mostly anti-white, left-wing Jewish establishment, and the execrable Frankfurt School….and then, there are the jews who support us and post here.

  • Dave4088

    Great idea. Every afro-merican can use the money to start their own KFC and be self employed. Then we can eliminate affirmative action.

    • SentryattheGate

      “…provide payments to people who can either grow their investments or start or expand businesses.” Even in Africa, the Africans don’t run most of the businesses, Arabs do! Like US black ghettos, non-blacks run the businesses; I think blacks don’t have what it takes!

  • Kenner

    The more they beat the reparations drum, the more whites will flock to us.

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    Does Oprah get money too? She might be hurting for some bucks.

    • IstvanIN

      She has been oppressed by shop girls!

      • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

        They didn’t have bovine size dresses for her obese frame:(

        • Who Me?

          That’s why she was shopping for a $35,000. purse.

    • Whitetrashgang

      You mean a couple big black guys who don’t mind she is fat?

      • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

        my little pun

  • Dave West

    Another reason I’m against reparations is that it gives blacks the impression that if they just whine and complain enough money will just magically fall from the sky. They’d be back for more after the majority of them waste it all in a matter of hours; I hope car repossession businesses have room for endless Cadillac Escaldes!

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Why whatever would give blacks that whining and complaining would get them money? Surely not the last 50 years!

  • Tom Thumb

    Why Reparations for Slavery Could Help Boost the Economy
    _______________________________________________
    All the idea of reparations is just shifting earned money around to people who haven’t earned it. We’ve already created an industry based on illusion. It’s called welfare. Reparations will just be welfare II.

  • dd121

    Since the historic white Americans no longer have the ability to control this madness at the ballot box we have no choice except direct action.

    • JohnEngelman

      Reparations is a straw man argument, or a red herring. It will not happen.

      On the other hand, “direct action” is a foolish and dangerous fantasy. It will lead to Timothy McVeigh style acts of terrorism.

      The reason you and others do not have the ability to control what you do not like at the ballot box is because most Americans disagree with you.

      I heard that kind of talk during the War in Vietnam in the anti war movement. Those who talked that way behaved in ways that angered the voters into voting for politicians who continued policies the talkers disliked.

      • dd121

        The Democrats have permanently gamed the system by importing millions of undocumented Democrats to swing elections. I would guess a lot of Americans disagree with that too.

        • JohnEngelman

          Immigrants who moved here legally and who became American citizens have as many rights under the Constitution as you do. One of these rights is the right to vote.

          • dd121

            The 20-30 million who came here illegally do not have any right to vote. The Dems and to a lesser degree the repubs committed an unconstitutional, revolutionary act to drive a knife through the heart of the historic American nation.

          • JohnEngelman

            I am not defending illegal immigrants. I am pointing out that non whites who are American citizens have the right to vote.

            This is what the Fourteenth Amendment has to say about it: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

            This is what the Fifteenth Amendment has to say about it: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

  • Why all this reparations stuff promoted by the media?

    Is it because the Liberal coalition is weak? After all, Jews, homo elites, and white Liberals(and some Asians)are doing a helluva better than blacks and browns.

    So, how to keep the coalition together through means other than KKKrazy Glue? After all, crying wolf gets tiresome after awhile.

    Bribery to browns in the form of amnesty.

    And bribery to blacks in the form of reparations.

    Fed will be printing a lot of money.

    But how will reparations work? Will every new black child born receive reparations? After all, if every black person deserves it, then reparations will have to go on forever. Why should only blacks who are alive now get it? What if you’re a black person born 50 yrs from now?

    If reparations had been done when the black population was only 10 million, then all the blacks that came later wouldn’t have gotten it. Unfair, right?
    So, for it to be fair, every newborn black kid will have to get it, which means forever and ever and ever.

    Since Libs don’t want to admit that blacks fail in school and work because of their lower IQ and behavioral problems, they’re gonna blame white ‘racist’ history and appease blacks for eternal bribery. Every newborn black kid is assured $150,000 or something like that.
    And like aff-action, it will never end.

    As the economic gulf between the super-have Libs and super-have-not blacks and browns keeps growing larger and larger–and since all the educational programs aren’t doing any good to bridge the gap–, the only way to maintain the coalition is through outright bribery.

    I guess companies don’t really mind since they know that blacks tend to be spendthrift. Most blacks won’t save that money or invest it in anything long-term but just buy fancy cars and bling. Just consider Jesse Jackson Jr.’s spending habits. He should have defended himself by saying that the money he spent illegally was really a form of reparations.

    Or go to Las Vegas and gamble.

  • If blacks want some HEP, they should play it like the Indians.

    Indians got the casinos.

    So, how about blacks be given a special ownership of a certain industry?

    Since marijuana is becoming legal all over America, how about we give Negroes monopoly rights on the production and distribution of pot?

    WE GROW FOR THE NEGRO.

    More dignified than asking for handouts by guilt-baiting.

    At the very least, WE GROW FOR THE NEGRO program will require blacks to work at something–even though they’ll be hiring lots of white hippies to run the actual productions since blacks aren’t fit to do a lot of technical stuff.

  • Dave West

    Why are so many black “intellectuals” all the sudden pushing so hard for reparations? Is there a new edition of super expensive Air Jordan’s coming out in the near future?

    • Well, Jews are behind it too.

      The fact is Jewish Liberals are stinking rich but many Democratic blacks are poor.
      As time goes on, blacks are gonna look at rich Jews and see them as ‘oppressors’. So, Jews wanna dredge up past history and focus black attention/rage on evil white ‘racists’ who used to own slaves.

      • Dave West

        I will never understand jews, they seem to be their own worst enemy. They are against gun control and many I have met in FL don’t want to be anywhere near a gun; given events that have happened in history, one would think that they would be some of the biggest supporters of individual gun rights.

        In Europe and America they, along with other white libs, support mass amounts of third world immigrants. In Europe jews are some of the prime targets of physical attacks by groups of Arabs. Also many latinos don’t view jews very favorably either.

        • Gun control is good for Jews in the US.

          Jews are only 2% of the population in the US. If it came down to a gun battle between Jews and gentiles, who would win? 98% with guns can easily beat 2% with guns.

          So, Jews have gained control of government and courts and elite institutions. So, Jews want guns only in the hands of government goons who must answer to Jews. If only government goons(controlled by Jewish elites) have guns and if we don’t have guns, then Jews have total power over us.

          But notice Jews don’t push for gun control in Israel where Jews are the majority. In that country, every Jewish family is REQUIRED to have an assault rifle to use against Arabs.

          So, there’s no secret behind Jewish political logic. It makes good sense.

          If I were a Jewish-American, I too would try to take guns away from the American people, As a Jew, I would know that the military and police are controlled by Jews. So, if the masses of gentiles have no guns but the government has all the guns, that means Jews have total control over everyone.

          • Dave West

            That strategy sure backfired after the Weimar Republic collapsed.

          • Alexandra1973

            Jews don’t run it all; they’re merely hirelings.

          • Monmouth78

            Wrong.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      It’s the “educated” version of “gibs me dat.”

  • It’s true that blacks were used as slaves. But what did they gain within a few centuries under whites that they couldn’t gain in the Dark Continent under the rule of their own kind?

    Under whites, blacks got written language(worth 100 trillion dollars), the wheel(worth 100 trillion dollars), electricity(worth 100 trillion dollars), running water(worth 100 trillion dollars), modern medicine(worth 100 trillion dollars), benefits of science and technology(worth 900 trillion dollars), access to airplanes, universities, space programs, modern agriculture, computers, and etc, etc.

    So, blacks really own whites a gazillion dollars for all the great stuff that whites provided blacks with. Even though blacks got less than whites in America, they still got more than just about everyone else around the world. Also, even the notion that slavery is wrong and freedom is a right is a white idea. Before whites came up with that argument, no black African thought slavery was bad. So, blacks also owe whites for the concept of freedom as a right.

    And if indeed slavery was the reason for American riches, how come most slave-societies remained poor? Africa had slavery for 10,000 yrs, but it still remained a pisspot continent. Soviet Union had slave labor in the Gulag, but it eventually collapsed. North Korea is a slave state, but it’s poor as hell. Slavery still exists in India but it’s a piss poor country still.

    The key to American growth wasn’t slavery per se but the efficient and able management of slavery by whites who were good managers. And as slavery goes, white slave owners treated black slaves a hell of a lot more humane than others around the world treated their slaves.
    Also, because American slavery was privately owned, slave-owners who invested in their slaves had to take good care of them. In contrast, the statist slavery that existed in Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, and Communist China didn’t mind killing millions since they could enslave millions more.

    But I think the best way would be reparation AND separation. And why should blacks object to it if they believe that whites are always keeping them down? Give the Negroes reparation but let’s also have separation. Let them have their own country. Give some states to the Negroes and let Negroes live under Negroes. They will never have to worry about ‘white racism’ again.

    And since blacks are more aggressive, stronger and tougher, and thus pose a threat to the health and well-being of non-blacks of all kinds, separation will be good for whites and other non-blacks. too.

    So REPARATION AND SEPARATION.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Black slaves knew slavery was “bad” the same way you and I know that hitting your head against a brick wall is “bad”. As you said, blacks never had a concept about slavery was immoral, only that it wasn’t as much fun as sleeping. Whites worked to eradicate slavery from civilized continents for centuries. Black continents don’t have this morality. Boko Harem is a very typical example.

      • “Black slaves knew slavery was ‘bad’ the same way you and I know that hitting your head against a brick wall is ‘bad’.”

        Many blacks sold themselves as slaves to other tribes when they faced starvation. The understanding was ‘we are starving, so feed us and we’ll be your slaves.’

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The stimulus would lead to both entrepreneurship and investment and potential direct poverty alleviation for 3.2 percent of the total population…to lift even the poorest recipient above the poverty line.

    Yep. It’ll work to stimulate the economy the same way Obama’s trillion dollar “stimulus” really worked to kick up the economy.

    …or the way the White House believes food stamps stimulate the economy….

    ‘What’s more, SNAP is boosting the economy right now. People who depend on the government to buy their food using food stamps are boosting the economy,’ the White House says.

    ….or Nancy Pelosi believes that unemployment stimulates the economy…

    Economists agree that unemployment benefits remain one of the best ways to grow the economy in a very immediate way.

    —Nancy Pelosi (Commie-Calif.)

    What these idiots don’t seem to understand is that the money has to be coughed up somewhere: through higher taxes, more printing of fiat currency, borrowing, cutting spending somewhere which reduces investment in productive areas of the economy.

    The only boost I can imagine will be to the blunt, crack, bling and booze industries.

    “They Were White and they Were Slaves, Lessons our Teachers Forget”

    http //www bnp org uk/news/national/they-were-white-and-they-were-slaves-lesson-our-teachers-forget

  • How many whites in America are the descendants of slave-owners?

    What about all the whites whose ancestors never owned slaves? What about whites who immigrated to America long after the Civil War? What about Asians? What about Hispanics? What about Arab-Americans? They have to foot the bill for the freaking Negroes too?

    Speaking of reparations, maybe Italians should pay reparations to the Germans since Romans once conquered parts of Germania and enslaved many people there.

    And maybe North Africa should pay reparations to Europe since it bought white slaves from Jewish slave-traders.

    And since Jewish communists aided and abetted Stalin in the mass enslavement and mass killing of Christian Slavs, maybe Jews should pay Slavic populations a gazillion dollars forever.

  • Tarczan

    “The stimulus would lead to both entrepreneurship and investment and potential direct poverty alleviation for 3.2 percent of the total population,”

    What it will lead to is a surge in Cadillac and Lexus sales.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Don’t forget bling!

  • JohnEngelman

    The stimulus would lead to both entrepreneurship and investment and potential direct poverty alleviation for 3.2 percent of the total population.

    – Michael Maiello, Reuters, June 4, 2014

    How many of that 3.2 percent know anything about entrepreneurship? How many have invested in anything but lottery tickets?

    This stimulus would have the same effect War on Poverty programs had. It would encourage low income blacks to quit their jobs. Many would illustrate the ancient folk saying, “The Devil finds work for idle hands,” by supplementing their stimulus money with the gains from criminal activities.

    For several years this would be a bonanza for drug dealers and prostitutes. Then the reparations money would be gone, and those who got it would be worse off then they were before they received it.

  • JohnEngelman

    One of my ancestors who fought in the Union Army was crippled for life. Where is my reparation money?

    • dd121

      Joke of the day:

      One day, a very gentle Texas lady was driving across a high bridge in Austin.

      As she neared the top of the bridge, she noticed a young man fixin’ to jump.
      (“fixin” in Texas means: has the means or abilities to take action)

      She stopped her car, rolled down the window and said, “Please don’t jump! Think
      of your dear mother and father.”

      He replied, “My mom and dad are both dead; I’m going to jump.”

      She said, “Well, think of your sweet wife and precious children.”

      He replied, “I’m not married, and I don’t have any kids.”

      She said, “Well, then just remember the Alamo…”

      He replied, ”What’s the Alamo?”

      She replied, ”Well, bless your heart!!!-You just go ahead and jump, you little
      Yankee Democrat Bastard!!! You’re holding up traffic!!!”

  • Sue

    Then the Irish, Scotts, Germans, Slavs, English, Indentured servants will all get theirs too right?

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Nope, we’re used to actually working for what we have, rather than whining for what we don’t.

      • Sue

        I agree but that isn’t the point here. If you’re giving our taxpayer money as slave reparations, then they all get it. Being black doesn’t make one unique or more deserving.

  • Johnny Squire

    Instead of suing Whitey for reparations they should sue evolution. After all, Mother Nature has done more harm to them than Whitey ever could.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      The hair alone would be enough to piss me off royally.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yes if I had nappy hair I wound not even leave the house unless of course for a fat white woman or a watermelon. Which is what I call fat white woman.

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          An oldie but still a goodie:
          How can you tell God hates negroes?
          Because he put pubic hair on their heads!

          • Whitetrashgang

            God hates white people because he made negroes and watermelon. At least that’s what my preacher told me in between sermons.

  • John R

    Is this writer !@#$%^& SERIOUS! (sorry, moderator)??? It doesn’t matter WHO gets the money as long as money is given? Really? And where, pray tell, is this money for black people going to come FROM? Yeah, that’s who-from White taxpayers. Of course, the fact that White people will thus have LESS money for savings and investment, doesn’t occur to this author, does it? And, finally, “one drawback of reparations is its just a one time thing..” THAT is the ONE drawback? WTF! (sorry, again, moderator). Really, I have read some ridiculous things written by liberals and minority racists, but this one has to be near the top of the list. Still, good read; it got my blood moving.

    • Martel

      If this would happen, it would actually help our cause. Bad news does not exist for a race realist.

      It may seem unjust that reperations are even demanded, but it is an unjust world, it is also a world where ethnic tensions exist naturally. Such articles are merely an expression of such tensions, which prove me right. I’m happy.

  • DennisDale

    Matt Yglesias has already suggested we just print the money, since we’ve already been doing this via Quantitative Easing. What’s another trillion or two?

    • Malgus

      The problem is that all that invented currency the Fed just made up is being held by the banks. It hasn’t reached the individuals that make up our population.

      What do you think would happen if all the money that is being held back by the banks is suddenly released in a tsunami of cash to the individuals? Not even Bernanke on a crack binge would be THAT stupid…

      It would be hyperinflation on par with Weimar Germany or Zimbabwe…

  • MBlanc46

    The Escalade, cognac, weed, and cocaine businesses would really flourish. My wife and I, on the other hand, might have trouble paying our skyrocketing electricity bills.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Hello, MBlanc.
      I introduced myself to r j p earlier this evening. My zip and your share the same first 3 digits.

      • MBlanc46

        Greetings. I’m always pleased to meet another Chicago-area person her on Amren. We’ve got a lot of work to do around here.

    • Monmouth78

      Deregulation was going to lead to lower electricity prices, remember?

      • MBlanc46

        Oh, right. I must be hallucinating when I think that my bill has gone up twenty-fold in the last fifteen years or so.

  • TL2014

    The comment section for the original article gives me reason for hope!

  • [Guest]

    >>>Reparations for Slavery Could Help Boost the Economy

    Repatriation of “African-Americans” to their native continent would bring about an economic boost such as this nation has never seen.

    • JohnEngelman

      It would certainly reduce our crime rate.

  • “constitute the stimulus that the U.S. economy needs to take it into the next century”…
    well there’s the solution right there to the question of a short term payout. This stimulus needs to last 86 years and be of sufficient magnitude so that the lowest income bracket of our population will not have any debts. Not now and not for the next 86 years.

    Just increase taxes progressively on the white population until enough $ is “freed up”. Then for the next 86 years give it to blacks as reparations. The taxed whites will just work harder to cover their illicit past priviledge. The blacks will clearly put this $ into the ecomony, into small business startups, into advanced R&D, into green energy systems. Thus our economy will clearly blow past China & the rest of the world. Of course, why didn’t we see this earlier?
    [sarcasm off]

    • Whitetrashgang

      Because your racist.

  • connorhus

    Pssshah. They should be giving White Men Reparation payments for living under the oppression of Affirmative Action for 50 some odd years.

  • The Final Solution

    They already received their compensation for the privilege of hard work and the company of whites, which was food and shelter in most cases. They’ve also benefitted from everything the white man has accomplished in the last 2,000 years. It is they who owe white people reparations for all they have stolen and destroyed.

    • Melvin Bonzarelli

      Slavery was the best thing that ever happened to the blacks. Imagine, they already had, 300 years ago, everything that the Democrat party is promising to give them now – lifetime income, guaranteed jobs, free housing, free medical care, plenty of time off to make babies, and old age retirement. The blacks lost all of that when Lincoln ‘freed’ them.

  • RHG

    i think these leftwing idiot writers only write this garbage to get attention. The case against reparations is so strong that it can’t be overcome and if it were to ever happen America would be so weak and penniless at that point that no black would see a dime, but these white leftwing morons persist in order to look good and pat themselves on the back.

  • DaveMed

    What a snivelling disgrace this Maiello is.

  • Peter Connor

    Speaking only for myself, I refuse to work so that other folks can party.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Can you spell I-N-F-L-A-T-I-O-N

  • rowingfool

    The powers that be will distribute this money into the economy in order to kick start demand which will generate more employment, more spending on consumables and so on in a positive feedback cycle. That’s the theory at any rate.

    The money, to be most effective, must go to those who will spend all of it on every day consumables as opposed to the stimulus that has gone to the Wall Street banks which has not trickled down into the regular economy. The reparations thing is just a pretext, an excuse. Nobody believes it. Nobody believes in it. But that’s not the point. It’s a cover story.

    Like it or not, this is going to happen. We are being softened up by the press. That is their function in today’s America, to serve as the public relations arm of the financial elite.

    And, no, the money is not coming out of your pocket. It is created out of nothing. If its creation results in spending on productive enterprises and investments with a future, well and good. We would all benefit. It will not be so spent. It will be spent on the consumables that blacks covet that gratify their immediate impulses. Nevertheless that still increases demand.

    Do blacks deserve reparations? No, not in any way, shape or form. But that’s not what this is about, so save your breath. You will need it for the real fight.

    • The Verdict of History

      Indeed.

      The calls and cries for “justice” are likely just expressions of pint-up jealousy and frustration with self-induced failure.

      This is about a historical grudge.

  • freddy_hills

    If that bill ever passes Ima buy stock in Cadillac and Colt 45 malt liquor. Cuz that’s where it will all end up.

  • Funruffian

    This would prove to be the final nail in America’s coffin.

    • Gerald Michael

      Amnesty and more amnesty are the hammers.

  • bubo

    They already get more than they’re worth, which is nothing.

    Personally I believe that each identified leftist/equalist should be made to hand over 50% of their income and property to blacks.

  • IA_Adam

    Destroying people’s morale by stealing from their hard earned money to give to awful people is not good for any economy. It will be a disaster. It already has been.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Reparations will never happen, however much liberals might want it. Why? Because to give out reparations to blacks would require them to define, in law, exactly how much African heritage a person needs to be “black”. And that would undermine their whole “race is a social construct” theory.

    Also, they know that if they did specify how much African DNA a person needs to be black, their definitions would necessarily exclude a lot of people who identify as black, but who are majority white (sometimes 90%+).

    This would cause a massive rift in the black community, especially since it would mostly be elite blacks who would fail to pass the “black test,” (since, as we all know, the whitest blacks tend to rise to the top). Liberals can’t risk this.

    • Alexandra1973

      I’m almost tempted to claim what tiny bit of Amerind ancestry I have. But at least it would go to pay off credit card bills. 😉

      Seriously, I’m not interested. People clash, some win, some lose, that’s life.

      Seems to me liberals get off on (perceived) victimization. It’s their bread and butter.

    • Monmouth78

      I think there is very real possibility that something like reparations will happen. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Jews and Muslims will all get them. There may be something like a tax on whites that Jews are exempt from.

  • Dave West

    Help the economy? If reparations were given out many blacks would quite their jobs and then beg for them back one week later after they blew though the cash; but i’d be to late because they’ed all be replaced by illegals. Then we’d have another problem on our hands given that blacks would now be more unemployed and poorer than ever.

    • JohnEngelman

      I have read that most people who win the lottery blow the money in a few years, and are destitute. Most black professional athletes are destitute when their athletic careers are over. Reparations would have the same affect.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        When your entire life is based on “gibs me dat!”, you don’t understand that when all of the fried chicken has been eaten there is nothing left but an empty cardboard bucket.

  • Ograf

    Explain to me again how I should give any of my hard earned money to people I don’t know because their ancestors, people neither of us knew had injustices perpetrated against them.

    • paul marchand

      Shut up. THE VILLAGE, Ograf.
      Quaneezia just popped out Jocomo’s baby, and they need $1/2 million in entitlements ( including schooling) over the next 18 years.
      We are one big happy village. Now SMILE and dish it over.

  • paul marchand

    So, $30 trillion in means-tested-entitlements over the last 50 years ago aint stimulus enough?
    How about stimulating the dwindling white middle class without oppressing them? Simple stimulation by a return of human rights ( property – sales – rental – school choice – hiring / firing – etc ) ?

  • Alucard_the_last

    What people leave out is the non-whites would also be forced to pay. The only people who would really benefit are merchants who sell shiny objects.

    • Bill E. BOBB

      and white hookers, dope dealers, liquor stores etc.

  • Monmouth78

    Reuters is increasingly acting as a far left propaganda agency and dropping even the facade of being objective or reporting serious news.

  • MooTieFighter

    If your like me and certain that this administration is trying to destroy the dollar, then they are on the right path. We already know blacks cost the American taxpayer more than any other ethnicity out there. They are nothing more than a financial, crime ridden burden on America that constantly whines and complains. They are like caring for a two year old that never grows up. I take that back, I never worried about a two year old stealing from me or killing me.

    • Bill E. BOBB

      obama is not trying to directly destroy the dollar, that is just a consequence, his mission is to marginalize whites, and he is using mexicans to do it, thinking blaks will benefit if whites lose power

      • Bill

        Only if Mexicans will be able to vote. But for jobs, blacks will, of course, suffer miserably.

  • Neuday

    So paying the glassman even when the window isn’t broken somehow resolves the fallacy?

    At least the glassman is doing something productive. Giving worthless, non-productive individuals cash will not turn them in to businessmen. You can’t bribe the jungle out of the darkie.

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    We ARE getting stupider as time passes. Maybe we need a forced eugenics program where people that advocate something like this are made sterile.

    • Bill E. BOBB

      in africa in those days, if you weren’t a slave, your were dinner! and just what should we charge blaks for allowing them to enjoy OUR civilization?

      • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

        You raise a good point. What if all these Knee-grows’ ancestors hadn’t been selected for the cruise to Charleston, SC? They would be growing up in Afreaka today, with no hope, no dough, and full of parasites, and trying not to be someone’s dinner cutlet. Like the title of the book, “Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up To Me”, nothing could have been as miserable and degrading as even a “free” man in Afreaka at that time. It was a big step up, without a doubt.

        Today, Buh-lackies need to repay White people for all the Free Cheese they have consumed, all the jobs they have elbowed Whites out of, all the deaths of Whites they have-and continue-to murder, and the vast destruction of property, e.g., many American cities and more to fall.

        • Bill

          “trying not to be someone’s dinner cutlet”………..Funny you should mention that. Late last year, a restaurant owner near Lagos, Nigeria was arrested for serving human meat to his customers.

          • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

            Is there a rating system for these types of restaurants in Afreaka, like Michelin Stars?

  • WR_the_realist

    Okay, you say you want to stimulate the economy? Pay me my reparations.

    Anytime someone wants the government to spend money on something really,really stupid or even destructive, they fall back on the “stimulate the economy” argument.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    if we finally do lose our minds and give them reparations, I want to be a white hooker!!!!!

    • Bill

      Or a Cadillac dealer.

  • Gerald Michael

    I thought the massive Spanish-speaking immigration-amnesty-immigration-amnesty cycle was “…the pilot program for a new America.” I am certain of it.

  • De Doc

    And what happens when the nitwitted benefactors of these reparations piss away their money on frivolous things and crappy investments? The taxpayer is once again holding the bag and ‘Evil Whitey’ catches the blame.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    step one: reparations for us born blaks. step 2: reparations for foreign born blaks living in the US. (out of fairness, aka white guilt, indirect suffering, and of course out right fraud) step 3: reparations for african blaks. white driven slave trade caused poverty in blak africa. (see british virgin islands vs. great britain) followed by several more steps, they will surely come up with more
    it is a slippery slope, and a long one!

  • ElComadreja

    The only free thing I’d give them would be a one way ticket to Africa by the method of their choice.

  • Jim

    “Why Reparations for Slavery Could Help Boost the Economy”

    Yeah, just think of all of those big dollar drug deals. 🙂

    I’m not really worried about reparations. It’s not going to happen. Typically hyper-liberal Europe doesn’t want it to happen in the US, because then tiny nation states in the Caribbean and hell holes in Africa will take up reparations in earnest against France, Britain, Spain, Portugal Belgium, Holland and other former colonial powers. And latin American countries like Brazil and Mexico will be targets, too. Even liberals can see what a pointless money pit it will be…and it won’t be a one time payment. It will go on in perpetuity. And if white liberals don’t want it to happen, it ain’t gonna happen.

  • Puggg

    Why are we getting a slew of reparations stories all of a sudden?

    Is someone sticking their wet thumb out into the wind to see if the winds have shifted on the issue, maybe to give Democrat politicians an issue to push in an election year? Not that reparations will actually happen, but their pushing it will excite their loyal black voters and get them to turn out to limit the damage to Democrats.

    • Melvin Bonzarelli

      The Democrats and the Left have to find some way to get the blacks’ attention in 2016 and get them to the polls. There will be no black person on the national ticket, Al Sharpton is now working for the NYC democrats full-time, and Jesse Jackson is in hiding from all of the new baby mommas and their lawyers who have turned up with more baby Jesses all over the country. Corey Booker is too articulate, dresses and speaks too white, and he’s gay as a goose. That won’t fly with the black voters.
      The Democrats need something bright and shiny, that makes a lot of noise to attract and keep the attention of the blacks, who are easily entertained, but even more easily confused.
      Promising the brothers and sisters big fat ‘reparations’ checks from the government is just the thing to get these folks out of the crack house and down to the polls on election day.
      Now you know the rest of the story.

  • silviosilver

    Lol, I misread the headline as “Why Preparations For Slavery Could Help Boost The Economy.”

  • Melvin Bonzarelli

    I’m all for reparations! I’d just like a heads up, maybe a month’s notice before the checks start arriving in black folks mailboxes.
    That will give me time to head over to Camden, New Jersey, the poorest and most violent ghetto on the east coast, and buy an empty store downtown (actually, pretty much all of the stores in Camden these days are empty). I’ll stock it with the cheapest liquor I can get – lots of cans of wine and malt liquor, order a truckload of the generic, no frills cigarettes that the ghetto folk smoke when they can’t get their hands on Kools, and put in a couple of state lottery machines – the Green Machine, as it’s called.
    And just wait for the checks to start arriving in the locals’ mailboxes.
    I’ll be a millionaire in six weeks!

  • Melvin Bonzarelli

    Obama is half white. Will he have to pay himself reparations? And his kids are one quarter white. Will they have to pay him reparations?

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Since Michelle is full negress, his children would be 3/4 black, so 3/4s reparations?

  • So, if some trashy black whore decides to have loose sex with a bunch of lowlifes and have seven children, we have pay each of them $150,000 in reparations?

  • Alucard_the_last

    I honestly think it would lead to a civil war. Most truckers and farmers are white and they have the power to go on strike starting with Washington DC. No fuel, no food, no medicine.

  • Epiminondas

    Go ahead and make the “reparations”, foolish white liberals. The money won’t stay in black hands for long. That’s why it will be a true transfer payment.

    • Bill

      It’ll put a lot more Escalade’s on the road.

  • Avi Marranazo

    Breaking windows to repair would be “stimulus” too and equally as sensible.

  • AE Hall

    A redistribution is not the same as a stimulus. Nothing is created on net from shuffling wealth around.

  • DucLap

    Wefare IS reparations, for all who are incompetent, lazy or aggrieved about the cards life has dealt them.

    • Cid Campeador

      They need to be repatriated to the Continent in which they originated. With notable exceptions the vast majority are incapable of assimilating in a society like this.
      Returning them to Africa would be a large boost to the economy because it would free up money for projects such as research to conquer fatal diseases and bring back manufacturing to the US.

  • GB101

    One hears this same argument for welfare programs. That they stimulate the economy.

    Think this through. I take a dollar out of my pocket and give it to you. Has the economy been stimulated? If you think it has, you can buy the argument.

  • Bill

    It’ll only drive up sales for Cadillac Escalade.

  • Grantland

    The mad are predators. Too often lately they harbour against us.
    A novel heresy exculpates all maiméd souls. Forewarned have I
    thwarted their imminent devices.

    ABJURE IT!

    Today I name them; tomorrow I shall express the new law. I
    dedicate my awakening to this matter.

    yep

  • American_cavalier

    Well the reason is obvious but not listed in the article. Simply the boost of to the economy initiated by reparations for passed slavery wouldnt come from weqlth transfers but rather political transfer. For once reparations are initiated mass revolt by whites would end with the complete annialation of the rulling class, most of the black population, and the subsequent purging of insane economic deleterious policies like affirmative action, head start, etc. In other words real aamericans could get back to building the wealth of America free of this alien rulling class and their parasitical h Hessian mercenary population of Coloreds.

  • “The drawback is that one-time payments are temporary and we do not want to find ourselves, one or two years down the line, back where we started.”

    Try one or two months. If it happens and you’ve got cash to spare, though, you’d be wise to invest in a liquor store, strip club, nail salon, or spinning rims. You’d probably have enough to retire after it was all over.