Joe (Big F’ing Deal) Biden was in Chapel Hill, NC on Friday, FUNDRAISING for Sen. Kay Hagan. There was NO MENTION of the failed Obamacare SNAFU which Hagan has supported time & time again. I guess they haven’t defined a NEW TERM, or phrase yet, to describe it so it doesn’t sound like a failure… (such as Your Insurance Policies haven’t been cancelled, these are ‘Transitions’)
Since Hagan will re-enter FULL CAMPAIGN MODE here shortly, I’d like to refresh her constituents memory with some FACTS on her actions in the United States Senate. Here’s just ONE:
FACT: Kay Hagan & the Democratic Controlled US Senate Co-Conspired with Attorney General Eric Holder to defraud the US Taxpayers of $1.15 Billion
Despite numerous allegations of fraud, the Senate approved legislation by a voice vote Friday to fund $1.15 billion worth of settlements to black farmers who claim the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against them.
The legislation now makes its way to the House, where Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia have made it clear that they will be pushing hard to prevent its passage and will be calling for investigations into every claim prior to allowing any payoffs.
Much of the cause for concern is the fact that there have been vastly more claims of discrimination than there are even black farmers in America. Sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by the president of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd, put the number of black farmers in America at 18,000.
To date, more than 94,000 individuals have filed discrimination claims.
This is the second payoff from a 1999 class action settlement, known as Pigford vs. Glickman, in which the original plaintiff Timothy Pigford, along with 400 others, sued USDA for discrimination in its allocation of loans. The plaintiffs won, but since then, the number of claimants have vastly ballooned to unanticipated levels.
Over $1 billion has already been paid out to over 16,000 people, and this second round is expected to pay off an additional estimated 70,000 – 80,000 who missed the deadline to file their initial claims.
King told The Daily Caller that the process by which the money has been allocated is flawed.
“This new settlement, Pigford II, is not a class action lawsuit. This has not been approved by the court. This is something that has been negotiated by Eric Holder, Tom Vilsack and John Boyd,” King said. “They just sat down and made a deal. Congress doesn’t know what they’ve done [by passing it].”
USDA employees and FBI officials estimate that the number of fraudulent claims range from 50 percent to 95 percent.
Bachmann told TheDC that despite all the fuss over discrimination, there has not been one firing, reprimand, censure or fine at the USDA.
“Everything has been hurry, hurry, hurry. We have to funnel the money out the door. Especially when it comes just before the election,” she said. “There was every incentive for individuals to scam the taxpayer and there was no down side because a Democrat controlled Congress failed to look into oversight of the issue.”
In addition to the money each claimant receives, USDA will forgive all their debt. Indeed, some have gone so far as to consider Pigford another form of reparations, pointing to the Pigford Judge Paul Friedman’s reference to “Forty acres and a mule” in the opening line in his consent decree.
“It is a hard thing to stop in this Congress, with Nancy Pelosi still holding the same majorities. This lame duck session will be characterized by spite. This is one of the spiteful things that they are bringing through that is anathema to the American dream,” King said. “It will be hard to stop, but not hard to investigate.”
Bachmann echoed King’s steadfast desire for investigations.
“Now it is up to the new Republican House to hold hearings and investigate every single claim before it goes out,” Bachmann said. “Considering the terrible restrictions that we have right now on our federal budget, I think that Pigford is one of the best illustrations of what is wrong with politics today in the United States — using federal tax money for political payoffs in order to get politicians elected.”
Greensboro, N.C. – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) today applauded the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Minority Farmer Advisory Committee after the group’s first meeting last week. The Committee will help ensure fair and equal access to USDA services. Archie Hart, a farmer from Knightdale, N.C., was selected to serve on the committee.
“Agriculture is a $78 billion industry in North Carolina, and it is imperative that this critical sector of our economy be open and accessible to all of our residents,” said Hagan. “This committee wouldn’t be complete without a seat at the table for North Carolina and I am proud that Secretary Vilsack selected Archie Hart of Knightdale to serve on the panel. I look forward to hearing the group’s first set of recommendations.”
Last Congress, Hagan worked closely with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and others to successfully pass the Pigford Claims Funding Act to ensure that African-American farmers who were unfairly discriminated against when applying for loans, credit and other forms of financial help would receive their due settlements. The discrimination affected 4,000 African-American farmers in North Carolina and 75,000 farmers nationwide.”
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Sixteenth Day of November in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Thirteen.