Black farmer shakedown – round two

Here’s a story that should set your teeth on edge. The federal government is about to pay out $1.5B to a group of black farmers (and their lawyers) for “discrimination” – whether it can be proven or not.

Blacks account for about 1.5 percent of all farm operators in this country – and apparently a lot higher share of the civil rights lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On February 18, lawyers for the USDA and thousands of black farmers reached a $1.25 billion class-action agreement resolving, for now, claims that the department had engaged in willful racial discrimination in managing its loan and other aid programs.

Think you’ve seen this headline before? You have. Back in 1999, black farmers, armed with similar claims of racial bias, snagged a federal guarantee of $50,000 per plaintiff plus loan forgiveness and tax liability offsets. These two cases – and other pending ones – speak volumes about how “civil rights” has become little more than a pretext upon which to shake down employers and taxpayers under the guise of social justice. It also reveals more than a little about the insatiability of the plaintiff’s bar and the timidity of the federal government in the face of charges of racial discrimination.

The article goes on to explain how this is likely a fraudulent case to begin with and how other “disadvantaged” groups (and their lawyers) are lining up to have a whack at the government pinata.

Success in Pigford II inevitably will serve as a catalyst for plaintiff victories in these other cases. And eligible beneficiaries are growing exponentially. Thanks to plaintiffs’ litigators and Judge Friedman, about 80,000 black farmers are now eligible for compensation. That’s a remarkable feat of recruitment given that the 2007 U.S. Census of Agriculture counted only 32,938 black-owned farms in all of the U.S.

Don’t look for the government to fight this – especially the current administration.

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