Are you paying attention on the Pigford vote? For those not aware of what is going on, some backstory here:
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].”
Originally, John Boyd, the President of the National Black Farmers Association testified under oath that there were 18,000 black farmers. To date, more than 94,000 claims have been filed.
The USDA and FBI can understand the math, and recognize rampant fraud when they see it:
USDA employees and FBI officials estimate that the number of fraudulent claims range from 50 percent to 95 percent.
With some in Congress referring to Pigford as "institutional racism", and over 94,000 claims of racism, certainly there have been firings because of all of this discrimination, right?
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.
Amazing, isn't it? Over five times as many claims as there are black farmers (as identified under oath by the President of the NBFA) claim they were discriminated against, and not one person in the USDA was fired, written up, or fined.
If this thing makes it out of the House in the lame-duck session, the Republicans need to see that not only is every single claim investigated, but that the fraudulent ones are punished to the fullest extent of the law.
I don't doubt that there was some discrimination that took place. But there is clearly fraud running wild, and you and I are paying for it.