Friday, April 26, 2013

Long Article In the New York Times About Corrupt Redistribution of Wealth Based on Race

In the April 25, 2013 issue, it details how a class action lawsuit by black farmers alleging discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its loan programs led to a massive fraud in which kids as young as 4 and 5 received $50,000 payments, in which people who had never farmed received payments, in which women, Hispanics, and Native Americans farmers who had no evidence of discrimination received payments:
On the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling, interviews and records show, the Obama administration’s political appointees at the Justice and Agriculture Departments engineered a stunning turnabout: they committed $1.33 billion to compensate not just the 91 plaintiffs but thousands of Hispanic and female farmers who had never claimed bias in court. 

The deal, several current and former government officials said, was fashioned in White House meetings despite the vehement objections — until now undisclosed — of career lawyers and agency officials who had argued that there was no credible evidence of widespread discrimination. What is more, some protested, the template for the deal — the $50,000 payouts to black farmers — had proved a magnet for fraud. 

“I think a lot of people were disappointed,” said J. Michael Kelly, who retired last year as the Agriculture Department’s associate general counsel. “You can’t spend a lot of years trying to defend those cases honestly, then have the tables turned on you and not question the wisdom of settling them in a broad sweep.”

The compensation effort sprang from a desire to redress what the government and a federal judge agreed was a painful legacy of bias against African-Americans by the Agriculture Department. But an examination by The New York Times shows that it became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees. In the past five years, it has grown to encompass a second group of African-Americans as well as Hispanic, female and Native American farmers. In all, more than 90,000 people have filed claims. The total cost could top $4.4 billion.
This is worth reading in full.  It is a depressing reminder of how corrupt not just the Obama Administration is, but the federal government in general.

1 comment:

  1. Even more depressing, Breitbart and others were on this story 3-4 years ago.

    Big snore from the media.

    I guess the good news is that little by little the media is beginning to stop covering Obama's butt for him.

    John Henry