Of course, not everyone's so happy about this. Enter douche of all douches, Iowa Congressman Steve King, who thinks that repaying these folks for decades of misery is Obama's way of paying backdoor reparations.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who's been one of the most vocal opponents of the Pigford settlement for black farmers, has taken to cable news and the floor of the House to speak against the settlement. King's argument is that the bulk of the Pigford II claims are fraudulent because there are fewer black farmers than claimants -- a flimsy argument when you consider that many African-Americans lost their farms over the past few decades due, in part, to USDA discrimination that denied them loans -- which is the point of the settlement program.Sorry, but reading this statement doesn't truly do it justice. Watch.
On Monday night, he suggested that President Obama, as a senator, may have been prejudiced to help the black farmers.
"Figure this out, Madame Speaker: We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he's going to run for president, and what does he do?" King said. "He introduces legislation to create a whole new Pigford claim."
He then said the claims -- which stem from discrimination against black farmers in the 1980s and 1990s -- are "slavery reparations."
"We've got to stand up at some point and say, 'We are not gonna pay slavery reparations in the United States Congress,'" he said. "That war's been fought. That was over a century ago. That debt was paid for in blood and it was paid for in the blood of a lot of Yankees, especially. And there's no reparations for the blood that paid for the sin of slavery. No one's filing that claim.
Wowzers. That was simply the tip of the iceberg of King's rambling hour long missive, as he also asserted that the children of black farmers are prolly drug addicts. No, seriously.
Shut the **** up, jacka$$. Seriously.
Never one to miss out on a chance at favorable Fox News coverage, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann joined the fray with her own brand of ear-shattering ignorance.
The irony, of course, is that Bachmann has personally benefited from the very same government subsidies that she wants to once again deny these farmers.
Michele Bachmann, whose family has willingly accepted federal farm payments, wants to make sure that some black farmers don't get theirs, because they don't deserve it.So for those keeping score at home, when it adds to your personal wealth, SOCIALISM GOOD!!!!
In a settlement known as Pigford II, blacks denied federal loans and assistance from the Department of Agriculture in the 80s and 90s will receive $50,000 each.
Bachmann's family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006. The farm had been managed by Bachmann's recently deceased father-in-law and took in roughly $20,000 in 2006 and $28,000 in 2005, with the bulk of the subsidies going to dairy and corn. Both dairy and corn are heavily subsidized--or "socialized"--businesses in America (in 2005 alone, Washington spent $4.8 billion propping up corn prices) and are subject to strict government price controls.
When you feel it unfairly benefits someone else that you don't think worked nearly as hard as you did, SOCIALISM BAD!!!! BAD SOCIALISM, GGGGGRRRRRRR!!!!
You couldn't make this sh*t up. Seriously.
If you're a Conservative, especially a black one, who might happen to be reading this, I want your opinion on this. Please, please, please justify how equating farmers with drug addicts, government moochers, corrupt cheaters, and slothful ne'er do wells who want a check for doing no work is somehow not racist. Please don't resort to the same "logic" employed by these a$$clowns in the comments section over at TownHall.com. I will delete that comment quicker than you can type it.
I'm waiting for some justification on this. Enlighten me.
Question: What (if anything) does this little episode prove about the Republican Party?