Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sherrod Dismissal More than Racism; “Can you say Defrauding the Taxpayers of $1.5 billion?”

The real story (if you listen to the whole unabridged video) told by the video released by Breitbart of Shirley Sherrod’s speech at the NAACP.  In the entirety of the video you will learn of the “Pigford vs Glickman” (now termed “Pigford vs Vilsack”) case which has enriched many supposed ‘black’ farmers.  Payouts to many farmers that didn’t exist according to the Census bureau.  Also, Charles and Shirley Sherrod won an award of $13 million for ‘New Communities, Inc.’, $300,000.00 for herself and her husband.  Questions still need to be asked and answered.  Questions like; “Was Sherrod’s appointment to her position with the USDA an unspoken condition of the settlement?”
To learn more read this article by Rosslyn Smith of the American Thinker, the article from the Washington Examiner by Tom Blumer and after that be sure to watch the entire YouTube video to learn the ‘whole’ truth.
Yours In Truth  ;-)  Shelly
Is There More to Sherrod's Dismissal?
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Rosslyn Smith of American Thinker is reporting on what might be behind Shirley Sherrod's Dismissal.

Forty Acres & a Mule -- Sherrod Style?

Rosslyn Smith
Shirley Sherrod's quick dismissal from the Obama administration may have had less to do with her comments on race before the NAACP than her long involvement in the aptly named Pigford case, a class action against the US government on behalf of black farmers alleging that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had discriminated against black farmers during the period from 1983 through 1997.  According to Wikipedia:
The plaintiffs settled with the government in 1999. Under the consent decree, all African American farmers would be paid a "virtually automatic" US$50,000 plus granted certain loan forgiveness and tax offsets. This process was called "Track A".[2]
Alternatively, affected farmers could follow the "Track B" process, seeking a larger payment by presenting a greater amount of evidence - the legal standard in this case was to have a preponderance of evidence along with evidence of greater damages....
At the time the case was settled, it was estimated there would be in the area of 2,000 to 3,000 claims.  As with most estimates involving government handouts that number was woefully short of the mark.  Again, according to Wikipedia:
22,505 "Track A" applications were heard and decided upon, of which 13,348 (59%) were approved. US$995 million had been disbursed or credited to the "Track A" applicants as of January 2009, including US$760 million disbursed as US$50,000 cash awards. Fewer than 200 farmers opted for the "Track B" process.
Beyond those applications that were heard and decided upon, about 70,000 petitions were filed late and were not allowed to proceed. Some have argued that the notice program was defective, and others blamed the farmers' attorneys for "the inadequate notice and overall mismanagement of the settlement agreement." A provision in the 2008 farm bill essentially allowed a re-hearing in civil court for any claimant whose claim had been denied without a decision that had been based on its merits
In other words, according to Agri-Pulse.com the number of total claims filed not only exceeded the original estimate by almost 40 to 50 times, it is close to four times the USDA's estimate of 26,785 total black owned farms in 1977!   One reason for this is that the settlement applied to farmers and those who "attempted to farm" and did not receive assistance from the USDA.  Getting the latest round of Pigford cases from the 2008 farm bill settled is said to be a high priority for the Obama administration.
Read the full Breitbart story here and the full American Thinker story here.

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