Thursday, June 16, 2011

King the Discriminator

A play on words, but how ironic. Don't you think? Rep. Steve King, a Republican... from Iowa, offered an amendment to a bill that would prohibit the USDA from paying claims related to charges of discriminated against black farmers. At first glance that sounds pretty bad. But thats not the whole story.

Almost twenty years ago, there was acknowledged proof of discrimination against black farmers. Initially, it was expected about 3000 people were effected. But, surprise, surprise, that number grew. Before long claims reached over 22,000. Whats interesting though, is that, at the time, according to the census, there were only about 18,000 black farmers. Now call me crazy, but even my math skills scream foul on that one. It doesn't end there. There are now close to 100,000 claims costing us, the tax payers, over a $1.5 billion. That's a lot of money for almost ten times worth claims then there are farmers. In a time of out of control spending, I agree with the Representative.

Of course, something like this doesn't get passed without opposition. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat... From Houston, claims it "absurd" and that it's a "legitimate settlement of legitimate claims." Guess she forgot her calculator that day.