Another “Letter to the Editor”. Is this all part of the wealth redistribution Obama like to talk about so much? Rob the US Treasury!
....Another great example of corruption in government. The players, Barack Obama and USDA's Shirley Sherrod. Shocking, worth the read.
Andrew Breitbart is a media genius.
He proved it originally with his brilliant handling of the ACORN hooker scandal which he skillfully manipulated so that the corrupt media was forced, against its will, to broadcast corruption in one of Obamas most powerful political support groups. But Breitbarts handing of that affair is nothing compared to his brilliant manipulation of the Shirley Sherrod white farmer scandal.
It all began last Monday, July 22, 2010. As the country watched in horror, Breitbart released a snippet of a tape on his Big Government site which showed an obscure black female official of the Dept. of Agriculture laughing to a roomful of NAACP members about how shed discriminated against a destitute white farmer and refused to give him the financial aid he desperately needed. As she smirked to the room, she sent him instead to a white lawyer one of his own kind for help. The black woman was Shirley Sherrod and almost immediately she became the center of a firestorm of controversy which exploded throughout the country. Within a day of the release of that infamous tape, the head of the Dept. of Agriculture, spurred on by Obama, demanded and received Sherrods resignation. Breitbart had won.
But then seemingly Breitbarts actions began to explode in his face. As Sherrod screamed in protest, FOX News released the entire text of her speech last March to the NAACP. And there on tape Sherrod was shown supposedly repenting of her racism against a white farmer and instead championing his fight to win funds to keep his farm afloat. Within hours of that entire tape being revealed, the entire world turned against Andrew Breitbart. Conservatives throughout the country were enraged that he endangered their reputations by releasing a doctored tape. Breitbart, they thundered, had dealt a fatal blow to the conservative media. I confess that I also was horrified at what I saw as the clumsiness and stupidity of Breitbart in doctoring a tape to make a supposedly innocent woman look guilty. But now I discover I have been as guilty of haste to judgment of Breitbart as the Dept. of Agriculture was of Ms. Sherrod.
Only now am I realizing the real purpose for Breitbarts release of that tape snippet. It was to allow him to cunningly trick the media into exposing one of the most shocking examples of corruption in the federal government a little known legal case called Pigford v. Glickman.
In 1997, 400 African-American farmers sued the United States Department of Agriculture, alleging that they had been unfairly denied USDA loans due to racial discrimination during the period 1983 to 1997. The case was entitled Pigford v. Glickman and in 1999, the black farmers won their case. The government agreed to pay each of them as much as $50,000 to settle their claims.
But then on February 23 of this year, something shocking happened in relation to that original judgment. In total silence, the USDA agreed to release more funds to Pigford. The amount was a staggering $1.25 billion. This was because the original number of plaintiffs 400 black farmers had now swollen in a class action suit to include a total of 86,000 black farmers throughout America.
There was only one teensy problem. The United States of America does’nt have 86,000 black farmers. According to accurate and totally verified census data, the total number of black farmers throughout America is only 39,697. Oops.
Well, gosh how on earth did 39,697 explode into 86,000 claims? And how did $50,000 explode into $1.25 billion? Well, folks, you l just have to ask the woman who not only spearheaded this case because of her position in 1997 at the Rural Development Leadership Network but whose family received the highest single payout (approximately $13 million) from that action Shirley Sherrod. Oops again.
Yes, folks. It appears that Ms. Sherrod had just unwittingly exposed herself as the perpetrator of one of the biggest fraud claims in the United States a fraud enabled solely because she screamed racism at the government and cowed them into submission. And it gets even more interesting. Ms. Sherrod has also exposed the person who aided and abetted her in this race fraud. As it turns out, the original judgment of Pigford v. Glickman in 1999 only applied to a total of 16,000 black farmers. But in 2008, a junior Senator got a law passed to reopen the case and allow more black farmers to sue for funds. The Senator was Barack Obama!
Because this law was passed in dead silence and because the woman responsible for spearheading it was an obscure USDA official, American taxpayers did not realize that they had just been forced in the midst of a worldwide depression to pay out more than $1.25 billion to settle a race claim.
But Breitbart knew. And last Monday, July 22, 2010, he cleverly laid a trap which Sherrod and Obama stumbled headfirst into which has now resulted in the entire world discovering the existence of this corrupt financial judgment. Yes, folks Breitbart is a genius.
As for Ms. Sherrod? Well, shes discovered too late that her cry of racism to the media which was intended to throw the spotlight on Breitbart has instead thrown that spotlight on herself and her corruption. Sherrod has vanished from public view. Her pigs, it seems, have come home to roost. Oink!
In the Pigford case, Shirley and her husband (former civil rights activist and in the 60 associated with the original Black Panthers) received over $13 million for their small co-op farm on which they grew vegetables with neighbors. Plus they received $300,000 for "pain and suffering". Coincidence? Yeah right!!
The $1.25 BILLION settlement Obama ordered was hidden in a defense spending bill but found (fortunately someone read that bill) - several DEMS and REP riled against it, so it was removed and is now presented as a separate bill to be voted on.