The Pigford Pig-Out and the Election

September 29, 2010 04:04

According to sworn testimony by John Boyd, President of the National Black Farmers Association, there are 18,000 black farmers. They could not all have been victims of discrimination. To date, there have been over 94,000 claims made. These numbers speak to massive fraud.

By Rosslyn Smith at American Thinker


The initial settlement dates from the Clinton administration, when it was estimated that two to three thousand potential claims might ensue under Track A, which provided for liquidated damages of $50,000 each. Over 22,000 claims were filed; 13,348 of those claims were actually approved.

Three Republican Senators, Senator Grassley (R-IA), Senator Graham (R-SC), and Senator Barrasso (R-WY) have introduced or co-sponsored legislation (S.3693 and S.3754) to provide funding of the black farmer settlement. Further, Senator Cochran (R-MS), Senator Wicker (R-MS), and Senator Burr (R-NC) have all been on record as supporting the funding of the black farmer settlement.

It is uncommon for the topic of conversation to be as urgent and expensive as Pigford, with a price tag of $2.3 billion. Secretary Vilsack has an obligation to the American taxpayers to cooperate with an investigation of Pigford fraud.

The Senate may be poised to pass the Obama administration’s request for additional Pigford funding. Pigford payouts must be stopped until Congress and the USDA can conduct a thorough investigation.


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