I didn't get any emails.<quoted text>Funny how you went right to race...not funny ha ha, though. Really, Grampy, I thought you were better than this. "We have seen a number of viral e-mails, including this one, that inaccurately describe the circumstances surrounding the initial and final settlements of a racial discrimination suit brought against the United States Department of Agriculture.
Pigford v. Glickman was a class-action lawsuit brought in 1997. The suit, in which farmer Timothy Pigford sued then-Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, resulted in a court-approved agreement in 1999 to settle claims of discrimination that occurred between 1983 and 1997. But tens of thousands of black farmers missed the deadline for filing claims. Congress took testimony on complaints that inadequate notice and poor legal representation were to blame for the late claims and passed a law in 2008 that gave the late filers the right to have their cases heard on the merits. The 2008 law provided $100 million to settle the additional claims. Congress in 2010 appropriated another $1.15 billion. The second settlement came to be known as Pigford II.
This e-mail makes a number of incorrect conspiratorial claims about Pigford..." You guys really seem to believe every erroneous email, no matter how old or how many times debunked that the right-wing sends out. You're Limbaughtomy groupies...
Allegations of fraud:
In April 25, 2013, the New York Times reported that "the $50,000 payouts to black farmers had proved a magnet for fraud" and that "its very design encouraged people to lie."
Some of the specific examples cited in the April 25, 2013 New York Times article included:
"reams of suspicious claims, from nursery-school-age children and pockets of urban dwellers, sometimes in the same handwriting with nearly identical accounts of discrimination"
"In 16 ZIP codes in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina, the number of successful claimants exceeded the total number of farms operated by people of any race in 1997, the year the lawsuit was filed. Those applicants received nearly $100 million"
"In Maple Hill, a struggling town in southeastern North Carolina, the number of people paid was nearly four times the total number of farms."
"In Little Rock, Ark., a confidential list of payments shows, 10 members of one extended family collected a total of $500,000, and dozens of other successful claimants shared addresses, phone numbers or close family connections."
"In Arkansas, prosecutors rejected a test case against a Pine Bluff police officer who had admitted lying on his claim form."
"... in one ZIP code in Columbus, Ohio, nearly everyone in two adjoining apartment buildings had filed, according to the former high-ranking agency official."
"She cinched the claim, he said to a ripple of laughter, by asserting that her father had whispered on his deathbed,'I was discriminated against by U.S.D.A.'"
Wait until you see the settlement coming for this Obama IRS discrimination scandal. It's make Pigs-ass look like chump change! The best part is still to come. It'll be when they get the IRS's authorization traced back to the Oval Office. Down the road, next to Obama, Nixon will look like a saint.