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Sen. Hagan pushes, applauds Pigford II scam

By now everyone with any sense agrees that the Pigford case that perhaps began as a righteous case has degenerated into a blatant wealth-redistribution, racial reparations case.

Pigford v. Glickman was a racial discrimination class-action case alleging discrimination on the part of local U.S. Department of Agriculture offices, mostly in the South. The number of farmers that deserved to win awards was small, but when the usual suspects, the poverty and race pimps, got wind of it, they urged every black person who had ever grown a tomato plant to claim to have been an aggrieved farmer.

The result was thousands of settlements to black people who had never been near a farm, with a resultant billion-dollar loss to U.S. taxpayers. Now Pigford II, as it is called, is underway. It’s not a class-action case, but an extension of Pigford that just dumps $1.5 billion down the same rat hole. And, of course, every liberal Democrat is on board, including U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan today announced that the Senate unanimously passed a bill to fund the $1.15 billion settlement that black farmers reached with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The bill now awaits passage by the House.

“The Senate has come through for our country’s black farmers,” Hagan said. “I have worked with my colleagues to right this wrong for our farmers, and today we are a critical step closer to giving them the justice they deserve. I will continue my efforts to see that a bill including the settlement funding is sent to the President’s desk.”

And we wonder why we have a debt crisis. Luckily, House Republicans are opposing this travesty. Let’s hope they prevail, for the sake of the American taxpayer.

This is only the second in what could be a long line of Pigfords. In the wings is another effort at the same scam that backers hope will include women and other minorities in the scam.

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Is Andy Griffith Next?

The News & Observer reports Jim Hunt is making robocalls for Wake County Democrats running in the school board race. Can perennial liberal Democrat endorser-in-chief Andy Griffith be far behind? Maybe not. After his pro-ObamaCare ads, Andy’s approval rating tanked in our state, according to Public Policy Polling, North Carolina’s Democratic polling firm whose president and CEO Dean Debnam is a major driver behind ads being run against GOP school board candidates.

 

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It’s Working So Well, Let’s Do More Of It!

From Roy Cordato at sister blog The Locker Room is the definition and irony of today’s progressive thought. His post goes hand in hand with mine from earlier today about Durham County DSS officials decrying the huge increase in food stamp recipients post “recovery.

Clearly, this country’s economic policies are working so well that – hey here’s an idea – let’s do some more of it!

No, let’s not.

 

 

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Durham’s battered-wife syndrome

The News & Observer offers this good news for Durham:

Durham County residents continue to struggle, with nearly twice as many people getting food assistance through the Department of Social Services as three years ago.

An estimated 42,441 people now receive Food and Nutrition Services benefits, a 78 percent increase over the 23,856 recipients in 2008. The increase in Durham County is greater than the state’s overall increase.

From August 2008 to August 2011, the number of individuals on Food and Nutritional Services statewide jumped nearly 65 percent from 993,081 to more than 1.6 million, according to Brad Deen, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tragically, like battered wives who refuse to leave their abusive husbands, these same people will go to the polls in droves next year and vote for the man who has presided over this record of misery.

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“I am really disturbed by the fact that these numbers continue to go up even after the (economic) recovery is supposed to have happened.”

Welcome to the recovery.

Durham County residents continue to struggle, with nearly twice as many people getting food assistance through the Department of Social Services as three years ago.

An estimated 42,441 people now receive Food and Nutrition Services benefits, a 78 percent increase over the 23,856 recipients in 2008. The increase in Durham County is greater than the state’s overall increase.

 

And then this:

“I am really disturbed by the fact that these numbers continue to go up even after the (economic) recovery is supposed to have happened,” DSS Board Chairman Stan Holt said. “We are supposed to have recovered by 2010. And look what has happened in fiscal years 2010, 2011.”

 

Mr. Obama’s economic policies have failed. Period. Until risk takers and job creators are treated with respect by the Administration and Congress — via words and policies — Durham County and the rest of the country can expect to continue suffering.

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Where the Money’s Coming From in Wake School Board Races

The News & Observer reports here on some of the funding/funders of this week’s Wake school board races.

 

 

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I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Make Sure You’re Not Too Tan

California today, Chapel Hill tomorrow?

 

Minors in the state of California will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using ultraviolet tanning devices.

California is the first state in the nation to ban minors from using tanning beds, legislators said.

 

And how long before this nanny-state law applies to sunlight?

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