Thursday, July 22, 2010
Obama Now Owns Shirley Sherrod
After first firing USDA official Shirley Sherrod for her obviously racist comments she made before an NAACP banquet earlier this year, the Obama administration apologized to her and offered her a new job at the Department of Agriculture after they say further video of her speech showed that her racist comments were about how she felt about not helping white farmers more than 20 years ago and did not reflect her views today. After all, she didn't just drop that poor white farmer's case; she referred him to "one of his own kind." It looks like the Obama administration should have looked at the entire video before it quickly reversed its earlier decision to can Sherrod. In the video above posted on Andrew Breitbart's site she practically begs black people to find jobs working for the federal government because they rarely get laid off from their jobs unlike people working in the private sector, even when they say insensitive and outrageous things like she said to the NAACP. Last night, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly also looked at partisan comments Sherrod made during her speech before this supposedly non-partisan, nonprofit organization that might put her in direct violation of the federal Hatch Act, the law that limits the political activities of federal employees. Before this is all over, the Left and, in particular the mainstream media, is going to rue rushing to the defense of Sherrod.
UPDATE: It gets much worse. It turns out Sherrod and her husband may have been among thousands of claims paid out by the USDA as part of a class action lawsuit known as the Pigford case brought by African-American farmers during the Clinton administration who claimed USDA had discriminated against them in administering loan applications. The total number of claims proposed to be paid out are $1.25 billion as a result of a settlement reached by former USDA Secretary for Clinton, Dan Glickman, actually exceeded the total number of African-American farmers in this country--more than 20,000 claims when there are no more than 18,000 African-American farmers in America. Sherrod and her husband collected $150,000 each, plus unspecified loan fogiveness. A bankrupt, commune style land trust run by Sherrod and her husband also received $13 million. In the video above, Sherrod clearly says she chose not to farm. How could she have a claim? U.S. Rep. Steven King explains in the video below how the statute of limitations for making claims was extended by Congress to help enable more fraudulent claims to be paid. He says he's been told by officials that the overwhelming majority of the claims paid were completely bogus--anywhere from 75% to 99% of the claims, and that these fraudulent claims were being promoted by attorneys in black churches throughout the South, who saw it as a form of reparations for the past bad acts of slave owners. See the video below: