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Farmers react to billions in COVID-19
relief bill for Black farmers: 'Where
did common sense go?'

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Posted By: AltaD, 3/11/2021 1:53:49 PM

The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that President Biden is set to sign includes billions of dollars in debt relief and other assistance for farmers of color. (Snip) "My reaction is, Where did common sense go?" Griggs said. "We can’t strike. We can’t stop. That's the part that really sucks. These people in Washington who make decisions for us and our livelihood have probably never stepped foot on a real farm." The relief package includes an estimated $4 billion to pay up to 120% of Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American farmers' outstanding debt as of Jan. 1, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Catherine 3/11/2021 1:57:30 PM (No. 720864)
Common sense left the building when Clinton became president. The press covered for him and still does. Just add Obama and now Biden to the mix. Not a drop of humanity in any of them.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: marbles 3/11/2021 2:10:11 PM (No. 720869)
Common sense and the democrat party ? They are devoid of conscience , ethics and morals. Common sense ? Too, too funny.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: less is more 3/11/2021 2:19:03 PM (No. 720873)
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sardonic 3/11/2021 2:30:23 PM (No. 720880)
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Reply 5 - Posted by: wilarrbie 3/11/2021 2:39:01 PM (No. 720882)
Pigford wasn't enough, or was just the down payment? And is this additional 4B enough or does it go on in perpetuity? How much is that per farmer/acre? How does is compare to much paler farmers? How did they arrive at 4 (more) billion? Please show your work.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: thekidsmom66 3/11/2021 2:46:16 PM (No. 720887)
I believe the phrase we are looking for here is racial discrimination. Just because it is being done to white people doesn't mean it isn't racism...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: SkeezerMcGee 3/11/2021 2:47:41 PM (No. 720889)
It may be surprising if some Iowa Farmers do not suddenly discover they are Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American. Although it's doubtful that Native American Elizabeth Warren is an Iowa farmer.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: seamusm 3/11/2021 3:03:51 PM (No. 720901)
A government benefit based upon race? How possibly could this be legal?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird 3/11/2021 3:04:05 PM (No. 720903)
Right, Biden Inc Now you’ve alienated the farmers. As they say, we can’t strike and we can’t stop. But they can damned well vote the lot of you out and stay anti-Dem converts for eons….
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Reply 10 - Posted by: skacmar 3/11/2021 3:13:04 PM (No. 720911)
120% loan forgiven/paid off? Is the federal government paying off the debt plus giving the farmers 20% as a bonus? Sign me up! Time to start identifying as a minority farmer!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Starboard_side 3/11/2021 3:13:46 PM (No. 720912)
Who cares? They're printing money, so they might as well take care of all of these old, pesky issues, right? Once they've resolve those outstanding payments, those farmers won't have any issue any longer, and the politician won't have that issue to "complain" about. Of course, they may now have a competitive advantage over other farmers, and may even be considered an illegal subsidy at the international organizations which other countries may file suit against under unfair competition.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 3/11/2021 3:31:49 PM (No. 720938)
How can this racist nonsense possibly be Constitutional? Oh, wait - - Roberts, Kavanaugh, Barrett - - OK - - I guess it IS Constitutional.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: hershey 3/11/2021 3:33:31 PM (No. 720940)
Ah man, white people need not apply...just democraps buying some more votes..
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 3/11/2021 3:53:46 PM (No. 720963)
Racism is illegal. This is racism.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: lynngirl122 3/11/2021 4:05:02 PM (No. 720970)
If you "identify" as black, do you still get the check? Can't you just check the box like Liz Warren did?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: planetgeo 3/11/2021 4:12:14 PM (No. 720977)
Farmers Of Color...i.e., this country is truly FOC-ed up now.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Omen55 3/11/2021 5:02:11 PM (No. 721023)
Just sue dem!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: volksford 3/11/2021 5:25:14 PM (No. 721036)
Joey is running his own South Africa
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Reply 19 - Posted by: bighambone 3/11/2021 5:33:10 PM (No. 721046)
Seems like it would an unconstitutional violation of equal protection of the law to hand out billions of dollars in US Government money to people based upon their race or ethnicity? Time for the wimpy Republicans to wake up!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Venturer 3/11/2021 5:36:40 PM (No. 721053)
Why would anyone pay 120% of anyone's debt? Am I crazy or is that? Isn't this slightly discriminating? Blacks screwed over white farmers in South Africa. White Democrats are screwing over them here.. This is crazy. But Biden will sign it. He will sign anything they stick in front of him.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: downnout 3/11/2021 8:35:26 PM (No. 721199)
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Reply 22 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 3/12/2021 6:46:00 AM (No. 721481)
I'm getting pretty tired of speshul things for speshul peoples.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 3/13/2021 1:51:55 AM (No. 722329)
The Pigford settlement run out or new farmers ?
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