Why the Pigford Fraud Must Be Exposed, Especially to the Youth
For today’s American youth--the so-called “Entitlement Generation," with twisted attitudes towards hard work, success, proper compensation, and the relationship between the three--the Pigford fraud, with its handouts based on little to no evidence of discrimination or even being a farmer, is the last thing that is needed right now.
The Entitlement Generation, generally those currently aged 21 to 31, is criticized for expecting material rewards in the absence of earning them through hard work, feeling entitled to them--hence the cynical nickname. So when $50,000 checks are being handed out by the federal government to those claiming to have farmed or “attempted to farm” without any proof of doing so and without evidence of discrimination in lending practices, what message does this send? Especially to the youth?
It sends the same message that parents send when they give their 16-year-old an expensive car for his/her birthday despite having failing grades. Or, in the case of the Pigford fraud, a better analogy would be the 16-year-old claiming to be a straight-A student but never providing a report card for proof, and receiving the car anyway based on their word alone.
Additionally, in a rare instance of the mainstream media reporting on the matter, the New York Times points out that two government reports and an Agriculture Department study found the 6% disparity between blacks and whites in denial of farm loans could be attributed to objective factors such as bad credit. But that is not the element that receives the most attention in the case; instead, race and identity politics do, overshadowing what may be a harsh reality for entitled youth--that even money costs money, and must be earned and paid back.
The Pigford fraud must continue to be exposed not only to hold the Clinton and Obama administrations accountable, but also to teach the youth why it is considered fraud in the first place.