Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Subsidizing the Dead

For those that hadn't heard about this, over the last 7 years the USDA has handed out $1.1 billion to more than 170,000 dead farmers. That works out to roughly $64,000 per farmer who at most was pushing up daisies while collecting a check from the government. This from the AP:
Of the identified payments to deceased farmers' estates or businesses, 40 percent went to those who had been dead more than three years, and 19 percent went to those who had been dead for seven or more years.

What could that billion dollars have gone toward? How do we the taxpayers get it back? It's pretty awful that we hand out subsidies to dead people, yet we we can't get our government to take care of our living soldiers who were disabled in combat. Something needs to be done to protect the taxpayers, where the GAO audits programs more regularly to prevent this kind of negligence.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was to ensure that all have equal
rights. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the United
States Department of Agriculture is an office delegated to enforce
civil rights laws for the Department. There have been numerous public
writings about how Black Farmers were treated by USDA and how their civil
rights complaint processing within the Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights has been mishandled. What is not known by the
public is how the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
mistreats their own employees. Employees are mistreated so badly that some
have been hospitalized for stress, fired, and treated without dignity and
respect. If these employees are mistreated, you can imagine how it
impacts the processing of Black farmers civil rights complaints and
employee complaints. For that very reason a total of 60 minority employees
since 2004 to present have either been terminated or forced into
retirement or detailed to other agencies or lateral to new positions
in other agencies.

No one has ever gotten to a root cause analysis of why Civil Rights
management at United States Department of Agriculture Assistant
Secretary for Civil Rights is so dysfunctional.

Something MUST be done about management within the Office of the
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights or else taxpayers will continue to
make enormous settlement payments for civil rights violations as in the Black Farmers Class Action Lawsuit and these employees will continue to be violated.

Farm Bill
http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/Legislation/110/FB/TitleXI.pdf

rmfretz said...

Interesting. I remembered the lawsuit, but to be honest hadn't followed the issue closely enough. It seems it's still going on, and that spot of the farm bill you pointed to seems like a step in the right direction.

If you come back, wondering whether the departure of Vernon Parker was due to the situation you described.