Reparations, I believe, are talked about for political reasons, trying to cater for the purpose of getting votes. If Congress was serious about reparations – in ’93 and ’94 the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House, and not one single Republican vote was needed for reparations. – J.C. Watts
FoxNews.com reports that
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called Friday for “examining and pursuing an agenda of reparations” as part of a lengthy list of proposals delivered before an Al Sharpton-sponsored conference in New York — touting a controversial policy that’s increasingly gained support from the 2020 field of Democratic presidential candidates.
Speaking about her cornerstone Green New Deal, which would entail a massive government-led overhaul of the economy and U.S. energy usage, the freshman Democrat also said the plan does not “shy away from bold conversations of health care, housing and education as human rights, of living wages and dignified work, of policy that isn’t just drafted with the next election in mind but also with the next generation in mind.”
She told the crowd at the National Action Network convention that such a generational attitude was the “underpinning” of a list of policies that include health care for all, free public college — and reparations to black Americans for slavery.
“That is the moral political and economic underpinning of making bold investments and dignified jobs because that is the necessary plan to fix the pipes in Flint [Michigan] and clean the air in the South Bronx, and create unionized energy jobs for transitioning workers in Appalachia and West Virginia, for single-payer health care and Medicare-for-all and tuition-free public colleges and universities to prepare our nation for the future, and for the end of mass incarceration, the war on drugs, examining and pursuing an agenda of reparations and fixing the opioid crisis too,” she said.
2020 presidential candidates including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro have all come out in favor of some form of reparations for black Americans.
The embrace of such a controversial proposal indicates a shift further to the left by the Democratic Party. Former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., previously came out against reparations.
Sanders, at the same event Ocasio-Cortez was attending, said Friday that if he were president and Congress passed a bill creating a commission to study the issue, he would sign it, according to The Hill. Both former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper also said they would sign the bill.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, introducing the bill in January, said that “the impact of slavery and its vestiges continues to affect African Americans and indeed all Americans in communities throughout our nation.”
She explained that the measure — formally known as the ‘Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act’ — would examine the “institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.”
The bill currently has more than 30 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and, last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would support the legislation.
Those who have come out in favor of reparations have so far been vague about what exactly it is they would support. Harris suggested to The Grio that this could include a generic tax credit to families making under $100,000. Warren was prepared to go a step further, though, and told reporters in February that reparations for Native Americans should be “part of the conversation” as well.
By the way, word is that AOC pulled a Hillary impersonation by adopting a Southern Black accent during her appearance. However, she did not proclaim that she was “no ways ‘tard.”
I was going to ask where this idiot believes that all this money for all of this free stuff and “reparations” is coming from.
However, that’s easy: Hard Working Average Americans.
In the Democrats’ desperation to pander to special interest groups and to divide us as a nation, it is very evident that their main political strategy is simply to buy votes however they can.
Let’s face it.
They cannot compete with what President Trump’s Economic Policy which has brought Unemployment down to the almost nonexistent rate of 3.8%, including setting records for both Black and Hispanic employment in America.
Nor can they attack him in matters of Foreign Policy, especially after the head of NATO told Congress that foreign leaders respect President Trump and his leadership abilities.
This calling for an “agenda of reparations” by the Democrats is an act of desperation, just as their unacceptance of the Mueller Report is.
They are both nothing but political grandstanding designed to pander to those whom they perceive to be their base: Far Left Liberals and special interest groups.
There is no need to hand out free money to the groups mentioned by AOC for “grievances” which happened in the 1700s and 1800s.
None of this current generation nor the previous one of these groups carry any physical or mental scars from the grievances in question.
In fact, with black unemployment at an all time low, Donald Trump has done more to provide meaningful non-government jobs for black Americans than his predecessor ever did.
Democrats like AOC, Nancy Pelosi, and the other members of Congress who are pushing for all of these programs desperately are fighting to keep black Americans on the Democrat Plantation, while being very aware that the President has gained a lot of support among the 12.5% of America’s population who happen to be black.
The Democrats’ desperation is palpable.
Their “agenda of reparations”, to be funded by American Taxpayers, is unconscionable.
And, just another example of the Democratic Party’s favorite economic strategy: over-taxing average Americans to pay off special interest groups.
Not this time.
Until He Comes,