April 15, 2009

Reparations: Yet another way to spend our money

Did you know that John Conyers, Democrat Congressman from Michigan, has introduced a Reparations for Slavery bill? Why? Well,

To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

My ancestors didn't even arrive in America until the end of the civil war... I'd bet that most current taxpayers' ancestors had nothing to do with slavery in America. In fact, President Clinton already issued a national apology for slavery in America and Congress issued their own apology for slavery in America just last year. Now why, why should the tax money (including the taxes of Chinese Americans and African-Americans) of people who had nothing to do with slavery be paid to people who have never been slaves... who's parents were never slaves,.. whose grandparents were never slaves...

And if you believe taxpayers should pay reparations for slavery, why pick now, when we're trillions of dollars in debt and sinking, to bring it to the front burner? And if you believe taxpayers should pay reparations for slavery, how will we decide who the recipients are? Should the President get a reparation check? Even though his father was from Africa and his mother was white? How much African American blood and how much proof of that will each person need to get their check? What a can of worms, what a sad time to introduce this bill. And doesn't Michigan have other problems upon which Representative Conyers should be focusing?

Here's a nice read regarding this bill.

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