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Biden Plan to Bailout Farmers Based on Skin Color Alone Halted by Judge, 'Unconstitutional' Program Leaves out Whites

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A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a $4 billion, taxpayer-funded Biden administration program that bails out minority farmers but excludes white farmers because of their race.

In his June 10 ruling, Judge William Griesbach — an appointee of former President George W. Bush — said the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not fix racism by being racist.

“The obvious response to a government agency that claims it continues to discriminate against farmers because of their race or national origin is to direct it to stop: it is not to direct it to intentionally discriminate against others on the basis of their race and national origin,” Griesbach wrote.

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The lawsuit was originally filed in April against Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack by 12 white farmers in nine states.

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One of them is a disabled Wisconsin man, Adam Faust, who appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in early May to discuss the discrimination:

“Racism against anybody is wrong,” Faust told Carlson. “You can’t have a government that’s … picking and choosing who they’re going to give any programs to based solely on the color of their skin.”

The taxpayer-funded program at issue is Section 1005 of the Biden administration’s “American Rescue Plan Act.”

The program pays up to 120 percent of the direct or guaranteed farm loan balances for farmers or ranchers who are “Black/African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, or Pacific Islander.”

The USDA had premised the anti-white, $4 billion initiative on a dubious claim that it needed to remedy “past and present discrimination” against those groups.

On its website, the USDA said it’s trying to address “the cumulative effects of discrimination among socially disadvantaged producers with a program of debt relief and long-term racial equity work.”

It’s unclear why a disabled white farmer is not considered “socially disadvantaged” and worthy of being helped by his own government.

Griesbach was appalled that the debt-relief program does not even consider the financial status of applicants — just their race.

This means that a white farmer who’s broke would be rejected for government aid, while a financially successful black farmer would get the federal help.

The judge also wrote that while the Department of Agriculture claims the program is designed to “help socially disadvantaged farmers affected by COVID-19, it does not provide relief based on losses sustained during the pandemic.”

Griesbach found Section 1005 was not narrowly tailored to help farmers in need, but instead is government-authorized discrimination against whites.

“Instead, the only consideration in determining whether a farmer or rancher’s loans should be completely forgiven is the person’s race or national origin,” he wrote. “Plaintiffs are excluded from the program based on their race and are thus experiencing discrimination at the hands of their government.”

The judge wrote that Congress should implement race-neutral programs to help struggling farmers and ranchers “but it cannot discriminate on the basis of race.”

Near the conclusion of the order, Griesbach indicated he thought the lawsuit against the USDA would ultimately be successful.

“Because Plaintiffs have established a strong likelihood that Section 1005 of the ARPA is unconstitutional, the public interest favors the issuance of a temporary restraining order,” he wrote near the end of his 10-page order.

Griesbach echoed the sentiments of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has slammed Section 1005 as a thinly-veiled reparations hustle.

“In this bill, if you’re a farmer, your loan will be forgiven up to 120 percent of your loan — if you’re socially disadvantaged, if you’re African-American, some other minority,” Graham told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in March.

“But if you’re a white person, if you’re a white woman, no forgiveness. That’s reparations. What does that have to do with COVID?”

The plaintiffs are being represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. The firm’s general counsel, Rick Esenberg, applauded the judge’s decision to grant the restraining order.

“The Court recognized that the federal government’s plan to condition and allocate benefits on the basis of race raises grave constitutional concerns and threatens our clients with irreparable harm,” Esenberg said in a statement. “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Department of Agriculture responded in a statement declaring, “We respectfully disagree with this temporary order and USDA will continue to forcefully defend our ability to carry out this act of Congress and deliver debt relief to socially disadvantaged borrowers. When the temporary order is lifted, USDA will be prepared to provide the debt relief authorized by Congress.”

This discriminatory, taxpayer-funded “equity” program is illustrative of the Biden administration’s entire platform, which is to reward certain race groups while punishing others.

Americans must open their eyes and see what today’s leftists are doing: They are stoking and weaponizing racial resentment as part of a cynical power grab. The groups they’re pandering to should not delude themselves into thinking Democrats actually want them to succeed.

If anything, the more these groups remain downtrodden and view themselves as perpetual victims, the more control the liberal ruling class has over them. Wake up.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.


Sheriff's Helicopter Swoops In on People Trapped by Floodwaters, Camera Catches Daring Rescue in First-Person View

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As floodwaters deluged parts of Arizona, a daring helicopter rescue Friday plucked two people from a mobile home that was caught in fast-moving water. Monsoons struck Arizona last week, triggering severe flooding. Drivers who tried to make their way across flooded roads, despite advice to avoid driving, often became stranded. Floodwaters rushed through streets in Flagstaff, Arizona after storms brought heavy rainfall. Weather warnings have been issued to locals residents to warn of more flooding and heavy downpour. — Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 19, 2021 On Friday, Daisy Mountain Fire and Rescue received a report of a mobile home that was caught in the flooding in New River. The water was too high for any ground units to reach those trapped inside. Authorities reported that water was pouring through the windows of the mobile home, and officials were afraid it would tip over, according to KNXV-TV. That left one option — an air rescue. A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew to the partially submerged vehicle. In a video released by the sheriff’s office, which dramatically shows the extent of the waters rampaging through New River’s streets, the helicopter closes in on a vehicle with two people sitting on it, only a few feet from the rapidly rising water. We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle got stuck in a wash. — Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (@mcsoaz) July 24, 2021 “We are here to provide #safety to our community but please be mindful of the dangers posed by moving water and entering flooded areas. Here’s a video of our MCSO aviation unit rescuing a driver after his vehicle…

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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