Duke University public policy professor William Darity recently published a report urging lawmakers to establish a $12 trillion reparations program. The program would reward $800,000 to each eligible African American household. The Roosevelt Institute sponsored the report, entitled “Resurrecting the Promise of 40 Acres: The Imperative of Reparations for Black Americans.” According to its home page, the Roosevelt Institute is a “think tank and campus network that works to move the country toward a new economy and democracy by the people, for the people.”
Darity and co-author Kirsten Mullen alluded to the U.S. government’s failure to fulfill a promise to give 40 acres to every former slave in the report. They assert that this failure is the reason that there exist lingering wealth disparities between Black and White households. In the authors’ view, had this policy been implemented following the Civil War, the authors “speculate that there would be no need to consider the case for black reparations today.”
The authors view the federal government as the “culpable” party in this dilemma, and as a result, it “must pay the debt” of $10 to $12 trillion dollars in 2016 dollars. The authors estimate that a payment of $800,000 to each Black household would close the present wealth gap.
However, the authors asserted that more gradualist reparations measures will not fully address the problem of systemic racism.
“Though piecemeal initiatives are admirable in their acknowledgment of the existence of a debt, these incremental efforts will not fundamentally change the conditions of structural, racial economic inequality,” Darity and Mullen said. “Our nation must be held accountable, and the federal government must meet the debt.”
The authors referenced the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and federal aid that was sent to Newton, Connecticut after the Sandy Hook Massacre as examples of what this reparations program would look like.
“Ultimately, respect for black Americans as people and as citizens — and acknowledgment, redress, and closure for the history and financial hardship they have endured — requires monetary compensation,” the report concluded. “Moreover, an emphatic message that ‘the murderers cannot inherit’ will be delivered.”
Campus Reform reached out to Darity to find out how the government would be able to fund reparations without raising taxes on American taxpayers who never owned slaves. Darity responded by saying that “nowhere” in the report was there any mention of raising taxes as a way to pay for the reparations program.
“Nowhere [in the report] do we say the reparations plan must be financed by raising anyone’s taxes,” Darity said.
When Campus Reform continued its inquiry on the matter, Darity referenced the government’s response to Wuhan virus.
“In the same way that the federal government just spent somewhere between $2 to 4 trillion without raising taxes in response to the coronavirus crisis,” Darity stated.
He cited The Deficit Myth by Stony Brook University Professor Stephanie Kelton, a former economic policy advisor for Bernie Sanders as another source of inspiration for carrying out this reparations plan.
In review of The Deficit Myth by John Cochrane of the Wall Street Journal, Cochrane noted that the book calls for high levels of money printing to “finance a massive spending agenda, with no concern about debt and deficits.” In her book, Kelton admitted that printing trillions of dollars could potentially lead to high levels of inflation.
In addition, Darity also asserted that the U.S. government is responsible for more than just slavery.
“100 years of legal segregation and waves of white terror campaigns, and ongoing atrocities including mass incarceration, police executions of unarmed blacks, sustained discrimination in credit, employment, and housing markets, and, most significant from an economic standpoint, the staggering racial wealth gap,” he said in his correspondence with Campus Reform.
Given the U.S.’s precarious fiscal situation, a reparations program would only accelerate its descent into a potential sovereign debt crisis. On top that, such a racialist redistribution program will increase resentment between racial groups and further destroy America’s already fragile social fabric.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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