Republicans are claiming that House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes never actually recused himself from the Russia investigation because he did not use the word “recusal.”
Democratic Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff is trying to invalidate the subpoenas that Nunes sent out to three intelligence agencies asking for information on the alleged “unmasking” of Trump transition officials by Susan Rice and possibly John Brennan and Samantha Power.
Schiff said that Nunes violated his recusal on the Russia matter by issuing the subpoenas, though it is unclear that the subpoenas Nunes issued on the unmasking are actually related to Russia. Nunes stepped aside from the Russia probe after Democrats complained about Nunes briefing the White House before the Intelligence Committee with information about Trump’s transition team being surveilled. House Speaker Paul Ryan joined with the Democrats in supporting Nunes stepping aside.
“He didn’t ‘recuse’ himself. That has a very specific legal definition and isn’t accurate here,” a senior Republican aide told CNN, noting the difference between “temporarily stepping aside” and “recusing.”
Let’s look at Nunes’ statement announcing his so-called recusal (emphasis added):
“I believe it is in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee and the Congress for me to have Representative Mike Conaway, with assistance from Representatives Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney, temporarily take charge of the Committee’s Russia investigation while the House Ethics Committee looks into this matter,” Nunes stated.
Democrat Black Farmers Bill Would Give Away $8 Billion of Land Yearly in Reparations Program
South Africa-style land redistribution?
Democrat Senators are touting new legislation that would purchase national farmland and give it away to Black Americans for free.
Democrats Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren are sponsoring the the Justice for Black Farmers Act, which seems likely to be the most wide-ranging affirmative action program ever enacted if it’s signed into law. It’s not inaccurate to call the bill a reparations program.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 24, 2020
The law establishes preferences for Black Americans within Department of Agriculture policy. Blacks would be granted free land purchased by the federal government, in total increments that appear to add up to $8 billion a year.
An undersecretary of a USDA “Equitable Land Access Service” would be entrusted with purchasing(using taxpayer funds) and redistributing land. The reparation bill appropriates for a massive 20,000 grants annually over ten years, adding up to a total redistribution package of $80 billion.
The under-secretary would be commissioned to “(1) purchase from willing sellers, at a price not greater than fair market value, available agricultural land in the United States; and (2) subject to section 205, convey grants of that land to eligible Black individuals at no cost to the eligible Black individuals.”
If the bill redistributes 160 acres per grant, it would ultimately end up transferring 1.6% of the total land in the continental United States for free.
Democrats cite a decline in the numbers of black farmers since the 1920’s as an impetus for the bill, pointing out that there were 1 million black farmers in 1920 and 50,000 today. Such logic ignores that the number of American farmers broadly has declined sharply as the United States transitioned to an industrial economy, and that millions of Black Americans who worked under poor conditions as sharecroppers in the American South have long since moved to northern cities.
The bill is somewhat similar to South African racial land redistribution policies, which differ primarily in that they forcibly nationalized land owned by Afrikaner farmers and redistributed them to South African Blacks. South Africa’s land reforms in the name of “equity” have proven to generally be a failure, with novel farmers unable to utilize the land they’ve been gifted in a manner beneficial to society. South Africa has transitioned from a bountiful agricultural society known as the “bread basket of Africa” to a net food importer, with experts pointing to arbitrary land redistribution as a factor in doing so.
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