Monday, March 11, 2019

Reparations for Slavery to Descendants Bad Idea

Kamala Harris on the issue of reparations for blacks must be out of her mind
On the budget busting debt adding effect she is totally blind
In our history we have had one example of reparations during the dark days of World War II
Fueled by anti-Japanese hysteria  an executive order to intern for which we should always rue
In 1988 the U.S. passed legislation to pay $20,000 to each of the 60,000 surviving internees
But no heirs of internees could become a reparations payee
In the case of slaves there are only descendant and  no surviving ex-slaves
Following the Japanese American analogy would no payment to descendents not interned by waived?
46 million blacks in this country with no accurate record of descendants among our 46 million blacks
And as Elizabeth Warren has shown how many would falsely claim slave blood to get on the reparations track
Estimates range from 60 to 90 percent which on the low end would mean 27 million checks to be spent
540 billion dollars in more taxes to pay for reparations would cause many of us to reparations resent
The analogy of the Japanese-Americans gets even worse
Slavery was not just for 2 ½ years unless freed on master’s death was a life time curse
$20,000 grand would be a mere drop in the bucket for a life time in chains
That ended in 1865 when we ended slavery’s dreadful and heinous reign
Given the harm suffered by slaves would not the payment amount be viewed with disdain
Compensating for the true monetary losses suffered would flush our economy down the drain
Reparations is an idea whose time should never be put into play
Too expensive, prone to fraud and paid for already in Union blood the Rebels did slay
 © March 11, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

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