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For Decades, the USDA Was Black Farmers’ Worst Enemy….And for most of them, things haven’t changed

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By, Marti Oakley

 

 

**Note: The article from “YES” magazine, referred to in this article, was dated July 6, 2016. Just two days before farmers from 18 states protested the USDA and its discriminatory practices in front of the Supreme Court. The article was a carefully timed and crafted propaganda piece. All information, data and statistics were obviously provided by USDA and simply compiled to make it appear that legitimate research had been done, when obviously, it had not.
As for the protest, I was left wondering just where all these civil rights icons were? What? No Jesse Jackson? No Al Sharpton? Where the hell was the NAACP?? (BIG)Blacks in Government? No?
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eddieSometimes while I am researching one thing, I come across valuable information on another topic. This was the case recently when an article in Yes! Magazine caught my eye.  Since last year I have been doing Whistleblowers! broadcasts which included black farmers discriminated against by USDA and they have a very different story to tell than the one relayed in YES!. And, they have the documents to back up what they have to say about their treatment at the hands of USDA..

These farmers never asked for special treatment. They are demanding only to be treated with as much respect, and with access to the same programs as others are.

The title “For Decades, the USDA Was Black Farmers’ Worst Enemy. Here’s How It Became an Ally” nearly made my head explode. I wouldn’t swear to it, but I think at that point lightening sparked here in my office. I read the article with interest, but realized it was a propaganda piece, carefully constructed with information most likely provided directly by interests at the USDA. Obviously no actual research had been done. Had it been done, the article would have read quite differently and would have linked to relevant documents and resources. There were none. More

List Price Too High, Oh My!

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(Full disclosure) Nearly all the useful math I know was learned during the first eleven years of my education (guess which grade I skipped) from my Father. This was polished by a U.S. Navy lieutenant (jg) teaching at the Prep School in Bainbridge, MD, when I was 20.

(More full disclosure) I know less about law than most (but not all) lawyers.

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With that, let me invite each of you to shed a tear for ‘Big Pharma’. Whoa – just one; one humungous crocodile tear.

Think of all the money, time, and energy they’ve expended over the past three days on the conniption fit about drug list prices, discounts, and rebates.

This is made necessary because they do not dare address the real facts behind obscene list prices for life-saving drugs.

The problem is nearly as old as commerce: Fictitious list prices.

They know exactly why their list prices are going through the roof, but to admit it means they know they are guilty of defrauding the U.S. Government.

If you can get someone to pay list price, then an unrealistically high list price constitutes a fraud, an essential part of a despicable scam.

Enter the U.S. Government, prohibited by law from negotiating drug prices.

On 01/06/2015, S.31 – Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2015 was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

This is a Bill To amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries

As of August 26, 2016 the Bill has been read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

I found no evidence of any further action on the Bill.

Discuss this with your senators and representatives.

If their eyes glaze over, you’ve committed the cardinal sin of Too Many Numbers (to paraphrase Emperor Joseph II’s remarks on Mozart’s work: “Too many notes.”)

If you detect a knowing look, they have been aware of the scam from the beginning.

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