House Dems are at it again proposing more ridiculous legislation. This time it revolves around the topic of Reparations for Slavery. Many Dems are for it, while Republicans are trying to get them to see reason. The Dems did not take kindly to the opposition and booed when Republicans spoke against it.
“The Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee held the hearing on H.R. 40 — a bill by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, to set up a commission to study and develop a response to the question of reparations for slavery.
Democrats such as former President Barack Obama and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton opposed such a costly plan in the past. But amid a steady shift in the party to the left, the issue has been given new life with endorsements from 2020 hopefuls and others — though details remain vague as to what form such reparations should take, with estimates for a controversial direct payment to slave descendants running into the trillions.
“The role of the federal government in supporting the institution of slavery and subsequent discrimination directed against blacks is an injustice that must be formally acknowledged and addressed,” Jackson-Lee said.
“I just simply ask: Why not and why not now?” she said.”
“Republicans, meanwhile, recognized the horrors of slavery but said that reparations were not the way forward. Congressman Mike Johnson, R-La., was booed and heckled during his remarks.
“Putting aside the injustice of monetary reparations from current taxpayers for the sins of a small subset of Americans from many generations ago, the fair distribution of reparations would be nearly impossible when one considers the complexity of the American struggle to abolish slavery,” he said.
He quoted a former NAACP assistant director in calling reparations “an illogical diversionary and paltry way out for guilt-ridden whites” — and was booed for saying such measures would “almost certainly be unconstitutional on their face.”
His remarks echo those of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said Tuesday he didn’t agree with plans for reparations.
“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate,” he said. “No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”
“Writer Coleman Hughes…asked whether “our desire to fix the past compromises our ability to fix the present.”
“Black people don’t need another apology, we need safer neighborhoods and better schools, we need a less punitive criminal justice system, we need affordable health care and none of these things can be achieved with reparations for slavery,” he said, to some boos from onlookers.
“If we were to pay reparations today, we would only divide the country further, making it harder to build the political coalitions required to solve the problems facing black people today.”
Reparations would be impossible to divvy out at this point. There is not anyone alive that has experienced slavery since it was abolished more than 100 years ago. Who would have to pay? Taxpayers? There are numerous people that live in the United States that had nothing to do with slavery. It would be unfair to charge them for something they had no hand in. But Dems don’t want to accept any reasonable counterpoints, they are trying to get the black vote and will tax the American people unfairly if they have to.