Spreading the wealth

Let’s consider some ways that the United States government has spread the wealth.

Since the beginning of the Republic, Congress has generously granted “public land” for private purposes.    An example is the 155 million acres awarded for construction of the intercontinental railroads.

The same year as the Emancipation Proclamation, Congress awarded 160 acres of public land to anyone who could prove they lived on it for five years in the Homestead Act.

During the 1930s, the Federal Home Financing Administration gave guaranteed mortgages as long as the properties were covered by restrictive racial covenants.

And for decades, the Department of Agriculture has given price supports and loans to farmers.

The common thread in those scenarios has been the exclusion of African-Americans.

So those who say “speading the wealth is not American” do not know the country’s history.


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