(RepulicanWire.org) – San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to accept a draft plan from the city’s African American Reparations Advisory Committee that would pay out a one-time $5 million payment per qualifying person.

The reparations committee will submit its final proposal in June, after which the Board of Supervisors is set to meet on September 19th for its next reparations hearing.

Payments of $5 million to every eligible Black adult, the elimination of personal debt and tax burdens, guaranteed annual incomes of at least $97,000 for 250 years and homes in San Francisco for just $1 a family.

These were some of the more than 100 recommendations made by a city-appointed reparations committee tasked with the thorny question of how to atone for centuries of slavery and systemic racism. And the San Francisco Board of Supervisors hearing the report for the first time Tuesday voiced enthusiastic support for the ideas listed, with some saying money should not stop the city from doing the right thing.

In San Francisco, Black residents once made up more than 13% of the city’s population, but more than 50 years later, they account for less than 6% of the city’s residents — and 38% of its homeless population. The Fillmore District once thrived with Black-owned night clubs and shops until government redevelopment in the 1960s forced out residents.

Fewer than 50,000 Black people still live in the city, and it’s not clear how many would be eligible. Possible criteria include having lived in the city during certain time periods and descending from someone “incarcerated for the failed War on Drugs.”

Critics say the payouts make no sense in a state and city that never enslaved Black people. Opponents generally say taxpayers who were never slave owners should not have to pay money to people who were not enslaved.

Leo Terrell has had a lot to say on the matter.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Biden’s regular trips to his home state of Delaware have cost taxpayers at least $11 million since the start of his presidency.

Biden has made 56 trips to Delaware, spanning all or part of 177 days, according to data from former CBS correspondent Mark Knoller in October. Biden now has 57 trips to Delaware and 185 days.

The trips require taxpayer dollars to fund costs associated with the use of either Air Force One or Marine One, as well as security costs for the Secret Service. The president spends time in Delaware at his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.

Public documents from the Department of Defense comptroller show that the Marine One helicopters used by the president cost between $17,065 and $20,206 per hour.

The helicopter trip between the White House and locations in Delaware takes roughly an hour, according to the president’s schedule.

Air Force One’s operational costs are $177,843 per hour, and the trip to Delaware takes roughly 30 minutes, according to the president’s schedule.

This puts the total operational costs for the trips, including each method of transportation, at about $4 million.

Documents obtained by the New York Post last year showed a Secret Service cost of $1.96 million on the president’s first 16 trips to Delaware.

A per-trip cost from these data applied to the president’s now 57 trips leaves an approximate $7 million tab for taxpayers.

The $11 million receipt for Biden’s Delaware trips is probably a significant underestimate since it does not tally many other miscellaneous costs.

These include spending for additional helicopters that travel along with him, travel to or from military airports before or after an Air Force One flight, and accommodations for staff who accompany him.

The president has other, quite comfortable options for the weekend. The White House itself is one of the nation’s most beautiful mansions. Additionally, the president can also avail himself of the country retreat at Camp David, which is only a half-hour chopper ride away. He has been there 19 times as president, far less often than he goes to Delaware.

But as president, Biden’s predilection for spending as much time in Delaware as possible is costing taxpayers well more than $200,000 roundtrip.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., will introduce a bill this week that aims to divert COVID-19 relief funds provided to federal prisoners under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan into victim compensation funds.

Dubbed the, “Pay Victims, Not Prisoners Act,” the measure calls for the disclosure of certain prisoner tax return information to the Department of Justice. Should the measure pass, the attorney general, according to text from the measure, will have no more than 90 days to identify “federal prisoners who received a disbursement of a refundable credit” to their commissary account and certain federal prisoners “who owe money pursuant to a judgement issued by a federal court.”

“Taxpayer money should never have been sent to individuals who are serving in federal prison for murder and terrorism,” Budd said. “Each and every taxpayer dollar should be treated as sacred. The Biden administration needs to take responsibility for this massive misuse of taxpayer funds and Congress should act to pass my bill to redirect these dollars away from criminals and towards the victims of these heinous crimes.”

Following its passage in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan provided prisoners in federal facilities across America, including convicted murderers like Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with stimulus checks. The Biden measure passed through the House and Senate without a GOP amendment that would have prevented the inmates from receiving checks.

Budd, a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Republican nominee to represent North Carolina in the Senate, wrote two separate letters – one in January and another in April – to the Department of Treasury asking about the payments to incarcerated individuals.

In the letters, Budd asked a series of questions, including how many prisoners received the payments, how much money was sent to prisoner accounts and whether the funds were deposited into inmate trust accounts or sent to third parties.

In response to Budd, the Treasury Department disclosed last month that economic impact payments were provided to “approximately 597,000 individuals who were incarcerated during the 2021 calendar year” and that “$863 million” worth of third-round stimulus payments were sent to prisoners.

The Treasury Department also told Budd that the IRS “does not have access to data that would allow it to determine if a third-round economic impact payment was disbursed to third-parties, including family members of an inmate.”