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Oregon Capitol; Oregon reparations

The Oregon State Senate is now pushing a bill to give reparations to anyone who can show the proper ancestry.

Oregon Democrats have recently introduced legislation that would give $123,000 in reparations to black Oregonians throughout the rest of their lives.

The Senate bill states that the reparations will be given to any person who can prove that they are a descendant of American slaves and have “identified as African-American” on legal documents. Recipients must also have lived in the state for at least two years before the application deadline.

Republicans estimate that at the maximum end, Oregon will spend $11.8 trillion in total reparations. This will probably require an increase in taxes. The bill comes as the federal government has already passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill and there are trillions of dollars in national debt.

The Biden administration has also said that it intends to act on reparations for black Americans. The Daily Wire reported that White House adviser Cedric Richmond said that the Biden administration supports reparations and free tuition to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Socialist ideas like the Oregon Democrats’ bill are dangerous and ineffective ways of helping Americans prosper. We should always be open to helping our fellow Americans, but it is not the government’s business to take this kind of affirmative action. Millions of Oregonians – black, white and of every race – will be forced to bear the burden.

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