Rep. Bowman Proposes $14 Trillion Reparations Scheme

Radical leftist Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) on Tuesday proposed a $14 trillion reparations package to punish the government and the U.S. people “for the enslavement of Africans and its lasting harm.”

The progressive “Squad” member said Washington could pay the tab and that it would not require “raising taxes on anyone.” Bowman told the Journal News that the federal government responded with trillions during the COVID pandemic to keep the economy afloat.

He also referenced the Space Race of the 1960s, though the parallels he sought are simply not there.

Bowman rhetorically asked where the money came from before adding, “We spent it into existence.” That may have summed up Democratic economic policy better than anything the Biden White House could produce.

The New York Democrat, who notoriously pulled a fire alarm in Congress recently when he was unhappy with ongoing debate, joined eight other sponsors of H.R. 414 in May 2023.

The measure, introduced by Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), claimed the country “has a moral and legal obligation to provide reparations.”

Congressional supporters pushed the $14 trillion to encompass far more than the “legacy of slavery.”

The proposal cited “White domestic terrorism” and the government’s failure to prosecute its perpetrators. It noted authorities supported segregation and disenfranchised Blacks through “banking, consumer, housing, health, education and employment discrimination.”

The bill claimed the trillions would bridge the wealth gap between Blacks and Whites.

A measure to form a federal commission to study the reparations issue was introduced earlier this month with Bowman as a sponsor. Clearly he is intent to force people who never owned slaves to pay people who never were enslaved.

For perspective, the federal government spent roughly $7 trillion in the pandemic year of 2020. The Journal News reported that was approximately 28% of the country’s $25 billion economy.

But in Bowman’s world, the taxpayers will not be faced with extra burdens due to the government simply being able to print money. Nevermind the destruction to the U.S. economy.

Bowman did not stop with reparations. He declared that the “incarcerated should be able to vote,” and “when they come out, they should automatically be enfranchised.”