Barack Obama reportedly rejected the prospect of slavery reparations a while back. Here's a link to the AP article, excerpt:
In a 2004 questionnaire, he told the NAACP, "I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, 'We've paid our debt,' and to avoid the much harder work."
And that was the end of the story as far as it was reported in the news. There was so much noise on the subject leading up to that point that the silence since then has been deafening.
Mr. Obama has let it be known that he thinks the redistribution of wealth is a desirable goal, and slavery reparations would fit so very neatly into that philosophy. Reparation proponents surely haven't given up. So the question to ponder is whether, if elected president, he will succumb to their pleas for the benefit of a particular group or stick with his plan to equalize wealth through taxes and government programs.
Does it matter? For taxpayers, yes it does. Mr. Obama said himself -- see the quote above -- that payment of reparations might be considered by some as the payment in full of any perceived debt. Can't have that. An impossible-to-kill government spending program that takes from the productive and gives to the unproductive could last indefinitely. So not only we, but our children and our children's children, assuming that they are even motivated to work, will get to help alleviate this alleged debt incurred by their ancestors over a century ago.
"Now it's payback time." See Reparations By Another Name for list of some of programs Mr. Obama plans for a bailout of inner cities plus an excellent essay in the Investor's Business Daily editorial in the series The Audacity Of Socialism.
Addendum. Previously on these pages: Slavery Reparations on 1/30/04 and Skeletons in the closet, slave traders in the family tree on 6/23/08 about the POV tv show "Traces of the Trade."