ACORN – the fights not over

I’m sure by now some have heard of the fight to save ACORN. I don’t mean the votes to continue funding ACORN by 7 Senators, including New York Senator Gillibrand, or the 75 Representatives, including New York Representative Hinchey. I’m talking about attempts to reverse the laws that passed to end the Government funding.

Some are claiming that the vote in the Senate, since it was focued on one group, is against the Constitution. If this is the case, well then the measures in the House will be overturned. And I’m sure many Liberals, and obviously the Democrats mentioned above, will be overjoyed. In particular are the politicians for New York, as they are up for re-election in 2010, and I’m sure the political weight of ACORN is the only thing they were concerned about when they voted. It definitely wasn’t New York residents and the Government.

But I am reminded of another item that Congress voted on. You might recall that back at the beginning of the year, AIG executives had Congress converge on them. Democrats were happy to grab headlines as they voted to take their bonuses away. Bonuses that Democrats approved and guaranteed thanks to Sen. Dodd. (You know, the same Senator that is one of the top Democrats receiving contributions from Wall Street)

I didn’t hear any Liberals or Democrats arguing that creating a retro-active tax on a group of Americans was illegal or unconstitutional. They were too busy ignoring that they approved the money in the first place. They were too busy preparing to use that vote to help ensure they will be re-elected in 2010, and being smug with the major media.

Sound a bit hypocritical?

Still I don’t agree with punative retro-active taxes. Just check what I said about that back then. Nor do I want to see ACORN funded with my taxes so they can help set up brothels with underage illegal aliens next to my house. It does create a bit of a quandry. Which accurately reflects the Obama Administration and the Democrat-led Congress.

But there is one shining bright spot in this whole thing. By accident the House of Representatives passed their version of the defunding Bill such that ANY group receiving funds and cannot have filed a fraudulent form with any part of the Government. Because of the wording over 62 organizations , including ACORN, cannot receive our money. Which I don’t feel bad about at all.

Politicians are not happy about this though. Some of the groups potentially not getting funding now include:
AT&T
Bechtel
Boeing
BP
Chevron
Dell
Exon Mobile
FedEx
Fluor
GE
Honeywell
Northrup Grumman
University of California

This list does include some of the top offenders in 2007. They were fined $27 billion for the fraud they committed. Of course they received (all 62) $260 billion in funding. So the fines really don’t matter, which is likely why they did the fraud in the first place.

The list also happens to include some major contributors to various politicians. How much do you want to bet that Speaker Nancy Pelosi backs down and finds a way to get the money back to these organizations. Especially those that contribute to Democrats? Which I’m sure will likely include ACORN, quietly, just in time for the 2010 mid-term elections.

Keep an eye out and see what your local politician does (especially if they are up for re-election like the NY elected officials I’ve mentioned). Because just as the major media didn’t find out anything about ACORN, refused to cover the story, and hoped no one would notice – I expect them to not cover this either.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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