Unless you are in a cave and don't make or spend money, you know things are tough right now. There is more blame to go around then answers.Last week it was a high stakes game of "Deal or No Deal" and it's your money & future at stake.
As the house was burning, some stood dusting the furniture as Democrats in Congress managed to find time to slip language into the bailout legislation that would provide a dandy little slush fund for ACORN.
ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a busy hive of left-wing agitation and "direct action" that claims chapters in 50 cities and 100,000 dues-paying members.
ACORN really is a cesspool of 1960s leftovers who couldn't get a real job anywhere. But why would anyone even think of including these folks in on any deal like this? The attempted gift to ACORN (stripped out of the bill after outraged from Republicans) demonstrates how little Democrats understand about what and who caused the mess we are in.
All that "community organizing" you hear attached to Barak Obama was done through ACORN. That organizing included pushing for higher minimum wages, attempts to thwart school reform, attempts to unionize welfare workers (i.e., those welfare recipients obliged to work in exchange for benefits) and organization of voter registration efforts (always for Democrats of course).
In 2006, ACORN registered 1,800 new voters in Washington state. The only trouble was, with the exception of six, (YES 6!) all the names submitted were fake. The secretary of state called it the "worst case of election fraud in our state's history."
ACORN workers told state investigators that they went to the Seattle public library, sat at a table and filled out the voter registration forms. They made up names, addresses and Social Security numbers and in some cases plucked names from the phone book. One worker said it was a lot of hard work making up all those names and another said he would sit at home, smoke marijuana and fill out the forms. (I guess that helps with making up creative names. How about Mary Wanna 123 Ganja St.)
Similar stories have been reported in Missouri, Michigan, Ohio and Colorado - all swing states by the way. ACORN members have been prosecuted for voter fraud in a number of states. (See www.rottenacorn.com)
Back to our current mess... ACORN recognized the opportunity presented by the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977. With "affirmative action" lending, they pressured banks to make subprime loans. That means they were forced to give loans to people that could not pay them back. Madeline Talbott, a Chicago ACORN leader, boasted of "dragging banks kicking and screaming" into dubious loans.
Talbott hired Barack Obama to train her staff - the very people who would later descend on Chicago's banks as shakedown artists. Obama later funneled money to the group through the Woods Fund, on whose board he sat with William Ayers, and through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge whose successful grant application was written in 1993 by William Ayers.
Ayers cofounded the violent radical left organization Weatherman. He and his group participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and The Pentagon in 1972.
Ayers hosted a meet-and-greet at his house during Obama's first Illinois state Senate campaign in 1995, and donated to Obama's campaign in April 2001.
I could spend weeks writing about this stuff. Yet the most troubling aspect of this is with the world economy on the brink and real people in danger, Democrats continue to try to fund their friends at ACORN. It has been stripped out of the Senate bill, but we must watch closely as the House takes up the matter. It would not surprise me if Pelosi & Company stick a funding provision for ACORN in again. Don't let that happen! There is much too much at stake.
What gall Pelosi has to step before the TV cameras to declare that "the party is over" for Wall Street. All while seeking to fund (with your tax money) the fools that brought us to this pass.
The fact is not everyone can afford a home. Not everyone wants a job or is even educated enough to hold to one. I'm all for helping people to get back on their feet when they get knocked down, however, I not in favor of rubbing their feet, paying for their home, food, children, beer & weed.
Even a acorn will turn into a tree in the right environment, but these people are just plain nuts.