Don't pop the champagne just yet ...
The Senate voted Monday to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN, a community organization under fire in voter-registration fraud cases.
The 83-7 vote came as ACORN , which stands for the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is receiving bad publicity related to surreptitious videos. Two conservative activists posed as a prostitute and her pimp, then released a hidden-camera video in which ACORN employees in Baltimore advised the couple on house-buying and how to account for the woman’s income on tax forms. Two other videos, aired frequently on media outlets such as the Fox News Channel, depict similar situations in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.
If the House agrees with the Senate, ACORN could not win HUD grants for programs such as counseling low-income people on how to get mortgages.
Last week, the Census Bureau severed ties with ACORN, saying it does not want the group’s help with the 2010 count. The group, which advocates for poor people, conducted a voter registration effort last year and became a target of conservatives when some workers were accused of submitting false registration forms with names including Mickey Mouse.
Yes, the Senate did just that. Who are the partisan seven senators that decided the undercover investigations by Mr. O'Keefe and Ms. Giles wasn't enough to prove the criminal activities of ACORN? Can you say the usual suspects?
Nine didn't vote on the amendment:
Byrd isn't showing up for a lot of votes these days due to his health. Graham and McCain were holding a town hall meeting in South Carolina, but information shows the town hall was held at 9 AM so there's no excuse as to why they couldn't have made it unless they decided to camp out on Graham's front porch sipping mint juleps. After all McCain has his own skeletons with ACORN so there's a distinct chance he might've missed the vote anyway.
(HT to Michelle Malkin for the bulk of the links above.)
Say it with me folks. It's real simple, very easy, and it should be the only said about ACORN:
ACORN is a criminal organization!
They should be completely defunded of ALL federal government subsidies. (I'd say taxpayer dollars, but it's one in the same with the government subsidies.) Nothing that isn't connected directly to the federal government -- cabinet posts, the military, etc. -- it shouldn't be giving money to such organizations. Organizations like ACORN, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU get government subsidies, appropriated by the Congress. These groups should be cut off from receiving taxpayer dollars. And yes, that goes for conservative groups, as well (though I should note that I can' seem to find any conservative group like The Heritage Foundation, Landmark Legal Foundation, the Anti- Defamation League etc., ever receiving such funds.) Only liberal groups seem to be receiving a helping hand from the Congress on our dime.
Why not pop the champagne just yet? Because this still has to be approved by the House. Now, does anyone in their right mind think Nancy Pelosi is going to allow this to stand? Hell no. I expect to see the Democrats in the House to continue to shoot themselves in the foot when they strip this from the HUD appropriations bill.
Memo to House Democrats (especially you Blue Dogs): DO NOT go against the will of the people on this issue. People are outraged to see that a community organizing group closely tied to the president and known for it's thug tactics is, in essence, aiding and abetting in the commitment of a crime (actually, several crimes). The MSM seems to have ignored this story, and they're whipping out the race card to silence those like Mr. O'Keefe and Ms. Giles. They're deriding critics as know-nothing racists that are intent to "hurt" poor families that have relied on ACORN's efforts.
That's a lie. We want the criminal organization investigated, from top to bottom, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Michelle Malkin has done yeoman's work in tracking all the corrupt ties Barry has and Chapter Eight of her book "Culture of Corruption" details Barry's ties to these criminal thugs ("ObamACORN: A Community of Organized Racketeers Nationwide"). The DoJ should be investigating these people but as long as Barry controls the show, that wish will never happen. But there are those that are looking into possible prosecutions. Unfortunately their target isn't ACORN. No, it's James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles for "illegally recording" their discussions with ACORN officials.
(Let them file their lawsuit. The First Amendment Center has done extensive research in the subject of press protections extended to bloggers when it comes to breaking news stories. As several Supreme Court cases have outlined press protections go beyond what we see on the news at night, or what we read daily in the newspapers. Our money is on O'Keefe, Giles, and Breitbart to win such a case should it be brought.)
But the facts speak for themselves. ACORN was caught on tape advising two people how to purchase a home to be used as a brothel, and said brothel would be utilizing underage, El Salvadoran children. Recent videos (namely the one from Brooklyn) show them advising them on how to launder money, and each one shows ACORN workers telling the duo how to avoid paying excessive taxes, and skirting the prostitution laws of the community in question. Michelle Malkin has done a phenomenal job chronicling ACORN's antics. Anyone with a brain will recognize that this organization is criminal in nature, demeanor, and action. They need to be investigated and shut down.