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More federal funding for ACORN despite indictments

May 24, 2009

Under the guise of due process concerns, congressional Democrats have opened the way for organizations with criminal histories to gain greater access to taxpayer funds. Exhibit A here is the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN), now under investigation in at least 14 states for voter registration fraud.

Earlier this month, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, sponsored an amendment to the $140 million Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act. The Frank measure allowed organizations being investigated by state or federal authorities on corruption charges to receive federal funds as long as they avoid conviction. Frank argued that his amendment, which was approved by the House, protected the presumption of innocence in federal spending.

But federal ethics rules have long stipulated that either an actual or apparent conflict of interest can put a government employee at risk of prosecution for ethics violations.  So, if the Frank amendment becomes law, the federal government will have a double standard, ignoring the presumption of innocence for its employees with apparent conflicts of interest, but extending the presumption to its funding recipients.

ACORN claims to be non-partisan, but it and its many affiliates have ardently supported Democratic incumbents and candidates at all levels of government.

Read the rest from the Washington Examiner:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opin
ion/More-ACORN-funding-despite-indictm
ents-45954362.html

Call To Congress To End Funding To ACORN

May 14, 2009

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann called on Congress Thursday to block ACORN’s access to federal housing funds, citing repeated charges of voter registration fraud against the low-income advocacy group. 

The Republican congresswoman, flanked by an ACORN whistleblower and an attorney who worked on an ACORN case in Pennsylvania, escalated a media offensive against the group, which is a favorite target of conservatives who claim liberals are unjustly protecting a dysfunctional organization by allowing it access to taxpayer money. 

“ACORN, as you know, is no stranger to the spotlight,” Bachmann said outside the Capitol. “Yet no matter how many times prosecutors investigate and even indict ACORN and their employees, they emerge unblemished as far as the federal government is concerned from having access to federal tax dollars.” 

Bachmann, who hit the same themes in an op-ed in the Washington Times on Wednesday, complained that House Democrats killed her amendment to block organizations indicted for voter fraud from receiving federal housing money. She said ACORN has received at least $53 million in tax dollars since 1994, and that she will have new legislation in the coming weeks. 

From Fox News
Read the rest:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009
/05/14/bachmann-calls-congress-block
-funds-acorn/

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“Democratic Party is Bought and Paid For By The Unions” Lawmaker Says

Glenn Beck Says ACORN Ninjas Are Trying to Kill Him

May 13, 2009

Just in case there was any doubt as to Glenn Beck’s status as a paranoid charismatic who regards himself as a Christ-like figure, last night he predicted his own assassination on television.

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It’s pretty straightforward, really: ACORN is an international conspiracy of poor people who threaten to take over the world with shoddy voter registrations. Anyone who speaks out against ACORN—including a dissident member of the organization’s Washington, D.C., arm who recently appeared on Beck’s show—is “in danger.”

Read the rest and see the video:
http://gawker.com/5252723/glenn-
beck-says-acorn-ninjas-are-trying-to-kill-him

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California Says Unions Have Inappropriate Influence With Obama Administration
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ACORN Is In The News Again: New Charges of Falsifying Voter Registrations; Quota System, Union Ties

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Obama Special Friends, Union, Pressuring California on Budget

May 13, 2009

The budget deal that the Legislature grudgingly approved in February left few Californians unbruised. State programs were slashed and taxes and fees were hiked in an effort to close a $42-billion budget gap, causing many to decry the impact on vulnerable residents and struggling businesses. Some of those voices carried further than others, however. Now, the state could lose $6.8 billion in supplemental Medicaid dollars because of a complaint lodged by the union representing home healthcare workers, many of whom face reductions in their already low wages. Although we don’t like the cuts, we don’t think the federal government should use its leverage to pressure California on behalf of a well-connected group.

Counties negotiate the home healthcare workers’ wages and benefits, with the federal government covering half the cost and the state about a third. The state’s contribution is capped, however, so it doesn’t pay any share of the costs above $12.10 an hour. The budget deal lowers that cap to $10.10 on July 1. Twenty counties exceed the new cap, and some are contractually bound to make up for the loss in state dollars.

The Service Employees International Union, whose negotiators won those contracts, is now using them as ammunition against the wage reductions. The economic stimulus package that Congress enacted in mid-February offers billions of dollars to states to help them keep their healthcare programs for the poor from running short of cash. The bill includes a “maintenance of effort” clause to prevent states from using the new federal dollars to lower their spending on healthcare at counties’ expense. The SEIU argued that California’s cuts violated that clause, and at least one attorney at the federal Department of Health and Human Services has agreed.

From The L.A. Times

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http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/e
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692544.story

“Democratic Party is Bought and Paid For By The Unions” Lawmaker Says

May 12, 2009

Republican Representative Darrell Issa from California says when California tried to lower its $20 billion deficit, it offered to cut the pay of health care workers.  Union health care workers of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, Issa said, “ran to Washington to get Obama’s help.”

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The Obama government then told California it would not get its stimulus money if the union workers didn’t get all their pay: the stimulus forbids such action against unions, the stimulus law says.

“But who wrote the stimulus?” Issa asks.  “The stimulus was written in the dark of night by the unions in Washington DC,” Issa said, with instructions from Nancy Pelosi and other key Democrat lawmakers.

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Darrell Issa

Then the Obama rammed the stimulus through Congress to a vote.  No lawmakers admitted to reading the legislation which authorized the stimulus —  the biggest single pay out of federal money in one bill ever.

“At a time when other states are cutting expenses,” Issa said, “California is going in the wrong direction — and pushed there by the White House.”

“Issa also said California was the most unionized state and the state government in Sacramento was “bought and paid for by the unions.”

Issa said the unions see the growth of government in Washington and California as good for the unions.

The federal government is due to grow by tens of thousands of people this year with 20,000 Pentagon contract oversight people and more than 70,000 census takers topping the list.

The government of California is also growing.  Last year, the only major segments of the California economy to grow the were government workforce and health care….

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

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Top Obama Billionaire Donors Object To His Support Of Unions, “Cardcheck”
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Fed Tells California: Can’t Cut Pay of Union Jobs To Save Budget; Threatens Loss of Stimulus Money

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