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Friday, October 02, 2009

Knee Jerk Legislation

Knee Jerk Legislation may also come to be known as, legislation passed by jerks...
Last month Congress and the Senate voted to pull ACORN funding.
On Sept. 15, 2009 HR 3571 the "Defund ACORN Act" swept through the halls of congress.
And this may open a brand new can-o-worms... Stay tuned...

from Politico..
"Seizing on an issue that has been trumpeted by conservative media, Republican congressional leaders have launched an all-out campaign to choke off any federal dollars from going to ACORN, the scandal-plagued anti-poverty group."

Here is the joke, funny stuff really, two yoots dressed up as a pimp and his ho go to several ACORN offices asking for tax advise with a hidden video cam. Some ACORN employees either didn't get the joke or were just playing along or they were just stoopid but they were fired after the videos surfaced and the proverbial shit hit the fan.
A right wing dominated media was all over this story about the "liberal activists" at ACORN with the most god fearin', family values circus of repubs shouting from their soapbox.
Cause they was talkin' bout prostitutes and children.

The repubs have had their panties in bunch since Obama was elected. ACORN is considered to be Community Organizers with a liberal agenda. Well at least that seems to be what the repubs think when ACORN helps with voter registration and a black guy gets elected. If you don't think this lunacy is driven by racism, then you ain't thinkin'.

The McCain & Palin campaign tried unsuccessfully to accuse ACORN of perpetrating "massive voter fraud."

While the repubs jumped at the chance to accuse, investigate and defund ACORN, a lot of dems can be accused of piling on.

But here is where it gets interesting, the language of the bill used to defund ACORN was written so it applies to "any organization" that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency and that my friends includes some very heinous contractors in the defense business. Yes the defense business that is fraught with fraud, waste and overcharges.
Oh yeah, this could bring down some of the most insidious of the military industrial complex.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla) has started a movement, "Help Rep.Grayson Find Fraud" that has a list of names developing for those corporate entities that are guilty of trying defraud the government. You can add to the list as one poster did with a link to POGO (Project on Government Oversight) and their list of the Top 100 violators.
Here is a sample...
1. Lockheed Martin $34234.9m 50 $ 577.2m
2. Boeing Company $24304.9m 31 $1561.4m
3. Northrop Grumman $18506.5m 27 $ 790.4m
4. General Dynamics $14687.7m 9 $ 63.2m
5. Raytheon Company $12233.2m 17 $ 475.8m
6. BAE Systems $10119.2m 3 $ 1.3m
7. L-3 Communications $6802.2m 5 $ 41.3m
8. United Technologies Corporation $5874.1m 13 $ 383.0m
9. SAIC $5230.9m 10 $ 14.5m
10. KBR $4872.5m 18 $ 103.0m

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Rachel Maddow covers the lunacy of the Republican Party, their desperate attempts to destroy ACORN and how this bill ropes in the worst of the worst, guilty of not just fraud but murder and child prostitution.
Hats off to Rachel and Jeremy Scahill for bringing the heat.


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I would encourage everyone to keep an eye on this story as it develops.
It could go a number of different ways. What concerns me the most is that ACORN was a partisan target but as the list shows there are plenty of others that are way more guilty on a much grander scale. Congress and the Senate have shown repeatedly how corrupted they are by corporate campaign donations. Will they pursue the any and all or will they yank the bill, reword it and put the partisan focus on just ACORN?

I would also hope that an investigation develops into the pimp and his ho (James O'Keefe and his partner Hannah Giles) and their connection to Andrew Breitbart @ Breitbart.com for releasing the expose that put ACORN in the soup.

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