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Posted: 9/18/2009 6:59:09 AM EST
Under fire, Democrats abandon ACORN in droves

By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent
September 18, 2009

Back in February, during the Democrats' frenzied rush to pass the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, Republican Sen. David Vitter offered a simple, 28-word amendment: "None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used directly or indirectly to fund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now." Vitter's amendment was shot down, 51-45, with all the votes coming from the Democratic majority.

At about the same time, GOP lawmakers introduced similar measures in the House. Those, too, were defeated by Democratic majorities.

Fast-forward to Monday, Sept. 14. A Housing Department appropriations bill was moving through the Senate, and Republican Sen. Mike Johanns offered an amendment that was nearly word-for-word identical to the one Vitter introduced back in February, barring all federal housing funds for ACORN. This time, the ACORN-defunding amendment passed, 83-7. The winning total included 50 –– yes, 50 –– Democrats. Liberals like Chris Dodd, Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin, Charles Schumer and others who supported ACORN back in February all changed their votes to approve the cutoff of funds.

That was just a preview of what would happen on Thursday, across the Capitol in the House of Representatives. Just 48 hours after Republican Leader John Boehner introduced the "Defund ACORN Act," which would ban all federal funds for the group, the House Democratic leadership agreed to a vote on the bill. Boehner's measure passed 345-to-75, with 172 Democrats voting to cut off funds for an organization that had long worked on behalf of Democrats nationwide.

It was an absolutely mind-blowing turn of events, a total collapse of longtime Democratic support for ACORN. Republicans had worked for years to reduce ACORN's influence, with little success. Now, in the span of a few days, the GOP scored major victories.

Everybody knows why. None of this would have happened had it not been for undercover videos, released on the new Web site BigGovernment, which caught ACORN employees in Baltimore, Washington, New York City and California in the act of encouraging tax fraud and prostitution, including prostitution involving underage girls. The videos, which were ignored by most big media organizations other than Fox News, had a huge effect on Capitol Hill.

"I was stunned by what I saw," says Johanns, who has had his eye on ACORN since joining the Senate in January. "I just could not believe that you could have a situation where people were so complacent, so complicit, in what was clearly activity that was not only illegal but just unbelievably wrong."

The BigGovernment videos came in the wake of news that arrest warrants had been issued for 11 former ACORN workers in Florida accused of forging hundreds of voter registration applications. In light of those revelations, lawmakers who once felt confident voting on ACORN's behalf were forced to reconsider; a vote for ACORN was no longer safe. In literally hours, years of Democratic sponsorship of ACORN virtually disappeared.

There are still many steps ahead. Johanns and others have introduced a new bill, the "Protect Taxpayers from ACORN Act," which would do the same thing as the total-defunding bill in the House. If it passes, there will be a conference committee to reach agreement on a final version of the bill, which will then have to pass the House and Senate before winning President Obama's signature. At any point along the way, Democrats might reverse themselves and again take up ACORN's cause.

Then there is what Republicans see as Part Two of the process. For the GOP, the goal is not just to cut off ACORN's federal money. It's to get to the bottom of all the allegations of corruption at ACORN and affiliated organizations around the country. On Tuesday, Johanns sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging a Justice Department investigation into the full range of ACORN allegations. Rep. Lamar Smith in the House made a similar request. No word yet on what Holder will decide.

There's no way to know how it will end. But it's now a fact that there are on-the-record votes of large majorities of Democrats favoring the total cutoff of federal funds for ACORN –– a virtually unheard-of possibility just one week ago. What a difference a video can make.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Under-fire_-Democrats-abandon-ACORN-in-droves-8260728-59676847.html
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:02:12 AM EST
They can defund ACORN all day long, it doesn't mean much. They MUST go after all it's off-shoot agencies, starting with SEIU.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:03:20 AM EST
It was an absolutely mind-blowing turn of events, a total collapse of longtime Democratic support for ACORN. Republicans had worked for years to reduce ACORN's influence, with little success. Now, in the span of a few days, the GOP scored major victories.

Everybody knows why. None of this would have happened had it not been for undercover videos, released on the new Web site BigGovernment, which caught ACORN employees in Baltimore, Washington, New York City and California in the act of encouraging tax fraud and prostitution, including prostitution involving underage girls. The videos, which were ignored by most big media organizations other than Fox News, had a huge effect on Capitol Hill.


In other words, the GOP didn't do jack shit. They sat on their asses until a young CONSERVATIVE grew the balls to catch the Marxist fuckers in their own trap.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:03:36 AM EST
They will just renamed ACORN something like WALNUT and continue to fund it money
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:04:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zaphod:
It was an absolutely mind-blowing turn of events, a total collapse of longtime Democratic support for ACORN. Republicans had worked for years to reduce ACORN's influence, with little success. Now, in the span of a few days, the GOP scored major victories.

Everybody knows why. None of this would have happened had it not been for undercover videos, released on the new Web site BigGovernment, which caught ACORN employees in Baltimore, Washington, New York City and California in the act of encouraging tax fraud and prostitution, including prostitution involving underage girls. The videos, which were ignored by most big media organizations other than Fox News, had a huge effect on Capitol Hill.


In other words, the GOP didn't do jack shit. They sat on their asses until a young CONSERVATIVE grew the balls to catch the Marxist fuckers in their own trap.


How do you know the people who did this are not registered Republicans?
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:04:43 AM EST
Originally Posted By Loki41872:
They can defund ACORN all day long, it doesn't mean much. They MUST go after all it's off-shoot agencies, starting with SEIU.


This.

They are just rats bailing out of a sinking ship.

In the end they are still rats.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:05:33 AM EST
We should pin medals on that pimp and his ho.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:16:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 7:16:30 AM EST by osprey21]
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Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:17:08 AM EST
Nuke ACORN and SEIU

HH
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:22:00 AM EST
obligatory...


Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:23:34 AM EST
I'm still waiting for an answer as to why Texas' Kay B. Hutchison was among the 9 who didn't bother to vote on this.
Mr. Perry should have a field day with that.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:27:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 7:32:38 AM EST by CWO]
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:36:08 AM EST
It's amazing that voter fraud isn't scandalous enough to bring ACORN down, but a little t and a has everyone's attention.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:37:16 AM EST
In regards to congress, when you shine the light on something, the cockroaches scatter.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:38:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By Nooobie:
It's amazing that voter fraud isn't scandalous enough to bring ACORN down, but a little t and a has everyone's attention.


Sad but true. Like others have stated, keep your eyes on the money........they'll be back.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:39:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By CRC:
Originally Posted By Zaphod:
It was an absolutely mind-blowing turn of events, a total collapse of longtime Democratic support for ACORN. Republicans had worked for years to reduce ACORN's influence, with little success. Now, in the span of a few days, the GOP scored major victories.

Everybody knows why. None of this would have happened had it not been for undercover videos, released on the new Web site BigGovernment, which caught ACORN employees in Baltimore, Washington, New York City and California in the act of encouraging tax fraud and prostitution, including prostitution involving underage girls. The videos, which were ignored by most big media organizations other than Fox News, had a huge effect on Capitol Hill.


In other words, the GOP didn't do jack shit. They sat on their asses until a young CONSERVATIVE grew the balls to catch the Marxist fuckers in their own trap.


How do you know the people who did this are not registered Republicans?


SO what if they are? Doesn't mean the PARTY did ANYTHING.

These were two independent CONSERVATIVES who took it upon themselves to gut ACORN all by their lonesome. I'm quite sure that Steele didn't have a clue, or that it ever occurred to him to try something like that.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:40:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By Nooobie:
It's amazing that voter fraud isn't scandalous enough to bring ACORN down, but a little t and a has everyone's attention.


When you are doing your masters bidding, no one cares.

But the kiddie hookers did them in.


This is a major organizational blow to the dims. Unfortunately, they will recover and regroup, because the GOP doesn't have the balls nor the power to pursue and destroy their infrastructure and take advantage of their battlefield victory that was handed to them on a silver platter by two kids and Fox news.




Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:41:42 AM EST
I believe this ACORN thing is just the tip of the iceberg. Let's keep digging!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:42:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 7:44:48 AM EST by texas-skeeter]
Originally Posted By mhall8811:
I'm still waiting for an answer as to why Texas' Kay B. Hutchison was among the 9 who didn't bother to vote on this.
Mr. Perry should have a field day with that.


NOOOOO SHIT!!! fucking bitch wants to be govenor here, and she cant even vote out funding for one of the MOST FUCKED UP RACIST CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS this country has ever seen?????? hell, this will make a good thread!!!
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:45:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 7:46:14 AM EST by Admiral_Crunch]
A good start. When do the prosecutions begin? Sure seems like organized crime to me.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:47:39 AM EST
Too late Dems. Their stink is on you.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:48:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
A good start. When do the prosecutions begin? Sure seems like organized crime to me.


Holder will order the investigations soon.


Any day now....

Waiting...
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:49:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2009 7:50:35 AM EST by Admiral_Crunch]
Originally Posted By Loki41872:
Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
A good start. When do the prosecutions begin? Sure seems like organized crime to me.


Holder will order the investigations soon.


Any day now....

Waiting...


Yeah, I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:34:36 AM EST
Nadler whines that defunding ACORN unconstitutional


http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ny08_nadler/Acorn091709.html

Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:38:26 AM EST
RICO for ACORN RFN
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 8:56:37 AM EST
Even in the best light, ACORN is a form of outsourced welfare whose mission was to hook as many people up to the government tit as possible, and then register them to vote Democrat. Again, on some basic level, taxpayer dollars should not be going to political organizations that register a targeted group of people to vote for a particular political party. I have trouble seeing this in any other light.

And now, ACORN has been exposed for the illegal bullshit that seemed normal business for them. How many other illegal enterprises do you think they have helped mask so the IRS or other governmental agency did not find it? This shit may fly in Chicago (probably the most corrupt city in America, and perhaps second only to New Orleans), but it does not go down very well in the Red Free states.

I hope the government shoves RICO up their Marxists asses with vigor. The head of ACORN is supposed to on Fox News Sunday this week. You can bet Chris Wallace will get his pound of flesh.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 9:33:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By TomHighway:
Even in the best light, ACORN is a form of outsourced welfare whose mission was to hook as many people up to the government tit as possible, and then register them to vote Democrat. Again, on some basic level, taxpayer dollars should not be going to political organizations that register a targeted group of people to vote for a particular political party. I have trouble seeing this in any other light.

And now, ACORN has been exposed for the illegal bullshit that seemed normal business for them. How many other illegal enterprises do you think they have helped mask so the IRS or other governmental agency did not find it? This shit may fly in Chicago (probably the most corrupt city in America, and perhaps second only to New Orleans), but it does not go down very well in the Red Free states.

I hope the government shoves RICO up their Marxists asses with vigor. The head of ACORN Bertha Butt Lewis is supposed to on Fox News Sunday this week. You can bet Chris Wallace will get his pound of flesh.


A little more info added.

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