It all seemed so simple: get Congress to defund ACORN, so taxpayers would no longer be footing the bill for its brothel advisory services and imaginary murders. No sweat, right? The Senate writes up some proposals, the House writes up some proposals, we're all set to bury ACORN in a tin in the backyard, and then…
The Senate has twice adopted amendments cutting off funding for the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now. The House has separately passed the "Defund ACORN Act," which goes beyond ACORN to prohibit funding for any organization that has filed fraudulent paperwork with the government or violated campaign finance laws.
The Senate language might run afoul of the Constitution because it is so narrow and the House measure might be written too broadly, analysts say.
Forget the Constitution, do you realize what's at stake here? If the House gets its way, the United States government would no longer be able to funnel $$ to some of its most favorite pals, like Boeing and Northrup Grumman, which — if we're being technical about it — have been caught selling defective gear to the Army and exporting weapons illegally. (Come on, easy mistakes to make.)
Let's just pray that Congress finds a way to keep these hard-working corporations from being punished unfairly. And let's stay focused, shall we? It's the middle-aged ladies in community organizers' offices who are the real threat to democracy, not the nice executives on the defense contractors' golf courses.
Tags: ACORN, House of Representatives, Senate