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ACORN seldom falls far from the tree

The most underreported story of this election season is the Association of Community Organizers For Reform Now, known by its acronym, ACORN.

ACORN grew out of what wins the prize hands-down for one of the silliest and most destructive advocacy groups America has ever known – the National Welfare Rights Organization.

Founded by George Wiley, the NWRO became an army of single minority mothers whom he sent out to disrupt welfare offices through sit-ins and demonstrations demanding an end to oppressive eligibility restrictions. His aim was to so flood welfare offices as to cause the system to burst, creating a crisis he hoped would correct America’s “unjust capitalist society.” From 1965 to 1974, the nation’s welfare rolls more than doubled to 10.3 million during generally good economic times. Clearly, it was a winning tactic.

One of ACORN’s later tactics was to flood banks and mortgage companies the same way, insisting that they do away with those pesky mortgage eligibility requirements.

ACORN was among those most responsible for the failure of the mortgage market and, astonishingly, until some sharp-eyed lawmaker noticed and stripped them out, ACORN was among those named as bailout recipients.

ACORN is also under investigation by the feds for what may well be the most massive case of organized voter fraud in American history.

James Terry, chief public advocate for the Consumers Rights League, testified on Sept. 25 before a joint House Administration and House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on “Federal, State and Local Efforts to Prepare for the General 2008 Election,” where he highlighted “corruption at every level of ACORN including embezzlement, cover-ups, misuse of taxpayer funds and voter fraud.”

ACORN attracted Barack Obama in his youthful community organizing days. He was hired to train ACORN staffers in their shakedown tactics. Obama later funneled millions to ACORN through the Woods Fund, on whose board Obama sat, together with William Ayers, founder of the ’60s domestic terror group the Weather Underground.

Obama represented ACORN as its legal counsel in a lawsuit aimed at pushing “motor voter” laws that make it easier for non-citizens to vote by presenting a driver’s license.

ACORN’s voter fraud tactics have been entirely to benefit their mentor and instructor, Sen. Barack Obama, who listed on his resumé for qualifications for president, “community organizer.”

Now follow along with me – I’ll type slowly so Obama supporters can follow along: The mortgage crisis has two primary causes. The first was banking legislation overseen by Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, and the second “predatory” lending practices that were mandated by a Democratic Congress to help low-income families achieve the American dream of home ownership.

In this insane financial and political environment, it is worth remembering that the so-called “Bush economy” worked just fine for six years, until the Democrats took both houses in 2006 – and that it is the Congress to which the Constitution entrusts the economy. The Democrats opposed revamping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s policies, and Barack Obama has been entangled in the whole mess, one way or another, going all the way back to the mid 1990s.

One can draw a straight line from ACORN to domestic terror to radical anti-American leftism to the mortgage crisis to the economic meltdown to the most massive case of voter fraud ever investigated and finally, straight to Sen. Barack Obama. Without even trying. And nobody seems to care.

It takes one’s breath away.