You know about ACORN – the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – the shakedown artists currently under investigation for violations of election laws in at least 12 states.

This racketeering operation probably played a significant role in getting Barack Obama elected, not to mention Democratic members of the House and Senate, in 2008.

ACORN’s shock troops have been linked to or already convicted of perjury, forgery, identity theft and election fraud.

With a track record like that, you might think the organization would be forced to disband, or that its tax-exempt status would be revoked, or that its entire leadership would be prosecuted.

But you would be wrong.

In fact, under Democratic rule in Washington, there are plans to redistribute up to $5.2 billion of taxpayer money – that’s your money – to ACORN.

And why not? The Democrats who control the federal purse strings got a lot of bang for the buck out of ACORN. Now they hope to use the ACORN nuts to maintain permanent power – doing what they do best: registering dead people, registering illegal aliens, registering pets and other animate and inanimate objects to vote, for Democrats, of course.

By the way, this payoff is part of the latest $836 billion “stimulus package.” But this isn’t about stimulating the economy. This is about stimulating voter fraud, stimulating crime, stimulating perjury and stimulating identity theft.

As I have tried to point out frequently, this outrage is not really that much different from the ways government misuses your money on a regular basis. These so-called “stimulus packages” are always used to reward the friends of those in power at the expense of the rest of us.

Nevertheless, this is one of those stories that needs to be distributed to everyone you know – whether they are Obama partisans or not. Every person of goodwill and fairness needs to see it, read it, digest it.

As Rush Limbaugh put it: “I’ll tell you what’s going on here: We, ladies and gentlemen, we’re funding Obama and the Democrats’ army on the street. We are funding the forces of the Democrat Party’s re-election.”

Most of the money available to ACORN and groups like it would come from a Neighborhood Stabilization Program. But there’s more stashed in other spending line items, too – community development block grants and programs to develop or refurbish low-income housing.

Here’s what Matthew Vadum of the Capitol Research Center, which tracks government spending of this kind, had to say about the so-called Neighborhood Stabilization Program: “Although ACORN operatives usually get their hands on such funds only after they have first passed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or state and local governments, the new spending bill largely eliminates these dawdling middle men, making it easier to get Uncle Sam’s largesse directly into the hands of the same people who run ACORN’s various vote fraud and extortion rackets. And the legislative package provides these funds without the usual prohibition on using government money for lobbying or political activities.”

Isn’t that convenient?

Doesn’t that make you feel good about your country?

It gets worse.

Let me tell you a little more about ACORN.

In 1995, ACORN sued the state of California seeking an exemption from the law that requires that it pay its own employees a minimum wage. ACORN, which argued that keeping its employees in poverty helps to boost their zeal to help the poor, lost.

The group, described by one critic as a “hydra” for its many interconnected boards, foundations, groups and organizations, essentially has created its own economy, with the tens of millions of dollars that are donated by foundations or paid by the government being directed to whatever cause or course of action ACORN officials deem worthy.

The money has been used to advance ACORN’S manifesto, which states: “Enough is enough. We will wait no longer for the crumbs at America’s door. We will not be meek, but mighty. We will not starve on past promises, but feast on future dreams.”

ACORN once had 500 activists storm the Washington Hilton and forcing then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich to cancel a speech.

ACORN pressured Congress and financial institutions for a social basis for mortgages, rather than determine loans by a borrower’s ability to repay. Critics say this is a large part of the reason for the Wall Street meltdown in the past few months.

As stated, ACORN sued the state of California seeking an exemption from a requirement to pay its employees minimum wage.


You don’t think that’s a track record that warrants a multi-billion dollar payoff?

Then do something about it.

Make some noise.

March in the streets.

Fight fire with fire.

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