Friday, September 18, 2009

The Acorn Test

The radical left wing "community organizing" group Acorn, an item in President Obama's resume, has been defunded by Congress. Yesterday's 345-75 vote in the House followed a 91-7 Senate vote earlier this week. The precipitating cause? Videos revealed Acorn members in five states offering assistance to a (fake) pimp - prostitute team seeking federal subsidies for a child sex ring. Apparently the extensive voter registration fraud the group has been involved in for several years didn't qualify for defunding. Even the current example of egregious corruption was not enough to detach some Democratic Congressmen/women from their benefactors. That there are significant numbers of lawmakers (that term should cause one to shudder) who continue to support this detestable gang provides a revealing insight into the standards of left wing politics.

Acorn's true purpose is promoting a massive expansion of government dependency. It is the modern iteration of the radical 60s outfit, the National Welfare Rights Group (NWRG). NWRG aimed at destroying America's capitalist system by flooding welfare rolls. Capitalism survived, but an entire generation of poor, mostly minority NWRG followers was devastated. Stanley Kurtz gave the details in a National Review article last year.

Putting ethics ahead of campaign funding and ideology by disowning Acorn should have been a no-brainer, particularly given the deplorable ideology involved. That 82 members of Congress failed this easy test shows that they lack the moral judgment necessary to inhabit even that flawed institution.

Senate Roll of Shame

Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
Roland Burris, D-Ill.
Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
Bob Casey, D-Pa.
Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Not voting were Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
All are Democrats except for "independent" (actually socialist) Bernie Sanders. Obama's voting record was to the left of Sanders'. Wonder how he would've voted?
(Sen. Byrd's poor health may have been a legitimate excuse though he's a living example of the need for age limits for Senators).

And in the House

Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. Robert Brady D-Pa. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. Mike Capuano, D-Mass. Andre Carson, D-Ind. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. James Clyburn, D-S.C. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Danny Davis, D-Ill. Diane DeGette, D-Colo. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass. Mike Doyle, D-Pa. Donna Edwards, D-Md. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa. Bob Filner, D-Calif. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio Al Green, D-Tex. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii Rush Holt, D-N.J. Mike Honda, D-Calif. Jesse Jackson, Jr. D-Ill. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Tex. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Tex. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio Rick Larsen, D-Wash. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. John Lewis, D-Ga. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass. Markey, D-Mass. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. McDermott, D-Wash. McGovern, D-Mass. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc. Jim Moran, D-Va. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. Richard Neal, D-Mass. John Olver, D-Mass. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. Donald Payne, D-N.J. Jared Polis, D-Colo. David Price, D-N.C. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. Linda Sánchez, D-Calif. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. David Scott D-Ga. Bobby Scott, D-Va. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y. Brad Sherman, D-Calif. Albio Sires, D-N.J. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. Pete Stark, D-Calif. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Diane Watson, D-Calif. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Robert Wexler, D-Fla. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.
All are Democrats
A notable missing name is Barney Frank, a big Acorn fan, who managed to sneak away less than half an hour before the vote was taken.

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