An ACORN doesn’t fall far from the tree so Obama — the big oak on whom the Democrats have pinned their hopes — is trying to kick it as far away as he possibly can.
Ties between Obama and ACORN – the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – are legion. However, now that ACORN’s part in the sub prime mortgage mess has been exposed and the group’s voter registration programs have become an object of public scorn, the junior senator from Illinois is trying to throw ACORN overboard as he did his former pastor and a laundry list of other unseemly characters.
An Obama website states:
• Fact: Barack was never an ACORN community organizer.
• Fact: ACORN never hired Obama as a trainer, organizer, or any type of employee.
• Fact: ACORN was not part of Project Vote, the successful voter registration drive Barack ran in 1992.
Fortunately for the American public, the Cleveland Leader and others have unearthed an article by Toni Foulkes of ACORN, previously blocked from the web, which shows that Obama’s recent effort to unhitch his wagon from this discredited organization is a sham.
In this article entitled, “Case Study: Chicago-The Barack Obama Campaign,” which appeared in Social Policy magazine in 2004, Foulkes writes that ACORN recruited Obama for its lawsuit against the state of Illinois involving the motor-voter law.
Obama then went on to run a voter registration project with Project VOTE in 1992 that made it possible for Carol Moseley Braun to win the Senate that year. Project VOTE delivered 50,000 newly registered voters in that campaign (ACORN delivered about 5,000 of them).
Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office.”
Social Policy magazine was published by the Institute for Social Justice which shares a New Orleans address with ACORN.
Like many recent political scandals, the effort to cover them up shows a pattern of dishonesty that should be troubling to any potential Obama voter.
All of us have things in our past that we would change if we could. No one is perfect, but honest people own their mistakes. They don’t try to obfuscate.
The question is why would ACORN be involved in the coverup? After all, it appears that Obama is spurning the organization!
The answer is quite simple. ACORN and Obama’s goals are one and the same and they are much too radical for a Main Street. ACORN is working with Obama in order to fool us into believing that Obama feels the same way about democracy, hard work, truth and justice that you and I do.
ACORN uses its various affiliates to lobby for a guaranteed “living wage” and “tax justice” which are euphemisms for socialism. Obama and ACORN are committed to destroying the free enterprise system as we know it and, in the process, they are registering dead people, children and cartoon characters to vote!
The worst part of all is that ACORN is using our own tax dollars to undermine our system of government. The Consumers Rights League discovered that 40 percent of ACORN’s funding now comes from you and me. The ACORN Housing Corporation alone received some $16 million from 1997-2007. AHC is a tax-exempt organization which is not allowed to share funds with its political affiliate. However, money is fungible. The more money ACORN gets from taxpayers, the more it frees up the money from member dues and donor gifts (corporate shakedowns) and the like to be channeled into its questionable political activities.
Barack Obama has pledged to cut out wasteful government spending but will he pledge to stop our tax dollars from going to organizations like ACORN that have a political arm? Not in this lifetime!
The worst part of this scandal, is that Democrats tried to sneak a provision in the $700 billion bailout bill that required that 20 percent of the profits from the bailout go into something called the Housing Trust Fund, which acts as a slush fund for groups like ACORN. Bush was willing to look the other way, but thankfully, Republicans in the House of Representatives would not go for it!
Some economists are predicting that the government will get all of the $700 billion back. Twenty percent of $700 billion would have been $140 billion. That’s a tidy little sum!
If Obama is elected president and Democrats control both houses of Congress, than more and more money will flow to ACORN and like-minded groups and ACORN can really do some damage. That’s why ACORN is willing to endure this snub from Obama.