Posted by: 12stepgolf | September 19, 2009

My Point Exactly


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, denounced a Republican Amendment adopted by the House of Representatives to deny all federal funds to ACORN as blatantly unconstitutional and a threat to unpopular organizations everywhere. The Republican initiative, entitled the Defund ACORN Act, singles out a specific organization by name for exclusion from participating in any federal program, in direct violation of the Constitution’s prohibition against Bills of Attainder.

The Supreme Court, in decisions dating back to the Civil War era, has held that the Constitution prohibits all legislative acts, “no matter what their form, that apply either to named individuals or to easily ascertainable members of a group in such a way as to inflict punishment on them without a judicial trial….”  There may be some argument in the interpretation of Mr. Nadler (is it the letter or the spirit of the law?).

There are several states now investigating the ACORN chapters operating within those states so Mr. Nadlers complaint may soon be mute.

Exactly How Much Taxpayer Money Went to ACORN?

by Chris Moody

After checking a few federal spending reports, economist Chris Edwards has revealed exactly how much money ACORN received over the past few years from taxpayers.

According to the database, taxpayers supported ACORN to the tune of more than $12.5 million from 2003 to 2007.

Edwards says cutting off ACORN is only the beginning:

ACORN’s share of overall federal subsidies is tiny, but as thousands of similar organizations have become hooked on 1,800 different federal subsidy programs, a powerful lobbying force has been created that propels the $3.6 trillion spending juggernaut. ACORN’s own website touts its lobbying success in helping to pass various big government programs. So cutting off ACORN is a start, but just a small start at the daunting task of cutting back the giant federal spending empire.

And just how are we going to cut back the “spending empire”? For starters, here’s a department-by-department guide to cutting the federal government’s budget.

When you see that figure of 3.6 trillion dollars, doesn’t it make you want to spit?  These organizations (left and right) are the means to pay off all those special interest groups that keep our “illustrious” leaders in power.  All the earmarks and pork barrel spending that congress uses to “make friends” has alienated many a voter.

The right doesn’t like ACORN and AARP, the left is upset with Faith Based Initiatives and the Boy Scouts, 1800 federally subsidized programs.

So many grants out there supporting things both sides find objectionable in one shape or form, and we can’t even find out what this money has really been used for.

No accountability for trillions of dollars, is this what you really want?

If Mr. Nadler is correct in his objection and if the ban on ACORN is a Bill of Attainder, then all funds for all organizations (1800) should be prohibited without any names attached, both foreign and domestic.


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