September 22, 2009

Act in Haste, Repent at Leisure

Oh, this is delicious.

My feeling of schadenfreude has been well and truly refreshed with finding out that the Congress in their pitiful attempt to appease the right wing has put their foot it it - bigtime. By rapidly slapping down ACORN, to show that Congress would never give money to a group that was so feckless as to use government money for bad things, they have created a law that could disinvest the entire military-industrial complex.

The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to "any organization" that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

I especially delight in the idea that judges could use the list of affected organizations being assembled on deciding whether it was legal for them to receive any government funds. Additionally, the idea that if this law can be read to only apply to ACORN, then it is unconstitutional because it would otherwise be a bill of attainder which is explicitly barred by the Constitution. It either applies to all organizations getting government money or it applies to none.

The Democrats that went along with the Republicans in their goal to punish ACORN can spend the next few months regretting their stupidity in letting Glenn Beck call the tune. Maybe next time they will take some time to at least decide what should be the proper course of action when reacting to the latest "scandal" flung up by the rabble.

Posted by Mary at September 22, 2009 04:10 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |
Comments

Why should we expect anything different from the 2 prty system that only is interested on the oligarchs and power.

Posted by: arn at September 23, 2009 06:45 AM

I was a member of ACORN when it was a small group in 1970's Arkansas. I didn't make many friends in my conservative small city. Some people stopped speaking to me. Nevertheless we struggled on and won a few battles. I left Arkansas in 1978 and was amazed to see ACORN's growth over the years.

The right has despised ACORN for years while ignoring the far more serious offenses committed by the rich and powerful. They hated us in Arkansas and nothing has changed since then.

ACORN has had its share of problems, all of which are fixable, but it's been a consistent voice for the poor and it's truly grass roots.

Of course that means it's dangerous and must be destroyed.

Shame on Congress for listening to Beck and his ilk and ignoring the facts.

Posted by: Ann Adams at September 23, 2009 08:54 AM

buzzflash

VIDEO g20: PITTSBURGH/ATHENS

CNN reporter tear gased - burning trashcans

Posted by: ccoaler at September 25, 2009 04:31 AM