ACORN Smouldering?

To the Editor:

They say that where there is smoke there is fire. They also say that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. And they say that Obamas past affiliations with ACORN is a “troubling issue”. Hey, there have been so many troubling issues with “past associations” that Obama has had, what’s another one going to matter? Here’s the real question though- leaving Obama out of it.  

How has ACORN received so much governmental backing with so many troubling stories?

On the same day that the anti-poverty group ACORN announced the launch of an “internal review” after four undercover videos exposed its workers offering advice on how to skirt federal laws, a fifth video surfaced that purports to show a worker offering to help bring underage girls into the U.S. for the purposes of prostitution.

All the liberals came to the defense of ACORN when a first film was produced.

When the second film surfaced showing ACORN employees giving illegal advice, the liberal community got quiet. Now, with the fifth film having been released, everyone seems to be backing off and questioning how this organization became so influential amid so many scandals over dozens of years and received tens of millions of taxpayer dollars!

Fair questions?

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, bills itself as the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, with more than 400,000 member families organized within 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 110 cities across the U.S. Originally named the Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN was founded as a nonprofit, nonpartisan entity in 1970 by Wade Rathke, a follower of George Wiley, founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization. Rathke stepped down from his post as chief organizer in 2008 after it was revealed that his brother Dale had embezzled nearly $1 million of ACORN funds eight years earlier.

The seeds of scandal(s) have been there for 4 decades!

Republicans, who have long criticized ACORN, which is under scrutiny for several voter-registration fraud cases, are urging the Justice Department to investigate ACORN. The Senate voted Monday to block the Housing and Urban Development Department from giving grants to ACORN, and the Census Bureau last week severed its ties with the group for the 2010 national head-count.

For me the question isn’t a Democrat-Republican issue. And, it isn’t even an Obama affiliation issue. And please, lets not call it a “race issue”, Jimmy Carter. The core question here is how long will the American public put up with POLITICIANS (of ever stripe) to continue funding PORK for themselves and allowing rampant greed and corruption to permeate our government?

Ernie Fitzpatrick

As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.

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