What? You thought he would hand the money directly to ACORN themselves? Obama doesn’t have to. All he has to do is put that money in the pipeline and it wll reach ACORN coffers. That’s why they call them fronts, because there’s something behind it.
Barack Obama’s stomach over the beltline budget for the coming fiscal year is loaded with pork, the same pork that he promised to crack down on, including $4 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program, run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These are block grants that are doled out to the various states, with the money basically going to groups like ACORN, and other community organizers. With a currently unknown number of front groups leading back to ACORN, this money could, and likely will, lead straight back to ACORN. Even if ACORN were to apply for this money by name, a judge has already ruled that indeed, they are entitled to taxpayer money. Do you think $4 billion is small potatoes? This is a single program inside of a single agency, and is the exact type of program that ACORN uses to fund their operations. That’s a lot of money going to organized crime.
The HUD Web site cryptically defines the grant’s purpose as providing “communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs,”
Pretty spartan language as to where billions of dollars are going. We can only speculate. The Feds can deny culpability by saying that it was up to the states where the money went. The states can appear to distance themselves from ACORN by claiming that it was not them who got the money, and in the end, ACORN is back in business, shielded by a layer of front groups and not even subject to investigation.
Of course they are subject to investigation for the things they have already done, but Eric the coward Holder will not do anything. Cash strapped states certainly don’t have the motivation to go after ACORN, and even if they were inclined, ACORN has billions of dollars rolling in to fight them. The states are the ones doling out this money. Don’t expect them to pick up the torch and go after ACORN on this level. What they will do is largely localized-individual cases of malfeasance that ACORN can easily write off as a lone wolf gone bad.
We can only hope the the opposition to the health care bill will carry over to this bloated budget proposal. One problem might be that it will pass, along with earmarks to Republican interests. Everyone has a price in Washington. The threat of the government shutting down is another factor. I’ve talked before about government handouts. Those folks might get angry. They might vote. If they aren’t inclined to vote, then maybe a recipient of CDBG funds can convince them to do so in order to keep the gravy train flowing.
Margaret Thatcher once said, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. For the hapless American taxpayer, that money is still flowing…out, not in.