American Elephants

The Continuingly Amazing Story of ACORN Activities. by The Elephant's Child
September 15, 2009, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Law, Liberalism | Tags: , ,

I hope you have been following the ACORN drama as it unfolds. Following three incredible videos of an ACORN sting involving a young couple, posing as a prostitute and her pimp, who wanted to buy a house as a base from which to operate a business featuring 13 year-old hookers imported from El Salvador, the couple approached ACORN for help.

ACORN workers were completely helpful, instructing the couple in how to defraud the government, avoid getting caught, hide their income and how to disguise the 13 year-old whores as something legal.

The couple went to ACORN housing offices in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York, and now in San Bernardino, California. You can see all the videos at Big Government.  The Census Bureau reacted quickly, and severed all ties with ACORN.  The organization has a long record of being prosecuted for voter fraud, but had contracted to supply census workers for the 2010 census.

Now a pattern emerges of ACORN workers very willing to help people engage in prostitution, tax fraud, housing fraud, and human trafficking of children.  The first video was of a meeting in ACORN’s Baltimore office on Thursday.  ACORN promptly fired the workers, and claimed that these two reporters had tried and failed to carry out their sting in other offices.

The Senate voted to block HUD from giving grants to ACORN.  House Republicans have called for a total cutoff of federal funds to ACORN.  ACORN, in turn, has threatened to sue Fox News, and Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe — the reporters.  They were threatened with prosecution in Maryland, but it turns out that ACORN cannot operate legally in the state of Maryland.

You would think that all this drama would make page one in most newspapers, or at least get a mention.  Charles Gibson said in an interview on W AM Chicago’s “Don Wade & Roma Morning Show, that he didn’t even know about it.

British papers had no trouble picking up on the story.  Oddly, the American media didn’t know anything about Green Jobs Czar Van Jones either.  Being a professed radical communist, 9/11 truther is apparently no big deal for a figure in the administration.

NBC Reporter Chuck Todd said that “covering the Van Jones story was a waste of time”  Jones, he said was just a minor character way down the pecking order in the administration and just wasn’t important.  GatewayPundit notes that “Jones was in charge of doling out $80 billion to selected green projects.” I suppose that as taxpayer dollars are measured these days, $80 billion is no longer a big deal.

Does the media simply think that these things don’t matter?  Do they not matter if the perpetrators are on the “correct” political side?  Do they not matter because in both cases, there are close ties with President Obama?  Is our media so politicized that they do not recognize their own mindset?  Do they not recognize that this is rather closely related to declining subscriptions and lost journalism jobs? It is a puzzle.

Let’s Skip the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Just Forget the Whole Thing. by The Elephant's Child
September 15, 2009, 2:44 am
Filed under: Economy, Education, Energy, Statism | Tags: , ,

The Heritage Foundation blog had some special advice for President Obama this morning:

Do Not Create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency: The administration proposes to consolidate existing consumer regulators into a new and very powerful Consumer Financial Protection Agency.  This is the single biggest policy mistake in the Obama plan.  The proposal assumes that consumers are unable to understand any financial products other than the most simple, basic versions even with detailed disclosures in advance of purchase.  This basic contempt for the intelligence of consumers would extend to requiring them to refuse basic products before they would be allowed to purchase anything else.

According to an Associated Press poll, 80 percent of Americans rate the condition of the economy as poor and half of those surveyed said deficit reduction should be a national priority over increased spending on health care, education or alternative energy.

Obama certainly seems to have some ironclad fantasies.  In his mindset, control by a government elite will improve an America that he’s not too sure about.  That is a set mind, not amenable to change.  He has an incredible agenda.  He is going to fix everything.  The banks, Wall Street, the automobile companies, health care, the economy, unemployment, the increasing decline of labor unions, education, foreign policy, our relations with every other country— appeasing our enemies, antagonizing our friends, student loans, killing bin-Laden, cutting defense spending, saving the country from non-existent global warming, switching to clean alternative energy, rebuilding our electrical grid, adding high speed trains throughout the Midwest.  This is the mindset of vast naivety, arrogant overreach and inexperience.

According to Christina Romer, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the jobless rate will peak at 10 percent and won’t start falling anytime soon. The jobless rate in Michigan is  far beyond 10 percent, and in parts of the San Joaquin Valley in California it is at 40 percent. Larry Summers has said that they don’t know how to fix unemployment.

And a new congressional oversight report says it is highly unlikely that taxpayers will recover their investment in Chrysler or GM, in case you weren’t already quite sure of that very thing.

The financial crisis was caused by government involvement. The failure of the automobile companies was caused by government involvement.  The failure of our schools has been caused by government involvement.  The ‘crisis’ in healthcare —Medicaid and Medicare — has been caused by government involvement.  There is nothing that will be saved by more government involvement.

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