Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Squirrelly Dealings . . . and a Nut to Crack

The news -- in some parts of the media at least -- has been abuzz about ACORN, that community activist organization caught with phoney voter registrations during the last election, and, just last week, stung by a couple freelance journalists posing as a pimp and prostitute by offering advice to them on how to illegally avoid payment of income taxes and conceal human trafficking.

With the adverse publicity, the Census Bureau late last week severed its relationship with ACORN, which had been enlisted to play a key role in the 2010 decennial count.

Now the US Senate has voted overwhelmingly 83-7 to block ACORN from receiving grants from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Even Sen. Schumer voted to block ACORN from the funds.

Among those 7 who opposed the provision: NY Freshman Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Matt Canter, a spokesman for Ms. Gillibrand, responded in a statement of his own that “while Senator Gillibrand finds the actions of certain Acorn employees to be reprehensible and will ask Acorn leaders for a full investigation and plan to prevent any further abuse, the truth remains that thousands of New York families who are facing foreclosure depend on charitable organizations like Acorn for assistance.”
But do thousands of New Yorkers depend on crooked organizations like ACORN? The legislation was only about cutting off ACORN and not "charitable organizations" in general. Gillibrand's vote, thus, can only be interpreted as a vote in support of ACORN.

Ms. Gillibrand styles herself as an Upstater . . . Somehow I don't think her stance on this issue is going to win her any Upstate supporters


Anonymous said...

I received a letter the other day from an organization called 'Hope Now' so I went to their website and looked under 'members' and lo and behold there was ACORN's name first on the list! The letter was offering help with my mortgage which has already been paid off.

As for Ms Gillibrand it seems pretty safe to say this really isn't going to play well with most people but still she will find plenty of help from NYC and Chuck Shumer although he voted with the majority yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Gillibrand has rapidly transformed herself from a so called moderate Democrat to radical left winger.Look at her votes. When she runs, she will speak as a moderate. Look at Obama. They both talk one way and act another.