Dems Want To “Stimulate” Voter Fraudsters

posted at 9:00 pm on February 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Democrats reacted in anger when Senate Republicans blocked their latest economic stimulus bill. Harry Reid said that bankers and lenders were high-fiving each other in hallways after the GOP torpedoed the bill, but perhaps a better explanation of Reid’s disappointment comes from Bob Casey (D-PA). The beneficiaries of the bill turns out to be somewhat different than advertised:

Here’s the transcript:

Mr. CASEY: “We want to do a couple of things with this legislation, which we know is the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008. Our Majority Leader, Senator Reid, and our leadership and the members of the Democratic Caucus set it out fairly specifically. A couple of basic things this legislation would have done: first of all, it would have continued what we started in the end of last year, foreclosure prevention counseling dollars, to give money to organizations around the country that are certifiably expert at this, organizations like La Raza. I know the presiding officer knows that group. We know also the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now, known by the acronym ‘ACORN.’ They’re headquartered in Philadelphia. These are organizations which understand what a lender has to deal with but more importantly deal with borrowers when they’re borrowing money, when they’re dealing with the difficulty and complexity of borrowing money. These organizations would have helped even more so than they’re helping now with $200 million more of counseling money. That’s not going to happen right now because of what the other side did; they blocked that money by blocking this legislation.”

ACORN? Would this be the same ACORN that conducted voter fraud in Washington, resulting in felony charges against its officers there in 2007? Isn’t this the same organization that generated complaints and questions about their practices in several other jurisdictions during the 2006 election? How does shoving money into the pockets of ACORN provide an economic stimulus?

This doesn’t look like a stimulus package. It looks more like an investment in further voter fraud.


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ACORN…and La Raza?

Well, I guess that one’s bi-partisan these days…

see-dubya on February 28, 2008 at 9:06 PM

How does shoving money into the pockets of ACORN provide an economic stimulus?

Or even racist organizations like La Raza.

Kini on February 28, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Oh Lordy…

WayWard Fundamentalist Christian on February 28, 2008 at 9:11 PM

How in the heck is shoveling money off to the Hispanic version of the KKK, economic stimulus.

La Raza == The Race.

They proscribe hispanic primacy. They helped author that bill that McCain and Kennedy tried to foist onto the populace, before we could read it.

Blech.

Also, I don’t think bailing people out of their homes is a good sign. Kick em out and turn them into renters.

James on February 28, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Glad to see the Republicans were paying attention and stopped it. Blech.

TX Mom on February 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Unreal. I can’t believe he actually said those things and expected people to agree with him.

p0s3r on February 28, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Are you trying to tell me that that lazy, good for nothing halfwit, Bob Casey (D-PA), actually showed up for work? What happened? Insomnia?

Zorro on February 28, 2008 at 9:17 PM

Cripple the oil business, cripple the food business, cripple the spys, defund the military, why not cripple the housing and mortgage business. Hug a terrorist this Friday.

Blame Bush …

tarpon on February 28, 2008 at 9:17 PM

foreclosure prevention counseling dollars

I’m having trouble with that description. When you go through settlement, it’s clearly stated what you payed down, what you owe and what your payments are. So we the tax payers are going to bail out people who knew they could not afford their mortgage. On top of that, we’re going to give more money to questionable organizations whose purpose is to what? Use our tax dollars to subsidize bad loans?

Kini on February 28, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Oh this is superb,so its better to have money spent on
Liberal counselors for the people who’ve lost their houses.
I’m guessing the counselors belong to a political party,
and I’m also guessing this is a great gig to get new voters!

Will ACORN provide other fraud specalties…such as.

Flattening tires of Republican vechicles that are picking up
shut-ins who can’t get out to vote!

canopfor on February 28, 2008 at 9:24 PM

$200M for..counseling? Really? Really Really?

Counseling.

Wow.

How about we just email them all a link to the SNL “Don’t buy stuff you can’t afford” video and call it done?

How much counseling money is that per forclosure case, BTW? Anyone have that statistic?

TexasDan on February 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Good God! Why doesn’t he just drag down the flag and replace it with the red star, hammer and sickle? This is really getting spooky. Be afraid, be really afraid.

rplat on February 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

It looks more like an investment in further voter fraud.

…and further liberal voters…

Entelechy on February 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

How does shoving money into the pockets of ACORN provide an economic stimulus?

In the flow of money between the government, ACORN and various ‘Rat politicians, there’s bound to be some siphoned off and pumped into the economy.

If that doesn’t work for you, remember that supporting Hugh Gubmint and friends is the economy to the ‘Rats.

steveegg on February 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Those who played by the rules, made the sacrifices, paid and continue to pay their mortgages, should be discriminated against and complain to their represenatatives about it.

Entelechy on February 28, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Correction – “should feel discriminated against and complain”

Entelechy on February 28, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Why can’t we get some media sunlight on this? Is there nobody with a media outlet who will cover it?

njcommuter on February 28, 2008 at 9:49 PM

By then, the Ohio and Texas presidential primaries will be over and Democratic senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who are campaigning in those two states, likely could return to Washington to support the housing bill

I like this part… the bill is less important than their respective presidential bids, so much so that they couldn’t agree to put aside their campaigns for a day to show up for a vote…

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on February 28, 2008 at 9:55 PM

Did this guy not realize what he was saying? ACORN and La Raza? He didn’t even try to hide it. Wow.

nailinmyeye on February 28, 2008 at 10:04 PM

I have a question……. a little OT, but it is tied to this and maybe I can get an answer here.

Since my elected officials have never responded, let me inquire to this:

Alot of our economic, social, and infrastructure problems, including the foreclosure debacle, have the stain of “illegal immigration” upon them.

Since “Illegal Immigration” by name, is an illegal enterprise, and (follow the logic) groups like La Raza, bureaucrats, big business (Hormel), and politicians (Kennedy/McCain) actively finance, campaign, and endorse this illegal enterprise…… why has not a single prosecutor come forth and prosecuted them using the RICO laws used to break up other organized crime organizations?

And since they won’t, can John Q. Citizen finally call “bu$$ &hit” and file a case against all of these groups?

I am just asking? If our politicians will not enforce the laws, maybe we can?

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2008 at 10:06 PM

ACORN and La Raza? Un-freakin-believable! Counseling? For people that were TOO STUPID to read the fine print and see what they were getting into. And still, giving money to those racist (both of them) organizations? How are they going to counsel them? Ways to get on Welfare and live off of people paying taxes?

oakpack on February 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM

Well, I guess that one’s bi-partisan these days…

They’ve managed to hijack the Republican Party.

malan89 on February 28, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Where’s the RNC on this? The voters need to know what the dem majority is up to and how dangerous they will be if they win the White House. OH yea, the RNC is busy telling the state parties how to run their business and not use Barack Hussien Obamas’ middle name lest one think him a terrorist sympathizer. oh that and shoving a 72 year old, liberal, amnesty for illegals, senator down our throat as the best we can do.

Time for a third “conservative” party yet or maybe after the liberals render this great country asunder as Jimmy Carta did.

dhunter on February 28, 2008 at 10:31 PM

Why can’t we get some media sunlight on this? Is there nobody with a media outlet who will cover it?

njcommuter on February 28, 2008 at 9:49 PM

In a word: No

The MSM will never cover anything like this.

CrazyFool on February 28, 2008 at 11:11 PM

This is sick, sad, and destructive to our country. How much of this taxpayer funding of political advocacy groups goes on? There’s a place to cut the budget.

Tark on February 28, 2008 at 11:16 PM

How about we just email them all a link to the SNL “Don’t buy stuff you can’t afford” video and call it done?
TexasDan on February 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Ding Ding Ding! Right on the money!
link

imshocked on February 28, 2008 at 11:22 PM

Must show up at the polls in Nov. and vote for the people who will block these shenanigans next year.

NellE on February 28, 2008 at 11:25 PM

I’m supporting secession. I’d love to see the Libs form their own country. We’d have to build a fence around it to keep them from escaping once they actually have the freedom to enact all their insane ideas.

DerKrieger on February 29, 2008 at 12:04 AM

I’m supporting secession. I’d love to see the Libs form their own country. We’d have to build a fence around it to keep them from escaping once they actually have the freedom to enact all their insane ideas.

DerKrieger on February 29, 2008 at 12:04 AM

They would sneak across the border into Mexico for the good life….

shibumiglass on February 29, 2008 at 12:15 AM

And since they won’t, can John Q. Citizen finally call “bu$$ &hit” and file a case against all of these groups?
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Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2008 at 10:06 PM

I believe the RIAA was sued by a private individual under the RICO Act for extortion. Normally it is the US Attorney that sues under RICO. Hope you have deep pockets if you intend to pursue this, lawyers can be expensive.

HeavyHair on February 29, 2008 at 12:36 AM

HeavyHair on February 29, 2008 at 12:36 AM

Now THAT has to be a crime……..

Seven Percent Solution on February 29, 2008 at 12:39 AM

WTF! This has to be a joke. They’re actually trying to create a slush fund for their vote rigging operations now! Everyday I read this stuff yet it never stops amazing me. I hope talk radio picks up on this story.

kongzilla on February 29, 2008 at 12:42 AM

kongzilla on February 29, 2008 at 12:42 AM

That is what I am trying to say, we are seeing the train wreck happening in front of us, and we have less, and less time to stop it, but once it happens, who are we going to blame?

Our system is broken, and within the system, we have to fix it. No more “let’s sit out an election and then we will learn our lesson.”

If we sit this one out, and don’t vote for a Congress that will at least stall the change, then the future will not resemble the past of this country’s greatness……

Seven Percent Solution on February 29, 2008 at 1:05 AM

Thanks Casey!

You stepped in it big time and we won’t let you wipe off your shoes this time.

Domino on February 29, 2008 at 1:07 AM

NOT FAIR!!!

Dead people, felons, illegals, and people who vote more than once are IMPORTANT DEMOCRAT CONSTITUENCIES!!!

(who else would vote for the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?)

landlines on February 29, 2008 at 1:08 AM

Isn’t ACORN one of the reasons the current “mortgage crises” is upon us? Were they not the group back in the 1970′s that insisted that government force lenders to give mortgage loans to unqualified borrowers?

Dave R. on February 29, 2008 at 1:44 AM

I thought that communists would hang us with the rope we sold them. Now they want us to give them free rope?

Cretaceous on February 29, 2008 at 2:22 AM

Every body just shut up and empty your wallets. Our politicians know best. Groan.

Johan Klaus on February 29, 2008 at 2:54 AM

Why does ACORN need federal dollars when they’ve got George Soros?

hillbillyjim on February 29, 2008 at 4:22 AM

Does anyone have video of this? I can not believe anyone could make those statements about La Raza or ACORN with a straight face… unless it was a sketch from The Onion.

darkpixel on February 29, 2008 at 7:44 AM

My eyebrows shot up when I read

to give money to organizations around the country that are certifiably expert at this, organizations like La Raza.

but my mouth actually dropped open when I read

We know also the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now, known by the acronym ‘ACORN.’ They’re headquartered in Philadelphia.

Wow… the unmitigated gall of the democrats. Grrrr…

Nineball on February 29, 2008 at 7:55 AM

How any politician can cite La Raza as a good thing is beyond me. Anyhoo -

David Horowitz’ Discover the Networks is the go to place for info on groups like this.

A.C.O.R.N.

George Soros funds them:

In recent years, ACORN has received funding from many foundations, including but not limited to the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Minneapolis Foundation; the Open Society Institute; the Public Welfare Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Woods Fund of Chicago; the Scherman Foundation; and the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation.

Buy Danish on February 29, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Every body just shut up and empty your wallets. Our politicians know best. Groan.
Johan Klaus on February 29, 2008 at 2:54 AM

Amen… Between federal, state, & local taxes, I’m allowed to keep some 52 cents on every dollar earned. Under an Obama Presidency, I’d be lucky to keep 40 cents on the dollar.

ACORN, La Raza, Mafia, Cartel, Soros; Obama, the Clinton’s, Murtha, Pelosi, Reid… Take your pick of the litter, follow the money, follow the chain of command and the path will lead directly to those responsible for most things evil in America. Who runs the Unions? Watch any episode of “The Soprano’s”, they don’t even try to hide this lil secret anymore. The best hope for America; keep Hillary in the race all the way to the convention, and watch them eat each other alive. The destruction of the Democrat Party will leave organized crime with much less of a voice in the American political system.

Keemo on February 29, 2008 at 8:17 AM

A typical day in the life of a Democrat politician…

Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats wrapped up another busy three-day work week Thursday morning with a flurry of legislative action. She passed five bills naming post offices, created the official inaugural committee, and authorized the use of the Capitol Rotunda for the 2009 Inaugural. With that workload behind her, it was time to call it a week and break for four days until next Tuesday.

On the bad side, she and her Democratic colleagues couldn’t seem to find time on the calendar to bring up the permanent patch to the FISA law, the bill that already passed the Senate in bipartisan fashion and would pass overwhelmingly in the House, the bill that allows our intelligence officials to continue monitoring and tracking the movements of enemy terrorists abroad, and actually helps prevent future terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. So for almost the last two weeks, one foreign jihadist could make a 30 second sat phone call from one Middle Eastern country to another foreign jihadist in another Middle Eastern country, and because the communication technology routes a lot of this traffic through U.S. switching, our intelligence agencies would have to get a court order to be able to act on this 30 second phone call.

But then again, on the good side, at least the trial lawyer lobby can continue to safely sue the telcoms if they cooperate with the U.S. government to try and thwart further attacks here.

Meanwhile, over on the other end of the Capitol, Republican leader Mitch McConnell played another game of Lucy and the Football, with Harry Reid playing the role of Charlie Brown. Early this week, Harry Reid wanted to bring up, for approaching the 70th time since he’s become majority leader of the Senate, another couple of bills authored by Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold that would require immediate steps to withdraw our troops from Iraq. (HH)

Keemo on February 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Wow, who knew Bob Casey Jr. could read or talk?

NoDonkey on February 29, 2008 at 8:42 AM

PA voters sent Rick Santorum packing for this blockhead.

Akzed on February 29, 2008 at 9:19 AM

In my part of PA, Casey likes to paint himself as moderate. But only a radical leftist goon would have gall enough to make a statement like that.

petefrt on February 29, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Whomever said Democrats don’t believe in trickle down economics was wrong.

200 million? You’ve got to be kidding me. How would La Raza and ACORN have specialized skills in telling borrowers they borrowed way more money than they can afford to pay back?

gabriel sutherland on February 29, 2008 at 10:06 AM

http://www.vdare.com has some good articles on La Raza and ACORN. Check them out using their search box.

bucktowndusty on February 29, 2008 at 10:07 AM

This is just more motivation to vote for every Repblican I can in the general.
LaRaza? Unbelievable.

Geronimo on February 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM

In my part of PA, Casey likes to paint himself as moderate.

Is his eyebrow symbolic of his willingness to cross the isle? What else can explain why he refuses to slice it in twain?

Mark Jaquith on February 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM

WHEN are we going to stage another Boston Tea Party? Seriously, when are we going to REVOLT and stop paying taxes for this insane gimme nation???

ihasurnominashun on February 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

My first post on Hot Air, fun.

Anyways,this is long but a must read for those interested in what ACORN foreclosure counciling may well entail. In the last big housing crisis in the 80′s, ACORN’s answer was…SQUATTING! Read this, from ACORN’s website on it’s history in the dreadful Reagan years:

http://www.acorn.org/index.php?id=2752

Here’s a taste…

The goal of the Reagan Administration was to redistribute wealth upward, away from those with little and toward those with lots. It emphasized “looking out for Number One” and ignored the concerns of the needy or the long-term general welfare of the American people. The immediate impact of Reagan’s presidency was a severe recession with increased unemployment, a rapid increase in the cost of necessities and serious economic hardship for the lower end of the income scale.

and…

Long before it became fashionable to be concerned about the homeless, ACORN was fighting for homes for low- and moderate-income people. Noting that economic upheaval had forced many people to default on mortgages, ACORN sought to place needy people in the resulting vacant homes. This required the forceful and illegal (though logical and moral) seizing of the properties – squatting.

and finally…

First, local officials had to agree not to evict or prosecute squatters. Second, ACORN attempted to legalize the act. Then, local officials were asked to subsidize the costs of squatting in an effort to improve the quality of life of the squatters and their neighbors.

DryHeat on February 29, 2008 at 12:41 PM

I wonder how much of the budget winds up being handed out to groups like ACORN, La Raza, AARP, the unions, all the other interest groups.

BD57 on February 29, 2008 at 6:00 PM

This is my first test post coming over from Captain’s Quarters. Best wishes to Ed and greater success in whatever direction you wish to pursue. Aye Aye, Captain!

JAW on February 29, 2008 at 7:02 PM

There’s been Democrat voter fraud in southern California, particularly on the border regions, for years. Dems in such places as Imperial County, Palm Springs area, and San Diego County routinely register illegals from Mexico to vote, telling them that if they don’t sign up, they’ll be reported to local Border Patrol authorities.

They also set up tables at Wal-Marts and register only Dem voters. They do this by first blocking out the Dem block on the card, without telling the potential registrant. The Wal-Marts they choose are in overwhelmingly Hispanic areas like El Centro and Calexico right on the border near Mexicali, where half of the customers are actually day visitors from Mexico.

ericdondero on March 1, 2008 at 10:47 AM