What Fresh Hell Is This?

July 24, 2009

The Trib Editorial Board vs ACORN. Again.

I guess we gotta do this every few weeks. The last time was July 2.

Here's what they write today:
On the "Watch List": Dan Onorato and Luke Ravenstahl. The Allegheny County chief executive and the mayor of Pittsburgh have begun an eight-month push to bolster census-response rates. Indeed, an accurate count is to the benefit of all. But here's a critical question for them:

Do they support the involvement of ACORN in the survey process? That would be the same ACORN that's accused in a number of states, Pennsylvania included, of voter registration fraud. That would be the same ACORN that aided the subprime mortgage mess by bullying banks to lend to those with dubious financial means.

ACORN and the census. ACORN and the subprime mess. (At least they didn't say that ACORN was accused of "voter fraud." They got that part right, at least.)

First on the census. ACORN is one of the groups partnering with the Census bureau and, as FactCheck.org wrote:
Each partner group is asked to complete a form listing a series of possible activities with which it would be willing to help. ACORN's form is on page 48 of a package of documents that was turned over to the watchdog group Judicial Watch by the Census Bureau under the Freedom of Information Act. ACORN checked off, among other items, "identify job candidates and/or distribute and display recruiting materials" and "provide space to train new [census] employees." But government officials have made it clear that that's a far cry from having ACORN hire workers and conduct the census.
Heck, FactCheck even quotes Commerce Secretary Gary Locke saying:
[T]he Census will not be hiring anyone from ACORN. We use these so-called partners to get the word out and to spread the word about the need for people to respond and answer the questionnaires. ...We control the hiring. We do not use any government funds to subcontract with any organization to do any activity. ...We are not delegating anything to ACORN.
I guess the Trib's Editorial Board didn't do its homework. Again.

On the subprime mess, there's this from Daniel Gross at Newsweek. In a healthy debunking of the rightwing deflection on the causes of the subprime mortgage crisis:
The thesis is laid out almost daily on The Wall Street Journal editorial page and in the National Review. Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer provides an excellent example, writing that "much of this crisis was brought upon us by the good intentions of good people." He continues: "For decades, starting with Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, there has been bipartisan agreement to use government power to expand homeownership to people who had been shut out for economic reasons or, sometimes, because of racial and ethnic discrimination. What could be a more worthy cause? But it led to tremendous pressure on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—which in turn pressured banks and other lenders—to extend mortgages to people who were borrowing over their heads. That's called subprime lending. It lies at the root of our current calamity." The subtext: if only Congress didn't force banks to lend money to poor minorities, the Dow would be well on its way to 36,000. Or, as Fox Business Channel's Neil Cavuto put it: "I don't remember a clarion call that said: Fannie and Freddie are a disaster. Loaning to minorities and risky folks is a disaster."

Let me get this straight. Investment banks and insurance companies run by centimillionaires blow up, and it's the fault of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and poor minorities?
A few paragraphs later there's this rhetorical question:
Did AIG plunge into the credit-default swaps business with abandon because ACORN members picketed its offices?
Oh wingnut, please.


Sherry said...

that is just so stupid.

but, people will believe it.

EdHeath said...

When a liberal tries to help a member of their "constituency", they are trying to help someone take classes at CCAC so they can turn a janitorial job (at $15 grand a year) with a miserable two bus commute and long hours into a social service job (at $25 grand a year) with a miserable two bus commute and long hours. Or they are trying to help someone turn $750 a month for rent into $750 a month for mortgage, which won’t be paid off until after they’re dead (unless they lose their job and then their house).

When a conservative tries to help a member of their constituency, they are trying to get a tax deduction for health insurance payments someone who makes $10 million dollars a year by inheriting it (and spend his free time, which is basically all his time, funding TV commercials attacking groups like ACORN and the ACLU). Or the conservative sponsors legislation that gives small businesses (like incorporated law firms and doctors practices) a credit up to $100,000 for buying an SUV over 6,000 pounds.

But it is ACORN which caused the financial crisis. Just like the abortion doctor reaped what he had sown as a mass murderer.

And it is all believable because of the liberal conspiracy that put Obama in the *White* House even though he wasn't born here.