The angst over ACORN has led to introduced legislation that – whoops – well sweeps in such entities as military contractors and could conceivably lead to defunding of some of the military-industrial giants.   Representative John Boehner, the ever-omnipotent partisan pol from Ohio, has introduced H.R. 3571 – Defund ACORN Act.

Ah, that good ole’ law of unintended consequences.  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) picked up on the legislative overreach and asked the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) to sift through its database to find which contractors might be caught in the ACORN net.  A preliminary search turned up such giants as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Gumman, with 20 fraud cases between them, and the longer list is a Who’s Who of weapons manufacturers and defense contractors.

Whoops!  Or perhaps, whoopee.  And, among the sponsors of the legislation, why Indiana’s own Republican klan of Mark Souder, Mike Pence,  Steve Buyer, and Dan Burton.  The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – riding astride those mighty steeds of indignation against ACORN.

Now, I don’t know whether or not ACORN has committed acts of fraud – that is for others to determine through the proper channels.  But what I do suspest is that legislation that targets ACORN will no doubt be declared unconstitutional.  The Constitution prohibits Bills of Attainder – that device that says laws cannot be drafted that punish specific groups.

Hmm – wouldn’t the “Defund ACORN Act” also sweep in Halliburton – the Cheney-led company that skipped out on the U.S. and established its headquarters in Dubai so it would be less accessible to prosecution in the United States for numerous alleged fraudulent activities resulting in ripoffs of billions of dollars of taxpayer money involving the Iraqi conflict?

Halliburton - Cheney

Halliburton - Cheney - Credit to Mike Keefe of the Denver Post

Well, let’s see where this goes.  I would almost guarantee that the indignent and outraged Republicans will – of necessity – back off this legislation.  Defunding ACORN may well be what they intended with their legislation, but certainly what they didn’t intend to do was sweep in their buddies in the military complex.  Ouch!


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Jim Wetzel says:

    On the other hand, I find the idea of defunding ACORN delicious, and defunding the military-industrial complex positively intoxicatingly, delightful. Now, if we could just defund all the other anti-constitutional things the FedGov does and funds, we’d be left with a FedGov that could be financed easily by a very modest set of tariffs. Sort of like the founders seem to have intended.

    By the way, if this happened, my day job would be eliminated, I have no doubt. But, you know, I’m willing to take one for the team.

  2. Iceironman says:

    I agree with Jim.

    Charlotte, you failed to mention the prostitution, illegal immagration, underage rape, false tax returns, etc.

    ACORN is corrupt. I have felt it, I have known it before the video. SEIU is corrupt.

    The folks who Obama talks to are corrupt.

    If someone gets caught up in a bill meant to make the govt more honest, lets do it.
    I truely dont think you get it. You begin this this post as “the angst against ACORN” Im sorry, when people are willing to make up tax codes for importing illegal 13 year old sex slaves, Angst is not the correct word. It is hate. I hate people who dissolve their morals for another sale.
    You had best get away from this topic or it will dimminish any credibility on morals.

    Your post should have read “Acorn gilty of unthinkable acts”. But you make it political. And a side note. How the hell does Acorn have access to 6.4 billion when they clearly endorse democrats for office. This is from their ceo or whatever her title is. I would say if an organiztion comes out for a canditate, the funding stops. Kinda like the NEA

  3. mark says:

    Yep, Charlotte, bar them all from government money. I’ve got no problem with that. ACORN makes a great first target to get the ball rolling and the word out.

  4. Hey All:

    I am for taking away funds as well. But that means no sacred cows, so the Republican-funded fraudulent corporations such as Halliburton should also no longer get tax payer dollars. Hmm, wonder how far that will get?

    To Ice:

    As to access to public funds when they support Dems? Come on – take off the blinders. Halliburton and Republican toady corporations ran rough-shod over the no-bid contracts farmed out by the Bush White House and Pentagon. Now, how the hell did that happen? Wow, maybe because their bed buddies were in the White House.

    And Halliburton even skipped out and relocated its new corporate headquarters in – ta dah – UAE – a country with which we have no extradition treaty. How convenient.

    I think, Ice, that you need to look around – not only at the graft and corruption in the Democratic party but also at those same things in the Republican stable.

  5. iceironman says:

    Charlotte, what part of take them all down didnt I make clear.

  6. Ice:

    Pardon me – but I don’t see anywhere in your one response that you said “take them all down.”

    If you meant to say that, then perhaps you should have made that statement.

    Most of your post deals with organizations that are affiliated with Democrats; I don’t see any reference to Republican-affiliated groups. You mentioned SEIU, NEA, and ACORN.

    Let’s hear you slam some Republican-affiliated organizations. Also, how about if a corporation donates to a candidate, that group should not get government contracts – again Halliburton comes to mind.

    And while we are on topics of funding. How about taking away the IRS benefit from religious groups that donate to candidates and support specific candidates? If churches want to get political, then I don’t think I – as a taxpayer – should have to foot the bill for their tax exemption.

  7. iceironman says:

    Sorry, my exact words

    “If someone gets caught up in a bill meant to make the govt more honest, lets do it.”
    I am focused on Acron etc because they were caught recently, and your reaction is it is not for you to judge???? You cant form an opion on the prostituion of 13 year old illegal immagrants???

    I just was trying to find stuff that is official on haliburton, problem is most dont have facts to check. Haliburtons accounting firm was corrupt, did haliburton know?? I dont know. Several Haliburton employees are convicted for fraud, good. But I guess I would have more angst against halliburton if their ceo came out and said, this is just evironmentalist trying to set us up. That is the equivalent to Acorns response, yeah we screwed up but its someone out to get us. I followed up and read the congressional inquerry to halliburton from waxman, they cover their bases well, but as a total fraud, I dont think so or Waxman would nail them to the wall. Acorn also has tried to corrupt the voting system of the US, a crime of high proportion to me.

    Halliburton also supported both Rep and Dems, I looked into this also. Heavely Rep, but non the less.
    NO religious group can leagaly donate/endorse a candidate and support them, I would definatley agree that no church should have tax status if they endorse, kinda like Obamas “church”. Why are they still tax exempt. Now, chuches can support propositions, Look at how the mormons pissed off the gays in Cali. Although the mormons were just the wipping boy, because, clearly Cali voters dont want gays marrying. Boy, wouldnt uncle sam love to know and get ahold of all that mormon treasure to pay for healthcare.

    It is nice to be in agreement that money is corrupting America.

  8. iceironman says:

    I dont know where to put this but it is important…. Obama wants to be a dictator, keeping fox news out of the pool to interview the pay czar was unconstitutional, but then again, as I have posted before, Obama doesnt like our constitution anyway. His FCC czar is going to introduce localism to talk radio putting them out of business. NOT ONE TIME HAS THE WHITEHOUSE TOLD US WHERE FOX NEWS IS WRONG, NOT BECK NOT ANYTHING. What the hell is happening in this country??? I think you all see it but pride will not let you deal with it.

  9. timraiders says:

    The white house and this president have thin skin. They can’t take criticism and anyone who questions them. If you question obviously your a racist. It’s a typical democratic rebuttal. Holder looked like a buffoon last week being questioned about the trial in new york.

  10. Foundersten says:

    Such a law could rip out the entirety of excess that has this government looking to the Constitution as a quaint, historical marker rather than a binding agreement between the People and their representatives. This would include waste by contractors as well as overeaches of influence by non-profits including unions.

    Charlotte, looks like you’re trying to make a case against Republicans with an argument that you will find bipartisan support among the “average folk”.

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