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?
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!