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Aug 01 2013

House Defunds ACORN. Again.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The U.S. House of Representatives could not pass an amendment to the defense appropriations bill to keep the NSA from spying on every American who isn’t under investigation for terrorism, but they made sure the bill defunded ACORN. Again.

The legislative assault on ACORN, which shut down in 2010, was included in a Department of Defense appropriations bill that cleared the House on Thursday. Although the bill passed by a broad, bipartisan margin of 315-97, it garnered attention for an amendment proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would have stopped the government from collecting masses of phone call metadata without reasonable suspicion.

Amash’s amendment failed, but language to bar ACORN from receiving any money made the final cut. Section 8097 of the bill reads, “None of the funds made available under this Act may be distributed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.”

ACORN cannot receive any funding from the U.S. government under any legislation, of course, because ACORN does not exist. Similarly, ACORN has no subsidiaries because ACORN does not exist.

Yes, but those are facts and facts are not allowed to be considered when voting in Congress.

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  1. 1
    cry4turtles

    More “symbolic” votes to look as if something is getting done when nothing is getting done.

  2. 2
    John Pieret

    I heard that they were going to start their summer vacation with a bang by again voting to repeal Obamacare. And John Boner Boehner was heard to say that this Congress should not be judged by how many laws it passed (damn few) but by how many they repealed … which, of course, is zero.

    Focused like a laser …

  3. 3
    ArtK

    Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic again. Defunding ACORN and trying to repeal the ACA are the acts of people putting on a show because they’re otherwise out of their depth.

  4. 4
    Matthew Cline

    because ACORN does not exist.

    That’s what they WANT you to think. *adjusts tinfoil hat*

  5. 5
    jnorris

    The only way this makes any sense is for the Tea Party to believe defunding ACORN and overturning the Affordable Care Act are creating jobs.

  6. 6
    Modusoperandi

    I can’t believe it. Spines of steel, they have. Minds like vices. Four and a half years in and they’re still laser focused on the economy.

  7. 7
    ImaginesABeach

    The Mother Jones story about this said “ACORN, which was dissolved in 2010, could not be reached for comment.”

  8. 8
    skinnercitycyclist

    “And John Boner Boehner…”

    Boner, Boehner, Bowner, Beauner, Booner, Boughner: It all spells O-s-c-a-r-M-e-y-e-r-W-e-i-n-e-r!

    Or smells?

  9. 9
    busterggi

    Next thing you know the Repubs will finally have a vote on reacting to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  10. 10
    Who Knows?

    Terry Gross, on NPR, was discussing the fact that this has been the least productive Congress in modern times. Things like this would likely make it one of the dumbest too.

  11. 11
    Larry

    The GOP has been shouting for a while that government does not work and spending the last couple of years proving it.

  12. 12
    exdrone

    This should give the American Temperance Society and National American Woman Suffrage Association pause. They’re next. Dissolution can’t save you.

  13. 13
    exdrone

    Defunding a group that no longer exists is like Mormons baptizing people who have died.

  14. 14
    Chiroptera

    Maybe they can dig up ACORN’s corpse, put it on trial, and then burn it at the stake?

  15. 15
    magistramarla

    We can tell that ACORN must have been doing a lot of good in this country, since the GOTP is so afraid of it that they have to stomp on its grave long after it has died.

  16. 16
    d.c.wilson

    We’re dealing a part that believes ACORN stole the 2012 election from them. They’re not really big on that whole cause and effect thing.

  17. 17
    caseloweraz

    This just in: At a press conference, House Republicans vowed that their next target would be the flagrantly wasteful Board of Tea Examiners.


    The Senate, by a voice vote and with no debate, approved a House-passed measure today that disbands the seven-member Board of Tea Examiners, which was created 99 years ago. President Clinton was expected to sign the bill.

    I don’t think I posted this the last time ACORN (or rather its ghost) came under the gun. But if I am repeating myself, I’m in good (or at least distinguished) company, heh?

  18. 18
    Nemo

    And the first time they passed this, when ACORN did exist, it was a fucking unconstitutional bill of attainder. Which I suppose it still is, in addition to being farcical.

  19. 19
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    But they would never ever have the IRS “investigate” ACORN because that would be wrong.

  20. 20
    grumpyoldfart

    The American people fall for these idiotic chest thumping performances and then vote the politicians back into office? Keep them in power until they get it right, eh?

  21. 21
    Christoph Burschka

    It’s just a religious ritual.

  22. 22
    MikeMa

    I suspect the repeated ACA repeal attempts and the defunding of ACORN are typical rituals to give GOPers in many districts stump material for the next election cycle. Wouldn’t it be nice if it also provided some Dems with material?

  23. 23
    eric

    The dumbing down of American culture. You can’t even come up with your own symbolic gestures any more? You have to cut and paste this too?

  24. 24
    rr

    The American people fall for these idiotic chest thumping performances and then vote the politicians back into office?

    The game is rigged. And now the situation has become dire, with every digital communication being recorded by the National Surveillance Agency. How could a real reform movement gather enough momentum to make a difference in this militarized environment?

  25. 25
    Andrew Berg

    Isn’t this a Bill of Attainder? i.e. It is both stupid and unconstitutional?

  26. 26
    pough

    In related news: “On 5 June 1995 an adult male mallard collided with the glass facade of the Natuurmuseum Rotterdam and died. Another drake mallard raped the corpse almost continuously for 75 minutes.”

  27. 27
    Skip White

    At what point will campaign ads for Republican candidates go something like: “Hi, I’m Skip White and if you elect me to Congress, I pledge to accomplish absolutely nothing. I will do everything I can to make the House of Representatives an even bigger circle jerk than it already is. Thank you for your vote. I’m Skip White and I approve this message.”

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