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Republicans Still Defunding Non-Existent Organization

In an apparent attempt to break its own record for meaningless votes (currently over 40 for bills to repeal Obamacare that they know can’t possibly pass), House Republicans have voted yet again to defund ACORN, an organization that has not existed in nearly four years.

The massive new appropriations bill unveiled Monday night includes four provisions that block funding to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, an anti-poverty activist group better known as ACORN.

The bicameral, bipartisan appropriations bill is the product of last year’s budget deal between Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), filling in the details of the blueprint they agreed upon.

ACORN, however, no longer exists.

The group dissolved in 2010, penniless, after Congress cut off its funding in 2009 based on a selectively edited video released by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe. O’Keefe manipulated the footage to give the impression that ACORN workers were encouraging tax avoidance related to prostitution and child smuggling, but multiple subsequent investigations cleared the group of any wrongdoing.

Nevertheless, the House GOP has voted 13 times since the organization disbanded to block its funding.

Next they’ll be making sure we don’t subsidize the production of steam engines and cutting off aid to the Roman Empire.

Comments

  1. Michael Heath says

    Ed writes:

    Next they’ll be making sure we don’t subsidize the production of steam engines and cutting off aid to the Roman Empire.

    Given current Republican positions on subsidizing old-tech business sectors (oil and coal), along with subsidizing Christianity, I bet the opposite. It’s in their DNA to do so.

  2. Rip Steakface says

    Well… to be fair, Ed, steam engines are used pretty regularly still, just not for transportation. Pretty much any type of power plant that isn’t wind, solar or hydroelectric (in any way, I’m including tidal in there) uses steam engines. Nuclear power plants are included here.

  3. Al Dente says

    Those damn Romans, sucking at the American tit for all these years. I don’t want a single denarius going to those people ever again.

  4. Chiroptera says

    But these continual efforts to defund ACORN are necessary! ACORN is a vampire, ready to rise up from the dead to suck the blood out of the freedoms of loyal, hard working real Americans, and Congress must always be checking to make sure the stake is still in place!

  5. says

    Pah! RINOs, every one of them!

    When elected I, Modusoperandi, Tea Party member and candidate for Congress, will put forward a bill to go to the house of Mr Acorn and take back all the money he stole from the Hardworking American Taxpayer!

  6. laurentweppe says

    Those damn Romans, sucking at the American tit for all these years. I don’t want a single denarius going to those people ever again.

    Typical from an overseas barbarian… Know that the Empire doesn’t receive nor need foreign aid; the Empire gives foreign aid.

  7. marcus says

    I can do better Modus! Once elected I will track down every one of Acorn’s minions and personally drive a stake through their undead heart. Die, Acorn! Die!

  8. says

    While giving Ed a hard time over steam engines, folks should pause to recall the really horrible thing here: Acorn brought substantial aid to marginalized people, and was destroyed for no other reason than that it did.

  9. magistramarla says

    This was discussed on the comment section of my local paper. The liberal commenter was making fun, and the tp faithful there very seriously stated that this was necessary, since they believe that ACORN still exists under new names. They cited Obama For America (OFA) as one of the likely organizations.

  10. fmitchell says

    The Roman Empire are our allies. It’s those damn Persians we need to stop!

    @14: So when will we see the formation of a House ACORN Activities Committee? (I shouldn’t joke.)

  11. says

    A post-election survey found that half of Republicans believe ACORN may have stolen the 2012 election from Romney. You certainly can’t allow funding of a non-existent organization that managed to steal an election even though they didn’t exist.

  12. says

    Dr X “A post-election survey found that half of Republicans believe ACORN may have stolen the 2012 election from Romney.”
    Things that don’t exist are the most powerful things of all. The monster under your bed, for example, is more frightening than an actual monster, like Andy Williams. Or Paul Williams. Pretty much all the musical Williams’s, actually.

  13. martinc says

    Hmmm, the almost Pavlovian response from the Republicans to bills defunding ACORN suggests a useful tactic. Perhaps the Dems should put up a “Defund ACORN Bill” which:

    1) Raises taxes on the rich
    2) Installs a comprehensive healthcare system
    3) Doubles the minmum wage
    4) Regulates banks
    5) Repeals the 2nd Amendment
    6) Defunds ACORN.

    Republicans would curse and holler, but because of the last clause, they would be forced to vote for the bill.

  14. vmanis1 says

    martinc: No, the GOP would not be forced to vote for the bill. They would immediately announce that since ACORN ceased to exist years ago, an attempt to defund it is code language for establishing FEMA camps to imprison patriotic Americans.

    `We have always been at war with Eastasia’

  15. anubisprime says

    Well it might have a silver lining…while GOP fanatics are busy tilting at non-existent windmills it might distract them enough to prevent real damage being done elsewhere in the legislature…maybe it is a tactic with promise…a whole raft of votes aimed at de-funding witch burnings…or indeed ghost hunting even alien abductions, in fact anything that looks bright and shiny and moves might do the trick…and activity centre for Republican toddlers…seems reasonable..it also helps their motor skills.

  16. Moggie says

    magistramarla:

    This was discussed on the comment section of my local paper. The liberal commenter was making fun, and the tp faithful there very seriously stated that this was necessary, since they believe that ACORN still exists under new names. They cited Obama For America (OFA) as one of the likely organizations.

    So how does that work? How does defunding an organisation with name A prevent funds going to an organisation with name B? And if it does work, why have they needed to do it thirteen times so far?

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