Imagine the hue and cry that would erupt if a Republican President and Congress used taxpayer funds to support a permanent campaign organization to elect more Republicans.
Well, that is exactly what Obama and the Dems have been doing with these massive spending bills. First it was the stimulus bill that didn't create jobs for average Americans but was instead a big payoff to groups like ACORN. Then, there was the auto bailout deal with turned over the auto companies to the unions. That was another windfall worth billions.
Now, health care bills in both the House and the Senate mandate even more payola to ACORN!
Fleckman, the blogger made famous by twittering what he found in the bill House Dems are pushing for health care "reform" found these nuggets that relate directly to ACORN:
- PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan 4 retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN).
- Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps 2 sign up indiv. for Govt HC plan.
- pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have oppt to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can u say ACORN?!!
- Pg 469 - Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?
- Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?
Will ACORN Get Cash Earmarked in Health Care Bill for ‘National Network of Community-Based Organizations’?—Bill’s Author Says ‘I Don’t Know’
By Edwin Mora
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Washington (CNSNews.com) – Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), the man who is shepherding the health-care reform bill through the Senate, says he doesn’t know for sure, but the controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) could qualify to receive health-care grants under a provision of the bill that provides money for groups that are members of a “national network of community based organizations.”
The grants are designed to fund groups that will "measure" people's health-related behavior on the community level, including whether they are gaining or losing weight, eating the right foods, getting exercise, using tobacco, or engaging in other personal behaviors targeted for federal monitoring by the secretary of health and human services.
“I don’t believe so, but they could be,” Dodd told CNSNews.com. “I just don’t want to say categorically it’s the case.”
Let me translate: “I don’t believe so, but they could be,” translates to of course ACORN will be raking in YOUR dough!
Under the “Creating Healthier Communities” provision of the bill (found on page 382), grants could be awarded to only three types of "entities:" state governments, local governments and groups that are members of a “national network of community-based organizations.""A “national network of community-based organizations?" Just who do you suppose that is? I can tell you with certainty it's no community organization with a conservative philosophy!
The grant program in question envisions that grantees, including those representing national networks of community based organizations, will work “to implement a variety of programs, policies, and infrastructure improvements to promote healthier lifestyles.”So ACORN will be knocking on the door of your local school making sure that you're doing the right thing according to their wishes. And after all that hard work they'll bundle off to the local restaurant where they will shake down the owner for the price of their meals.... OR ELSE!
These grantees will be charged with carrying out a “community transformation plan,” and the targets of their activities will include local schools, infrastructure and restaurants.
The bill specifically directs organizations receiving the grant money that they must “with respect to residents in the community, measure—(i) decreases in weight; (ii) increases in proper nutrition; (iii) increases in physical activity; (iv) decreases in tobacco use prevalence;(v) other factors using community specific data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey; and(vi) other factors as determined by the Secretary.”
But it would be nice to see ACORN taking a keener interest in the problem of obesity. After all, so many of it's members seem to suffer from that affliction.
Some have suggested that Obama and the Dems are making these payoffs to ACORN as reparations for slavery in all but name. That's a stretch. But it is clear that the goal of these payments is to finance a permanent campaign to support the election and re-election of Democrats!