Planting Seeds of Disaster<br>ACORN, Barack Obama, and the Democratic party.<br><br>‘You’ve got only a couple thousand bucks in the bank. Your job pays you dog-food wages. Your credit history has been bent, stapled, and mutilated. You declared bankruptcy in 1989. Don’t despair: You can still buy a house.” So began an April 1995 article in the Chicago Sun-Times that went on to direct prospective home-buyers fitting this profile to a group of far-left “community organizers” called ACORN, for assistance. In retrospect, of course, encouraging customers like this to buy homes seems little short of madness.<br><br>Militant ACORN<br>At the time, however, that 1995 Chicago newspaper article represented something of a triumph for Barack Obama. That same year, as a director at Chicago’s Woods Fund, Obama was successfully pushing for a major expansion of assistance to ACORN, and sending still more money ACORN’s way from his post as board chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Through both funding and personal-leadership training, Obama supported ACORN. And ACORN, far more than we’ve recognized up to now, had a major role in precipitating the subprime crisis.<br><br>I’ve already told the story of Obama’s close ties to ACORN leader Madeline Talbott, who personally led Chicago ACORN’s campaign to intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to low-credit customers. Using provisions of a 1977 law called the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Chicago ACORN was able to delay and halt the efforts of banks to merge or expand until they had agreed to lower their credit standards — and to fill ACORN’s coffers to finance “counseling” operations like the one touted in that Sun-Times article. This much we’ve known. Yet these local, CRA-based pressure-campaigns fit into a broader, more disturbing, and still under-appreciated national picture. Far more than we’ve recognized, ACORN’s local, CRA-enabled pressure tactics served to entangle the financial system as a whole in the subprime mess. ACORN was no side-show. On the contrary, using CRA and ties to sympathetic congressional Democrats, ACORN succeeded in drawing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into the very policies that led to the current disaster.<br><br>In one of the first book-length scholarly studies of ACORN, Organizing Urban America, Rutgers University political scientist Heidi Swarts describes this group, so dear to Barack Obama, as “oppositional outlaws.” Swarts, a strong supporter of ACORN, has no qualms about stating that its members think of themselves as “militants unafraid to confront the powers that be.” “This identity as a uniquely militant organization,” says Swarts, “is reinforced by contentious action.” ACORN protesters will break into private offices, show up at a banker’s home to intimidate his family, or pour protesters into bank lobbies to scare away customers, all in an effort to force a lowering of credit standards for poor and minority customers. According to Swarts, long-term ACORN organizers “tend to see the organization as a solitary vanguard of principled leftists...the only truly radical community organization.”<br><br>....continued.....<br><br><br><br><br><br>keep the change<br><br>
I’ll keep my freedom, my guns and my money – you can keep the change.
This is a completely new turn of events. For years the righteous right has contended that the poor are poor because they are lazy and stupid. That they are also criminals goes without saying. But now, the poor, these lazy stupid people have wielded enough power to grind our entire economy to a halt.<br><br>Wow, someone should tell them. I guess Reagan's welfare mothers pack more of a wallop than we knew. Or is it crack addicts with credit cards that has taken Wall Street to its knees?<br><br>Is this the IMinTheWind IspewNonsenseEverSincetheSovietUnionisnoLongerTheBoogeymanAndBushCan'tFindThatPeskyOsama thread?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"**yawn**"<br><br>Did you oversleep again?<br><br>ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe<br><br>LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.<br>A Nevada secretary of state's office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking for evidence of voter fraud at the office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also called ACORN.<br>No one was at the ACORN office when state agents arrived with a search warrant and began carting records and documents away.<br>Secretary of State spokesman Bob Walsh says ACORN is accused of submitting multiple voter registrations with false and duplicate names.<br>The raid comes two months after state and federal authorities formed a task force to pursue election-fraud allegations in Nevada.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>keep the change<br><br>
I’ll keep my freedom, my guns and my money – you can keep the change.
I checked Wonkipedia. Turns out IMinTheWind is an old Teutonic term meaning I just farted on myself. But going back further it seems to have derived from the Latin hateismythingyo.<br><br>Now, accuse me of baseless, unsupported, one-sided spew. Please. Go ahead.<br><br><br><br>
So, let's assume it's true. What do you think Obama will do when he's president? Not do his job but spend his time with militant groups? <br><br>Relax, he's going to be the best president we've had in 8 years at least. Nobody can be as bad as the current one we have. <br><br>McCain, he's just going to keep us in the war until we have "victory". Whatever that is. <br><br>Too many lives they've spent across the ocean. Too much money been spent upon the moon. Well, until they make it right, I hope they never sleep at night. They better make some changes and do it soon. -Things Goin' On/Lynyrd Skynyrd
_________________________ Well, until they make it right, I hope they never sleep at night. They better make some changes and do it soon. -Things Goin' On/Lynyrd Skynyrd
Loc: Finland, on the Arctic Circle
Very strong the hate within him is yes, I sense.<br><br>Now, if you were to actually debate over these issues you like to bring forth so eagerly by posting whatever you find to suit you, but not even that. Last time you went on and changed the subject like Usain Bolt broke sprinting world records and when actually asked to debate and provide even an ounce of an impression of you being capable of forming your own thoughts instead of just getting everything already all chewed you might gain some respect.<br><br>Besides, I'm having hard time to believe you are doing this for any actual political lobbying organization other than maybe just volunteering yourself without any official request or knowledge as anyone with even the slightest thread of common sense - including you yourself - ought to have by now realized that this hate-mongering certainly is not advancing your own base on a forum like this one.<br><br>What I also find amazing is you've been registered here since '02, yet your post count is still under 200. So obviously you only seem to activate come some US election time, however, with that a long a history here one would assume you'd gotten the hang of trenchlines by now. Now, I haven't bothered searching all your past posts, but if they are all filled with similar hatred, misinformation and FUD like the ones I've now read, I almost feel sorry for you, but pity in cases like this is a disease I'm immune to. Are you really this afraid of the black man?<br><br>And for your handle; you, an answer? Excuse me? You have none. You have providednone <br><br>EDIT: Oh, and if you were to look beyond your own borders and check out the 'international' section on whatever newssite or newspapers you read, you'd realize how ridiculously moronic you make yourself look like by blaming this crisis on ACORN. Somehow I don't think they could have re-packaged and resold those subprimes all over the world. While their actions may call for some investigation too, as more problems unfold, to now blame the whole crisis on them is ludicrous. Or if done in all-eyes-wide-open-total seriousness it calls for one of two things: a) an intellect check b) mental state check. Make your pick Windy.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by MicMeister on 10/07/08 03:55 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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