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ACORN, the Government and the Media: Unholy Trinity

February 28, 2009

It would surprise us not at all if ACORN, President Obama's favorite community organizing and voter registration thugocracy, soon got a West Wing office.  It would surprise us not at all if the mainstream media, such as we are now left with, were to bless such bestowal.  (for more CFIF articles click here)

Why not?  While most of us are trying to grapple with the billions and trillions of taxpayer money being thrown away in legislation moving faster than light, largely overlooked are the millions that will fall into the hands of such groups, as they are engaged by the government for "projects," such as, say, "educating" all of those eligible for "foreclosure protection" on how to game, sorry, gain that "protection."

We have long believed that much government scrutiny is misplaced, that rather than focusing on the appropriation of money to government agencies, which is bad enough, that those really concerned with waste, fraud and abuse should look far more closely at expenditures, for in those government checkbooks is the real evidence of government gone amok.

Find a check to ACORN, find out what the money is really being used for and there's a story.  But it's not going to be written, not by the mainstream media, perhaps on the basis that a recessionary America just can't afford more taxpayer heads exploding.

When it comes to organizations like ACORN (did we say it is President Obama's favorite...?), the mainstream media go deaf, blind and mute, even on the simplest of stories. 

Let's go to Baltimore; let's go to a February 23 editorial in the Baltimore Sun entitled "Foreclosure help needed."

In making its plea for more aid against foreclosures, the Sun writes, "The activist housing organization ACORN cut the padlock on a foreclosed house in Patterson Park last week to help its former owner who it claimed was a victim of mortgage fraud."  In news stories, the Sun described the protests with some, but not a lot more detail and no meaningful background.

Here's columnist Michelle Malkin on the same subject: 

"Earlier this week, ACORN activists broke into a foreclosed home in Baltimore.  With a mob cheering and camera crew taping, Baltimore ACORN leader Louis Beverly busted a padlock and jimmied the door open at 315 South Ellwood Ave.  The home once belonged to restaurant worker Donna Hanks, who assailed her evil bank for raising her mortgage by $300 and leaving her on the street....

"What ACORN didn't tell you:  Hanks' house was sold in June 2008 for $192,000.  She bought the two-story home in the summer of 2001 for $87,000.  At some point during the next five years, she refinance the original home loan for $270,000.  Where did all that money go? (Hint:  Think house-sized ATM.)

"The property initially went into foreclosure proceedings in the spring of 2006.  Hanks soon filed for bankruptcy and agreed to a Chapter 13 plan to pay back her bank and other creditors.  In September 2006, the bankruptcy court ordered Hanks' employer to deduct $340/month from her salary to pay down the debt.  Hanks did not comply with the legally binding plan.  In December 2007, the loan servicer issued a notice of default on nearly $7,000 past due.

"While she was reneging on her mortgage IOUs, she somehow managed to collect rent on her basement (for which she was taken to court) and rack up a criminal record on charges of theft and second-degree assault.  The house was sold seven months ago after two years of court-negotiated attempts to allow Hanks to dig herself out of her debt hole.

"Beverly, who claims to be a foreclosure victim himself, was charged with burglary for the break-in and released.  He is literally a housing thug - having been separately charged with second-degree assault and property destruction earlier this year; battery, assault, handgun possession and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure in 1992; and slapped with a peace order issued against him in 2006...."

Thank you, Michelle Malkin, for once again doing a job that American mainstream media workers won't do, particularly when it comes to exposing the rampant excesses of ACORN.

What does it say of an advocacy organization that it can't even find a righteous case for its growing protests?  What does it say of our media that then uses such unscrutinized protests in its pleas for increased government help to those who claim victim hood?  What does it say of our government that then awards part of its aid to organizations like ACORN, which has multiple parts and subsidiaries through which the money spreads?

We can only hope that there are some Inspectors General who take their work seriously, or some courageous whistle blowers who see through the sham, because the checks, which have already been flowing, are going to start gushing.

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