Monday, September 21, 2009

ACORN, Health Insurance and Taxes

Fox News reports that: As President Barack Obama goes on an unprecedented presidential blitz of media appearances, the White House is in a war of words with the network that did not get an interview: Fox. "We figured Fox would rather show 'So You Think You Can Dance' than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News. [Do you feel indignant about yet one more put-down of those who would dare to disagree with this President?]

The idea of punishing Fox for not airing the president's speech didn't sit well with Chris Wallace, the anchor of Fox News Sunday.

"They are the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington," Wallace said on the Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor." With or without an appearance on Fox, the president's media blitz is without precedent. Presidents rarely appear on Sunday talk shows; none has ever appeared on so many in one week. And no sitting president has ever been a guest on "Late Night with David Letterman."


OK - the Sunday shows are over, and you need to hear one of Obama's quotes: He declined to comment on whether or not ACORN, a nonprofit that was recently caught giving advice to an imposter pimp and prostitute, should be funded: "You know, it's -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money." So - the funding for ACORN was set to go from about 55 million in 10 years - to billions in 10 years, and the former ACORN organizer, teacher and lawyer knew nothing of it. Either he is a pitiful liar, or is pitifully ignorant - as he claimed to be concerning the recent march on Washington. I dare say, I imagine he will be fully aware of the the Muslim march on Washington later this month, and may not chose that day to fly off to another state to avoid seeing the gathering......

Newt Gingrich makes the following observation in his column today:

"Before yesterday's historic vote, no fewer than seven amendments that would have prohibited or conditioned the receipt of federal funds by ACORN were defeated by the majority Democrats in the House in the past year. In one case, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said that "the powers that be" in the Democratic-controlled House had put a stop to an investigation of the group."

What a difference a few videos can make...


The best example of a main stream media failing to cover the news on ACORN is this, coming from ABC's anchor, Charlie Gibson. "I don't even know about it. So you've got me at a loss," he told WLS radio when asked about it. "But my goodness, if it's got everything, including sleaziness in it, we should talk about it in the morning." But he also said that what was seen on these videos was best left for the "cables."

At the very least, filmmaker James O'Keefe and actress Hannah Giles deserve a Pulitzer Prize for their expose of deep corruption and unspeakable immorality at the ACORN housing division. But more important, I won't rest until they receive a grant to continue their partisan artistry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

That's this week's mission.

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Powerline: Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright spoke at a forum in Omsk, Siberia. Pravda reported that her speech "surprised the audience." No wonder. The Russians in attendance must have wondered how they managed to lose the cold war:The former US Secretary of State surprised the audience with her speech. She particularly said that democracy was not the perfect system. "It can be contradictory, corrupt and may have security problems," Albright said.
The Pelican Institute for Public Policy:
Tax problems continue to build for the New Orleans-based national activist group ACORN, with the IRS filing a $548,000 lien this month for two years worth of unpaid payroll taxes, according to records in the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court’s office.

The latest federal tax filing lists seven different payments that were missed for unemployment taxes from July 2007 through March of this year. That adds to an existing IRS bill of more than $1 million, which The Pelican Institute detailed in an August report.


The Hill reports that:A bipartisan group of 40 senators wrote Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Friday, asking him to end the Wall Street bailout program by the end of the year. The senators, led by John Thune (R-S.D.), the Senate's fourth-ranking Republican, asked Geithner to decline extending the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) through October of 2010. The program would expire at the end of the year unless Geithner acts to prolong it.

Displaying what Chicago politics is all about, President Obama has asked the sitting black New York State Governor not to run for office next year. Hope and Change - yes, indeed.

This from the NYT: The move against a sitting Democratic governor represents an extraordinary intervention into a state political race by the president, and is a delicate one, given that Mr. Paterson is one of only two African-American governors in the nation.

But Mr. Obama’s political team and other party leaders have grown increasingly worried that the governor’s unpopularity could drag down Democratic members of Congress in New York, as well as the Democratic-controlled Legislature, in next fall’s election.


  1. Everybody should be able to get health insurance. It is so important to be covered.

  2. It's too bad, then, that millions choose to go without insurance in order to save money - knowing that they will be taken care of, by law, by going to an Emergency Room. This comes at the expense of the rest of us. Insurance should not be confused with care