Thursday, December 24, 2009
Mediamatters got it wrong?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding. ACORN itself has said that it is ineligible for the funds and has no plans to apply for them.
Media matters uses both Acorn and huffingtonpost as well as itself as sources to prove it was a smear:
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding. Republicans have pointed to a provision in the act that would appropriate $2 billion for "emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes, as authorized under division B, title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 [...] That additional award criteria for such competitions shall include demonstrated grantee capacity to execute projects, leveraging potential, concentration of investment to achieve neighborhood stabilization." The bill does not mention ACORN or otherwise single it out for funding. [Source: Media Matters for America, 5/6/2009]
ACORN itself has said that it is ineligible for the funds and has no plans to apply for them. After House Minority Leader John Boehner's (R-OH) office issued press releases claiming that the recovery bill "makes groups like ACORN eligible for a $4.19 billion pot of money for 'neighborhood stabilization activities,' " ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis stated in a press release that "[w]e have not received neighborhood stabilization funds, have no plans to apply for such funds, and didn't weigh in on the pending rule changes." On January 29, Lewis wrote at the Huffington Post: "[L]et's be clear. ACORN isn't getting any of this money. Since it is set aside for non-profit housing developers to help purchase, rehab, and resell foreclosed properties, we aren't eligible for it in the first place." [Source: ACORN press release, 1/28/2009; Huffington Post, 1/29/2009]
Yet, this article: ACORN wants another $6 million despite scandals from the Washington examiner says:
An ACORN affiliate has just submitted applications for over $6 million in government funding
This funding included as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The final irony is that the media matters article was posted on September 17th and the washington examiner article is dated September 14.
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Monday, March 09, 2009
Another Phony "Lifelong Republican"
Hurting the GOP
As a lifelong Republican, it is distressing to see the power that Rush Limbaugh wields over my party. How will it be possible for bipartisan leadership to take hold when you have such a bad influence holding my party hostage?
Democrats are our worthy competition, not our enemies.
I know many fellow GOP stalwarts who are sick and tired of party-first and ideology-first politics. Rush is hoping for President Barack Obama to fail in his efforts to clean up the economic mess that, quite honestly, our party had a lot to do with creating.
That so many cheer his ultra-conservative jihad is deeply troubling.
It is indeed possible to be so far right that you become wrong. Too far left is no better, but Obama is more balanced than that.
Let's ditch the conservative vs. liberal labeling and posturing and really try bipartisanship. This doesn't mean we'll always get our way.
Let's come together as Americans, and honestly face the limits of any type of "my way or the highway" thinking.
This guy is way too damned obvious he's a phony. Yet another Democrat masquerading as a Republican.
A search shows he has written a couple other letters to the same paper, always pretending to be a Republican:
Letter from 2006
Letter from 2008
Here is his bio. He is a management consultant. His resume is impressive, but he ought to grow up mentally. Posing as a "lifelong Republican" in letters to the editor is a pretty childish thing to do.