Sunday, January 25, 2009

Democrats Paying Off Their Street

From the beginning of this last presidential campaign the Democrats have promised unions that 'card check' would pass allowing union thuggery to swell their ranks and their bank accounts for the next election. It's a win-win for them. Unethical, yes. Illegal, yes, but who's gonna question them about it now? Obama? Yeah, sure.

Was the same promised such 'community' groups such as Obama's beloved ACORN?

It appears so.

From Congressman John Boehner:

ACORN Could Get Billions from Democrats' Trillion Dollar Spending Plan

"Job Creation" Bill Offers Taxpayer-Funded Bonanza for Organization Reportedly Under Federal Investigation

Washington, Jan 23 - The House Democrats’ trillion dollar spending bill, approved on January 21 by the Appropriations Committee and headed to the House floor next week for a vote, could open billions of taxpayer dollars to left-wing groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN has been accused of perpetrating voter registration fraud numerous times in the last several elections; is reportedly under federal investigation; and played a key role in the irresponsible schemes that caused a financial meltdown that has cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars since last fall.
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and other Republicans are asking a simple question: what does this have to do with job creation? Are Congressional Democrats really going to borrow money from our children and grandchildren to give handouts to ACORN in the name of economic “stimulus?”

Incredibly, the Democrats’ bill makes groups like ACORN eligible for a $4.19 billion pot of money for “neighborhood stabilization activities.” Funds for this purpose were authorized in the
Housing and Economic Recovery Act, signed into law in 2008. However, these funds were limited to state and local governments. Now House Democrats are taking the unprecedented step of making ACORN and other groups eligible for these funds:

The House Democrats’ trillion dollar spending bill also includes $1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. CDBG funds are given by the federal government to state and local governments which often contract with nonprofits for services related to the purpose of the grant.

ACORN knows how to secure CDBG funds. Audit reports filed by ACORN’s headquarters with the Office of Management and Budget show that ACORN spent $1,588,599 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds from FY 2003 through FY 2007. It is not clear from these records when or from what source the funds were awarded to ACORN. It is also not clear whether ACORN chapters or affiliates have received CDBG grants on their own.
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) repeatedly
urged President George W. Bush and other federal officials to withhold taxpayer funds from ACORN, including $17.2 million in federal grants awarded in December 2008 after numerous allegations of wrongdoing in connection with ACORN’s election activities were reported by the news media.

Leader Boehner also released a study of federal records in October 2008 listing tens of millions in federal grants received by ACORN. A new
updated and more expansive study reveals that ACORN has actually received millions more than first thought. A review of the Federal Register and news releases issued by federal agencies showed that ACORN was awarded more than $53 million in taxpayer dollars. This amount does not reflect the millions more ACORN has received in federal block grant funds awarded to state and local agencies which passed them on to ACORN.

Giving this much money to groups like ACORN is like, paraphrasing P. J. O'Rouke, giving alcohol and car keys to the kids. Yeah, we''ll still be the victims of the wreck.

Smudging The Bush White House Is Great Snivelling Smoodge ToThe Left

Via Little Green Footballs:

If one hangs the batwings upside down to make their world appear rightside up, it still means one's world is batty.

Could the White House Use a Good Smudging?
Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura evacuated the White House yesterday, making room for President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters to move in for the next four (optimistically eight) years. This photo of the White House that was released to the media showcases a manila folder with a Post-It note left behind from George W. Bush for our new president. The folder is supposedly the only thing left behind from the old administration. There has been some speculation about what the contents of the folder might be. But, I'm more concerned about any energetic crud that may still be hanging around inside the house, especially in the living quarters. There are surely lingering energies that could use a good smudging.

It is beneficial to give living spaces a good sage smudging before moving in. The transfer of power from one administration to another in our country is unique. One part of that transfer is Moving Day which coincides with Inauguration Day. Yesterday while all the hoopla was going on with the swearing in ceremony, parade, and such, the White House staff of 93 moved the Bush's belongings out. They then went to work unpacking the Obama famiy's furnishings and clothing. I'm sure the White House staff routinely keep the rooms clean and swept of dust and cobwebs, but that's not what I'm talking about.

Smudging is a purification ritual that not only clears away negative and stagnant energies but will also open up a space, inviting calm and serenity. I periodically give all the rooms in my home a good sweep with a sage wand. I will also sage the mattresses and cushions on our couches and chairs. I simply walk from room to room and sage any places I feel gunk might be hanging out (sink drains, kitchen cabinets, dresser drawers, etc.). If I were moving into a new home I would certainly give it a thorough smudging before moving in any of my belongings. I would sage each room making sure I covered all four corners and also all closets and cubbyholes. I would also sage all entryways, doorways and hallways.