Always eager to live in the past, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have put a provision into a continuing budget resolution that would forbid federal funds from going to an organization that no longer exists and, even if it did, is already forbidden from receiving taxpayer dollars.
A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group has already been stripped of federal funding — and has been defunct for nearly three years.
ACORN leaders announced that the group was disbanding in March 2010, after Congress cut off all federal funding to the organization. The provision in the current GOP budget bill [PDF], buried on page 221 of 269, would duplicate legislation that has already passed, to target an organization that does not exist.
In a sense, this is progress. Many of these people still think they’re fighting against the evil communist menace, which for all practical purposes hasn’t existed for two decades, and some of them even want to return to the 1850s. These legislators are only living a few years in the past.