House GOP to Defund ACORN. Again.

Not content with holding 37 meaningless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and seeking to avoid passing an actual policy that might fix a problem, the Republican-controlled House is planning to vote on not one but two separate bills to defund ACORN.

House Republicans are scheduled to vote on two separate budget bills this week, each of which would reject funding for the poverty activism group ACORN, despite the fact that ACORN disbanded three years ago.

ACORN, also known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, came under heavy fire in the fall of 2009 after conservative videographer James O’Keefe released a set of selectively edited videos that appeared to show its employees offering advice on tax avoidance related to prostitution and child smuggling. Independent investigations by the California attorney general, the Massachusetts attorney general and the Brooklyn, N.Y., district attorney would later clear ACORN of criminal wrongdoing, and an investigation by the Government Accountability Office would clear ACORN of charges that it mishandled federal funds.

There’s just two problems here. First of all, they already did this in 2009. Secondly, ACORN does not exist. It’s gone. It’s been gone for three years now. In related news, they will also consider a bill to stop granting pay increases to Confederate soldiers and the Chinese people who built the railroads.

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  • John Pieret

    When yoiu are doing nothing, you need to be seen doing it as fast and often as you can.

  • Christoph Burschka

    Other scheduled bills include several votes to defund the Illuminati, two to suspend all foreign aid to Middle-Earth and one to declare war upon the land of Equestria.

  • Mr Ed

    Next week the House citing Neville Chamberlain’s claim that we will have peace in our time will defund the lend lease program. For the fourth of July they will come out in favor of the Declaration of Independance .

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Tortue du Désert avec un Coupe-Boulon

    The Republicans in Congress are just pretending to govern, it looks like. Rather than be faced with actual bills that actually do things they’re trying to pass bills that don’t do anything or have no chance of surviving the Senate or the President.

  • Trebuchet

    There’s method in their madness, of course. Planet Teapartia firmly believes that not only does ACORN still exist, but that it was solely responsible for massive election fraud that put the Muslim-Atheist-Fascist-Socialist-Commie int the White House. Republican congresscritters mostly know none of that is true but they’ve got to encouraging the hate.

  • busterggi

    I hope the Whigs will oppose this bill.

  • roggg

    Jebus H, what an awesome fucking government you Americans have voted in. Spending taxpayer money to beat a dead horse for 4 fucking years. Go GOP! You teach that nag a lesson!

  • whirligig

    @roggg Hey, now! That’s not fair! We didn’t vote them in. They voted themselves in with gerrymandering and election rigging. We’ve just been too complacent and lazy to do anything about it.

  • Dennis N

    Here’s the point: they want to give all the new Reps who came in in 2010 a chance to get on the record with a vote against ACORN. It isn’t fair that they couldn’t vote against it in 2009 just because they weren’t the House. Just ask John Boehner. Next week they will all get a change to vote to declare war against the Axis power, to be on the record.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/john-boehner-repeal-vote-is-for-new-lawmakers-91131.html

  • jufulu

    I’m thinking that it be kinda fun to have the Dems vote for the bill too. A) It would take away the specialness of the Repubs vote, and B) they could make snarky speeches on this very important matter. It would be all wonderful display of bipartisanship.

  • arthurski

    What about “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.” ?

  • kantalope

    @Trebuchet “Republican congresscritters mostly know none of that is true….”

    I think there is an assumption here that may not be entirely warranted.

    per Jufulu: I stand before you today to proclaim that I approve of this legislation to prohibit giving money to this group that does not exist. In fact, I offer the following amendment, that will prohibit the distribution of any funds to any group, person or entity that does not exist.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Teabagger Jesus is coming back. Look busy!

  • raven

    It’s cargo cult governing.

    To go along with their cargo cult religion, cargo cult education in bible colleges, and cargo cult science of creationism.

    I can see why they consider reality to be their enemy. It is.

  • Sally Stearns

    Problem 3: If ACORN did still exist, this would be in the grey area of a bill of attainder forbidden by the 9th amendment, specifically meting out a punishment without benefit of due process.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Fraud was committed at ACORN. By James O’keefe. I assume the House and the conservative media will be attacking him any minute now.

     

    Sally Stearns “Problem 3: If ACORN did still exist, this would be in the grey area of a bill of attainder forbidden by the 9th amendment, specifically meting out a punishment without benefit of due process.”

    If it didn’t stop them from trying when ACORN did exist, why would it stop them now?

  • abb3w

    Actually, as of 2012 the US government was still paying out two remaining Civil War pensions — rather elderly children from veterans’ relatively late marriages.

  • kermit.

    Eighty years from now, when the last survivors in North America are huddled around a campfire on the shores or Northern Canada, they will tell the few old-timers “Okay, we can believe the flying machines taking people to the moon, and green plants from horizon to horizon, and boxes to look at filled with endless naughty pictures, but tribal elders voting again and again to take wealth from a group that they know doesn’t exist any longer? How gullible do you take us for, grandpa?

  • DaveL

    I’m just waiting for the motion for the U.S. to withdraw from the League of Nations.

  • kantalope

    and join the Legion of Doom