Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Taxpayer funding isn’t a right

It is good that we still have a moderate/conservative majority on the court. Another 4 years of Obama and we probably won't. My guess is that ACORN, or whatever name they are now going with, are still getting significant funding from the taxpayers. They have been awfully quiet lately, not like the agitatiors that they really are

America’s long-suffering tax- payers scored a resounding victory as the Supreme Court told one of the nation’s fore- most tax-eating groups to take a hike.

The high court denied an appeal last week by the radical left-wing gangster group ACORN, ruling in effect that Congress was entitled to cut off federal taxpayer funding for the group, which routinely perpetrates voter fraud and encourages welfare recipients to buy houses they have no hope of paying for.

ACORN still matters because reports of its demise have been exaggerated. Although the national ACORN organization filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Election Day last year, ACORN is restructuring itself in time to help re-elect its former employee, President Obama, next year. ACORN’s voter-mobilization arm, Project Vote, is conducting business as usual out of ACORN’s D.C. offices.

The ACORN network has taken in an astounding $79 million in federal funding, and those are only the grants I could find in the U.S. government’s antiquated databases. The $79 million figure is $26 million more than the $53 million figure previously taken as gospel.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now asked the Supreme Court to review a decision of a circuit court that had found that the funding cutoff enacted in 2009 was not a “bill of attainder” forbidden by the Constitution.

Legal scholar Hans A. von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation flatly rejected the argument, saying, “The bill of attainder clause has never been read to prevent Congress from defunding an organization or a corporation whose employees engage in criminal conduct, and it has rarely been invoked by the modern Supreme Court.”

Of course, liberals are often impervious to reason, preferring to see the Constitution as authorizing everything they see as good and prohibiting everything they see as bad.

But what might have happened had the Supreme Court ruled the other way?

Meetings of the House and Senate spending committees would have turned into a new reality-TV show on C-SPAN that could have been called “ACLU Lawyers Gone Wild.”

Every tax-dollar-devouring pro-big-government group from Planned Parenthood to the National Council of La Raza to National Public Radio would have received a green light to bring so-called civil rights attorneys into congressional appropriations hearings to assist their special-interest clients in feeding at the public trough.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court saved America from this ACORN-inspired nuttiness.

Read full Washington Times article here.

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