A little story about parenting: Imagine: Parents have told their kids that they had better clean their room or they don’t get any ice cream. Instead of cleaning the kids making it messier, thinking that they will PUNISH the parents- that the they parents will break and give in. How dare the parents deny ice cream? Parents still say no. So the kids smear the walls with feces, dump out the drawers, tear everything from the closet. The kids invite their friends over. Other kids that raid the cabinets and refrigerator. Taking whatever they want without asking or replacing. The parents still say ,”NO, you cannot have ice cream! Look at the mess you’re making! Someone HAS GO TO CLEAN this disaster up! Your friends have got to go to their own home and clean their own messes up!” The kids, while standing in the middle of the room, throw garbage, clothes, feces, hamsters, and pet chihuahua in the air say, “OK, give us the ice cream FIRST, THEN we’ll clean up this mess. WE PROMISE! If you don’t accept our terms: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE and it means you HATE us. You hate my friends! WHY do you have all these RULES?!?” The parents in weakness and at their wits end with seeing the mess and destruction, wanting to do anything to have all this cleaned up and back the way it was, relent, “Okay, okay, come on and have the ice cream. But you had better come back upstairs and get this cleaned up.” “Sure, mom. Sure Dad,” the kids say, as they look at each other grinning behind the parents back as they walk down the hall to the kitchen, giving each other a wink and a nod. There will always be ice cream, cookies, movies, games- wants and needs that are considered more important than the REAL WORK that needs getting done. It’s never in the interest of the kids to clean up their mess, only the getting of what they WANT that matters to them. They know that one day they will be gone and it will be SOMEONE ELSE’S job to take care of all the trouble they created. That room will never cleaned and certainly will never be the same again.
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how our government is run.
More than 100 government employees and elected officials defrauded the national school lunch program and stole free lunches for their children.
A two year investigation of 15 New Jersey school districts has revealed more than 100 government employees and their families lied about their incomes, applied for and received school lunch assistance for their children, and could face prosecution as a result.
“Dozens of public employees appear to have lied about their income in order to take advantage of a school program designed to help families in need,” State Comptroller Matthew Boxer said in a statement.
Altogether, the total underreported income by state employees amounts to more than $13 million. One Pleasantville elected school board member failed to disclose at least $59,000 of her family income over a three year period. When asked by the comptroller’s office why she had done it, the woman said she didn’t report it because she wasn’t the one receiving the free lunch. She also said that her income was “none of (the school district’s) damn business.”
In fact, it most definitely IS the business of the school board, the state comptroller and the taxpayer’s business to know where and how the school lunch program money is being spent, which is why Boxer led the two year investigation.
“We took on this project because we were concerned about the ability of public employees to use their knowledge of the workings of the free lunch program to improperly obtain benefits,” Boxer said. “Those who know the rules of the program have a greater opportunity to submit a fraudulent application and avoid any scrutiny.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie weighed in on the report via his spokesperson saying that every employee who lied about their incomes should be “fired and prosecuted.”
According to CBSPhilly, whose original reporting cited only 83 violations but have since been adjusted upwards of 100 incidents, the investigation found structural flaws within the Nation School Lunch Program, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Federal law doesn’t require proof of income along with the application and generally requires school districts to verify the validity of the 3 percent of applications whose reported incomes are closest to the eligibility limit. Districts are prohibited from verifying the remaining 97 percent unless fraud is suspected.” (CBSPhilly)
The federal school lunch program has come under scrutiny in recent years as school districts attempt to abide by new nutritional standards in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. With mandated smaller portion sizes and higher costs, districts are finding it difficult to “sell” the program to parents and students who are either throwing the school lunches in the trash or bringing lunch from home.
The full extent of the New Jersey investigation into lying government employees is yet to be seen as free and reduced lunch programs provide the necessary paperwork “verification” to apply for and receive other government assistance programs. The “Obamaphone” program, for instance, is available for anyone whose children participate in the federal school lunch program. Read more about the fraud in the Lifeline, also known as the “Obamaphone,” program here. Phones for Drugs
To say that there was Democrat voter fraud on Tuesday is a gross understatement.
Examples of voter fraud: the Means
Obama received over 99 percentof the vote in districts where GOP inspectors were illegally removed
Obama won Wood County, Ohio with 108 percent voter registration, although there was about 58% total turnout.
Obama wondozens of Cleveland districts with 100 percent of the vote
North Carolina Democrat says he has votedFOUR times already and will vote again on election day
Hamilton County (OH) Board of Elections removed two election judges for allowing unregistered voters to vote
Consequences of voter fraud: the End. Below are just four of the Obama re-election consequences. I’m sure you can think of many more.
Job Losses: The re-election of Obama has already caused several companies to start the lay-off process. Here is a (very partial) list of companies either closing plants or laying-off employees:
Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna MN
TE Connectivity Closing Greensboro NC, Plant
AGC Glass North America to permanently close its Blue Ridge Plant in Kingsport TN
And the list is getting longer every day.
ObamaCare: Obama didn’t say very much about ObamaCare regulations during the election campaign. But now that he has been re-elected, expect Health and Human Services (HHS) to pick up the pace. Look for regulations on what health insurance policies must cover, regulations regarding health insurance exchanges, and a regulation regarding employers’ individual mandates, and how to define “full-time” and “part-time” employees. We have already seen companies limit hourly employees to 28 hours per week so they can be classified as part-time and not have to be provided health insurance.In 2009, Obama assured us, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” But he did not address those people who will depend upon ObamaCare for their health care. What’s coming? No one knows for sure, but the National Healthcare System of Great Britain is a good example of socialized health care, and it is rationing health care. And, as John Fund said, “Most Brits who can afford private health insurance buy that instead.”
And here is an article about ObamaCare and its effect on jobs.
Environment: Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, declared Tuesday’s re-election of Obama a major victoryfor the environment. Beinecke also said that the people have spoken and they have chosen to support and continue President Obama’s efforts towards clean air, clean energy, and mitigating climate change. But nowhere could I find any statement by Beinecke on how to pay for all of Obama’s and the people’s environment fiascoes.
Foreign Policy: At the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in March, Obama told then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that he could be “more flexible” over US missile defense plans following his re-election. Now Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, on Thursday, November 8, said, “We hope that President Obama after his re-election will be more flexible on the issue of taking into the account the opinions of Russia and others regarding a future configuration of NATO’s missile defense.”And let’s not forget Iran, Benghazi, al Qeada, the Muslim Brotherhood, China, and ridding the world of nuclear weapons.
It is rather obvious that Democrats used any means possible to re-elect Obama. Now we US taxpayers will be stuck with paying for the end.
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) apparently deceived reporters today when opposing two religious freedom amendments that would protect military chaplains’ right to free speech and to refuse to facilitate homosexual weddings. Pelosi reportedly called the whole idea a “fraud” and said, “There’s nothing that says that chaplains act against their faith,” and “Nobody is ordering them to do that” [facilitate homosexual weddings] and “Welcome to the world of manufactured crises. Here’s one.”
Sadly, Ms. Pelosi knows all too well the current Pentagon legal policy drafted by President Obama’s pro-homosexual bureaucrat Jeh Johnson requires that military chaplains must open their chapel buildings in all 50 states and turn over the keys to allow Christian or Catholic altars to be desecrated by homosexual ceremonies. While some chaplains can be excused from presiding at such ceremonies, all chaplains have been ordered by the policy to facilitate ‘gay’ weddings by scheduling, support, maintenance, and fully opening use of their chapels, whose altars must be re-consecrated after acts of sodomy are honored thereupon.
“We don’t hold Jewish weddings in Catholic chapels, so why force homosexual ‘weddings’ in every chapel nationwide?” asked former Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD. “Pelosi and Obama now violate every soldier’s right to a sacred worship space devoted to Catholic or Evangelical worship, and threaten to punish chaplains who refuse to turn over the chapel keys.” The Pentagon now openly violates the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act which legally defines marriage as only valid between one man and one woman on federal property, by treating military chapels on federal bases nationwide as if they all sit on Massachusetts land, not United States land.
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) each introduced amendments which were approved respectively by 37 to 24 and 36 to 25 votes in the House Armed Services Committee, protecting the free speech rights of military chaplains who voice disagreement with homosexual sin, and protecting military chapels from desecration.
Pelosi and Obama oppose these amendments, which means they favor censoring or punishing chaplains’ free speech, and they favor desecrating chapels in all 50 states. But where do SASC Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Jim Webb (D-VA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) stand, with military chaplains or with homosexual weddings?
Dr. Klingenschmitt personally visited the offices of 23 Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) in DC this week, to plead with them to help protect and pass both good pro-chaplain amendments in H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.
He reminded Senators he delivered 100,000 fax petitions, and will fax Congressional scorecards to nearly every pastor in their states before the next election. 2,000 chaplains from 19 faith groups have petitioned Congress to pass these two amendments. 65 evangelical chaplains are suing the Navy for anti-Christian persecution. One chaplain was relieved of his duty to manage the chapel after stating he would refuse to schedule ‘gay’ weddings in his chapel. Two chaplains resigned from the Army and Navy after the administration’s DADT repeal training manual taught they must “reconcile” with open homosexuality or quit, and over a dozen chaplains reported to their bishops of being personally pressured to censor their speech or quit the military.
Is the Illinois GOP Primary election rigged? We don’t know, here at CDN, but it’s a question that was asked over at SGTReport.com. They’re reporting that the election results for tonight’s Illinois Primary were posted a full 24 hours early on a Chicago ABC website. What’s interesting is that these results were pretty detailed. They included the candidate’s names from THIS year and not 2008, so it can’t be said that they were an accidental posting from the previous election. And they even included detailed numbers such as the amount of votes each candidate got and what percentage of the vote they had. It all looked very official and very suspicious. It’s no surprise that the ABC affiliate has since removed these results from their website, but one has to wonder why they were ever posted at in the first place. Check out the video below to see what they discovered over at SGTReport.com.
The results for Tuesday night’s primary are in, and as you can see by this screenshot (of the same ABC website mentioned above), the final tally did not match the premature results which were posted on Monday night.
Several people have said that the premature results were most likely posted as a “test”, but it still seems odd that they would go live on the ABC affiliate’s official website.
Understanding E-Verify. E-Verify is a free Internet-based program created by the U.S. Government to enable employers to check a perspective employee’s Social Security number and other information to ensure they are legally eligible to work in the United States before hiring them. This program was started in 1997 at a huge cost to the taxpayers, as a way to protect American workers and employers from the invasion of illegal, non-qualified working immigrants that now plagues America. This program is another example of government mis-management and waste, as the E-Verify program is not being used as it was designed to be by many States and local governments. What good is a program if most State governments refuse to mandate it’s implementation ? Federal law dictates that employers must make every effort to only hire legal citizens, and E-Verify is a tool designed to do just that, yet many States refuse to enact legislation to enforce the law. I find it to be extremely hypocritical that the Federal Government intervenes in some State’s legislative measures when it suits their agenda, yet at other times they ignore certain States passing legislation contrary to federal law. ( See the AZ immigration law)
Recently, my very own State of Florida had a bill crafted in the Florida Senate that basically required employers to use E-Verify when hiring new employees. So what did the self-titled ” Most Conservative Senate in Florida history” do? They voted the bill down! Check out the full story here. The Florida Senate needs to be called out on this act of cowardice and bending over to the special interest Lobbyists that bought them off here. If you live in Florida, go to the Florida Senate facebook page here , and voice your dis-gust about these politicians who are turning their back on legal immigrants and all working Floridians by enabling the continued theft of our jobs by illegals!
The DHS has recently expanded the E-Verify program to some States to allow people to self-check their employment eligibility in the U.S. in a recent announcement here. What is noticeable in that article is the following statement from the GAO:
However, the E-Verify system continues to experience errors, fraud and identity theft, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, and a study released in December 2009 found that E-Verify was accurate only half the time in correctly identifying unauthorized workers with borrowed or stolen Social Security numbers (emphasis mine)
This is why people say the U.S. Government is nothing but an extreme example of incompetent mismanagement, waste, fraud, and the blatant abuse of taxpayer dollars today. E-Verify was created in 1997, yet it is largely proven to be an incompetent mess of a program, according to our very own GAO. (Government Accounting Office) If these morons can’t iron out the E-Verify program in over 14 years, they will never get it right. The fact of the matter here is that many, many politicians and special interest groups do not want E-verified to ever be used to keep illegals from invading the American workforce, period. If your politicians are among this group, like my Florida Senate proved itself to be last week, make sure you take note of who needs to be fired in the next elections.
As a footnote here, I find this failure to properly check on a workers immigration status before hiring them to be a form of reverse discrimination. When I apply for a job, employers check my lifetime credit report, work history, driving record, criminal background check, rental history, Social Security number, and even my facebook page, and yet illegals with no U.S. history in anything, and a fake SSI number can get hired all simply because certain tyrants in various parts of our governments decide to not use E-Verify. Common sense dictates that the E-Verify system be brought up to competent, efficient levels, and that every employer in the United States be mandated to check all employees before hiring them. Anything less is simply unacceptable to a nation beset with high unemployment and massive debt.
Voter I.D. laws are supposed to ensure a fair voting process, which must include properly identifying voters and their eligibility to vote. While it would seem like basic common sense dictates that our politicians and government agencies would want to ensure that only legal voters are able to cast their votes and vote only once in the precincts that they live in, this is proving to be a contentious issue today. The fact is that many State and local governments are now refusing to enact solid Voter I.D. laws that help prevent vote fraud and abuse. We have seen dead people, cartoon characters, and other fictitious people casting votes illegally across the nation and this must stop. Why in the world would a State legislature or election commission not want it mandated that every single voter provide proper identification before voting or registering to vote? The answer to that is that certain groups of people will not be able to hold onto power without cheating the voting system, namely the Liberal Democratic party of today. Why do I point the finger mainly at Democrats? I do it because they supported Acorn, who has been proven guilty of vote fraud numerous times and the fact the every instance of Acorn vote fraud was in supporting Democrats. If you have had your head buried in the sand for the past 20 years and do not know about Acorn and Liberal Democrat-sponsored vote fraud, here is some info that explains why certain groups are fighting against Voter I.D. laws. here is a few tidbits from that article just to get your attention:
In recent years, ACORN’s voter registration programs have come under investigation in Ohio, Colorado, Missouri and Washington, with some employees convicted of voter fraud
Michelle Malkin hopes “that someone else in the MSM will start asking pointed questions about the $800,000 Obama failed to report in hidden payments to ACORN under the name of a left-wing non-profit front group
The Department of Justice needs to open a RICO probe into ACORN. The RICO statutes make the leaders of a criminal enterprise personally responsible for the crimes committed by its members. If the DoJ can establish that ACORN management has encouraged fraudulent practices from the top down, that puts it within RICO territory. The repetition of their fraud in multiple jurisdictions make it clear that it’s not just coincidence at work here.
Strict voter I.D. laws would prevent the majority of vote fraud that includes absentee ballot fraud, illegal voter registrations, dead people casting votes, and other assorted trickery from groups like Acorn and LaRaza from corrupting our election process. This would ensure fair elections and proper representation of all groups of Americans in our government, and needs to be enacted across the nation. Why should an illegals or non-U.S. citizens be allowed to cast ballots to elect officials to run our governments? There is no plausible reason to continue to let our election processes be corrupted by special interests and radical activist “community organizing groups” like the Democratic fraudsters at Acorn. Another part of our election system being corrupted by assorted activists and community organizing groups are the voter registration roles. There have been people who have been dead for many years still on these rolls, and criminals exploit this to cast votes in their names. There is no reason not to update voter registrations annually, unless you are among those groups seeking to gain power and influence by preventing the purging and updating of these records. How about we take the millions of tax dollars that were funnelled to Acorn and other assorted get out the vote scams and reallocate those dollars to hiring more people to ensure voter registrations are on the up and up ?
Today our country is beset with career politicians bowing down to lobbyists and special interest groups to remain in power through vote-buying schemes, no matter how great the danger is to America. We are fast approaching 15 trillion dollars in debt with no apparent solution, other than to go bankrupt. We have high unemployment hurting Americans even more due to the fact that illegals here are taking many of our jobs because of the refusal to use the E-Verify system that we paid millions of dollars to createf to prevent that very same problem. To top it all off, we have career politicians remaining in power and preventing America from fixing her problems today, due to vote fraud being perpetuated by the refusal to enact strict Voter I.D. laws. The very same politicians who fight stricter Voter I.D. laws are at the root of our electoral system corruption and need to be rooted out as soon as possible, whether it is at the State or federal level. We also need to make an example of the criminals corrupting our electoral system through hand-ing down some stiff penalties and jail time for those people caught up in vote fraud schemes like Acorn.
There is NO VIABLE EXCUSE that anyone can tell me for not enacting the usage of E-Verify to work in America today along with stricter Voter I.D. laws, that isn’t rooted in corruption and flat out anti-American ideology, no matter how you spin it! To be American is to demand that fair elections be held and that only Americans that have the right to vote will be voting. Career felons, illegals, dead people, and undocumented aliens must be prevented from voting to keep out nation’s electoral integrity intact, period. American jobs must go to legal American citizens, and anyone caught doing otherwise must be fined, imprisoned, kicked out of the country, or all three combined ! Any politician voting against E-Verify being mandated in your state must be fired and replaced as soon as possible! Take a close look at the politicians and radical groups who oppose both E-Verify and strict Voter I.D. laws in your state today. This is the face of the enemy that seeks to destroy everything America was built upon through the corruption of our electoral process, and the allowing of illegals to remain here and vote, while also taking away jobs away from American citizens. Time is running out folks, the radical Socialism promoting Liberal Democrats are in bed with assorted anti-American groups to destroy what’s left of America. Speak up, demand E-verify be mandated in your state and that strict Voter I.D laws be passed while we still have a chance to right the ship.
I believe we are living in a very unique time in history. Yes, I believe every point in history has its unique purpose, but I believe that there are certain times that stand out more than others.
A great example of a time in our history that stands out more than other times is the years leading up to the Civil War and the actual war itself. Events happened in those years that truly define much of who we are as a nation. Many lives were lost, much blood was shed and many tears were cried, but the painfulness of the events of the time is not without a reason.
While it is completely different circumstances, I believe current times are going to be just as defining. While many have predicted that we very well may end up in another Civil War, it is my fervent prayer that this does not happen. I hope and pray we are able to get our country back on the road to recovery without a war between our fellow citizens.
Our nation is a unique situation among other countries in the way our government is established. The idea is that if we are not happy with the way things are going in our government we simply vote out those that are not listening to the voice of We The People. Unfortunately, there are several contributing factors that are threatening this process.
We have heard countless situations of what I consider “questionable” results. Whether it is reports of electronic voting booth fraud or dead people voting it is obvious that we must be vigilant to ensure the voting process is not corrupted. Unfortunately, I believe it may be too late in some cases.
Then there is the issue of the political parties. The Democrats and Republicans have become nothing more than opposite sides of the same coin. Its politics as usual, no matter what party is in control. This beautiful nation has been sold out from under us- the citizens of America- at the hands of the Democrat and Republican leaders who have been elected to office to represent We The People- not the special interest of the month!
Because of the same ole politics as usual game, many people are challenging the typical two-party system of Republican and Democrats. Hence, the Tea Party.
I believe the upcoming 2012 election is going to be one of the most defining moments in the history of America. If the Republicans and Independent/Tea Party leaders who were elected to office in this past elected start compromising the values of Conservative Americans they are going to find that there is a force to be reckoned with in the Tea Party. We The People have had enough of being told one thing during campaign speeches and then seeing a completely different scene play out before us when these candidates are elected to represent us!
There was a time in recent history that many people would not have voted for a third party candidate because they felt their vote would be wasted, thus splitting the votes for the Republican or Democrat they would have voted for as an alternative.
I believe we are living in much different times, now. I believe we have reached a point in time that requires we forget about strategy. We must vote our convictions and let the vote’s fall where they may. Voting by strategy instead of convictions of our heart and principles is the reason we are at the point we are at. We have to stand up for what we believe in. Even if we do not win, we have to face ourselves in the mirror.
I do not like being in the position to have to vote for “the lesser of two evils”. I am absolutely done with that! In the 2008 Presidential election I was very seriously considering not voting. This goes against absolutely everything I stand for and believe in! However, God had begun to deal with me on compromising my beliefs and principles.
When John McCain announced that Sarah Palin was his Vice-Presidential candidate I got excited! Though she was in politics, she was not the typical politician. She went up against her own party to get rid of the unethical things going on. So, yes, I did vote in the 2008 election. I had to pull the lever for John McCain, but I was not voting for him. In reality, I was voting for Sarah Palin. She was the only reason I could votes with peace in my heart and not feel like I had compromised my values and principles.
Of course they lost, and we have President Barack Obama.
My prayer is that the Republican Party will wise up. But they have sold out the American people that they supposedly represent. I had high hopes when several Tea Party candidates were elected in the 2010 elections. I am still hopeful that they will prove strong and solid in their values and principles, but unfortunately, history has not given me much to hope in.
In reality, I am more disgusted with the Republican Party than I am with the Democratic Party. With the Democratic Party, they do not claim to be Conservative. They are up-front with who they are and what they stand for, on some level (don’t get me wrong, I am not at all saying that I trust them!). But the Republican Party claims to stand for Conservative Values, but they vote and live their lives in a totally different way. This is hypocritical!
And then there is the Tea Party movement. While the main stream media and the White House and other Democrats downplay the movement, there is a fire storm brewing in this nation. We are tired of corrupt politicians- on both sides of the fence. We The People are tired of having to vote for “the lesser of two evils”!
Each day that passes We The People are growing more and more weary. Some who were elected say they have heard our voice. Others have discounted us. And yet, others mock us.
Make no mistake- we WILL NOT be silenced!
The Whitehouse continues to stall on reforming the money train known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, even though they are breaking their own so-called Financial Reform, ( also known as the Dodd-Frank Bill) laws to do it. This article is a part of the continuing exposure of the fraud, corruption and waste of taxpayer dollars by the F&F (Fannie and Freddie) club here at CDN.*
While decades of fraud, corruption and shifty accounting practices have been exposed within the F&F club, our elected officials seem content to let it continue, from The Whitehouse, to Congress,and right on down to the U.S. Treasury Department. Today we see another direct, in your face refusal to address this problem by none other than Obama’s own administration. I stumbled upon this latest act of criminal behavior yesterday over at National Review Online.** I was stunned by the revelations in this article by Rep. Jeb Hansarling (R-TX).
“The Obama administration failed to release a report today on how Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae could be reformed, despite being required to do so by the Dodd-Frank law passed last summer.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), who chairs the House Republican Conference, said in a statement that the White House’s failure to meet the deadline made it “crystal clear that the President is not serious about reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”
As this writer reported earlier here at CDN, the GOP called for reform of the F&F club during the financial reform debate last year. Democrats flat out refused to even allow an amendment that would stop the abuse of taxpayer dollars through Fannie and Freddie. Now we have the Whitehouse, which happens to have approved the Democrats most recent blank check written to the F&F club, also breaking the law that required them to submit the report on how to stop the bleeding here. Amazing.
The Financial Services Committee isn’t too happy about this latest revelation either, as exposed further down in the same National Review Online article:
“Financial Services Committee chairman Spencer Baucus (R., Ala.) also criticized the administration, saying in a statement that “the Democrats always offer an excuse for not meeting deadlines, even those they themselves impose.”
I also mention the U S treasury department in my opening paragraph, and here is what I found at the bottom of the National Review Online article:
” A Treasury Department spokesman told Dow Jones Newswires that the administration hoped to release a report in February.”
Apparently, when it comes to reforming the malfeasance over at Fannie and Freddie, we are left with nothing more than the hope part of Obama’s Hope and Change campaign theme of 2008. There certainly is no change in the fraud, corruption, and outright theft of taxpayers dollars by the corruptocrats in bed with the criminal enterprise over at the F&F club.
Introducing Fannie Mae, their mission and purpose as explained on fanniemae.com:
“Fannie Mae, (Federal National Mortgage Association) is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) chartered by Congress with a mission to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets.”
Yet they have managed to do just the opposite of the purpose for which they were created. With record numbers of foreclosures and mortgage problems being reported, I fail to see how I can paint this organization in any kind of favorable light here today.
Fannie Mae would have been in bankruptcy – if they actually applied the true principles within the realm of their creation, as further explained on their homepage (emphasis mine) :
“Fannie Mae was established as a federal agency in 1938, and was chartered by Congress in 1968 as a private shareholder-owned company.” Yet once again, a company deemed “too big to fail” by our government was in effect bailed out by the U S taxpayers. Whatever happened to investors that do not monitor their investments properly, being made to accept the loss here? Why should our government step in and make the taxpayer bear this debt burden?
IntroducingFreddie Mac should have been more aptly named Fannie Mae II, as their mission statements are virtually the same, as reported on freddiemac.com (emphasis mine).
“Freddie Mac was chartered by Congress in 1970 with a public mission to stabilize the nation’s residential mortgage markets and expand opportunities for homeownership and affordable rental housing. Our statutory mission is to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the U.S.housing market.”
Read that mission statement again, then ask yourself, “Have they accomplished their mission, or any part of it today? ” Again, I am trying to shed a positive light on Freddie Mac, but all I see are huge abject failures as to their own mission statement. I think the statement, “To stabilize the nation’s residential mortgage markets,” when looking at our mortgage foreclosure/ housing crisis of today, is ludicrous, to say the least. They claim to be playing an important role in helping people avoid foreclosure, yet at what price to the taxpayers and the economy?
Fannie and Freddie admit to 20 billion in losses.
While it is almost impossible to put a total cost to the taxpayers the full extent of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac GSE’s, ( Government Sponsored Enterprises) figures are now emerging that show us the enormity of the waste, abuse and corruption inherent in both of the organizations once again. Another fact that must be addressed is that Congress passed a “Financial Reform Bill” in July of last year that ignored the problems at Fannie and Freddie completely. How can you claim to reform the financial system and ignore the largest mortgage holder in the USA ? That just doesn’t make sense.
Earlier in the spring of 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek printed an article that tried to summarize the problems and expense of taxpayer funding through the government backing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.* The fact that the Fannie and Freddie Foreclosure club is at the center of the housing crisis and financial collapse just cannot be denied. Note that this exposure was before they passed the financial reform bill. They knew the basic facts and chose to ignore them anyway.
When the history books are written about America’s early 21st Century financial system breakdown, what will they make of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? These two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) that own or guarantee 76 percent of all mortgage originations were at the center of the credit market collapse. Bailing them out has cost the U.S. taxpayer $145 billion and counting.” Estimates of their losses today run much, much higher as new facts emerge.
Keep in mind that this article was written in May of 2010, yet the costs to the taxpayer had already soared to $145 billion dollars. In an earlier article at CDN, “Money for Nothing and Your Houses for Free“, I pointed out how the taxpayer was also paying for the legal costs incurred by the top 3 corruptocrats at Fannie and Freddie, who continued to rake in huge salaries and bonuses after admitting to complicity in cooking the books and inflating the financial outlook at Freddie Mac to increase their bonuses. There appears to be an ever emerging pattern of corrupt practices within the higher ups in both organizations, and it certainly appears to have the approval of our elected officials in Congress, as they refuse to stop this madness mo matter how much proof is put in front of them.
Bloomberg Businessweek further goes on to state how with very little public discussion, or exposure in the media, “ Uncle Sam has basically nationalized their $5.5 trillion in home-loan assets. The Obama Administration has pledged to cover unlimited losses at Fannie and Freddie through 2012, a commitment that goes beyond a prior credit line of $400 billion (which itself had been doubled). In early May, Fannie posted a $13.1 billion loss while Freddie fessed up to losing $6.7 billion. The pair now tote $340 billion in nonperforming assets. ( 2012 also happens to be an election year, and without government protection, the people just might find out how bad this situation really is here, and that could have an enormous effect on said elections).
With all of the books being cooked to the point of complete confusion, I can’t fault the 111th Congress completely here, yet the bleeding of taxpayer dollars was very obvious, even to the most naïve and incompetent of government accountants. On May 11th of that same year Senator McCain called for the stoppage of the Fannie and Freddie debacle. What did the Democratic Majority in the Senate choose to do then? They ignored the calls for true reform at F&F and instead shifted responsibility to the Treasury Department to do some “studies” on how to take F&F off the taxpayers bank account. Meanwhile, record foreclosures, high unemployment, and an economic recession were crushing the country. Is this what the people voted for in the 2010 elections? This writer certainly doesn’t think it is.
There is also a Ginnie Mae, as in Government National Mortgage Association. (GNMA)
This company was originally a part of Fannie Mae and was originally created during the recovery from the Great Depression. This was widely known as the lending arm of HUD, or Housing and Urban Development.In 1968 Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae split with Fannie Mae going public on the NYSE with Ginnie Mae remaining as a government owned association. So why haven’t we heard much about Ginnie Mae during this housing mortgage crisis in recent years? I plan on researching this entity more thoroughly in a upcoming article in this continuing saga. I can give a hint of what I have found so far on Ginnie Mae. It fits the same pattern as the other family members in the mortgage business attached to our government. One top executive was convicted of mortgage fraud at Lend America.. and continued to to help run the company, with the full endorsement of Ginnie Mae. In December of 2009 the FHA removed Ginnie-approved Lend America from the FHA program completely, mainly due to corruption, fraud and bad lending practices. Yes we have a definite pattern of corruption and incompetence emerging here in all three of these entities.
Fast forward to today. Fannie and Freddie still basically operate on a blank check written on the taxpayers bank account. The housing and mortgage crisis is still crippling our economy, yet I see no proposed legislation to put a stop to this debacle. We the people need to call up and write to our representatives and demand that the taxpayer funding of Fannie and Freddie be stopped immediately. A few Bernie Madoff-style criminal charges are also warranted here, to forcefully send the message that those responsible for this kind of debacle will be held accountable. With the recent announcement by the CBO of the 2011 Federal deficit hitting $1.5 trillion, immediate action is needed. Congress has all the data. No more“studies, no more “reviews”and no more dithering. Stop the bleeding of taxpayer dollars through Fannie and Freddie and do it now, there is no excuse for continuing to allow this massive fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
How would you feel if a burglar was caught inside your home stealing everything of value, and when the police went to make out the police report, you were told that you would have to write a check for $5000.00 to pay for the burglar’s legal fees? Well that happens indirectly, with the Lawyer-enriching “Right to Legal counsel” laws we have today. Those public defenders are not working for free. Another kind of this Lawyer – enriching thievery from the taxpayers was exposed this past week involving two companies whom I feel have as much culpability as Wall Street did in the housing crash of today. Meet Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. These two companies announced that they want you the taxpayer to pay for their 160 million dollars in legal fees stemming from investigations of long-term fraud and corruption. With a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives today, it seems like Fannie and Freddie were/are trying to take in every single taxpayer dollar they can before serious investigations expose their dealings.
The New York Times ran a piece on this on 01/24/2011.* While this article does address some serious facts, it also seems to deny the responsibility of the top three executives to pay for their own legal fees stemming from years of their own corrupt, incompetent practices. The Times also refused to state the huge bonuses and salaries the top three culprits raked in right in the middle of the housing crisis. Here are a few observations from that article. Parenthesis at end are my comments.
The Times points out three key players in the story:
“Documents reviewed by The New York Times indicate that taxpayers have paid $24.2 million to law firms defending three of Fannie’s former top executives: Franklin D. Raines, its former chief executive; Timothy Howard, its former chief financial officer; and Leanne Spencer, the former controller.”
The story then demonstrates how for the last 4 years of Democratic rule, the House has done little, if anything to investigate the travesty, that both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have become:
“Since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the government in September 2008, their losses stemming from bad loans have mounted, totaling about $150 billion ina recent reckoning. Because the financial regulatory overhaul passed last summer did not address how to resolve Fannie and Freddie, Congress is expected to take up that complex matter this year.”
Could it all be simple ineptitude? Of course not – outright corruption is certainly another part of the problem:
“ Well before the credit crisis compelled the government to rescue Fannie and Freddie, accounting irregularities had engulfed both companies. Shareholders of Fannie and Freddie sued to recover stock losses incurred after the improprieties came to light.”
So here we have evidence of “accounting irregularities” resulting in lawsuits, yet instead of criminal charges and government intervention to stop the fraud, our Congress not only turns their heads the other way…But decides to put the taxpayers on the hook for the entire bill, as evidenced further in The Times article:
“Freddie’s problems arose in 2003 when it disclosed that it had understated its income from 2000 to 2002; the company revised its results by an additional $5 billion. In 2004, Fannie was found to have overstated its results for the preceding six years; conceding that its accounting was improper, it reduced its past earnings by $6.3 billion. Mr. Raines retired in December 2004 and Mr. Howard resigned at the same time. Ms. Spencer left her position as controller in early 2005. The following year, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, then the company’s regulator, published an in-depth report on the company’s accounting practices, accusing Fannie’s top executives of taking actions to manipulate profits and generate $115 million in improper bonuses. ( So they were found to be cooking the books to enrich themselves, paid fines that prove it, yet still feel the taxpayer should pay their legal fees? )
This is like a bad remake of the movie Groundhog Day here, where the mistakes and improprieties happen over and over again. When President Obama and the Democrats passed the partisan Financial Regulatory Reform bill last year, they also once again chose to ignore the problems at F&F. That’s right, when Republicans tried to demand that the Financial Regulatory Reform bill include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they were told told no. Coincidence? Everything happens for a reason, and I would like to hear the President’s and his Democratic Party’s reason for allowing F&F to continue writing checks on the taxpayers account.
“Fannie Mae also settled a fraud suit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting or denying the allegations; the company paid $400 million in penalties.” (Nothing to see here folks, just move on, but make sure you keep writing those checks drawn on the people’s Federal funds.)
When it comes to our Government today, we have such a bloated beauracracy that the checks and balances within Government, written into our Constitution are being ignored. The “Federal Housing Finance Agency” agreed to pay for the proven fraudster’s legal fees? What next? Bernie Madoff being pardoned, so he may become the Secretary of the Treasury? Or maybe the Chairman of the Federal Reserve? Further on in The Times piece we see:
“After the government moved to back Fannie and Freddie, the Federal Housing Finance Agency agreed to continue paying to defend the executives, with the taxpayers covering the costs.”
So here we have proven fraud, corruption and incompetence within Fannie and Freddie, with absolutely nothing being done about it over the past eight years. Not one person has even been given criminal charges or jail time. Just the opposite, they still have that blank check written on the taxpayers account. Seems to me it is pretty obvious here, as to why the people no longer trust their government.
Casting multiple ballots is a typical voter fraud crime.
The midterm elections are just 11 days away. There is a growing suspicion among conservatives that the Marxist progressive movement will once again attempt voter fraud – only this time on an unprecedented scale. Trailing in the polls throughout the Fruited Plain, it appears the only way the Democrats are going to win some key races is if they cheat. Remember the Minnesota Senate Race that Al Franken “won?” So do tens of millions of other citizens. ACORN, infamous for voter fraud, may no longer exist as an organization. But the people who created it and worked within it still exist, they still have the same aims, and they still use the same old scams.
Just this past week we witnessed the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, committing a violation of the Illinois State laws regulating elections. Voting officials gave her a pass, citing their opinion that she didn’t realize what she was doing – essentially claiming that ignorance of the law “is” an excuse.
So what can you, an average citizen do to ensure the legitimacy of the elections? Well, there are several things. First, below, you will find the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s notice to citizens on Election Crimes. In short, if you see evidence of voter fraud, call your local office of the FBI – more information below.
Federal Election Crimes
In democratic societies like the United States, the voting process is a means by which citizens hold their government accountable, conflicts are channeled into resolutions, and power transfers peacefully. Our system of representative government works only when honest ballots are not diluted by fraudulent ballots. When elections become corrupted, democracy becomes threatened.
The FBI has a limited role in ensuring fair and free elections in the United States. Election crimes become federal cases when:
The ballot includes one or more federal candidates;
The crime involves an election official abusing his duties;
The crime pertains to fraudulent voter registration;
Voters are not U.S. citizens.
Federal election crimes fall into three broad categories:
Campaign finance crimes
Civil rights violations
Potential Federal Offenses
1. Campaign finance
A person gives more than $4,600 to a federal candidate (various limits apply for donations to and from committees and groups);
A donor asks a friend to give money to a federal candidate, promising to reimburse the friend; the friend makes the donation and the real donor reimburses him;
A corporation gives corporate money to a federal candidate;
A person who is neither a citizen nor a green card holder gives money to a federal, state, or local candidate.
2. Voter/ballot fraud
A voter intentionally gives false information when registering to vote;
A voter receives money or something of value in exchange for voting in a federal election or registering to vote;
Someone votes more than once in a federal election (e.g., someone mails in absentee ballots in the names of dead people);
An election official corrupts his or her office to benefit a candidate or party (e.g., lets unqualified voters cast ballots).
3. Civil rights violations
Someone threatens a voter with physical or economic harm unless the voter casts his ballot in a particular way;
Someone tries to prevent qualified voters from getting to the polls in a federal election;
A scheme exists to prevent minorities from voting.
What is NOT a federal election crime:
Giving voters a ride to the polls;
Offering voters a stamp to mail an absentee ballot;
Giving voters time off to vote;
Violating state campaign finance laws;
Distributing inaccurate campaign literature;
Campaigning too close to the polls;
Trying to convince an opponent to withdraw from a race.
If you think an election crime is occurring, call the election crimes coordinator at your local FBI office.
Of course, given the track record of the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder, citizens shouldn’t hold their breath expecting intervention from the Justice Department on the side of truth and fairness. But you still need to explore this option. The sheer number of expected election violations could very well become a public relations nightmare for the Democrats. So after you have informed the FBI or the Justice Department, give your local news organizations a telephone call. There is nothing quite like the bright glare of television lights to cause rats to scurry for the darkness.
Voters still have other means available to them. Every state government has a Board of Elections. Citizens can submit complaints directly to their state election board. Additionally, complaints can be made to your county Elections Board as well. It would probably be wise to find the telephone numbers for both your state and your country Elections Boards prior to going to vote.
Also, remember that a complaint is nothing without evidence. Take your digital camera or cell phone with you to the Voting Booth. There is nothing more powerful than video evidence of the crime being committed in progress. A word of advice to you on this subject – Submit the video evidence to your local news media and the local office of the Republication Party prior to giving it to law enforcement. Videos have been known to be erased, destroying evidence before it ever sees the light of day. Be prepared. Think Ahead.
Another avenue is to volunteer with your local Republican office to be a poll watcher. This is especially powerful if you happen to be an attorney or a member of law enforcement. There is nothing quite like the presence of an off-duty policeman or Sheriff’s Deputy, in full uniform, standing next to the election officials and watching their every move. It tends to cut down on dead people voting, the casting of multiple ballots, and ballot box stuffing.
Finally, if all else fails, dial 911. Most local law enforcement agencies are honest, trustworthy folks. They will take allegations of voter fraud seriously. Calling 911 is especially important if you see instances of voter intimidation occurring at your voting location. The Blank Panthers will likely be trying the same sort of intimidation tactics they did during the 2008 elections. Catching them doing it again will place Eric Holder right back in the hot seat, where he belongs.
Finally, if you have the financial means and the desire, you can always file a lawsuit individually, or as a class action, in the event you don’t get satisfaction from local authorities. Hopefully, the Republican Party will initiate needed lawsuits, but even if they don’t act, don’t assume that you can’t do the same.
If you are an attorney who believes in the Constitution as written by our Founding Fathers, you are encouraged to become a poll watcher, or to volunteer yourself to conservative candidates, political parties, or even individuals to provide pro bono legal services in cases of voter fraud. Some things are more important than legal fees. Defending our liberty is one of them.
One of the defining aspects of Chris Christie’s victorious election was that he amassed an army of poll watchers, including attorneys, to cover all voting locations. This cut down on voter fraud and made his victory possible.
Finally, no matter what pressure radicals such as the Black Panthers bring to bear, refuse to become intimidated. Your freedom is at stake. Evidence of that is clear in the Iraqi elections. Citizens risk torture and even death to exercise their right to vote – and they vote anyway. They know the stakes. So should we. Vote as if your life depends upon it – because it does!
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is, was and still is a very large radical Left-wing group operating throughout the country. They also have a very long history you may not realize. You can read a detailed many page history at Discover the Networks: Here are some key points:
Was the largest radical group in America, with more than 400,000 dues-paying member families and more than 1,200 chapters in 110 U.S. cities
Was implicated in numerous reports of fraudulent voter registration, vote-rigging, voter intimidation, and vote-for-pay scams during recent election cycles
Pressured banks to lend money to underqualified minority borrowers
Maintains close ties to organized labor
Calls for more government control over citizens and the economy
Favors a government monopoly in healthcare
Advocates an open-door immigration policy
Announced in March 2010 that it would officially disband as a national entity on April 1 of that year, but it continued thereafter to pursue its agendas under various names at the state level.
In this report on ACORN I am focusing on their involvement with Obama and voter fraud during his election.
ACORN has had a long, friendly relationship with Hillary Clinton, who was a featured guest speaker at the organization’s 2006 national convention. During her address, the Senator lauded ACORN for working “with people who want to organize unions in order to have a better chance to bargain collectively for pay and benefits.”
Notwithstanding its affinity for Mrs. Clinton, ACORN has even closer, more longstanding ties to Barack Obama. Thus on Feb. 21, 2008, the organization officially endorsed Obama for U.S. President. This endorsement came at the very height of Obama’s hard-fought Democratic primary battle against Hillary Clinton. Welcoming the endorsement, Obama told an audience of ACORN workers and supporters: “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues that you care about my entire career.”
Tracing ACORN’s historical ties to Obama, columnist Mona Charen writes:
“ACORN attracted Barack Obama in his youthful community organizing days. Madeline Talbott [a Chicago activist who led the aforementioned ACORN effort to storm the Chicago City Council in July 1997] hired him to train her staff — the very people who would later descend on Chicago’s banks as CRA shakedown artists. [Obama] later funneled money to [ACORN] through the Woods Fund, on whose board he sat, and through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, ditto. Obama was not just sympathetic — he was an ACORN fellow traveler.”
The New York Postreports the following about ACORN’s links to Obama:
“Chicago ACORN sought out Obama’s legal services for a ‘motor voter’ case and partnered with him on his 1992 ‘Project VOTE’ registration drive. In those years, he also conducted leadership-training seminars for ACORN’s up-and-coming organizers. That is, Obama was training the army of ACORN organizers who participated in Madeline Talbott’s drive against Chicago’s banks. More than that, Obama was funding them. As he rose to a leadership role at Chicago’s Woods Fund, he became the most powerful voice on the foundation’s board for supporting ACORN and other community organizers. In 1995, the Woods Fund substantially expanded its funding of community organizers — and Obama chaired the committee that urged and managed the shift.
“The Woods Fund report makes it clear Obama was fully aware of the intimidation tactics used by ACORN’s Madeline Talbott in her pioneering efforts to force banks to suspend their usual credit standards. Yet he supported Talbott in every conceivable way. He trained her personal staff and other aspiring ACORN leaders, he consulted with her extensively, and he arranged a major boost in foundation funding for her efforts.
“And, as the leader of another charity — the Chicago Annenberg Challenge — Obama channeled more funding Talbott’s way, ostensibly for education projects but surely supportive of ACORN’s overall efforts.
“In return, Talbott proudly announced her support of Obama’s first campaign for state Senate [in 1996], saying, ‘We accept and respect him as a kindred spirit, a fellow organizer.’”
In November 2008 Matthew Vadum revealed how ACORN, after news of its implication in voter-fraud began to surface during Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, tried to protect the Democratic candidate by covering up its own ties to him:
“In early October , as media coverage of ACORN election fraud scandals intensified, ACORN removed a smoking gun from one of its websites. This was an article that linked Obama to ACORN and to Project Vote and made clear that the two entities were joined at the hip.
“The 2004 article was by Toni Foulkes, a Chicago-based member of the ACORN national board and now a Chicago alderman, and it appeared in Social Policy, a publication of ACORN’s American Institute for Social Justice. Extolling Obama’s political organizing abilities, Foulkes described the close connections between ACORN and its affiliate, Project Vote. She wrote that ACORN ‘invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office.’ So it was only ‘natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for State Senate and then his failed bid for U.S. Congress.’ The upshot? ‘By the time he ran for U.S. Senate, we were old friends.’”
Lets look into some video connections and then look into the voter fraud allegations
“You know you’ve got a friend in me. I definately welcome ACORN’s input, you don’t have to ask me about that. I’m going to call you even if you didn’t ask me.”
“We are going to be calling all of you in to help shape the agenda”
Here’s CNN on the Obama connections to ACORN
And now the tapdance
Now, how about that voter fraud, lets look at some reports, and then the whistleblowers accounts.
CNS News: “ACORN Submitted ‘Thousands and Thousands of Phony’ Voter Registrations, County Registrar Says” Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Matthew Henderson, ACORN’s regional director for Southwest Nevada, however, said that a few duplicate and falsified forms may have slipped through ACORN’s vetting. But the group turned in between 3,000 and 4,000 tagged registration forms, Henderson said, and there is little evidence to support Lomax’s allegations that they missed “thousands.”
The Associated Press reported Friday that the New Mexico GOP found 28 people who voted fraudulently in Albuquerque during the June Democratic primary by absentee ballot. One of the ballots was cast from someone named “Duran-Duran”
The GOP’s review was conducted in House District 13 and only included 92 ballots. That means roughly a third of the ballots examined found by the GOP were fraudulent. The New Mexico GOP released 10 of their suspect ballots. They ballots did not contain required identification information such as Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers or birthdates.
PajamasMedia: “The Complete Guide to ACORN Voter Fraud” October 14, 2008
This year there have been several accusations of fraud against ACORN. Over a dozen states are investigating the organization already. Here is a complete list of the ongoing investigations:
North Carolina — State Board of Elections officials have found at least 100 voter registration forms with the same names over and over again. The forms were turned in by ACORN. Officials sent about 30 applications to the state Board of Elections for possible fraud investigation.
Ohio — The New York Post reported that a Cleveland man said he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times. The complaints have sparked an investigation by election officials into the organization, whose political wing has supported Barack Obama. Witnesses have already been subpoenaed to testify against the organization.
Nevada — Authorities raided the headquarters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now on Tuesday October 7, 2008, after a month-long investigation. The fraudulent voter registrations included the Dallas Cowboys starting line-up.
Indiana — More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana’s Lake County filled out by ACORN employees turned out to be bogus. Officials also stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.
Connecticut — Officials are looking into a complaint alleging ACORN submitted fraudulent voter registration cards in Bridgeport. In one instance, an official said a card was filled out for a 7-year-old girl, whose age was listed as 27. 8,000 cards were submitted in Bridgeport.
Missouri — The Kansas City election board is reporting 100 duplicate applications and 280 with fake information. Acorn officials agreed that at least 4% of their registrations were bogus. Governor Matt Blunt condemned the attempts by ACORN to commit voter fraud.
Pennsylvania — Officials are investigating suspicious or incomplete registration forms submitted by ACORN. 252,595 voter registrations were submitted in Philadelphia. Remarkably, 57,435 were rejected — most of them submitted by ACORN.
Wisconsin — In Milwaukee ACORN improperly used felons as registration workers. Additionally, its workers are among 49 cases of bad registrations sent to authorities for possible charges, as first reported by the Journal Sentinel.
Florida — The Pinellas County Elections supervisor says his office has received around 35 voter registrations that appear to be bogus. There is also a question of 30,000 felons who are registered illegally to vote. Their connections with ACORN are not yet clear.
Texas — Of the 30,000 registration cards ACORN turned in, Harris County tax assessor Paul Bettencourt says just more than 20,000 are valid. And just look at some of the places ACORN was finding those voters. A church just next door is the address for around 150 people. More than 250 people claim a homeless outreach center as their home address. Some listed a county mental health facility as their home and one person even wrote down the Harris County jail at the sheriff’s office.
Michigan — ACORN in Detroit is being investigated after several municipal clerks reported fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications coming through. The clerk interviewed said the fraud appears to be widespread.
New Mexico – The Bernalillo County clerk has notified prosecutors that some 1,100 fraudulent voter registration cards were turned in by ACORN.
CLEVELAND — A national organization that conducts voter registration drives for low-income people has curtailed its push in Cuyahoga County after the Board of Elections accused its workers of submitting fraudulent registration cards.
The board is investigating the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Results of the inquiry could be turned over to the county prosecutor.
Board employees said ACORN workers often handed in the same name on a number of voter registration cards, but showing that person living at different addresses. Other times, cards had the same name listed, but a different date of birth. Still another sign of possible fraud showed a number of people living at an address that turned out to be a restaurant.
ACORN is currently under investigation for fraudulent voter registration and related activities in at least 11 key battleground states.
Election officials in several states have said that 50 percent of ACORN voter registrations are fictitious.
Just last week, for example, ACORN’s offices in Nevada were raided by state law enforcement officials after reports that ACORN had registered the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys to vote in Las Vegas.
In Connecticut, a 7-year-old girl was found to have been registered to vote by ACORN, which changed her age to 27.
Local News: Drug Raid turns up ACORN worker and 7 voter registration forms
The FBI is investigating its voter registration efforts in several states, amid allegations that almost a third of the 1.3 million cards it turned in are invalid. And yesterday, a former employee of Acorn testified in a Pennsylvania state court that the group’s quality-control efforts were “minimal or nonexistent” and largely window dressing. Anita MonCrief also says that Acorn was given lists of potential donors by several Democratic presidential campaigns, including that of Barack Obama, to troll for contributions.
The Obama campaign denies it “has any ties” to Acorn, but Mr. Obama’s ties are extensive. In 1992 he headed a registration effort for Project Vote, an Acorn partner at the time. He did so well that he was made a top trainer for Acorn’s Chicago conferences. In 1995, he represented Acorn in a key case upholding the constitutionality of the new Motor Voter Act — the first law passed by the Clinton administration — which created the mandated, nationwide postcard voter registration system that Acorn workers are using to flood election offices with bogus registrations.
Ms. MonCrief testified that in November 2007 Project Vote development director Karyn Gillette told her she had direct contact with the Obama campaign and had obtained their donor lists. Ms. MonCrief also testified she was given a spreadsheet to use in cultivating Obama donors who had maxed out on donations to the candidate, but who could contribute to voter registration efforts. Project Vote calls the allegation “absolutely false.”
She says that when she had trouble with what appeared to be duplicate names on the list, Ms. Gillette told her she would talk with the Obama campaign and get a better version. Ms. MonCrief has given me copies of the donor lists she says were obtained from other Democratic campaigns, as well as the 2004 DNC donor lists.
In her testimony, Ms. MonCrief says she was upset by Acorn’s “Muscle for Money” program, which she said intimidated businesses Acorn opposed into paying “protection” money in the form of grants. Acorn’s Brian Kettering says the group only wants to change corporate behavior: “Acorn is proud of its corporate campaigns to stop abuses of working families.”
Ms. MonCrief, 29, never expected to testify in a case brought by the state’s Republican Party seeking the local Acorn affiliate’s voter registration lists. An idealistic graduate of the University of Alabama, she joined Project Vote in 2005 because she thought it was empowering poor people. A strategic consultant for Acorn and a development associate with its Project Vote voter registration affiliate, Ms. MonCrief sat in on policy-making meetings with the national staff. She was fired early this year over personal expenses she had put on the group’s credit card.
She says she became disillusioned because she saw that Acorn was run as the personal fiefdom of Wade Rathke, who founded the group in 1970 and ran it until he stepped down to take over its international operations this summer. Mr. Rathke’s departure as head of Acorn came after revelations he’d employed his brother Dale for a decade while keeping from almost all of Acorn’s board members the fact that Dale had embezzled over $1 million from the group a decade ago. (The embezzlement was confirmed to me by an Acorn official.)
“Anyone who questioned what was going on was viewed as the enemy,” Ms. MonCrief told me. “Just like the mob, no one leaves Acorn happily.”
“There’s no quality control on purpose, no checks and balances,” says Nate Toler, who worked until 2006 as the head organizer of an Acorn campaign against Wal-Mart in California. And Ms. MonCrief says it is longstanding practice to blame bogus registrations on lower-level employees who then often face criminal charges, a practice she says Acorn internally calls “throwing folks under the bus.”
Gregory Hall, a former Acorn employee, says he was told on his very first day in 2006 to engage in deceptive fund-raising tactics. Mr. Hall has founded a group called Speaking Truth to Power to push for a full airing of Acorn’s problems “so the group can heal itself from within.”
Human Events: “ACORN Whistleblowers Produce Shocking Testimony on Capitol Hill” 03/23/2009
Late last week, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, called for a hearing to investigate ACORN. You read that right. At a Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties subcommittee hearing entitled “Lessons Learned from the 2008 Election” last Thursday, witness testimony not only drew Conyers to the subcommittee hearing but events led to Conyers strongly urging that subcommittee chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) conduct a full hearing on ACORN, calling allegations made at the hearing “serious.”
Testimony also revealed ACORN’s unofficial “Muscle for the Money” program directed at fundraising from corporations. Allegations were made of payments from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to ACORN’s D.C office to harass The Carlyle Group and specifically David Rubenstein, a founder of the company. Even though ACORN D.C. had no interest in The Carlyle Group, they were allegedly paid by SEIU to go break up a banquet and protest at Rubenstein’s house.
It was called “Muscle for the Money” because they would go “intimidate people and protest.” Targets of the protests included Sherwin-Williams, H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, and Money Mart among others, testimony revealed. The apparent purpose was to get money from the targeted entities for ACORN.
Perhaps the most controversial accusation revealed by whistleblower testimony was the scheme by which ACORN and Project Vote are paid by foundations per voter registered and the submission of copies of actual voter registration cards to the foundations, which is a violation of federal law.
I spoke with whistleblower Anita MonCrief at the hearing. “ACORN itself is sometimes paid by foundations per registration and, in some case,s they would send copies of the voter registration cards straight to the funder,” MonCrief said. “Workers are improperly trained. … They are trained to never ask, ‘Are you registered to vote?’ because if the person says ‘Yes,’ they have to move on. They ask, ‘Did you vote in the last election,’ and if the person says ‘No,’ they register them again. This is how they duplicate registrations and flood the offices.”
Given the political situation the country is currently facing today, the American Conservative Union puts forth the questions of what are we [America] going to be facing this fall, and further, what role will ACORN play?
ACORN is a community organizing group which was found to have forged thousands of voter registration cards in dozens of states. Former employees of ACORN claimed that almost half of their company’s registrations were fraudulent, and their forged submissions in the previous Presidential election add up to nearly 600,000.
Whistleblower Anita Moncrief on Fox
Heres some witness/accomplice testimony reports
The ACORN fell from a poisinous Socialist tree and grew into one of it’s own. Obama had no problem associating with them, working for them, training them, and using their fraud to get elected.
Other than suing any state willing to go after illegal immigrants, the White House has done precious little to secure our borders. Lately, the Obama administration has turned to that age old arcade favorite, “whack-a-mole” for guidance.
The New York Times reports that the current administration has replaced work-place raids with audits.
While the sweeps of the past commonly led to the deportation of such workers, the “silent raids,” as employers call the audits, usually result in the workers being fired, but in many cases they are not deported.
These silent raids come down to a review of company records to ascertain the legitimacy of the workers documentation. Should a worker’s records come under suspicion, there is no investigation into the worker, the employer is asked to fire them. That’s it. No deportation, no criminal prosecution of the employer.. just fire the worker – they then pop-up at another employer with new false documents. One day a California strawberry picker, next day a Nevada meat packer..
Without substantial penalties to both the employer and worker this amounts to nothing more than forced career changes for illegal aliens (that’s old-speak for undocumented worker). The NYT article reports an underwhelming sum of $3 Million in fines against businesses that hire illegal aliens.
One sentiment is that at least this approach doesn’t break-up families where the children were born in the U.S. but the parents are here illegally. Of course, parents following the legal path to entry into the country or ending the practice of bestowing citizenship on anyone born to an illegal alien would also address this issue.
Business owners are also complaining that Americans don’t seem to want the work at the wages they are offering.
Employers say the Obama administration is leaving them short of labor for some low-wage work, conducting silent raids but offering no new legal immigrant laborers in occupations, like farm work, that Americans continue to shun despite the recession. Federal labor officials estimate that more than 60 percent of farm workers in the United States are illegal immigrants.
Of course citizens don’t want those jobs, with minimum wage, overpaid unionized labor and unemployment benefits that last almost two years.. why would they?
Is the program working? The Times article reports that a school administrator said, “There was no wave of deportations and few families left on their own for Mexico.”. So what’s the point of all this? Increasing the voter rolls for the progressives. By hook or crook, take the election. Illegal immigrants are a considerable current and future voting block for the lefties. It’s one reason that the Democrats are doing everything they can to prevent the enforcement of the Motor Voter clean-up clauses. That would force deceased voters to be removed from the rolls – registrations that tend to show up used by illegal aliens and vote fraudsters.