The audacity of Congressional Democrats and ACORN is breathtaking. Last week, in the midst of the ACORN scandals nationwide, the Dems not only ignored the allegations about giving illegal tax counsel and mortgage information to a pretend pimp and prostitute, they elevated ACORN. Indeed, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) found a way to include ACORN reps on a financial oversight board, giving them a seat at the table of deciding the nation's financial future.
The Washington Examiner's Byron York did an excellent job of explaining exactly how the ACORN con got around Congr. Michelle Bachmann, who has emerged as ACORN's #! Congressional enemy. Waters' introduced legislation affecting the members of the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency's Oversight Board, and Bachmann misguessed and targeted instead the CFPA's Advisory Board. Waters found her way around Bachmann's anti-ACORN language this way ...
...On Thursday, Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters introduced an amendment that would add five members, not to the Advisory Board, but to the Oversight Board, with all five chosen from among "experts in the fields of consumer protection, fair lending and civil rights, representatives of depository institutions that primarily serve underserved communities, or representatives of communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgage loans." That description could easily fit ACORN, or any number of other pro-Democratic groups. In any event, these new members would serve alongside the top officials from the Fed, FDIC, HUD, and the rest of the Oversight Board. Waters did not waste her time with the lower-level Advisory Board; she went straight for the top, the Oversight Board.
All the time Cong. Bachmann was focused on keeping ACORN off the less-important Advisory Board. And Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank knew all along what was going on. York writes ...
"We are simply trying to make sure that [Bachmann's] amendment does not inadvertently undo the amendment the gentlewoman from California previously offered," Frank said, before quickly ordering a vote on the amendments. The committee approved both Bachmann's and Waters'. The result was that the Oversight Board will be expanded with members of community organizations, including ACORN. Democrats did not seem to mind that ACORN was banned from the less-important Advisory Board.
But, Bachmann said, there will be another chance on the House floor to clean up the ACORN mess. If they aren't successful, ACORN in all its arrogance will sit among the nation's top crediters to demand and determine where our money will go as they endeavor to protect their own taxpayer-provided funding and fester with our already fragile national banking system.
It's enough to keep you awake at night, isn't it? Instead, email or call your Congressman and tell him or her to keep ACORN and her associated SEIU bullies away from the money table.