I have a good news to report; Glenn Beck appears closer to suicide – I’m hoping that he does it on camera; suicide is rampant in his family, and given his alcoholism and his tendencies towards self-destruction, I am only hoping that when Glenn Beck does put a gun to his head and pulls the trigger, that it will be on television, because somebody will capture it on YouTube and it will be the most popular video for months.
Several organizations left, right, and center deserve singling out for their principled and unwavering dedication to transparency, open government, and accountability. This book drew on the vital research by the National Right to Work Foundation, Capital Research Center, Employment Policy Institute, and Center for Responsive Politics. Many individual whistleblowers provided invaluable information, but I’d like to give special thanks to Anita MonCrief for her enormous courage and vigilance on ACORN corruption –and to Mike Gaynor and Matthew Vadum for their foresight and insight in reporting on the story when no one else would. [emphasis added]
I scored several endnotes too. Blogger extraordinaire Robert Stacy McCain also received special thanks in the acknowledgments section. (Be sure to read the long article on ACORN I have in the August Townhall magazine. It’s the cover story.)
Glenn Beck interviewed Malkin yesterday on his radio show and on his TV show about her book which as of today is #1 in sales at Amazon.com.
On TV Malkin said the radical left-wing group ACORN and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are in the forefront of an effort to radically transform America and are “intimately” and “inextricably” linked. The far-left SEIU is “a union that has remade itself in the 21st century to recruit the next generation of Democrat and hard-left foot soldiers,” she said.
Here is the video from the “Glenn Beck Program”:
Shameless plug: I’ve been on the “Glenn Beck Program,” the “G. Gordon Liddy Show,” and plenty of other programs many times talking about ACORN. Videos may be found here, and audio podcasts may be found here.
Recently on his TV program Glenn Beck noted that Sunstein co-wrote Nudge, a paternalistic book in which he argued that people need to be encouraged to make the right choices in their personal lives.
On the show David Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom described Sunstein as a close friend of President Obama’s who happens to be a “raving animal rights nut.”
“He is a philosopher in the mold of Peter Singer,” explained Martosko. Singer, an animal rights fanatic who embraces infanticide,recently wrote in a New York Times op-ed that healthcare rationing (for people) is both moral and good public policy.
Martosko said Sunstein, whom the president has nominated to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Budget and Management, believes “government has to lead you by the nose in every facet of life.” Sunstein believes that all of your rights exist only because the federal government allows you to have them, he said.
I think I just heard Glenn Beck saying on the “Glenn Beck Program” that a congressional committee is coming out with some kind of a report that finds that ACORN committed various illegal acts including racketeering.
He didn’t elaborate but said he would reveal details on his TV show tomorrow.
I’m guessing the report comes from the Republican minority on a committee.
The left-wing character assassins at Media Matters for America highlight a brief July 13 segment from Glenn Beck’s radio show in an effort to make Beck look ridiculous.
The ACORNs of the world, that’s not, that is not about voter registration. That is about framework. That is about community organizing. That is about getting people to stand up and extort other people. It is, in the future, those kinds of organizations will be about riots, planned riots.
In fact Beck is correct. He describes both the tactics of the leftist Machiavelli Saul Alinsky and the Cloward-Piven Strategy of orchestrated crisis that was long ago embraced by ACORN. ACORN founder Wade Rathke acknowledges at page 122 of his new book Citizen Wealth the debt that the so-called welfare rights movement owes to Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven for devising the “overwhelm the system” strategy for radical political change.
Rathke, who was booted out of ACORN last year for his role in covering up his brother’s nearly $1 million embezzlment from the group for eight years, calls the strategy “an exciting call to arms.”
Never forget that Media Matters, which I profiled in Townhall magazine (read the article here), was founded and is headed by serialliarDavid Brock.
Media Matters is the journalistic equivalent of a roving, extremely well-funded death squad.
After Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) used a procedural trick in the U.S. Senate to torpedo a longshot legislative bid that would have had the Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit the Federal Reserve Board, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) expressed his disappointment on the “Glenn Beck Program”:
Frankly, a lot of us here in this country and around the world, are concerned that we’re going to destroy the American dollar and the worldwide reserve currency.
DeMint told substitute host Judge Andrew Napolitano that
If we could get the Federal Reserve under control, it would make it more difficult for the Obama administration, I think, to carry out the continued spending and growing of debt.
Fed deputy chairman Donald Kohn is opposed to the idea. He told a congressional hearing that auditing the primary institutional enabler of Big Government in America would interfere with Fed processes.
If the GAO, a congressional agency, were authorized to audit the Fed, that “could cast a chill on monetary policy deliberations,” Kohn said.
I have learned that after testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on March 19, Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) Vice President Heather Heidelbaugh today responded to a request for additional information about ACORN from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), a member of the committee. (letter available here as PDF)
Heidelbaugh had testified at the hearing about ACORN’s many misdeeds. At the time, committee chairman John Conyers (D-Michigan) said the allegations were “a pretty serious matter” and that an investigation was warranted. Heidelbaugh’s testimony about ACORN was largely based on evidence provided by ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief in her testimony in a 2008 Pennsylvania lawsuit called Moyer v. Cortes. (331-page transcript available here as PDF)
Heidelbaugh had testified in Congress that the nonprofit group violated a host of tax, campaign finance, and other laws. She said the presidential campaign of Barack Obama sent ACORN its “maxed out donor list” and asked two of the avowedly nonpartisan group’s employees “to reach out to the maxed out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN.” The New York Times had the donor list story but editors there spiked it the month before the election, she said, repeating the assertion on “The O’Reilly Factor” two weeks later.
Here are the two questions posed by Lee and the short versions of the answers from Heidelbaugh (as provided in an RNLA press release available here):
Q. Do you think ACORN staff was simply untrained and that there was no systematic attempt by ACORN to engage in voter fraud?
A. Based on the evidence I have seen, my opinion is that the ACORN staff were not adequately trained to conduct proper voter registration drives. Further, I question whether the system of compensation in place for the staff obtaining voter registration cards both for the worker and for ACORN encouraged voter registration fraud. It is also my opinion based on the evidence that I have seen that it was not a simple matter of poor training. Lastly, it is my opinion based on the evidence I have seen from the King County Settlement Agreement, the testimony in the Pennsylvania case, and the news reports from other criminal investigations that ACORN as an organization has either willfully failed to properly train its workers or grossly negligently failed to train its workers. Further information is needed in order to determine which is closer to the actual scenario. In addition, since ACORN operated voter registration drives in so many states, each state or local operation may differ in its training efforts.
Q. Do the workers with ACORN get paid based upon how many registrations they complete?
A. There have been widespread allegations from former ACORN employees that ACORN does pay its employees on a per registration basis and has imposed a quota system upon its employees. These allegations have been raised in states including Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. These allegations have been the basis of charges brought against ACORN representatives in the state of Nevada.
If you wish to read Heidelbaugh’s complete answers to Rep. Lee, they are available here as a PDF.
On May 4 Conyers mysteriously backed away from plans for a probe the same week a raft of new voter registration fraud charges were laid against ACORN and its ex-employees in Nevada and Pennsylvania. Last week Conyers cryptically remarked that he wasn’t going to proceed with an investigation because “the powers that be decided against it.” He refused to elaborate.
Incidentally, the chairman of the RNLA, David Norcross, was on the “Glenn Beck Program” last night talking about ACORN, the Secretary of State Project, and their role in electing Al Franken, the incoming second Democratic senator representing Minnesota. Here is the video clip:
Note: On July 3, I obtained the above referenced Jackson Lee letter dated June 17 and added a link to it above.