From Pajamas Media:
ACORN and other radical left-wing groups would be eligible for up to $15 billion in federal funding if President Obama’s new economic stimulus package becomes law.
Now that public polling shows Americans are realizing that economic stimulus programs don’t work, the Obama administration is calling the latest round of futile stimulus a “jobs bill.” In a sense it really is a jobs bill: a jobs bill for Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizers.
The draft legislation, which had not yet been introduced in Congress at press time, makes ACORN, Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), and a phalanx of leftist groups that regularly feed at the public trough eligible for funding…
With the left getting rebellious over Obama’s failure to turn America fully socialist, Obama has to do something to recover their support…and there is nothing a leftist likes better than some taxpayer swag. To be sure, this doesn’t mean that all $15 billion so earmarked would go to ACORN and similar groups, but with that much cash flowing you know that such groups would pick up at least hundreds of millions…and, perhaps, billions.
This is probably part of the reason Obama wants it passed as is – if he can’t payoff his supporters, there is simply no upside to the bill. It won’t improve the economy, it won’t create jobs…it won’t, that is, do anything to help Obama in the larger sense, so it had better at least solidify his leftist support. If the GOP is allowed a say, then the payoffs won’t be in the final bill.
Kill this bill – don’t even think about passing it. Pass a GOP jobs bill out of the House and let Reid kill that in the Senate, or Obama veto it after passage. We have no reason to work with the President and the Democrats, at all, because their efforts are not directed at helping America, but at helping themselves. Let the people decide in 2012 what they want – legislation which is just a payoff for cronies, or legislation that will actually help the United States.