Sunday, September 20, 2009

Meg Rogers: Whitehouse’s indefensible ACORN vote

From the September 20 printed version of the Projo Letter to Editor (online September 17):

By Meg Rogers of Narragansett, RI:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse tries to explain his vote to keep funding ACORN by stating "if we tried to shut down every organization, nonprofit, or company that was embarrassed by the actions of a few employees, we wouldn’t have many left.” You are in denial, Senator.

Apparently the senator is unaware that two months ago, Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued issued a 88-page report on ACORN’s activities.  The report states that "ACORN has repeatedly and and deliberately engaged in systemic fraud."

"Both structurally and operationally, Acorn hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American public."

With the recent exposure of ACORN advising people how to defraud the government in furtherance of child prostitution and human trafficking, ACORN itself has called the actions of "some of its employees "indefensible" and ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said she is "ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review."

Senator Whitehouse takes pride in extolling his ability to root out corruption and extols his virtue in being a crime fighter.  His vote to keep funding ACORN’s questionable and most likely criminal activities is proof that he can no longer be taken seriously.  His vote is a disservice to the people of Rhode Island and our nation. Shame on you, Senator. Your vote is indefensible!

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