Obamacare navigators are clearly former ACORN employees *UPDATE*

James O’Keefe may well be one of the most important journalists out there.  This time, he’s caught a few Obamacare navigators following the ACORN model (“please, defraud the federal government and American taxpayers”):

UPDATE: And here’s the companion news story about “limitless” security risks.

Americans now have a rock and a hard place.  Their current policies are being cancelled and, no matter what laws Congress may suddenly pass, can never be reinstated.  They are gone.  As of January 1, millions of Americans will be uninsured.  If the exchanges continue to be dysfunctional, they can remain uninsured, whether or not they want to be.  But if the exchanges do function, Americans can buy insurance that not only gives less for more money, but that also exposes them to “limitless” security risks.

My liberal friends on Facebook are noticeably and notably silent about Obamacare.  I believe that they’re heeding the dictum that, if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.

Breitbart’s Big Government

For reasons that make no sense to me, I don’t go to Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government site as often as I should.  Wait, I take that back.  I know precisely why I don’t go:  it’s an incredible repository of closely researched and factually supported articles detailing the way in which the Obami conduct themselves.  What that means is that the content depresses me.

But really, that’s all the more reason for me — and everyone else  — to check it out on a regular basis.  We need to know what’s going on.  With a government this corrupt, and this intent on subverting America’s fundamental liberties, if we turn our heads away for only an instant, we risk irreparable damage.  This is the Left.  They move hard, fast and dishonestly.  Only with constant vigilance can we protect ourselves.

As f0r today’s reading at that stellar site, I’d like to recommend strongly the following articles:

AP Whitewashes My Public Statement on Whitewashed ACORN Investigation

Obama Colluding With Left to Subvert His Own Afghan War Policy

Fistgate: Barack Obama’s Safe Schools Czar’s 2000 Conference Promoted ‘Fisting’ to 14 Year-Olds

They are the perfect trio to reveal the media corruption, government corruption and politically correct education corruption that we must see and fight.

Re ACORN: What did the press know and when did it know it?

At Big Government today, Evan Coyne Maloney, another of the young conservative guns who uses modern media techniques to bring down Democratic dinosaurs, asks how it is that the media completely missed the ACORN scandal.  Maloney thinks that political correctness created the blinders media figures wore.  To the extent that ACORN is a black organization that services mostly black constituents, reporters simply were unable to make themselves say the unsayable to the American public — that it is corrupt through and through.  I think Maloney’s article is definitely worth reading, because he’s right about the media’s inability to get beyond its assumption that people of color and other “disadvantaged” people are always correct.  It’s the media’s own court of law:  innocent until proven guilty, except that we’ll never try to prove you guilty.

There is, however, a strong possibility that, as to ACORN, Maloney is being too generous when he ascribes the mental rot of political correctness to the journalistic class as a way of excusing their gross malfeasance.  Michael P. Tremoglie, who tried to break the ACORN scandal before Obama’s election, has no doubt but that the media’s wall of silence was a deliberate effort on their part to ensure that their candidate of choice would not be derailed (h/t Zhombre):

No one should believe that the liberal mainstream media “missed” the most recent ACORN scandal. They did not “miss it.”

When I broke the news on March 30 about the New York Times spiking the information they had about ACORN working with the Obama campaign (http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/30/top_stories/doc49d0a73c7f98e547489394.txt), it went national, like the current scandal, only because of the Fox News Channel and talk radio.

I was working as a journalist for the Philadelphia Bulletin* at the time. An ACORN whistleblower said that the NY Times reporter to whom she had been feeding information to about ACORN told her the editors did not want to use information about collusion between ACORN and the Obama campaign. The editors said it could be a “game changer” – meaning adversely affecting Obama’s campaign.

What’s even worse, because we’ve long suspected that the modern media shapes elections, is the scathing indictment Tremoglie levels at the Republicans:  they were complicit, because they were afraid they’d be called racists.  In other words, it wasn’t media political correctness that kept the lid on the story, it was Republican political correctness.

Republicans continue to confound me with their stupidity when it comes to labels.  They haven’t figured out that, no matter what they do, the MSM will tar them as racist, sexist, homophobic warmongers.  If you’re going to be lambasted anyway, at least do something principled to earn the name-calling from your political enemies.  Instead, though, the Republicans always fall meekly in line, and then preserve a gentlemanlike silence when their “good intentions” are ignored, and the insults come flying anyway.

It’s not just aphids — the whole ACORN plant (nut? fruit?) is poisonous

I’m a migraine sufferer, but otherwise a very healthy person.  I’ve always likened my migraines to aphids on an otherwise healthy plant — they’re external to the real me, although they can cause plenty of damage. 

This LA Times editorial, which has the decency to recognize just how appalling the ACORN exposes are, nevertheless advances the argument that ACORN is a great organization with a few external bad actors — aphids, if you will — causing damage.  I believe that the LAT is wrong:  ACORN isn’t a laudable organization with a few wild cards at its front desks.  Instead, the basic premise of the organization, which is to suck the government dry, is corrupt.  Fundamentally speaking, ACORN is poisonous.  The organizers we see aren’t foreign to its nature — they represent its core being.

Gotta run, so I can’t develop this further, but I think you get my point.

ACORN and government control

When I was in high school, we spent a great deal of time studying Tammany Hall, not just because the school wanted us to understand that government is inherently corrupt, but because of the charming George Washington Plunkitt and his wonderful autobiography, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall.  In it, with almost child-like innocence, he freely confesses to the most heinous kind of political corruption, always assuring his emanuensis (a newspaper reporter who lucked out with the interview) that he wasn’t really corrupt at all — he was just serving the people or taking intelligent advantage of available opportunities.

ACORN lacks that charm, but is in every way Tammany Hall’s equal.  Indeed, ACORN far surpasses Tammany Hall, in that it’s not just a single corrupt political entity, but is, instead, a far-reaching organization that touches every aspect of American political life, and always in the most criminal and corrupt ways.  If it were just a money skimming organization, this corruption might be disgusting, but tolerable.  What makes it so appalling, and so anti-Democratic, though, is that it’s fashioned itself into an arm of the Democratic party, and has used its illegal practices to affect the outcome of elections.  (I count myself amongst those who believe that Al Franken’s presence in the Senate comes about, not because he was elected by a majority of voters, but because ACORN controlled voting, and a partisan Democratic controlled the Secretary of State’s office.)

My screed here about ACORN doesn’t arise in a vacuum.  As Earl Aagaard reminded me, just last week, IBD wrote an editorial about the results of a congressional investigation into ACORN’s doings, and the facts are not pretty:

[The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's] more-than-80-page report charges that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn) uses “a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities” — 361 different entities in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia, amounting to a “shell game” that “diverts taxpayer and tax-exempt monies into partisan political activities.”

The group has over the last 15 years received in excess of $53 million in federal funds. Moreover, as the report warns, “under the Obama administration, Acorn stands to receive a whopping $8.5 billion in available stimulus funds.”

Acorn’s improprieties, of course, are not news. As Issa’s report notes, a third of the 1.3 million voter registration cards the organization solicited and presented in 2008 ended up being null and void; the group has been investigated for voter registration fraud in places such as Connecticut, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio.

You’d think that, with this level of corruption, someone — the media, politicians, etc., would be up in arms, but you’d be wrong.  They’d be up in arms if this was a money or sex corruption issue.  However, since it’s a corruption issue that strongly favors one political party over the other, and that party just happens to control the House, the Senate and the White House, the response is different:  as you see, Obama is funneling almost $9 billion dollars to his friends.

In addition, as you’ve read before, ACORN is going to control the upcoming census:

Yet this corrupt outfit has actually been signed up as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to help recruit the nearly 1.5 million workers who will count and classify our 306 million population for 2010. It’s like getting a car thief to manage a parking garage.

You can imagine that the census numbers will permanently create vast Democratic voting districts, and identify funding needs that serve only Democratic products.  If this keeps going, by 2011, we’ll have lapsed permanently into a Banana Republic, headed by the chief banana himself, Barack Obama.

If you’re not worried, you should be.