This week’s dumbass quote of the week is from our old friend Joseph Farah, grand poobah of the Worldnutdaily. He not only repeats the ridiculous lie that the stimulus bill contains billions of dollars for ACORN, he ratchets up the rhetoric well beyond the absurd level:
But it has been thought out. I want you to know that. This program, along with the whole of the so-called “stimulus” bill, has been considered carefully. No member of Congress may have read the bill. But that bill was written by someone. The programs it creates have been in the works for years. Money is being handed out to people who helped get Obama and the Democrats elected. Groups like ACORN, the shock troops and brown shirts of their movement, are being paid off with billions of dollars.
I’m not a fan of this stimulus bill. I have serious concerns about whether it’s a good idea. But the arguments the Republicans have been using against it are so idiotic that it almost makes me think it must be great. They’re just flat out lying, claiming that the bill contains a “sin express” between LA and Las Vegas, a healthcare rationing board and billions for ACORN. FactCheck.org debunks this last claim completely.
The bill does include funds for which ACORN would be eligible to compete – against hundreds of other groups. But most is for a housing rehabilitation program ACORN says it never applied for in the past and won’t in the future.
The two programs ACORN is eligible (along with hundreds of other organizations) to apply for, the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), were both signed into law by Republicans presidents, one by Ford and one by Bush the Younger. This bill does increase funding for the two programs, but 80% of that funding goes to the NSP, which ACORN has never applied for and has no intention of applying for. They have received a grand total of $1.6 million from the CDBG program over the last 4 years.
David Vitter says that ACORN is getting billions of dollars in the stimulus bill for a “political payoff.” Then again, Vitter’s idea of a stimulus bill is the amount he pays in a month for hookers to dress him up in diapers.