In Favor Of Skepticism Regarding ACORN

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 28, 2009

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I am all for the enforcement of contracts, but given the smell of corruption about ACORN, and the many legitimate concerns that have come to the fore concerning its operations, perhaps it would be best that there be an independent investigation into ACORN’s activities before the federal government shovels money ACORN’s way, even if that money were due under contract.

However, the Obama Administration is in favor of paying ACORN, and asking no questions. There is no talk of investigation–either on the part of the Justice Department, or of Congress–into ACORN’s activities.

It’s bad enough that the see-no-evil/hear-no-evil/speak-no-evil attitude exists at the federal level. But to add insult to injury, it also exists at the state level. This despite the fact that ACORN’s activities in California give one serious cause for worry. It’s clear that the organization is hunkering down and preparing for a cover-up, and while some of what it is doing constitutes the ordinary damage control an organization under siege engages in, large-scale document dumps in the trash ought to raise a few eyebrows, and certainly ought to be investigated, given that there is no longer any expectation of privacy concerning those documents once they are dumped in the trash.

It is necessary to cast a skeptical eye towards ACORN for the foreseeable future, given all of the shenanigans in which it has been engaged. But Jerry Brown is happy to turn a blind eye to the whole matter on the state level, and the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats clearly pine for a return to the status quo ante on the federal level. Those who think that politicians are a shady class, just got one more data point in favor of their arguments.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveFs Jeff Sites

    If our federal government can't write contracts that allow for non-payment (even for already completed services) in the event of legal or ethical missteps, then we need new contract negotiators.

  • http://twitter.com/FiveFs Jeff Sites

    If our federal government can't write contracts that allow for non-payment (even for already completed services) in the event of legal or ethical missteps, then we need new contract negotiators.

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