Lewis, Scott vote to keep funding ACORN

The House just this afternoon voted 345 to 75 to withdraw federal funding for scandal-plagued ACORN, after a similar measure passed the Senate 83 to 7 on Monday.

ACORN has been embarrassed by a string of videos revealing that employees in at least five cities counseled a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute on how to evade various laws. But two of Georgia’s 13 members of the House saw fit anyway to continue giving federal funds to the outfit: John Lewis and David Scott.

I’ll post whatever explanations Reps. Lewis and Scott offer for their votes when I can.

Full House roll call is available here.

48 comments Add your comment

jconservative

September 17th, 2009
3:55 pm

I hope this does not come as a surprise, but a majority of the constituents of Scott & Lewis could care less on the ACORN vote.

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 17th, 2009
4:18 pm

Agree with jconservative, This should surprise no one. Unfortunately, most people don’t mind a little shady dealing as long as it’s their guy doing the shady dealing. If it’s the other side’s guy, they have a hissy fit. Just human nature I guess.

David Axelfraud

September 17th, 2009
4:42 pm

Scott and Lewis are both racists.

Kayaker 71

September 17th, 2009
4:52 pm

How did Bookman put it…blind racial loyalty. These two sorry excuses for Representatives are only reflecting what their constituents want to see…. more blind racial loyalty. Who are the racists here?

holton

September 17th, 2009
5:06 pm

SCOTT IS AN IGNORANT CROOK! ARRRG WHY CAN”T I BE REPRESENTED BY SOMEONE WITH HALF A BRAIN!!!!

Brad Steel

September 17th, 2009
5:16 pm

That’s because funding ACORN will get them some of that hot Mexican hooker action!

These guys know who will butter their tamale’.

Yeah hot hooker action!

Jim Wilson

September 17th, 2009
5:20 pm

The corruption at ACORN is without question!! What is to be questioned is how any representative or senator could vote to keep funding support. It would seem that Scott and Lewis are color blinded!!

David Axelfraud

September 17th, 2009
8:16 pm

Kyle, this is the best video. Ever. If you get a chance, watch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoeuh-EGj7s

Tall

September 17th, 2009
9:36 pm

Enter your comments here

David:

You’re right. When was that speech given? Was ist back in the Goldwater days.?

David Axelfraud

September 17th, 2009
10:02 pm

Tall, 1964 rendezvous with destiny. Obama is destroying this country and has just given in to Russia. Sad day in America. This is the worst president this country has ever had.

Reagan was right.

Michael H. Smith

September 17th, 2009
10:56 pm

Oooooooooooooooooooh! Lookie, lookie, the blogs all the sudden wake up to ACORN. The mainstream fringe media finally arrives.

All “the tentacles” of ACORN should be investigated. Especially those “corrupt unions” like SEIU.

Next up: Get ready for the Obama Czars.

Sad thing is no one is holding Congress to account for giving away our tax money to shoddy corrupt entities, like ACORN. Sadder still is the news media of this country that has either sold out to the corruption or simply has become so numb to it that it is now part and parcel of it. chirp, chirp

Michael Honohan

September 17th, 2009
11:46 pm

Nothing funnier than a white right-winger calling black people racists. John Lewis is likely one of the least racist people in Congress. He has more than few white conservative who regard him highly as an person. Of course black people generally view racism along the lines of hateful actions by white supremecists, whereas white people who call black people racists generally view racism as black people expecting equality or some compensation for what got their people where they are today.

What some people at ACORN did was wrong and it is right for the government to cut them off. Note that to date, the only actual cut-off was performed by the Executive Branch – headed by a black man.

People do bad things. I didn’t see any Republicans ask to have Karl Rove removed after the disgustingly low things he did to John McCain in 2000. ACORN has done plenty of good things for the black community and you don’t jettison your friend because they did a few things bad. Loyalty is just as honorable among black people as white people. You have be real ignorant if you don’t think Republicans would support a conservative group that was caught in a similar situation. What Republican is speaking out against the C-Street House? What Republican spoke out against Roves K-Street Project?

The funniest part about Crackerville is that on most issues, the majority of black people – a signficant church-growing group – sides with conservatives. If Republicans would clamp down on the racist rednecks that infest the dark corners and crevices of the GOP, they could get a much larger share of the black vote. I muyself know quite a few black Republicans and know there could be more. As little regard as I have for Dubya Bush, I can attest that he likely does not have a racist bone in his body. White conservatives could learn that much from their hero.

Michael Honohan

September 18th, 2009
12:07 am

Goldwater? You Rush Limbaugh/Fox News/Sarah Palin numnuts bear absolutely no resemblance to the type of conservativism expressed by Barry and Ronald Reagan! (Not even on the same planet as William F Buckley!) You fool yourselves!

The ultimate insult: Ronald Reagan, while certainly no Washington, Jefferson, or Lincoln, was one of the greatest president of modern times. And these wing-nut ran around called George W Bush the Greatest President ever! And those same people now want the dumbest woman in politics to be president. I use to think you couldn’t find a dumber woman in politics than Nancy Pelosi till Palin came along. You mean to tell me you can’t find one person in the GOP smarter than Sarah Palin?!? Here is what would be hilarious: a debate between Sarah Palin and John E Sununu. And for those of you who hate Obama so much, if you didn’t force McCain to choose a far-right person for the ticket, he may have selected Romney. With the economic meltdown happehing before the election, Romney on the ticket would have meant a shoe in for McCain. I certainly would have voted that ticket along with a lot of my fellow independent swing voters. Sorry be we could not stomach the thought of her sitting behind the desk of McCain keeled over. Bush was a mental giant compared to her. At least he went to Yale and Harvard.

Public Option Now.

September 18th, 2009
12:39 am

2 employees who are fired don’t characterize years of ACORN. I haven’t seen the AJC go down every time someone was fired there for dishonesty or criminal behaviro.ng

Let’s see Mr. Wing–approximately 250 Republicans have gone or are going to federal prison associated with Republicans in Congress and some of them are Republicans who were in Congress. Are you advocating ending Congress?

Quit obsessing with an ACORN artifact. Karen Handel and Repubozos in 27 states tried to foreclose voting rights and lost federal cases in every one of them last year. I’d be happy to link you to all the briefs. In fact I will.

http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/topics/index.php?ID=5

algonquin J. Calhoun

September 18th, 2009
12:51 am

Ronald Reagan should have been executed for treasonously sending weapons to the Iranians after they had blown up the Marine Barracks, killing 241 Americans! I met Goldwater in 1967 and I really liked him. He would never get elected in today’s environment. He was an honest man and he said what he thought. He wasn’t for sale and today it’s hard to find politicians that aren’t ho’ing out. In today’s world, Hannity and Limburger would crucify him for independent thinking!

Chris M.

September 18th, 2009
4:45 am

What explanation do they owe anybody? They voted the right way.

I couldn’t possibly put it any better than blogger Anonymous Liberal :

“The current conservative-generated hysteria over ACORN is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with both of our major political parties and the general state of our political discourse. …

“First, let’s take a step back and consider just what ACORN is. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and improve the lives of poor people. … Since its founding the 70s, ACORN and its employees and volunteers have fought successfully to, among other things, increase minimum wages across the country, increase the quality of public education in poor areas, and protect people from predatory lending practices. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, ACORN helped rebuild thousands of homes and assisted victims in relocating and finding housing outside of New Orleans. The ACORN activity that has drawn the most conservative ire is its voter registration efforts which, consistent with ACORN’s mission, are primarily aimed at low-income voters (who tend to vote Democratic). …

“[E]ven if you take these film-makers at face value and assume the worst, the reality is that ACORN has thousands of employees and the vast majority of them spend their days trying to help poor people through perfectly legal means (and receive very little compensation for doing so). …

“That the GOP and its conservative supporters would single out this particular organization for such intense demonization is telling. In September of last year, the entire world came perilously close to complete financial catastrophe. We’re still not out of the woods and we’re deep within one of the worst recessions in U.S. history. This situation was brought about by the recklessness and greed of our banks and financial institutions, most of which had to be bailed out at enormous cost to the American taxpayer (exponentially more than all of the tax dollars given to ACORN over the years). The people who brought about this near catastrophe, for the most, profited immensely from it. These very same institutions, propped up by the American taxpayer, are once again raking in large profits.

“But rather than focus their anger on these folks, conservatives choose to go after an organization composed almost entirely of low-paid community organizers, an organization that could never hope to have even a small fraction of the clout or the ability to affect the overall direction of the country that Wall Street bankers have.”

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
8:21 am

People defending, rationalizing and marginalizing corruption is the most telling demon of all.

Shame that old Faux Noise allowed Great Van Susteren to cover the Bank America fraud.

Soon we’ll even hear people condemning Benito Mussolini again for making the trains run on time in Italy.

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
8:47 am

Michael Honohan says: Nothing funnier than a white right-winger calling black people racists

Then says: The funniest part about Crackerville

Kyle Wingfield, Now you said you would not tolerate bigoted remarks. Well, here is a bigot who says that white people are jumping the gun on calling blacks racist ALL WHILE CALLING WHITE PEOPLE CRACKERS!!!!!!!!!

PRICELESS!

Jimmy62

September 18th, 2009
8:47 am

Lest we forget, ACORN was also involved in the fraudulent registration of hundreds of thousands of fake voters. They are corrupt in a systemic fashion and everything they do is now suspect. If they seemed like they were willing to really clean house and adopt practices to prevent these sorts of things, I might be ok with them continuing taking taxpayer money, but when their response to all this is, “Fox News is evil and we fired two people,” they obviously aren’t taking their problems seriously. There are plenty of good organizations that help poor people and are not corrupt from top to bottom and do not advise people on the sex trade, but ACORN is not one of them. Their defenders must have a financial interest in ACORN, because the list of corrupt acts is too long to ignore.

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
8:48 am

Michael H. Smith, awwwwwwwwww, someone is jealous of another right wing media source. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, go change your own diapers, bed wetter!

Dunwoody Mike

September 18th, 2009
9:02 am

Jimmy,
Proof that the registrations that ACORN provided were accepted by voter registration boards, and not rejected as fakes would be nice please.

Shawny

September 18th, 2009
9:07 am

Shame on these crooks.

Jack

September 18th, 2009
9:41 am

Lewis & Scott voted for ACORN in order to keep their jobs. No big mystery there.

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
9:42 am

Axelfraud, is that diaper rash killing you this morning? It sounds like it must be. Who cares about this wing that wing or any other when corruption, corrupt media and corrupt government is the true concern. Worse is those who accept it, excuse it or try to explain it away rather than exposing it and demand prosecuting it to the fullest extent of the law.

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
9:50 am

What’s really going on with the Federal water mismanagement out in California? Another case of kill the farmer, save the fish. The environmental nut-job loonies would have America importing everything we eat, similar to the way they want all oil imported into this country by stopping domestic drilling. Ever wonder about these groups? Bet they get U.S. taxpayer dollars for their support similar to ACORN.

Churchill's MOM

September 18th, 2009
10:23 am

Yesterday you were a CONSERVATIVE, today you are a RINO, make up your mind Wingboy.

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
10:29 am

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
10:34 am

How little do the party wing dependent realize CONSERVATISM is not the sole property of any political party.

Nothing like the freedom of being an Independent.

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
11:39 am

Michael H. Smith, diaper rash? I’m not the one crying about Fox News.

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
11:44 am

Michael H. Smith, no one ever said conservatism was. But guess what, when conservatism is used the way it should be it works every time. Mccain, Bush and every other neocon rode on Reagans coattails and pretended to be conservative all while trashing it. Being an independent just means you don;t really stand for anything. Good luck with that.

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
12:12 pm

Ever hear tell of using sarcasm, Axelfraud? Guess not. You are the only one crying.

Being Independent means you don’t have to stand for foolishness or false accusations no matter who makes them or under what label they are being made including being condemned for speaking against anything that is clearly wrong, like corruption. Least of all does an Independent need some lecture from a party-blind-hack who thinks they alone solely define the conservative philosophy.

Who needs luck when the truth does the best job in pointing garbage.

Jason Davis

September 18th, 2009
12:18 pm

Conservatives dont exist. Republicans are a bunch of worthless, lying and self-serving politicians who dont give a crap about real fiscal conservatism. Cut the ACORN funding. I dont care. Wake up you friggin idots. We are broke. Too many jobs are gone. The top 1% of Americans have the same wealth as the other 90% because dumb ass Republicans screw the middle class and run up our national debt to $11 trillion with their tax cuts and lack of true fiscal constraint.

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
12:22 pm

Doesn’t take garbage long to appear when it is pointed out. There is a big pile of it under the two major political party banners.

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
12:24 pm

Michael H. Smith, HA! So why did you vote for Obama?

Ga Values

September 18th, 2009
12:37 pm

As usual our Socialist Senators are wasting taxpayer money, johnny is onboard & Saxby will be as soon as the check arrives. When are you going to get on the case of these 2 RINOs?

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R.-Ga. is among a handful of lawmakers pushing for a six-month extension of the $8,000 first-time homebuyers tax credit.

The credit, set to expire Dec. 1., was introduced last year as a way to spark a rebound of the sluggish housing market. Cardin along with Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.; Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., ; and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced a bill Wednesday evening pushing the extension.

http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2009/09/14/daily97.html?surround=lfn

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
12:37 pm

Kyle, this is just too funny. CNN can’t catch a break even when its best anchor is on Jeopardy.

Watch the video. It’s so funny.

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/0909/wolf_bombs_on_jeopardy.html

12Gauge

September 18th, 2009
2:22 pm

ACORN/SEIU are Criminal Enterprises constucted by Leftists looking to use Minorities to gain Money from Government. Plain & simple, to think otherwise is not logical thinking but rather wishful ponderings into the Pie-sky realm. Yes ACORN has done some things to help, but it’s all been cover to gain more & more tax dollars to enrich the 2 white men (Rathke brothers) at the top.

The message has already gone out throughout the ACORN/SEIU groups that if it all comes to disaster and they are disbanded, they will simply reform under a new name. ACORN/SEIU are like roaches in the kitchen when the light is turned on, they scatter, but will still be there in the shadows. It’s time for massive investigations on the state & federal levels and prosecutions & jailtime for all that contribute to the RICO Violations.

Michael H. Smith

September 18th, 2009
2:47 pm

Axelfraud, not only are you clueless you are plain dumb if you even in the slightest sense think I voted for Obama. Your name suites you well, Fraud.

Michael Honohan

September 18th, 2009
3:20 pm

David Axelfraud: Ok, Here is something you can go and cry to Kyle about you overgrown child – You are dumber than stump. Crackerville does not refer to white people in general. Crackers are a subset of southern culture from the South Georgia and North Florida coastline. (Here, educate yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_cracker). Sure they may be white, but they do not represent white people in general. Today, we use the term to refer to that segment of southern society that prides itself on being white and ignorant.

Now since I am white and married to a white woman from Brunswick Georgia, in other words an actual Cracker, how does that make me a bigot. I don’t know you personally, but based on your postings, I bet you are indeed a resident of Crackerville.

Now go cry to your daddy and leave the discourse to knowledgeable people with intelligence.

(OK, Kyle, I apologize to you, but this guy is a piece of work and exactly the kind of “conservative” that sets the movement back)

Michael Honohan

September 18th, 2009
3:34 pm

Ok, back with the name calling. I can see by ban coming!

Being and independent means you stand for nothing! What a RETARD!!!

I am fiercely Independent. I always spelling with a captital “I”. What I stand for is my own independent voice. What I stand against is an entrenched sheep mentality of the two party system – found NOWHERE in the Constitution. General Washington hated the concept of parties, he truly believe all Americans should be Independents.

Let me tell you what two groups in America stand for nothing:

Democrats
Republicans

Any truly thinking American can only be an Independent. We have no allegiance to any party, our allegiance is only to the United States of America and its Constition. But above all what I stand for is to put both parties on notice that we will not vote blinding for one ticket or the other, we will vote for the candidate based on individual merit and for his willingness not to work for his party, but to do the work for The American People. Last election, Obama got my vote, but so did Johnny Isakson and Tom Price (Ok, Isakson was back in ‘04, but you get the point). For the record, if McCain did not get saddle with the ultra-partisan dumbass Palin, he would have gotten my vote, too.

Kyle Wingfield

September 18th, 2009
3:46 pm

Axelfraud and Honohan: Knock it off. If you can’t keep to the issues, keep quiet.

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
4:00 pm

Kyle, now maybe you want to say the same thing to Michael H. Smith. Remember, I didn’t call him clueless and dumb. Curious as to why you are singling me out today.

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
4:02 pm

Kyle Wingfield, again, Honohan calls me retarded yet I have not called him anything.

Again, why are you bringing me into this? I simply called him out for his cracker comment and you call me out. Been hanging out with Bookman have we?

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
4:03 pm

Michael Honohan writes: You are dumber than stump. AND: What a RETARD!!!

Now Kyle, tell me what I have written that constitutes as name calling?

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
4:08 pm

Michael Honohan writes: this guy is a piece of work and exactly the kind of “conservative” that sets the movement back.

Hmmmmmmmm, I set the conservative movement back? Really? And how in hell do you know that, cracker jack?

David Axelfraud

September 18th, 2009
4:13 pm

Michael Honohan, LOLOLOLOLOLOL

YOU CALL YOURSELF AN INDEPENDENT WHO AGREES WITH WASHINGTON.

YET YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA????????????? LOLOLOL

Bottom line: You’re no more an independent than I am a communist! Claiming Palin caused Mccains downfall is ridiculous. She brought in more votes!!!!! WIthout her he would have lost by 20 million votes instead of 9 million!

Mccain is a democrat! He has more in common with them than he does with Reagan.

Michael Honohan

September 18th, 2009
7:55 pm

Kyle, I will show you the respect you deserve. Of course as you can see it is difficult.

The real problem, as I have expressed to before, that there are too many people in the Cult of Limbaugh and Beck. Back in during the Reagan Revolution, many of us were attracted to the underlying principles of limited government and libertarian ideals. In this world view, we value self-determination, which can only be realize where opportunity exists. The progress, thanks mostly to progressives but including enlightened conservatives from the Jack Kemp mold, has been tremendous, but there still exists large pockets of people who have been properly educated on these opportunities coupled with no shortage of small-minded angry white people working against it.

Here is the unfortunate consequence. If you value self-determination, then you have oppose government intervention. So things like affirmative action and welfare just do not fit. We can agree that there is no racist motivation behind that belief. However, consider that if your party is against those things that are supporting a signficant portion of the minority communities, it serves as an unintended invitation to racists to join with you.

People like Limbaugh and Glenn Beck see that group of people and reach out to them, egging them on. Many of my fellow Libertarians like these guys and I can understand why. When they aren’t pandering the cretins in their audience, the can make a good case for conservative and libertarian causes. But I have always maintained the true conservatism as preached by Goldwater, Bill Buckley, Bill Safire, George Will, Thomas Sowell (before he started losing his mind) requires an intellect to get your mind wrapped around. I seriously doubt many in Fox News and Rush Limbaughs audience could read and hold a discussion on the Federalist Papers. One thing is obvious, that don’t know what is in them. The concept of taxing citizens and using the money for bettering society is not so commie plot, Hamiliton wrote of it in the 30th Federalist papers. The opposition to such measures was expressed by the anti-federalist “Brutus”. opposed this then. That question was asked and answered back then and embodies in the first line of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.

As Rush, et al, gathered these masses into the fold, the real message of Goldwater/Reagan has been clouded and obscured by racism and hatred of other Americans, who while liberal, still hold beliefs in common with our Founders such as Franklin, Hamilton, and Adams. Jefferson was not the only thinker, and even Jefferson would be appalled at the vitriol and lacked intellectualism (not to mention the disdain for science) found in the conservative camp today.

Someone somehow has to get us back on track. We have to put aside the hatred, the racism, the unfounded attacks on the opposition or Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will continue their ineffectual leadership. The fact that the Republicans did virtually nothing to advance the cause – no balanced budget, no line item veto, no reform a al the Grace Commission, no overture toward the libertarians – shows how little those things mean to these people. Now as soon the Democrats took over, there they are marching on Washington with their leaders demanding the Democrats do what their own leaders refused to do when they had the House, 60 votes in the Senate, the White House, and the Supreme Court to back them. The last time we had effective Conservative leadership was the one session of Congress with the Contract with America. Then 2 years later they tried bring out the religious-reactionary agenda of Ralphs Reeds “The Contract with the America Family”. It has been down hill ever since.

All due respect to Kyle, the man who makes the most sense on the pages of the AJC, and the only one who can truly attest to what goes on behind closed doors, is Bob Barr. If people paid more attention to him, we might get somewhere. The man just oozes facts and solid evidence while mostly staying away from harmful rheotoric. I am glad he is here.

Truthfully, my vote for Obama was more of a) protest against Palin (What? Wingnuts would have stayed home and give a guaranteed win to Obama if McCain had picked Romney? Which means they would have also lost many more Senatorial and Congressional seats, plus seats in the state legistlatures. Well, maybe they are that dumb!) and b) I think it was high time for a America to see an educated black man having opportunity and success in America. I now realize I should have followed my conscience and “thrown my vote away” casting it for Barr. I voted for Libertarians in ever elections except for Perot’s run. I was proud of that fact.

Betty

September 25th, 2009
11:57 am

Enter your comments here What I don’t understand is why ACORN or any other group getting Fed. Funds is not required to account to the Agency granting the funds. Does the Fed. Gov’t. grant funds without any accounting? The stupid behavior of a few employees should not affect the funding of the entire organization. ACORN should have the opportunity via a Federal Audit to account for all Fed. Funds that way the taxpayer can determine if the funds were properly used