I have been silent too long. Perhaps I wanted to let my boiling blood cool down some! I have watched and read of our President’s blatant push to the left as the “stimulus bill” has been ramrodded down American’s throats. I am appalled at the speed with which this thousand-plus-page document was demanded of congress. It will take months, if not years, to fully understand what is in this document…and that scares me…a lot!
So…here is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) with an editorial today in his “Washington Update:”
“GOP Urges Obama to Come to His Census”
In a November 2007 meeting with ACORN leaders, candidate Obama said, “I’ve been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career.” It took President Obama just 29 days to elevate that partnership beyond “fighting” to funding. After promising to ban “special interests” from his recovery plan, the new administration just handed his party’s keys–and $2 billion of your tax dollars–to groups like ACORN, the liberals’ get-out-the-vote powerhouses. The move is one of many political payoffs in the liberal swag-bag known as the “stimulus bill.” Unfortunately for conservatives, it will go a long way toward creating the permanent liberal majority in Congress.
Unlike the old days, when ACORN had to go through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its share of the federal pie, the stimulus bypasses the middleman and wires the money directly to the group–without the typical lobbying restrictions it might experience under HUD. To an unsuspecting American, these “Neighborhood Stabilization Programs” sound like perfectly legitimate ways to jumpstart the economy. To those of us who have watched entities like ACORN, it’s an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars.
Now that Obama has squeaked billions through Congress for his old buddies, he’s set his sights on the second half of his plan to establish a liberal supermajority–the census.
Last week the President made a big splash with his intent to move the Census Bureau directly under the White House and away from the supervision of the Commerce Department. The idea has incited Republicans and Democrats who disagree with the idea of politicizing the census.
As the liberal San Francisco Chronicle points out, “The President will destroy the integrity of one of the U.S. government’s most trusted institution… [the census is] more than a national nose count. It’s used to divvy tax dollars for roads and hospitals, spot population trends for schools… social programs, and–did we forget?–play high-stakes politics.”
Under Obama and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the census would become a weapon to redistrict America in the liberals’ favor. As FRC’s Ken Blackwell warns in an op-ed today, it would upset the balance of political power and jeopardize representative democracy as we know it. As former co-chairman of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board, Ken is uniquely qualified to talk about the implications of the move. If you’d like to read more from an insiders’ perspective, please log on to http://www.frc.org and read Ken’s “A Chicago-Style Census.”