Tuesday :: Sep 22, 2009

Act in Haste, Repent at Leisure


by Mary

Oh, this is delicious.

My feeling of schadenfreude has been well and truly refreshed with finding out that the Congress in their pitiful attempt to appease the right wing has put their foot it it - bigtime. By rapidly slapping down ACORN, to show that Congress would never give money to a group that was so feckless as to use government money for bad things, they have created a law that could disinvest the entire military-industrial complex.

The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to "any organization" that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

I especially delight in the idea that judges could use the list of affected organizations being assembled on deciding whether it was legal for them to receive any government funds. Additionally, the idea that if this law can be read to only apply to ACORN, then it is unconstitutional because it would otherwise be a bill of attainder which is explicitly barred by the Constitution. It either applies to all organizations getting government money or it applies to none.

The Democrats that went along with the Republicans in their goal to punish ACORN can spend the next few months regretting their stupidity in letting Glenn Beck call the tune. Maybe next time they will take some time to at least decide what should be the proper course of action when reacting to the latest "scandal" flung up by the rabble.

Mary :: 3:46 PM :: Comments (4) :: Digg It!