Barney Frank wants ACORN investigators investigated

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX Unlimited of Northern Virginia

Yep- Our esteemed Barney Frank wants those brave young men and women who exposed ACORN as the fraud that it is investigated.

Below is the article from the Wall Street Journal...


In a letter published nearby, Representative Barney Frank takes us to task for an editorial last week in which we noted his absence from the House's 345-75 vote to defund Acorn, the "community organizing" group that has been caught on video at least five times offering advice on how to evade the authorities while enslaving children as prostitutes. Mr. Frank, whose spokesman tells us he would have voted against the measure (that is, in favor of funding Acorn), has a point. Any implication that he is trying to dodge the matter is mistaken.

Even after the recent revelations, Mr. Frank is a vigorous and unashamed defender of Acorn. Yesterday he and House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers sent a letter to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) requesting a "careful and objective analysis of a number of issues concerning ACORN." (Mr. Conyers voted to defund Acorn but later said he did so "accidentally.")

The investigation that Messrs. Frank and Conyers envision does not, to say the least, sound aggressive. They ask the researchers to get to the bottom of, among other things, "the extent to which ACORN has assisted [the] homeless." With respect to the child-prostitution sting, they ask the CRS to look into "conflicting allegations" about "the propriety of these activities"-by which they mean not the advice Acorn gave on getting away with crimes, but "the federal and state laws that could apply to such videotaping and distribution of conversations without the consent of all parties."

The Democratic duo also ask CRS whether the legislation defunding Acorn "could constitute an unlawful bill of attainder" by singling out the group-as if the refusal to continue providing federal subsidies is tantamount to punishing it for a crime. Such Constitutional scruples were not evident in March, when the pair joined all but six House Democrats (and 85 Republicans) in voting to impose a 90% tax on executives of AIG and other disfavored corporations.

Messrs. Frank and Conyers do ask if Acorn has misused federal funds or engaged in voter fraud-but the CRS is hardly in a position to investigate whether Acorn has committed such crimes. If Messrs. Frank and Conyers were serious about learning the truth, they'd send their letter to the Justice Department, not the Congressional Research Service.

I am almost speechless

Comments (5)

Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Is this from the The Onion?

Sep 23, 2009 03:23 PM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Kim: As you do not live in Massachusetts, you have no claim on the eteemed representative.

Sep 24, 2009 12:24 AM
Kim Curran
RE/MAX Unlimited of Northern Virginia - Bristow, VA

Yolanda this is from the Wall Street Journal


Scott- as the things this idiot does costs me money I do indeed have a claim. And I am embarrassed to say I grew up in Massachusetts. How ya liking your healthcare?

Sep 24, 2009 12:30 AM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ

Kim, As soon as I see Barneys face on the screen I change the channel or just turn the television off. Everything he says causes me to be sick to my stomach.

Sep 24, 2009 01:36 AM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

Kim - he tried a lot of side stepping on that yesterday in an interview with O'Reilly, totally ignoring any questions of investigating Okeefe & Giles. But, it fits with the pattern. After all, he defended FannieMae for years until just before it took the market down.

And in regard to Scott's statement about Barney, since he has tremendous influence over legistlation that affects 49 other states than Massachussetts, we have the right, and even the responsibility, to voice our concerns (or support).

Sep 24, 2009 08:26 AM