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Barack Obama: guilty by association?

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October 16, 2008

Wisconsin is one of 13 states in which the organization of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is being investigated for election fraud. 

Allegedly seven felons were found working for the Milwaukee chapter of ACORN. Thousands of fraudulent voter registration cards were submitted (that we know of), including the names of deceased, imprisoned and imaginary people. The number of ACORN workers suspected with the tampering of voter registration in Milwaukee alone is upwards of 49 individuals.

Wisconsin is a swing state this election – will Wisconsin become a blue state through voter fraud? ACORN has offices in all 50 states, and has been repeatedly prosecuted and fined for election fraud.  ACORN claims to be a non-partisan organization, and yet in an ACORN Convention Web cast Barack Obama is clearly endorsed.

One of the reasons the initial $700 billion economic bailout bill was defeated was because ACORN stood to receive 20 percent of the appropriated funds (Breakdown of H.R. 3997-Democrats: Aye 140 Nay 95, Republicans: Aye 65 Nay 133).

The DOW Jones plummeted a historic 777 points in one day when this legislation failed.  Why was ACORN included in this bill during such an economic emergency? Did the Democrats hope to ensure the election of Obama with immediate massive funding of this corrupt organization?

Madeline Talbott is the executive director of the Chicago division of ACORN. Talbott is oft quoted for saying that ACORN had “[dragged] banks kicking and screaming” into loans they would have otherwise rejected. ACORN, apart from stealing elections, has involved itself with mortgages, specifically the failed companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac!

If that isn’t poignant enough, Talbott invited Barack Obama to train employees and volunteers of ACORN in leadership.  This was the “community organizing” Obama had been a part of prior to his run for Illinois senate. Obama has also contributed $800,000 of campaign dollars to this organization!

What I really need to understand now is this: how can anyone, in lieu of these facts, continue to support Barack Obama in good conscience? Look, if Roe v. Wade was ever going to be challenged, it would have happened during the Bush administration. Obama isn’t for redefining marriage to include homosexual couples.

Obama announced during the presidential debate that he would enter Pakistan to look for Osama bin Laden – which would be an act of war! Obama, on his Universal Health Care plan after the costly bailout, said “there’s no doubt that we’re not going to be able to do everything that I think needs to be done.”

He has come out in favor of nuclear energy, and off-shore drilling. Anything that could be construed by the left as a positive reason to support Obama is fast becoming moot. In the mean time, the scandals and controversy surrounding Obama are mounting even faster. 

Suppose I did change someone’s mind about Obama, it wouldn’t matter anyway. The Democrats and ACORN already have this election decided, sorted, and filed in a boarded up office building somewhere in Milwaukee.

Muriel Montgomery is a student at UW-River Falls.