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Walker Challenger Tom Barrett’s ACORN Connection
Posted By Matthew Vadum On May 29, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 9 Comments
Long before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Democratic opponent in the approaching recall election decided to throw his hat in the gubernatorial ring he was busy collaborating with the street thugs of America’s largest radical organization.
Yet another big city mayor feeding at the trough, Milwaukee’s corrupt mayor Tom Barrett has been working with the boulevard Bolsheviks of ACORN for years to fleece taxpayers. Like ACORN, Barrett has been willing to jettison his so-called social justice credentials when there’s big money involved. When serving in Congress, Barrett sold his soul years ago, siding with wealthy Indian casino interests against poorer tribes.
Various far-left groups, including the recently re-branded affiliates of ACORN, have been promoting the recall of Walker, fomenting unrest, and encouraging street violence inside and outside Wisconsin. The Occupy Wall Street protests, for example, are part of what ACORN’s sociopathic Marxist founder Wade Rathke calls an “anti-banking jihad.” The Working Families Party, another ACORN front group, participated in the protests by raising money and paying for rent-a-mobs in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.
In 2010 Barrett launched “Take Root Milwaukee,” which grew out of his Milwaukee Foreclosure Partnership Initiative (MFPI). According to Barrett that useless feel-good program has “assisted thousands of families in Milwaukee [to obtain] housing counseling, engage in mediation to prevent foreclosure, and purchase and renovate foreclosed properties.”
As Milwaukee commentator Charlie Sykes quipped at the time, “Maybe Barrett simply wanted to give a shout out to ACORN as a way to make President Obama feel more at home when he visits…”
Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA), which used to be called ACORN Housing, was one of the Barrett-endorsed groups participating in Take Root Milwaukee.
AHCOA was showered with at least $729,849 in taxpayer funding by the Obama administration last year despite powerful evidence of corruption and massive accounting irregularities at the longtime affiliate of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).
ACORN Housing was the largest affiliate of ACORN, the notorious group brought down by undercover videos showing its employees facilitating child prostitution in 2009. ACORN Housing changed its name two years ago to AHCOA to escape the stigma of being associated with ACORN, the former employer and legal client of President Obama. ACORN’s state chapters have restructured themselves and now go by names such as New York Communities for Change and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, both of which have been heavily involved in organizing and financing the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Some of the other ACORN front groups across America are: Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE); Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLÉ) (New Mexico); Action United (Pennsylvania); Organize Now (Florida), Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change; and New England United for Justice (Massachusetts).
ACORN, which used to employ President Obama, has a long, inglorious history of fraud that I document in my book Subversion Inc: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers. At least 54 employees and individuals associated with ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud and ACORN itself was convicted of a type of voter fraud in Nevada last year. The Obama administration has ignored a nearly $1 million embezzlement within ACORN and multiple apparent counts of pension fraud.
Take Root Milwaukee and the hundreds of futile government initiatives dreamt up by the socialists and statists who run many of the nation’s big city political machines were built on the demonstrably false premise that only the bankers of Wall Street were to blame for problems in the housing market. Such programs typically gloss over the role that dunderheaded government bureaucrats, policy makers, and left-of-center politicians like Barrett played in inflating the bubble.
Besides, housing counseling is a scam. The billions of dollars that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has poured into such programs over the years wasn’t enough to stop the mortgage meltdown. But facts don’t matter much in the political calculus of vote-farming left-wingers. They’re more interested in using taxpayer money to indoctrinate citizens and make them increasingly dependent on government handouts.
Things aren’t looking good for Barrett a week out from the labor-backed recall election.
If, as expected, the Walker recall gets torpedoed by Badger State voters on June 5, there may be a violent backlash on the Left from the anti-American hooligans of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the thugs of organized labor.
A Walker victory in June will also make an Obama defeat in America’s Dairyland likely in November, the thinking goes, because it will leave behind a motivated base and finely tuned anti-Obama get-out-the-vote machine. Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney needs big states like Wisconsin in order to evict Barack Obama from the White House. If Walker takes a dive on June 5, however, anything goes.
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