Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Push it, push it real good

Acorn pushes back, hugs McCain

The beleaguered Democratic-leaning community group Acorn sends over this photograph: John McCain, in March of 2006, sitting beside Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek at an event Acorn co-sponsored in Florida.
Bertha Lewis, Acorn's chief organizer, said in a statement that came with the photo, “It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans."
In addition to their many good works in the community, ACORN also hires poor people to register poor people to vote. They don't register Republicans or Democrats, they register poor people. To vote. That seems an admirable goal to me.

Despite what you've heard or read, there is no voter fraud, but there is some, out of the 1.3 million new registrations by ACORN, some voter registration fraud.

Typically this is flagged by ACORN before they're turned into the election boards. Why are they turned into the election boards? Because that's the law, all registrations must be turned in. That's so that groups that register voters can't pick and choose which ones to turn in.

Much more here.

So, that's one RNC meme disposed of. On to the next:

Bill Ayers is a terrorist and Obama hangs out with him!!! I'll let Republicans for Obama answer this one:
William Ayers: Funded by Republicans

In 1995, Bill Ayers was part of a team that helped create the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an education reform project that worked with half of Chicago's public schools. Barack Obama, then working as an attorney and law school professor, was elected chairman of the eight-member board of the CAC. The board included individuals of diverse political backgrounds, including Ray Romero, the President of Ameritech; Stanley Ikenberry, the former President of the University of Illinois; and Republican Arnold Weber, who had served in the Nixon White House.

In their best efforts to portray Barack as out of the mainstream, some on the right have tried characterizing the Chicago Annenberg Challenge as a dangerous fringe organization. What they do not discuss is the fact that the CAC was funded by a foundation belonging to Walter Annenberg, the billionaire Republican philanthropist who served as Richard M. Nixon's ambassador to the U.K. Annenberg and his wife, Leonore, gave the CAC $50 million in the 90's.

But Walter and Leonore weren't just giving money to educational foundations started by William Ayers. They were also giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee and various other Republican groups, as well as to a whole host of Republican candidates, including the following:

* George W. Bush $4000
* Mitt Romney $5000
* Strom Thurmond $1000
* Fred Thompson $500
* Rick Santorum $3000

Here's the icing on the cake: [...] the McCain campaign put out a press release bragging about the fact that Leonore Annenberg has endorsed him for president.
Well, that's the number 2 meme dispatched with.

Onto the last bastion of McCain & Republicans trying to avoid guilt for our current economic crisis.

Over and over we hear these craven, lying bastards claim that the economic meltdown is, and get this, Clinton's fault! Oh, and those nasty Dems who forced all those good hearted banks to lend money to those inner-city poor people, (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), and that's what made the crisis.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present for your viewing pleasure the facts:
Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis

Federal housing data reveal that the charges aren't true, and that the private sector, not the government or government-backed companies, was behind the soaring subprime lending at the core of the crisis.

Subprime lending offered high-cost loans to the weakest borrowers during the housing boom that lasted from 2001 to 2007. Subprime lending was at its height from 2004 to 2006.

Federal Reserve Board data show that:

* More than 84 percent of the subprime mortgages in 2006 were issued by private lending institutions.

* Private firms made nearly 83 percent of the subprime loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers that year.

* Only one of the top 25 subprime lenders in 2006 was directly subject to the housing law that's being lambasted by conservative critics.
Now we all know that facts have a liberal bias, so don't expect any of the hardcore 25 percenters to accept these facts, but if you have to discuss these things with them, maybe innocent bystanders who aren't drinking the Kool-Aid will decide to find out the truth of these matters for themselves.

And that's all I ask. Don't take my word for it, look it up and decide for yourselves.

Cross posted at VidiotSpeak