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  •  Point 1: I have not advocated... (0+ / 0-)

    for the removal of funds to ACORN before this flap because it was this flap that highlighted in the most extreme way possible the problems at ACORN.

    Point 2:  Other oganizations are not the issue here, ACORN is.  If you show me other orgainizations and their problems, I will give you an opinion.

    Point 3:  I agree that the contracting out federal jobs is a huge mistake, but that doesn't mean ACORN doesn't need management overhaul.

    "You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement." President Barack Obama

    by Jack Dublin on Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 09:46:51 AM PDT

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      What I would say is that if it is the substance of this particular flap that renders a conclusion that ACORN is a problem organization who should be denied federal funding, then that principle has to apply to other sources of federal funds.

      From my perspective, I can't separate ACORN and put them in a vacuum. It's not a matter of if I can show other organizations. Rather, it's a matter of reams and reams of documents of evidence on many, many contractors doing far, far worse things, which have led to virtually no consequences.

      Legislation that singles out an organization, rather than an activity, is extremely dangerous, both politically and substantively. It's interesting hearing you talk about this incident as something that can be analyzed without the context of conduct that has happened at other organizations and how Congress has reacted to that conduct.

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