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Kathleen Parker: ACORN, service union are hand and glove
Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2009 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 09/27/2009 6:52:31 AM PDT by george76

While everyone in Washington is suddenly pretending they’ve hardly ever heard of ACORN, they might want to pretend they’ve never heard of the SEIU, one of the nation’s largest unions.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and the Service Employees International Union are tight as Heidi Klum and a new pair of jeans.

You also don’t talk about either organization without mention of Wade Rathke, co-founder of ACORN and founder of SEIU Local 100 in New Orleans. Rathke, who resigned from ACORN last year as “chief organizer” after it became known that his brother embezzled almost $1 million from the association, continues to run Local 100, as well as ACORN International, recently renamed Community Organizations International.

Rathke’s social justice empire is so vast that he is more hydra than man. Nine heads are surely better than one when you’re organizing communities in at least 12 countries.

Picture a triangle...ACORN...SEIU...the taxpayer. Now picture arrows flowing back and forth, representing the exchange of greenbacks and services.

To break it down, ACORN and SEIU are hand and glove. Rathke himself referred to SEIU as “one of the pillars of the ACORN family of organizations” ... This coziness has been long known among conservative watchdog groups, but Washington has paid little attention until now.

Suddenly, ACORN is as popular as a sneeze on a crowded bus. President Obama, who once represented ACORN as a lawyer and helped train organizers, recently told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he doesn’t really follow ACORN much.

Taxpayer dollars going to unions?

Blagojevich ...helped position the SEIU so that it could unionize health care workers... SEIU showed its appreciation in advance by becoming Blagojevich’s largest contributor, handing over $1.8 million for his two gubernatorial campaigns.

Now that’s community organization.

(Excerpt) Read more at daytondailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: acorn; acornandromney; corruption; kathleenparker; obama; parker; rathke; romney; romneyandacorn; seiu; taxes; unions; waderathke

1 posted on 09/27/2009 6:52:32 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Obamah’s foot-soldiers!!


2 posted on 09/27/2009 6:54:41 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: george76

In order to embezzle a million dollars, you have to have a lot of loose money laying around.


3 posted on 09/27/2009 6:55:47 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: george76

Geez, who woke her up? Someone, quick get some more sleeping pills. Ms. Parker has zero credibility with me as she is one of the RINO apologists. Must be her inbox has been empty for a while so she throws some meat out for the knaves to grovel at hoping she will give them a taste.


4 posted on 09/27/2009 6:56:32 AM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate)
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To: george76

Even Democrats, are jumping from the the ACORN ship.


5 posted on 09/27/2009 6:58:07 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (PALIN / BECK 2012.)
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To: george76
Hand and glove?

More like hammer and sickle.

6 posted on 09/27/2009 7:00:50 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: george76

Well duh! Parker is a elitist wannabe, snob opportunist, sell out. Who cares if she wants to make herself look conservative on Beck’s coattails. Commies count on us caring about what these narcissists think. ZZZZZZZZZZZ


7 posted on 09/27/2009 7:01:47 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: george76

so did wade rathke snub kathleen or what? she not get invited to a dinner party?


8 posted on 09/27/2009 7:03:33 AM PDT by tioga (Drip, Drip, Drip.......the ACORNS are falling.)
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To: george76

Hey Kate, SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!


9 posted on 09/27/2009 7:03:37 AM PDT by PalmettoMason (Barack Hussein 0bama--- Half Honkey.....ALL Donkey!)
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To: PalmettoMason
Hey Kate, SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!

Why does anyone even give a post to this cino (Conservative in name only)?

10 posted on 09/27/2009 7:05:19 AM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: george76

“Kathleen Parker”

Isn’t this the same b!tch suffering from severe Palin envy?


11 posted on 09/27/2009 7:05:42 AM PDT by Grunthor (Gun toting, Bible thumping Flag waver. According to the left, I am a racist.)
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To: george76

i’m convinced ACORN helped poor people as a sideshow to their real agenda of influencing elections and enriching its founders,


12 posted on 09/27/2009 7:06:11 AM PDT by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: george76

Wow, I’m impressed.

Kathleen Parker can write a entire column without insulting Sarah Palin. I didn’t think it was possible.

I could care less what this person writes. I wish she would just go away.


13 posted on 09/27/2009 7:20:13 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: DTogo; george76
Hand and glove?

More like hammer and sickle.

I was thinking it's more like a condom than a glove.

14 posted on 09/27/2009 7:21:59 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (I wonder why Solomon Ortiz (TX-27) likes Muammar Gadaffi so much?)
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To: george76

I will not read her columns ever again. She is dead to me. As is that other turncoat P.Noonan.


15 posted on 09/27/2009 7:36:33 AM PDT by zwerni (this isn't gonna be good for business)
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To: george76

This Parker women is still dead to me


16 posted on 09/27/2009 7:42:47 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: george76

17 posted on 09/27/2009 7:48:00 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Hey Obama. Where is Osama Bin Laden?)
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To: george76

Gosh, Kathleen has stuck her manicured finger in the wind and detected that it is blowing in a different direction.


18 posted on 09/27/2009 8:05:56 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve Qui Peut)
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To: george76

This moronic broad just wake up? Crawl back under your RINO rock missy, nobody wants you here!


19 posted on 09/27/2009 8:06:04 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: Stepan12

Good grief!!! She is RIGHT on this matter and the left will red her column....why in HELL would you want her to shut up on this??


20 posted on 09/27/2009 8:18:04 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: george76
Suddenly, ACORN is as popular as a sneeze on a crowded bus.

Nope. I'd rather get sneezed on by a busful of commuters than have one ACORN "census worker" come to my house.

21 posted on 09/27/2009 8:20:20 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're right! We're free! And we'll fight! And you'll seeeeeeee!)
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To: wiggen
Amen. ACORN "helped" poor people, not by telling them to "graduate from school, don't have children til you get married, get married, etc., but by KEEPING THEM ON THE DEMOCRAT PLANTATION!

ACORN and SEIU tells them "You can't do this on your own, VOTE for DEMOCRATS who will GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT "except SELF_RESPECT".

22 posted on 09/27/2009 8:20:59 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Venturer
In order to embezzle a million dollars, you have to have a lot of loose money laying around.

Or, authorized or hacked access to electronic accounts.

23 posted on 09/27/2009 8:27:50 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Even Democrats, are jumping from the the ACORN ship.

Yes, but where are they jumping to?

24 posted on 09/27/2009 8:40:28 AM PDT by meyer (Do not go gentle into that good night - Rage, rage against the dying of the light.)
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To: george76

As Katie dog paddles around, lost in the fog of the Potomac she has begun to surface as an androgenous cross between Dorothy Parker and Jack Anderson with a shade of Will Rogers thrown in for the balcony crowd.

I hope’s got her rabies shots up to date.


25 posted on 09/27/2009 8:46:35 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Ticonderoga34

Amen!!


26 posted on 09/27/2009 9:09:04 AM PDT by OhioBuckeye ("Here sir, the people govern." - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: zwerni

Agreed.


27 posted on 09/27/2009 9:56:03 AM PDT by WVRockDJ (Mountaineer by birth; USMC by choice; Christian by Grace.)
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To: george76
'Kathleen Parker'.
Hmmm?!?!?!? Didn't she used to be someone?
28 posted on 09/27/2009 10:03:29 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: JimRed

The act of embezzlement only works if you dont get caught or expect to get caught.

I would suppose most any fool could steal a few hundred dollars in loose cash if there were thousads in their purview.
To steal a milion and not expect to get caught there has to be millons of loose dolars.


29 posted on 09/27/2009 10:20:56 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: george76

I’m surprised this apologist for everything conservative, Kathleen Parker, had the stomach to write this piece. She’s still a jerk, nevertheless, and her attacks on Sarah Palin will never be forgotten.


30 posted on 09/27/2009 10:23:43 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Ann Archy
It doesn't matter if the Left reads her column or not. They are a fanatical, secular religious sect that is incapable of reason.

And the Left is not going to read it from a Free Republic website. We have any number of authors who can say the same point only better.

31 posted on 09/27/2009 12:09:34 PM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: meyer
"...where are they jumping to?".....
32 posted on 09/27/2009 12:55:06 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Pimp my mortgage)
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To: WashingtonSource
re: I’m surprised this apologist for everything conservative, Kathleen Parker, had the stomach to write this piece. She’s still a jerk, nevertheless, and her attacks on Sarah Palin will never be forgotten.)))

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show gave her cover.

33 posted on 09/27/2009 2:09:43 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: george76
Has she gotten over her crush on Obama?

Or is she too stupid to know that ACORN IS Obama and Obama IS ACORN, and she's still swooning over him?

I don't much care what she says about anything, but I suppose it's good that she at least has this much information right.

34 posted on 09/27/2009 3:47:00 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: george76

So is the Tides Center which funds many of the oleftist environmental and social justice groups:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderprofile.asp?fndid=5184

The Tides Center’s Board Chairman is Wade Rathke, who is also a member of the Tides Foundation Board. Rathke, a protege of the late George A. Wiley, serves as President of the New Orleans-based Local 100 of the Service Employees International Union, and is the founder and chief organizer of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)


35 posted on 09/27/2009 4:20:42 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: george76

Kathleen Parker, you go girl/


36 posted on 09/27/2009 7:14:20 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; altair; stephenjohnbanker; little jeremiah; ~Kim4VRWC's~; voteNRA; mkjessup; ...
ACORN Ping!

FReep mail me if you want on/off the list.


37 posted on 09/27/2009 7:15:15 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: george76

Make sure to shower after having any dealings with a thug from the SEIU.


38 posted on 09/27/2009 7:18:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I don't remember Americans being called "racists" when we fought against Hillarycare.)
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To: george76
Taxpayer dollars going to unions?

Blagojevich ...helped position the SEIU so that it could unionize health care workers... SEIU showed its appreciation in advance by becoming Blagojevich’s largest contributor, handing over $1.8 million for his two gubernatorial campaigns.

Now that’s community organization.

Washington Post - they're doing justice to the ACORN issue. Informative, easy to read... great stuff.

39 posted on 09/27/2009 8:04:53 PM PDT by GOPJ (UN mixing democracies & dictators' is like mixing ice cream and shit-all of it stinks.(Steyn))
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To: george76

Don’t tell me, let me guess: Kathleen is...Blonde!

Hand and glove? PUHLEEZ, at least get the colloquialism correct, it’s “hand IN glove”.

No wonder she gets no respect. She’s as smart as a sack of rocks. What my dog disposes of on our walks has more functioning brain matter than she shows evidence of.

Yet she is supposed to be some “conservative” thinker/pundit? God save us all.


40 posted on 09/27/2009 8:05:36 PM PDT by Don W (I will praise Him.)
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To: george76

SEIU is just as corrupt, if not worse. SEIU was the one mentioned on the Blago tapes. Blago seemed certain that his pal Odumbo could get him a cushy job there. He even goes into detail as to how it would work. One of their pay to play deals. The Chicago way ya know.


41 posted on 09/27/2009 9:22:24 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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