Skip to comments.Leftist Judge orders ACORN funding restored
Posted on 03/10/2010 11:28:03 PM PST by Prospero
If you thought you sent representatives and senators to Washington, D.C., to exercise the constitutionally mandated power of the purse youre wrong.
Silly you. You wasted all that time in civics class learning a whole bunch of outdated claptrap about separation of powers and the lawmaking process for nothing.
The spending power belongs to federal judges now, regardless of what that quaint little document called the U.S. Constitution says.
Thats what ACORNs favorite federal judge, Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York ruled Wednesday.
In December Gershon, a Bill Clinton appointee, helped ACORN out by offering the Obama administration political cover by issuing a temporary injunction prohibiting Congress from cutting off funding for ACORN. She found that depriving ACORN of taxpayer dollars was an unconstitutional bill of attainder that singled out ACORN for punishment without trial. Its a nonsensical argument unless you believe that cutting off funding funding that no one has a right to for an organized crime syndicate is somehow a punishment.
To give credit where its due, the Obama administration did the right thing and appealed the December ruling.
Gershon showed a similar contempt for the legislative branch previously. In 1999 she ruled then-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani had no right to cut off city funding of the Brooklyn Museum of Art when it displayed dead animals and a painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung. Gershons not exactly courageous, by the way. She managed to get out of taking accused Al Qaeda terrorist Najibullah Zazis case when a courthouse computer randomly assigned it to her.
If this ruling remains undisturbed it will mean every parasitic leftist group in the country will have due process rights in the appropriations process. Congress will not be able to cut any group off for any reason. The rights of tax eaters will become paramount to the rights of taxpayers.
The ruling should be music to the ears of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a huge fan of ACORN who has given thousands of dollars over the years to the ACORN network. The thoroughly corrupt Nadler urged ACORNs lawyer to sue the government, arguing that a ban on funding constituted a bill of attainder. Within weeks, ACORN took his advice.
The ruling could also appears to mean that ACORN and other leftist activist groups are eligible for up to $3.99 billion in federal funding included in President Obamas $3.83 trillion fiscal 2011 budget blueprint.
The $3.99 billion comes from a congressional slush fund known as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD) $48.5 billion fiscal 2011 budget. CDBG grants, which are awarded to states and localities, flow indirectly to ACORN and similar groups that compete at the state and local level for grants.
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Following this pinhead’s logic, Congress may not end (or even lower) federal spending for any entity, anywhere, because that constitutes a “bill of attainder.”
Thanks, Bill, for leaving this turd floating in the American judicial system.
What exactly do you have to do to get cut off from federal funding? What egregious crime must one commit, what heinous act? Is it even possible?
Your own tax dollars are being used to destroy your way of life, and support the Democrat Party.
How did we get to this point?
By nominating RINO's.
Bummer chickened out, because he himself as head of the executive branch of government had the authority to un-name ACORN from Federal funding, that branch having named ACORN for it in the first place.
How did pockets of this Great Country get so stupid?
Does she know it’s not nice to tamper with the Constitution?
Perhaps we should change a few of the ways these judges are selected.
I thought Nina Gershon was a bimbo Clinton was boinking, not an old hag he put on the court.
I love it when judges create spending legislation ath the federal level.
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"But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
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- 1 Kings 9:1-9
What exactly do you have to do to get cut off from federal funding? What egregious crime must one commit, what heinous act?
Pray in public.
Sounds like something right out of Atlas Shrugged.