From Fox News
, universally known as a conservative news source:
Republican lawmakers are raising concerns that ACORN, the low-income advocacy group under investigation for voter registration fraud, could be eligible for billions in aid from the economic stimulus proposal working its way through the House.
House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement over the weekend noting that the stimulus bill wending its way through Congress provides $4.19 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities."
He said the money was previously limited to state and local governments, but that Democrats now want part of it to be available to non-profit entities. That means groups like ACORN would be eligible for a portion of the funds. (emphases added)
Note the use of "could," "said" and "would." The first and last are conditional verb forms, which means that absolutely no one has shown that money has been ear-marked for ACORN. Note that the House Minority Leader has said
this, which is not at all the same as proving that this will be the case.
Also note that Gunga has claimed that $5,000,000,000 will be given to ACORN, and that you are claiming that $5,200,000,000 will be given to ACORN--while the Fox article speaks of $4,190,000,000. Ratcheting up the scale of accusations in such a manner is why i referred to hysteria.
Your source is a private opinion from a private individual, who is also selling things at his web site, including his book. One can hardly consider such an individual as an objective source for news. Furthermore, he also refers to a Republican politician who says
this will happen. Gunga has proven nothing, he has just made an unsupported accusation. Fox quotes a Republican politician making an unsupported accusation. Your source quotes a Republican politician making an unsupported accusation. Where i come from, that is known as hollering before you're hurt.
Finally, as for the hysterical claims in your source about voter fraud and ACORN, here is what Fact Check-dot-org
has to say:
In another attempt to paint groups and people with whom Obama has some connection in as unsavory a light as possible, McCain has gone after the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. And we've gone after him, for an ad accusing the group of "massive voter fraud" and for saying in the final presidential debate that ACORN is "now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy."
Both claims are breathtakingly inaccurate. There's a huge difference between voter fraud and voter registration fraud. And while ACORN, which hires part-time, $8-an-hour canvassers to go door-to-door and register people to vote, has had widespread problems with phony registrations invented by employees who don't want to work, the problem has never been that it sent people to the polls using bogus identities or to vote in any other fraudulent manner. Even the Republican prosecutor of the largest ACORN case to date said the shenanigans of ACORN workers were "not intended to permit illegal voting."
To be sure, Obama's interactions with the group have been greater than he has let on. But whether those ties can accurately be called "long and deep," as McCain's ad claims, is highly questionable.
Therefore, making wilder and wilder charges about the amount of money allegedly earmarked for community organizations (note that the Fox article states that in its initial form, the stimulus bill gives that money to state and local governments) constitutes hysteria.
Therefore, allegations about money to be given to ACORN without evidence constitutes a non-issue.