It’s about time.
The US Census Bureau on Friday severed all ties with controversial community organizing group ACORN. The reason? The bureau said ACORN’s conduct and sour public image threatened to taint the bureau’s execution of the 2010 census.
In a letter to ACORN, first obtained by Fox News, the Census Bureau informed ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) President Maude Hurd that the group’s image has become too hot to handle.
The letter, from Census Director Robert Groves, told Hurd that ACORN’s reputation, marred by allegations of voter fraud and malfeasance, threatened bureau’s image and could discourage some from participating in the census.
“To that end, and in keeping with the standards we shared with your organization and others who volunteered to partner with the Census Bureau to help promote the 2010 Census, we are today terminating our Partnership Agreement with ACORN,” the letter said. (Read full letter below)
California Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) praised the move.
What conduct you ask? The list is endless, but here are the two most recent outrages:
11 ACORN members in Miami-Dade County accused of falsifying hundreds of voter applications
ACORN officials videotaped telling ‘pimp’ and ‘prostitute’ how to lie to IRS
This corrupt group (which was represented by President Obama in the Illinois ‘Motor Voter’ case) should not get another red cent of taxpayer money. I say Joe Wilson’s first act of business on Monday should be drafting legislation that woukd block any federal stimulus money earmarked for ACORN and would force them to return any funds already received.
It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since that brilliant Tuesday morning where, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Many have fallen back into a 9/10 mentality as time separates us from the attacks. Make no mistake – it is no coincidence that we have not been attacked in the last eight years. I will be forever grateful to President Bush and his administration for recognizing that we face evil, depraved enemies who are willing to die for their twisted cause and that this kind of enemy needs to be hunted down and captured or killed before another single American life is lost. Many wring their hands over “enhanced interrogation techniques” that garnered information about future attacks. The same group has the naive belief that sitting down with our mortal enemies will persuade them to cast aside their murderous intentions. We dishonor the memories of those who perished on that day if we do not remain vigilant in our commitment to fight terrorists in any corner of the world and to use all necessary means to prevent another attack.