ACORN Is Not the Nut Here

By David Swanson

From 2000 to 2003 I was the communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. I don’t know whether to be sorry or relieved that I don’t have my old job now.

ACORN has been through some scandals of its own making, but it is currently all over the news because of a pair of absolutely fraudulent and nationally coordinated attacks.

One of these attacks involves accusations of voter fraud. But, of course, “voter fraud” read more

ACORN Is Right, Lou Dobbs Is Wrong

By David Swanson

In this video clip, Lou Dobbs of CNN tries to blame the community group ACORN, for which I used to work, for the crimes of Wall Street and of predatory lenders, not to mention Congress:
http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/36465

Dobbs seems to oppose the proposed bailout, and ACORN favors modifying it to include relief for homeowners (which could include business for ACORN Housing Corporation helping renegotiate loans). So, I agree with Dobbs, not ACORN. I want the bill voted down read more

Blood, Sweat, and Bailouts

By David Swanson

Excerpted from remarks at an Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice event at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, September 23, 2008.

Have you heard the latest news? John McCain is now in favor of regulating Wall Street. But, of course, local son Woodrow Wilson was reelected as a peace candidate. And candidate George W. Bush was opposed to nation building. Now he’s borrowing money from China to build a nation in Iraq and another one here in the United States, except read more

"No Blank Check" or "No %$#!*@ Check"

By David Swanson

The last time the Democrats all started bleating “No blank check – No blank check” it meant only one thing. They were signing a check and scribbling a bunch of nonsense in the memo line.

If history is any guide, we can expect a bill to come out of Congress requiring that the Secretary of the Treasury make a report to Congress within three months on all areas covered by the legislation, with the exception of those he chooses not to report on.

In particular, he will read more

The Eight Year Bailout

By David Swanson

Every time there’s a new Cheney-Bush scandal, every time we discover that Dick Cheney lied to Dick Armey, or another top Iraqi informed the White House there were no weapons, or another missile kills another large family in Afghanistan, or the wars in Pakistan and Iran get out of control before we’d realized they’d begun, or we discover that Cheney’s lawyer signed the Attorney General’s name to an authorization to search Democrats’ body cavities, read more