ACORN Is Out of the Census Business? Not So Much!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Here is a partial list of census partners, according to the Census website.  I spent a couple minutes looking at this list and noticed how close the ties were between those listed below and ACORN and/or the White House.  Even without the direct ACORN involvement in gathering census information, the 2010 census could be a valuable organizing tool for the liberal organizations. 

  • AARP – You know where they are in the healthcare debate…. they’re doing like GE – getting on the Obama bandwagon  (Or snuggling up to the liberals, if you prefer) so that they can get Presidential privilege that other similar organizations won’t have.
  • A. Phillip Randolph Institute
  • AFL-CIO (ACORN Associate) 
  • American Federation of Government Employees
  • AFSCME   has 1.6 milion members including health care workers, corrections officers, child care providers, educators , and sanitation workers.  From a statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the 2008 Election:  “With Barack Obama and Joe Biden, we will have a team of proven fighters committed to providing state and local fiscal relief, fully funding and supporting public services and the workers who provide them, and guaranteeing that everyone in our country has quality, affordable health care they can count on…We knocked on 10 million doors, made 70 million phone calls, and distributed more than 27 million workplace flyers focusing on economic issues.  AFSCME alone spent $67 million on political activities, including our aggressive independent expenditure campaign which played a key role in the most competitive House and Senate races.  Forty-thousand AFSCME members volunteered along with more than 500 staff because we all knew we could not afford four more years like the last eight.”
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Coalition of Labor Union Women
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Families USA
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Labor Council for the Latin American Advancement
  • League of Women Voters of the United States
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Council of La Raza (ACORN Associate)
  • National Education Association (ACORN Associate)
  • Pride at Work
  • Rainbow Push Coalition (ACORN Associate)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (ACORN Associate)
  • Southern Coalition for Social Justice
  • United Workers

Most of these groups listed above are politically active and most, if not all, are left-leaning.  Many of the ones I haven’t noted here still have ties to ACORN.  But more disturbing to me is that in one instance, prisoners in jails and half-way houses were hired to take the census.  If this is representative of the types of people who are being hired, do you really want these people having access to the most detailed census information to date?  Who’s to say that these groups won’t gather and use that information for recruiting for their causes?  Do you really want them having the ability to collect personal information from the census surveys for their own political organizing or other such use? 

The White House statement on who runs the census reads:  “There is historic precedent for the director of the census, who works for the commerce secretary and the president, to work closely with White House senior management, given the number of decisions that will have to be put before the president. We plan to return to that model in this administration.”

If it is a concern to you who conducts the census, contact the Census Bureau, the White House, and the Commerce Secretary and tell them you want their politics kept OUT of the 2010 Census.

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No One Knows What Goes On Behind Closed Doors —

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Or do they?  You know politicians like to talk – a lot. And those who work with them seem to always be jockeying for position and/or attention. So, if you just get people to talking, you’re bound to find out something that “the powers that be” wouldn’t want you to know.

The Obama Administration has claimed the endorsement of the AMA for Obama’s healthcare reform, but as many physicians will tell you, most practicing physicians are not members of the AMA.  Do you remember the staged doctors’ meeting in the Rose Garden at the White House?  Where the hundred or so doctors were given white lab coats to wear so they would “look” like doctors?  Nice photo op – except the there weren’t any hospital or practice logos or names embroidered on them and the unfortunate pictures of staff handing out lab coats didn’t lend any credibility to the effect, either.   If one was so inclined, they could assume (as seen from the back anyway) that these may have been lab techs — or butchers from local grocery stores!  Apparently that gathering wasn’t an accurate representation of a wide-ranging support of physicians for Obamacare. 

As you know, the Senate elite plus Rahm Emanuel have been holed up behind closed doors  – and EVERYONE knows this is in direct opposition to the promise of total transparency Candidate Obama promised (everything would be on CSPAN – indeed!) –  trying to hammer out a Senate healthcare bill that will be acceptable to the wary moderates in the Senate.  On Day Seven of the closed door sessions, the White House and the Senate leaders came up with this brilliant idea of ordering Congress to pass a $247 billion bill (S1776) as a payoff to doctors to try and gain their support for this comprehensive healthcare reform. 

In regards to the “Secret Bill”, as reported by The Hill, “The White House and Democratic leaders are offering doctors a deal:  They’ll freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors in exchange for doctor’s support of health care reform.”  The $247 billion “Doc Fix” bill totally excluded any public debate, or for that matter, any public knowledge.  This “secret” bill was designed to get a large block of physician support – only it didn’t work as planned and Harry Reid blames the AMA, though not by name.   (Apparently the AMA lobbyists were supposed to “deliver” about two dozen Republican votes for this bill, but that didn’t materialize even though some Republican Senators have supported short-term freezes to Medicare cuts in the past.)

Physicians have been forced to take cuts in medicare payments for quite some time and now a promised half-trillion dollars more in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid over the next ten years.  The only place that cuts can come from is from the payout to doctors who are treating Medicare and Medicaid recipients.  However, I would imagine that the doctors would much rather see the Medicare/Medicaid payment structure be a part of the reform and not be the “backbone” of how Obama/Pelosi/Reid plan to pay for their healthcare system. 

Anyway, this week the Senate used cloture to bring the “Doc Fix” Bill S1776 to a vote, but it failed 47 to 53.  So, it looks to me like perhaps our lawmakers are aware that the public has become more enlightened about what is going on in Washington and ordinary citizens have become focused on their legislative activities. Perhaps this closer scrutiny and the sharing of information between people and groups are making lawmakers squirm a bit when it comes to ramming something like this “Doc Fix” bill through without much semblance of debate or use of “legal trickery” to move a bill through quickly…. afterall, it is their political futures that are on the line!