ACORN and Zombie Politics: Housing and Debt

zombies New Orleans        Treme is not the only Louisiana based hit on HBO.  The bigger attraction set in Shreveport and neighboring communities is True Blood of course.  I would have thought that ACORN was a natural for Treme, but the more I watch it, the more I realize this is a soundtrack not a series.  Yesterday though friends in Florida and California called my attention to the new life that ACORN now has in “zombie politics,” rising from the dead according to Republicans to kill the Housing Trust Fund and to play a role, even if facetious, in the Obama-Cantor debt ceiling set-to in the White House.  Perhaps Sookie will soon be wearing an old red ACORN t-shirt soon to bring zombies into the area to help her contend with vampires and now witches.  Given the Republican wildness and weirdness everywhere, stranger things are happening all the time, as in Paul Krugman’s phrase because this is the way “crazy smells.”

Here’s from a report by the esteemed National Low Income Housing Coalition:

Bill Eliminating the NHTF Passes Financial Services Subcommittee

The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) approved a package of bills intended to dismantle the housing GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in a Subcommittee markup on Tuesday, July 12. One of the bills, H.R. 2441, introduced by Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), would abolish the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) as well as the Capital Magnet Fund. The bill passed by a vote of 18 to 14, along party lines.

In the markup, Mr. Royce said that the NHTF should be abolished because “the money would subsidize lobbying and campaign related activities” by groups such as the now-defunct ACORN. However, the NHTF statute explicitly prohibits the use of NHTF dollars for political activities, lobbying, counseling, outreach, and project administration.

Financial Services Ranking Member Barney Frank (D-MA) participated in the markup to defend the NHTF, even though he is not on the Subcommittee. Mr. Frank referred to the conversation about ACORN as a “red herring” and clarified that nothing in the NHTF statute empowers ACORN. Subcommittee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Representative Al Green (D-TX) supported this point and asked that the record reflect this fact.

Oh, yes, they did say that!

The Gawker was clear that the real “behind closed doors” argument between President Obama and House Majority Leader Cantor included this possible Republican scenario by Max Read:

Story “A”: Brave and noble House Majority Leader Eric Cantor entered the nefarious Cave of Taxes, the stronghold of Muslim warlord Barack Hussein Obama. “My friend,” Cantor said, “I will never betray the American people by allowing taxes to be raised on the rich. Even so, I am but a humble congressman, and wish only to do right by my constituents. Perchance we could agree on a smaller package of cuts—say, $1.5 trillion—and vote twice to raise the debt ceiling before 2012? Only if you are so disposed of course.” Obama snarled, and spat upon the ground. “Would you speak to your ‘Ronald Reagan’ this way? I’d rather bring down my presidency than shake hands with a white person like you. Never, you dog,” he said, and, rising, stormed out of the meeting with his troop of ACORN-trained Black Panther bodyguards.

Yep.  I’m pretty sure the only thing standing in the way of an ACORN appearance on True Blood is the staging and makeup problem that zombies have.  Unfortunately for ACORN’s hopes at a continued presence on the political scene, zombies always look, how can I say this, so Republican.

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