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Obama's housing entitlement campaign & ACORN's civil disobedience mob

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 18, 2009 05:40 AM


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My syndicated column today looks at the massive mortgage entitlement campaign launched by President Obama today — and the concurrent, anti-foreclosure bullying campaign launched by ACORN. I’ve been warning about this for weeks (see here, here, here, and here) — and in particular, I’ve been blasting the Republicans for playing right into the left-wing agenda. The Beltway GOP is just as guilty as the Democrats for perpetuating the idea that your mortgage is my problem and that it government’s job to stem falling housing values.

This is the ethos that helped create Peggy the Moocher, Henrietta Hughes, and the Colorado third-grader who explained his support for Obama this way (hat tip – Jessica Peck Corry):

“I always listen to the speech of Obama in the commercial that he will help pay the rent of (our) house.”

Despite some initial efforts to reform Fannie and Freddie, the Bush administration helped prop up the same minority lending shakedown artists now teaming up with Obama to massively expand the role of government in the housing market. The multi-billion-dollar stimulus slush fund for the housing mob is just one of many new windfalls to come in Obama’s savior-based economy.

Unless fiscal conservatives in Washington get their fundamental principles straight — credit is not a civil right, stop supporting the artificial prop-up of the housing market and yes, I’m talking to you, Mitch McConnell — ACORN will sit firmly in the taxpayer-subsidized catbird’s seat, smugly threatening to break the law in the name of “social justice” and “affordable housing” and then sue you for racial discrimination if you dare to oppose them.

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ACORN and Obama: Together again
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2008

Fresh off the trillion-dollar porkulus bill signing in Denver, President Obama immediately launched into his next New Raw Deal expansion: A massive mortgage entitlement program forcing lenders to refinance at an initial cost of $50 billion to $100 billion. That’s in addition to the bipartisan-supported $50 billion in the “stimulus” bill to bail out homeowners underwater on their mortgages and the $2 billion in “neighborhood stabilization” funds to alleviate the foreclosure crisis.

In tandem with the White House Bad Borrowers Bailout, Obama’s old friends at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) are launching a new campaign of their own: the “Home Savers” campaign. What a coinky-dinky, huh? As with most of the bully tactics of the radical left-wing wing group, it ain’t gonna be pretty. They are the shock troops on the streets doing the dirty work while the Community Organizer-in-Chief keeps his delicate hands clean.

Trumpets ACORN: “On Feb. 19, ACORN members will launch a new tactic in fighting foreclosures: civil disobedience. Participants in the ACORN Home Savers campaign nationwide will simply refuse to move out of foreclosed homes, or in some cases, will move back in. ACORN homesteaders intend to squat in their homes until a comprehensive, federal solution for people facing foreclosure is put in place.”

ACORN’s foot soldiers, funded with your tax dollars, will scream, pound their fists, chain themselves to buildings, padlock the doors, and engage in illegal behavior until they get what they want. It’s a recipe for anarchy. Threatens Baltimore ACORN’s Louis Beverly, who calls himself a “Foreclosure Fighter:”

“After you’ve used all your legal options, your last resort is civil disobedience. We’re talking about families who have been in their homes 20 or 30 years. People who are assets in the community, who look out for the elderly, who have community associations, and these are the people being kicked out of the community.”

We can all sympathize with good folks who can’t pay their bills. But as I’ve said repeatedly in my criticism of the mortgage entitlement mentality embraced by both parties in Washington, home ownership is not a civil right — and neither is home retention. Artificially propping up the housing market will only result in more of the same costly borrow-spend-panic-repeat cycles that got us into this mess in the first place. Failing corporations need to fail. So do failing home borrowers. This is borrowing from frugal renter Peter to pay profligate Paul’s home loan.

Now, that’s the kind of theft that should be the subject of civil disobedience.

Instead, ACORN offices, funded with your tax dollars, are training teams of these “Home Savers” — described as “people ready and willing to mobilize on short notice to defend the homesteaders against attempts to evict them.” Ready, willing, and able to mobilize on short notice because they are either unemployed or employed full-time as ACORN shakedown artists.

Guess who’s encouraging them to defy the law? Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, who told them: “Stay in your homes. If the American people, anybody out there is being foreclosed, don’t leave.” The housing bullies will be assisted by left-wing propaganda documentarians at the Brave New Foundation, headed up by Hollywood lib Robert Greenwald, who will disseminate sob stories to crank up pressure while President Obama pushes his housing entitlement plan.

ACORN is targeting the following cities: Tuscon, Ariz.; Oakland, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Contra Costa County, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Baltimore, Md.; New York, N.Y.; Houston, Texas; San Mateo County, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Wilmington, Del.; Broward County, Fla.; Boston, Mass.; Flint, Mich.; Detroit, Mich.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Albany, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Dallas, Texas.

ACORN racketeers have waited three decades for this moment in the sun. And as President Obama promised ACORN members at a forum in December 2007, “We’re going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda, we’re gonna be having meetings all across the country…so that you have input into the agenda.”

The moment is nigh. Prepare for lawlessness.

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