Monday, October 12, 2009

"Little Fish" or Big Problem?

I ran into an interesting tactic for Leftists who defend ACORN's activities: comparing ACORN to controversial high profile corporations like Goldman Sachs and Halliburton. After all, those big companies are guilty of taking far more money from taxpayers than ACORN, so why focus on the "little guy" when the "big guy" is still out there?

Simple. Because the "little guy" has broken the law on a number of occasions.

Here's just a partial list, as chronicled by Peter Roff of US News and World Report

  • Engaged in tax evasion, obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting a cover-up of nearly $1 million embezzled by Dale Rathke, brother of group founder Wade Rathke;
  • Committed investment fraud, depriving the public of the right to "honest services," and engaging in a racketeering enterprise affecting interstate commerce;
  • Conspired to defraud the United States by using taxpayer dollars for partisan political activities;
  • Violated the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.
There are others, but these are bad enough.

To the Leftists who still think ACORN is a small fish, let me point something out to you. If you shoplift from a convenience store at the same time a murder is occurring on the other side of town, you're still guilty of shoplifting. If Goldman Sachs, Haliburton, or any other big company is guilty of crimes, I fully endorse investigating them and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.

And unlike my Leftist brethren, I hold ACORN to the same standard.

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