Yes, Mike, it is too much to ask for some consistency.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm | Politics

Amid the haste to condemn and defund ACORN it looks as if lawmakers didn’t realize the possibility that they were also condemning some large defense contractors.

The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to “any organization” that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Gumman both popped up quickly, with 20 fraud cases between them, and the longer list is a Who’s Who of weapons manufacturers and defense contractors.

It’s one thing for there to be a law in place but it’s quite another thing entirely to actually enforce it.

If the outrage over ACORN was about the money then you’re stuck with having to explain why the billions Lockheed Martin gets while breaking the law is somehow different. If it’s not about the money then I wonder what it is about ACORN that makes them different…


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