Monday, October 20, 2008

The ACORN Shame

As much as we might like to connect ACORN to Obama, the truth is that other than supporting each other, Obama had nothing to do with the fraud that has occurred.

It doesn't matter to me if it can be connected to Obama. The bottom line is that ACORN bullied poor people to meet "quota's" for voter registration in order to get paid and those people, in turn, bullied and paid off poor people to register.

From the New York Post:

Pushed to meet daily quotas and bullied by bosses if they didn't, Ohio ACORN workers faked voter registrations, signed up people more than once, and even paid off registrants to keep from being fired, its canvassers told The Post.

"Every day, there was pressure on us. Every single day," said Teshika Elder, a Cleveland single mom of three who worked for ACORN this summer.

"We had meetings every morning where they'd go over your quota; they'd yell at you if you were low," said Elder, 21. "They'd sit us down and say if you didn't do better, they'd suspend you. They'd say
, 'Try harder next time,' [and] if you didn't get it, you'd be fired."

This is bigger than Obama. It's about an organization trying to take advantage of poor people and intimidating them to register to vote the way ACORN wanted them to. ACORN makes no secret of being about the Democrats and Obama. Given that, Obama and the Democrats should make sure that this kind of bullying and selling cigarettes for registrations should end. Now.

Taking advantage of the very people that you are trying to empower is the worst kind of wrong. Shame on ACORN. Shame on them all.