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ACORN is Dead, Jim


On one hand this is genuinely hilarious for all the wrong reasons, and on the other hand it’s depressing for all the right reasons.

The omnibus spending bill unveiled last night by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) defunds ACORN not once, not twice, not three, but four times.

House Appropriations Committee spokesperson Jennifer Hing, who was not immediately available to comment, has repeatedly described the ACORN funding language as a standard provision included in appropriations bills.

Not every appropriations bill carries such a provision, however, and while the legislative language tends to be boilerplate, it takes multiple forms. The current appropriations bill contains three distinct versions of the ban on government money to ACORN, each with a minor difference. One of the versions shows up twice.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, but ACORN dissolved four years ago in 2010. There is no ACORN. House Republicans are legislating the beating of a dead horse. A horse that they killed.

  • waspuppet

    It’s language that holds over from every appropriations bill, and no one in the GOP wants a primary opponent running an ad saying “So-and-so took out the language defunding ACORN.”
    It’s like the old, possibly apocryphal, story about a Communist Party meeting where they announced a round of applause for Stalin’s birthday and they clapped for half an hour because no one wanted to be written up as “the first one to stop clapping.”

  • nicole
  • Victor_the_Crab

    Don’t you people get it? It’s not ACORN anymore, it’s,,, ZOMBIE ACORN!!! (DUM-dum-DAAAAAAA!!!)

  • IrishGrrrl

    Nah, it’s just pining for the fjords….

    • Victor_the_Crab


      • Sabyen91

        Sounds like Commie talk. We don’t cotton to that in this here Muricka.

    • muselet

      Beautiful plumage.


  • Ned F

    Ah, yes, but from little ACORNS mighty OAK trees grow. Simple preemption.

  • Lady Willpower

    It could always get MORE dead.

    • LeShan Jones

      It was only mostly dead, Miracle Max could bring it back if you dont continue to kill it just right.