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Foreclosure Imminent? Call ACORN

Of course part of the huge and porky “stimulus” bill was billions to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program. Of the the past beneficiaries of that program has been our old buddies at ACORN. But, you say, the election is over – ACORN can’t collect taxpayer money for fraudulent voter registration anymore.

Never fear, ACORN has found itself a new line of work. Civil disobedience:

The community organizing group Acorn unveiled the campaign with a spirited rally on Friday at a Brooklyn church and will roll it out in at least 22 other cities in the coming weeks. Through phone trees, Web pages and text-messaging networks, the effort will connect families facing eviction with volunteers who will stand at their side as officers arrive, even if it means risking arrest.

“You want to haul us out to jail? Fine. Let the world see how government has been ineffective,” Bertha Lewis, Acorn’s chief organizer, said in an interview. “Politicians have helped banks, but they haven’t helped families in the way that it’s needed, and these families are now saying, enough is enough.”

Yes friends, your hard earned money (or that which has been borrowed from the Chinese or printed on that nifty little printing press the government has) is now going to fund ACORN’s civil disobedience shenanigans.

While no one likes to see anyone lose their home, if you’re a believer in private property, then you understand the concept that you have to pay for someone else’s property or they have recourse. ACORN, dealing on emotion and your money, have unilaterally decided that’s just wrong and intends to demonstrate that by attempting to disrupt lawful procedures to foreclose homes. Instead of using the money to help the family that is losing the home to find other accomodations and by doing so ameliorate the trauma, ACORN has decided to add to the trauma instead.

Acorn’s strategy is modeled on a movement the group led in the 1980s, when squatters occupied and set out to renovate thousands of abandoned city-owned buildings in New York, Philadelphia and Detroit, among other cities. The motivation was to solve what Ms. Lewis has called “the working family’s housing crisis.”

In cities like Orlando, Fla., which has one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates — and Boston, Houston, Baltimore, Oakland, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz. — Acorn organizers have been creating networks to alert a homeowner’s neighbors when an eviction has been scheduled or deputies are on the way. Some volunteers will summon friends and relatives to converge at the home, while others will be in charge of notifying the news media. Organizers are also recruiting lawyers willing to defend for no fee those who are arrested.

The campaign, called Home Defenders, enlisted about 500 participants during meetings held Friday and Saturday in New York and five other cities. Ms. Lewis and other organizers said that they believed the number will reach into the tens of thousands within weeks.

Yessiree, just what we need – a taxpayer funded organization with obvious socialist roots attempting to deny the proper property owner’s rights while a sympathetic press looks on. ACORN’s model isn’t even a righteous model. As noted, the buildings in question in the ’80s were abandoned. The foreclosed houses aren’t abandoned, just empty. The quickest way to get in one, beside taking it unlawfully, is to buy it or rent it.

ACORN, however, would much rather spend its funds making a splash than a difference. But I’m not sure what else you’d expect from a bunch of marxist community organizers.

~McQ

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11 Responses to Foreclosure Imminent? Call ACORN

  • So, given the choice between a family with no resources and few recourses, and a bank which engaged in what is honestly described most accurately as organized theft, you pick the bank as “the rightful owner”.

    Well, you can to go hell on a f___stick, a__hole. It actually is people like you that this country should put up against the wall, at least to make a little brown spot when you shit your pants because the system is no longer protecting you.

    • Nice.  Stay classy there, dude.

    • Wait, I’m really at a loss here.  If the bank lends an entity money, using the house as collateral, and that entity fails to repay the loan, forfeiting the collateral, how is that described ” most accurately as organized theft”?

      Is it “organized theft” if a car dealer repos a car from a delinquent lendee?

  • If the bank lends an entity money, using the house as collateral, and that entity fails to repay the loan, forfeiting the collateral, how is that described ” most accurately as organized theft”?

    Because the bloated plutocrats are waddling around with their tophats and monocles and big canvas bags with dollar signs on them, laughing at the poor. Viva la Revolución!

  • Can anyone explain to me why you would bother to pay your mortgage at this rate?

    Suckers.

  • Sorry, but I don’t understand. What do you mean by “the foreclosed houses aren’t abandoned, just empty”? I understood the article to say ACORN was helping people facing eviction.

    Like it or not, this is going to have some resonance among a lot of people. How do you explain to them that it is acceptable to use taxpayer money to pay million dollar bonuses to executives while not doing anything for people who are being thrown out in the street?

    • The point has to do with the ACORN model which claims it is based on “abandoned” property.  The property in question isn’t abandoned.  It belongs to a property owner, just not necessarily those living there.

  • timactualLike it or not, this is going to have some resonance among a lot of people. How do you explain to them that it is acceptable to use taxpayer money to pay million dollar bonuses to executives while not doing anything for people who are being thrown out in the street?

    Correct.  As we see from the… um… passionate post by lakefxdan above, there are people (probably quite a few) in the country who have the idea that banks, because they have all the money, don’t actually need people to pay their mortgages.  Hence, they have no reason to throw people out of their homes when they default.  Plus, I’d say that there are many people who regard housing as a “right” (along with medical care, college education, a car, HDTV, and just about anything else you’d care to name), and evicting people is thus a violation of those rights.  Finally, it IS hard to swallow banks foreclosing on people when Uncle Sugar has been bankrolling big salaries, bonuses, and private jets for the people who run those very banks.  “Dude, where’s MY bailout???”

    We can thank the libs in the country, along with spineless “conservatives” like John “Obscene Profits” McCain, for fostering attitudes like these.  I’m sure that if people like the opportunists at ACORN or lakefxdan were PERSONALLY owed a lot of money by somebody who refused to pay, they’d sue and expect the police and courts to punish the debtor if he couldn’t be made to pay.  However, since greedy, impersonal banks are owed money, it’s OK to cheat them.  They make too much money as it is, you see, so it’s unfair for them to expect EVERYBODY to pay them back.

    At this rate, commerce will become increasingly impossible in our country as more and more industries are forced out of business in the name of “fairness”.  It isn’t that Americans want “socialism” or “communism”; more and more of us just want somebody else to pay our way.

  • why dont they rent it to owner as simple as that.

  • This will, of course, simply bring and end to all mortgage lending.   Next to go will be all construction jobs.   Then we will hear crying about a housing crisis.   And unemployment.

    It evidently hasn’t dawned on these clowns that few people feel obligated to work so that their property can be stolen at will by a politically connected mob.  When there’s nothing left to steal, what then?