I listened to about fifteen seconds of right-wing radio this morning, and out of the hundred or so crazy statements made, there were a few that really jumped out at me. I thought I’d bring ’em up here, in my own vain attempt to achieve parity with the truth.
1. Acorn is under federal indictment: Acorn, an organization that seeks to equalize the disenfranchised, is not under federal indictment. A couple of temps they hired to sign up new voters cheated and made up names or copied them from phone books to get a check from Acorn. Notice here… Acorn was the organization getting cheated. However, because it involved voter registration, the felonious temps are being charged with voter registration fraud. (No fraudulent votes were cast because of this, the made up names and telephone lists were not informed of their new voting status.)
2. Acorn is receiving five billion dollars in taxpayer money from the economic stimulus package. Acorn is also not receiving five billion dollars from the economic stimulus package. The total amount of money that Acorn receives from the economic stimulus package is… zero. They aren’t even listed. Some senator was snarking that Acorn could get money because they work with the poor… which is true… because they work with the poor. Horrors!
3. The Democratic senators of California and Nevada are in cahoots to siphon off billions of stimulus funding to build a “fantasy train” between the Las Vegas strip and Disneyland. There is no train running between Vegas and Disneyland in the stimulus package. This is a fantasy itself of right-wing pundits. There is money set aside to improve railroad infrastructure. This is not the same thing.
Make no mistake, the right are hardly the only guys guilty of obfuscation and deception here, they were simply the only ones I happened to be exposed to just before I wrote this. I’d really love a flow-chart showing me who voted in the interests of the country versus the interests of their “side.” Because when consensus is needed, they are really not the same things.