After this past weekend, I am massively frustrated with ACORN.
You know ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. They’ve been in the news a lot lately.
I’ve had my reservations about ACORN for some time now. But this past weekend things went over the top.
You see, this past summer ACORN did lead paint remediation on our house. As I noted at the time, they left a bit of follow-up work for me. In their rush to get the job done (after three weeks of labor) they left a bunch of windows painted shut. Second story windows. So I had to borrow a ladder (thanks Michael) and pry them open myself, at great risk to life and limb.
I didn’t elaborate on this previously because I didn’t want to seem ungrateful for all the volunteer labor they wrangled on our behalf. After all, they protected my family from the hazard of lead poisoning and painted our house for free. All I had to pay for was paint.
Yeah, that’s pretty cool and all. But this past weekend I had to climb back up on that borrowed ladder (thanks again Michael) and use a razor blade on the window glass to scrape off all the unsightly extra paint that ACORN left behind.
What a royal pain! I can understand why people are ticked off at ACORN.
Oh, as for the voter fraud stuff? I’m not sure I understand the hoopla. FOX News reports ACORN workers tried to register Tony Romo and the starting lineup for the Dallas Cowboys… in Nevada. In Indiana they tried to register Jimmy Johns, which is the name of a sandwich chain. Obviously some ACORN workers are trying to scam the organization out of some money, since they’re paid on volume. That’s regrettable, but I’m not sure how that’s a big scandal worthy of the national news. It would only be an effective way of subverting the electoral process if you then had people masquerading as Tony Romo or Jimmy Johns trying to vote in Nevada or Indiana this fall. In Indiana, at least, you have to show a photo ID to vote. Obviously if ACORN was hatching a nefarious plot to accomplish that, they’d be taking their game to a whole ‘nother level.
But trust me on this one people. I’ve seen ACORN in action, and they’re just not that organized.