Another Tired Argument Against ACORN

It’s not news in the most literal sense (you know, revelatory, fresh, etc.), but AP reports this week that conservatives are, once again, tacking even further into misguided waters, attacking CRA, blaming the victim for the housing crisis, and, of course, ACORN.

“Should we repeal CRA? Absolutely,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, a member of the House Financial Services Committee. “Do we have the votes for it today? I seriously doubt that.”

Could it be there’s more than one reason you don’t have the votes to repeal CRA? Just a thought.

At this point, I’m surprised we’re not seeing ACORN blamed for wild fires in California, the Giants’ terrible loss to the Saints, or for tomato blight, but no matter: we have to continue flagging comments like these, and that the record is straightened every step of the way.

Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.


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