Franklin Roosevelt gave us the New Deal. John Kennedy gave us the New Frontier…Barack Obama promised…a "New Foundation." For those too thick to have noticed this proclamation of a new era in American history, the White House Web site helpfully titled its speech excerpts "A New Foundation."…Obama is not the first to try this slogan. President Jimmy Carter peppered his 1979 State of the Union address with five "New Foundations" (and eight more just naked "foundations"). Like most of Carter's endeavors, this one failed, perhaps because (as I recall it being said at the time) it sounded like the introduction of a new kind of undergarment…Obama offered his New Foundation speech as the complete, contextual, canonical text for the domestic revolution he aims to enact. It had everything we have come to expect from Obama…The Sting: In Four Parts, Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, 4/17/2009
Part of the New Foundation is Congressional authorization of nearly six billion dollars worth of grants-in-aid to community organizations, such as ACORN. This didn’t start with the President, but with the Democrat Congress in 2008.
This week the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 2857, the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, more creatively known as the GIVE Act. If passed and signed into law (It was: ED.), the bill would revise and reauthorize appropriations for numerous community service programs through Fiscal Year 2012. Among the revisions to some of the programs is the addition of four “purposes” to the National and Community Service Act of 1990…The bill goes on to authorize hundreds of millions of dollars for various service programs, including the usual emphasis on reaching out to Indian tribes, “disadvantaged youth,” “underserved communities” and two particular minority groups. In other words, the groups Congress has a habit of over-serving, creating within these communities an unhealthy dependency upon government handouts as a stimulus for civic, educational, cultural and economic improvement…The Proposed GIVE Act: Government Usurpation of Volunteerism, Paul Weyrich, National Ledger, 5/5/2009
The act was signed into law in early April 2009. This act directly aided ACORN and other radical “community organizing” groups. That sounds familiar, and it should. Here’s the Ford Foundation detail on ACORN:
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Grantee Acorn Housing Corporation
Period 2008 - 2009
Region New York Office
Field Development Finance & Economic Security
Description To develop a streamlined mortgage foreclosure prevention process with national mortgage servicers…Grant Detail, ACORN Housing Corporation, The Ford Foundation, 4/17/2009
If you don’t know what’s happened to the great foundations set up in the name of one great robber baron or other, you know, the people who built the major industries in the United States, the detail is a good example. By an large, such foundations, like the United Council of Churches, tend to give grants to leftwing organizations and causes or, as Lenin put it succinctly, “capitalists sell us the rope to hang them with.”
Odd that the government should join forces so vigorously with private foundations… Who knows, soon Henry Waxman may design the next Chevrolet!