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GLENN: Oh, you know what? Dave, may I -- for anybody who doesn't know, here's who ACORN is. They are -- they and their associated groups lobby for a living wage, affordable housing, tax justice -- I love tax justice -- union causes and environmental goals. They are also against school choice and any kind of welfare reform. It's a major contributor to the sub prime meltdown. They pushed lenders into making home loans on easy terms. These are the groups that were saying that you're a racist if you don't go in and make these loans to people who can't afford them. They conducted strikes against the banks so they would lower their credit standards. In 2006 a report from the EPI, the Employment Policies Institute said ACORN has been on the federal take since 1977. ACORN's American Institute for Social Justice -- code language -- claimed $240,000 in tax money between fiscal years 2002 and 2003. Its environmental justice project received 100% of its revenue from government grants in the same years. Your tax dollars. The EPI estimates that ACORN Housing Corporation received $16 million in federal dollars from '97 to 2007. Only recently Democrats tried and failed, thank goodness, to stuff the affordable housing provision into that $700 billion bill. ACORN is spending $16 million this year alone to register new voters. It is already boasting that it has put 1.3 million new voters on the rolls. The big question that Dave was alluding to is how many of them are real, you know, what kind of fraud are we looking at. Well, let me run down just some of it and this is what's currently going on. The Michigan Secretary of State told the press in September that ACORN had submitted, quote, a sizable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications. Nevada's Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller requested a raid on ACORN's offices following complaints of false names and fictitious addresses including the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, ACORN responded, "I believe that this is racist." Nevada's Clark County registrar of voters Larry Lomax said he saw rampant fraud in 2,000 to 3,000 applications ACORN submitted weekly. Officials in Ohio are investigating voter fraud connected with ACORN. Florida's Seminole County is withholding ACORN's registrations that appear fraudulent. New Mexico, North Carolina and Missouri are now looking into hundreds of dubious ACORN registrations. Wisconsin is investigating ACORN employees for, according to an election official, making people up, or registering people that are still in prison, end quote. Then there's Lake County, Indiana which has already found more than 2100 bogus applications among the 5,000 ACORN dumped right before the deadline. Almost half, they said, quote, all the signatures look exactly the same. Connecticut estimates that 20% of ACORN's registrations are faulty. As of July, the City of Houston has rejected or put on hold 40% of the 27,000 registration cards submitted by ACORN. That is just this year.
In 2004 four ACORN employees were indicted in Ohio for submitting false voter registrations. 2005, two Colorado ACORN workers found to have submitted false registrations. Four ACORN Missouri employees were indicted in 2006. Five were found guilty in Washington State in 2007 for filling out registration forms with the names from a phone book.
Barack Obama is now trying to distance himself from this. When will America wake up? He's now trying to distance himself from this. In 1992 Barack Obama led voter registration efforts as the director of Project Vote, which includes ACORN. This past November he lauded ACORN's leaders for being, quote, smack dab in the middle of Project Vote, end quote. During his tenure on the board of Chicago Woods Funds, see if -- Chicago Woods Funds, why do I know Chicago Woods Funds? He was on the board. That body funneled more than $200,000 to ACORN. Oh, Chicago Woods Funds, I remember. William Ayers is on that board. More recently the Obama campaign paid $832,000 to an ACORN affiliate, $832,000 to get out the vote. Well, maybe they didn't know. Okay, maybe they did know but maybe they really thought that that money, $832,000, quote, was going for staging sound and lighting, end quote, until they were caught lying about $832 going to staging, sound and lighting and then they later said, "Oh, yeah, that was going to an ACORN affiliate to get out the vote."
They now claim that Barack Obama never organized with ACORN, has nothing to do with illegal voter registration. Yeah, and by the way, that $832, it wasn't $832. It was $832,000 for the staging and the lights, which those are expensive lights. Bunting, have you seen the price of bunting? Isn't what it used to be. They are now saying that he has nothing to do with it. Let me give you this from a speech that he gave earlier this year. This is the end of a speech of a bunch of community organizers where ACORN played a big role. This is what Barack Obama said about the involvement of organizations like and including ACORN.
VOICE: Last question, yes or no, little embellishment if you would like: If elected President of the United States, would you agree in your first 100 days to meet with the delegation of representatives from these various community organizations that campaign for community values? Could they count on you in your first 100 days to sit down with them?
OBAMA: Yes, but let me even say before I get inaugurated. During the transition we're going to be calling all of you in to help us shape the agenda. We're going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.
GLENN: Stop. Good God, are you not frightened for the future of your country? He wants to meet with the community organizers so they can help shape the future of America. Who the hell are these community organizers? In your right mind why would you meet with people who have been responsible at a great degree for the housing crisis?
Let me ask you this. It's all about judgment with Barack Obama but at some point, America, it's not about his judgment. It's about your judgment. I mean, that's not the Barack Obama I know. It's going to come out of just stupid people's mouths at one point. "Oh, that's not the Barack Obama I know." It's the Barack Obama I know! You have to ask yourself, who is this guy? What does he really, truly believe? Give me the rope line comments from him. He's talking to a plumber. "Can I count on your vote?"
VOICE: Your new tax plan's going to tax me more.
OBAMA: It's not that I'm going to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they have got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.
GLENN: I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody. Can we stop with the nonsense that this guy's not a Marxist? Can we please look into his theology? His theology is Marxism.
Let me ask you this: If you think he's for personal responsibility, if you think you're not being lured into a trap, I am all for if people are going to lose their house, be able to go in and tap your 401(k), if you are going to be foreclosed on, go in and tap your 401(k) and not get the tax penalty. I'm not going to bail you out afterwards but if you're in a crisis situation, I'm for it. I tapped my 401(k) to buy a house many, many years ago. You pay yourself back. I get it. There are ways that you can tap your 401(k). Unreimbursed medical expenses for you, your spouse or dependents. You can get it. Purchase of an employee's principle residence. You want to buy a house, you can do it. Payment of college tuition, related educational costs such as room and board for the next 12 months for you, your spouse, dependents or children who are no longer dependents. Payments necessary to prevent eviction of you from your home or foreclosure on the mortgage of your principle residence. Or funeral expenses and repair for primary residents.
Got it. But to discourage early hardship withdrawals, in most cases the IRS does post a heavy financial penalty including a 10% early withdrawal penalty if you are younger than 59 1/2. You qualify for the penalty free withdrawal if you meet one of the following exceptions. You are totally disabled, you are in debt because of medical expenses, you are required by court to give money to a divorced spouse, you are separated from, you know, service through layoff, termination, quitting, taking early retirement in the year that you turn 55 or later. Okay? Otherwise you pay tax. Why does Barack Obama want you to be able to go into your 401(k) if you don't have these exceptions? And if you want to be able to say just because you want to be able to do it to prevent eviction from your home or foreclosure on the mortgage of your principle residence, just specifically open that one up. Just add the line, "And there will be no tax penalty." That's it. That's all you have to do. Instead he wants to make penalty-free withdrawals from retirement accounts up to $10,000. We should not be doing anything that encourages people to take money out of their 401(k). If you're in an emergency, I get it. If you are going to lose your house, I get it. If your spouse has died and buried them, you have to do it, I get it. But not to pay off your credit card bills. Why would you do that? Quite frankly it's not to help people. It's to enslave people. Because the more you can deplete your 401(k) to pay off things that are not dire emergencies like death or losing your home, you deplete your savings. You deplete your retirement. You are going to need somebody to babysit you.
The things that Barack Obama has done is so insidious and so unbelievably brilliant in its enslaving power, I'm ready for reparations. Everything this man does is to enslave you. Everything this man does. He says "I'm going to set you free." You don't set people freebie making them dependent on you, and that's everything he's done. Why would you want to deplete your savings? Why would you want to deplete your retirement? Can I make an early withdrawal from my retirement if I'm losing my house from Social Security? Can I do that? Of course not. But you can deplete yours. The government will let you do that, sure. Absolutely. And we'll be here to help you. These people might as well just be shooting bullets at us.