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Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of November 30, 2009
"GREAT SOCIETY" ARCHITECTS CLOWARD AND PIVEN ARE WINNING — YOUR EDITOR HAS BEEN BATTLING THEM SINCE 1970
"The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The ‘Cloward-Piven Strategy’ seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse."
OEO (OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY) WAS THEIR HEADQUARTERS
"Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were two lifelong members of Democratic Socialists of America who taught sociology at Columbia University (Piven later went on to City University of New York). In a May 1966 Nation magazine article titled ‘The Weight of the Poor,’ they outlined their strategy, proposing to use grassroots radical organizations to push ever more strident demands for public services at all levels of government.
"The result, they predicted, would be ‘a profound financial and political crisis’ that would unleash ‘powerful forces ... For major economic reform at the national level.’ "
THEIR ACTIVIST GROUPS HAVE BEEN FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SINCE 1966
"They implemented the strategy by creating a succession of radical organizations, most notable among them the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), with the help of veteran organizer Wade Rathke. Their crowning achievement was the ‘Motor Voter’ act, signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993 with Cloward and Piven standing behind him.
"As we now know, ACORN was one of the chief drivers of high-risk mortgage lending that eventually led to the financial crisis. But the Motor Voter law was another component of the strategy. It created vast vulnerabilities in our electoral system, which ACORN then exploited. …
"The Motor Voter law has also been used to open another vulnerability in the system: the registration of vast numbers of illegal aliens, who then reliably vote Democrat. Herein lies the real reason Democrats are so anxious for open borders, security be damned." Source: James Simpson (businessman and columnist, Simpson is a former White House staff economist and budget analyst), www.americanthinker.com, 11/23/09
Excerpted from Howard Phillips Blog, September 22, 2009
MY VETO WAS OVERRIDDEN
In 1970, my predecessor as Director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), Frank Carlucci provided initial taxpayer funding for ACORN.
When I became Director in 1973, I cut off all funding for ACORN. Following my departure as head of the agency, ACORN funding was restored and that rogue organization has been milking the taxpayers ever since.
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