I don’t know if the Democratic congress has specifically tried to cancel Haliburton contracts yet (they’ll probably hold off until primary season), but it seems clear the best way to mitigate the risk of that, if you are a Haliburton executive, is to have some employees get involved in prostitution consulting. ACORN did this, got caught, Congress tried to stop funding them, and ACORN actually found a judge who’d put an injunction on the very basic role of the Congress.

Judge Gershon also has a skewed understanding of how the legislative and executive branches interact, and how the Constitution separates their responsibilities. For example, she justifies her decision by stating Congress did not “order any agency of government to conduct an investigation” of ACORN’s wrongdoing. Excuse me? Congress does not have the authority to “order” executive-branch agencies like the Justice Department and HUD to “conduct an investigation.” Such agencies report to the president, who is constitutionally tasked with enforcement of the law. Congress can conduct oversight hearings or defund agencies, but it cannot “order” those agencies to conduct an investigation.

Gershon also complains that Congress did not initiate a “congressional investigation of ACORN,” nor did it apply the “comprehensive regulations that have been promulgated” by federal agencies to govern grant-making and the suspension or debarment of federal contractors. Huh? Does Judge Gershon really believe that it is unconstitutional for Congress to decide who to fund with federal tax dollars “without hearings”? Does she really believe that Congress has to abide by regulations issued by executive-branch agencies before deciding on appropriations of discretionary federal funds?

Apparently, its the judicial branch, not the House of Representatives that controls the spending.  I guess we need to update those American Government text books.