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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 

Great figures of the 20th Century Republican Party

 

~ Media Matters delves into Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Issa protege and one of Glenn Beck's favorites in Congress. With Glenn Beck set to "transition off," having folks like Chaffetz in Congress to keep pushing crazy conspiracy theories will help maintain Beck's de facto subpoena power.
 
~ Here's the Union-Tribune article on Issa's earmark troubles that Kurt Bardella is so agitated about. The local media has never seriously questioned Darrell Issa's shady side, so even coverage noting that such a side exists is apparently grounds for outrage for Issa Enterprises.
 
~ Darrell Issa says the Postal Service labor contract -- which would save $3.8 billion -- doesn't cut it, and held an unprecedented hearing on the topic yesterday:
 
“I have never heard of a congressional hearing being called into a collective bargaining agreement,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “This hearing is unprecedented and there has never been a hearing before into the collective bargaining agreements between our union and the postal service.”
 
As Mike Elk goes on to note:
 
Holding hearings into the internal workings of organized labor, particularly collective bargaining agreements, is a sensitive matter since the McCarthy hearings during the 1950s were used to effectively destroy some labor unions.
 
~ On the subject of boogeymen of the recent Republican Party, Issa held a hearing last week into the FOIA process at the Department of Homeland Security, going to far as to say that the process "reeks of a Nixonian enemies list." Issa, for his part, can speak a bit to the subject. Issa's bio included for decades an embellishment of his military record claiming he provided security for Nixon in 1971.
 
Plus, he released his own hit list in September of last year, has consistently moved to cut committee Democrats out of the hearing process, held biased hearings with major campaign contributors, and targeted a non-partisan commission that offered conclusions Issa didn't like.
 
~ Darrell Issa was part of a Congressional delegation visiting Egypt over this past weekend "to assess where Egypt is in the big picture," according to Rep. Vern Buchanan. No word yet on how that assessment might impact Issa's business performing oversight of the federal government, but his last trip -- to Pakistan -- has yet to produce hearings into the tens of billions of dollars wasted by private contractors that help bankroll Issa's campaigns.
 
~ All of Issa's big talk and tough demands for better transparency from the federal government are hypocritical enough when you consider that he refuses to apply any of the same standards to himself or his committee, but it goes even further. As the Sunlight Foundation noted recently, the drastic budget cuts that Issa supports would cut funding for data transparency programs -- from the $34 million that the Obama Administration established back down to just $2 million that set the standard during the Bush Administration. It increasingly seems that Darrell Issa is intent on being hypocritical and dishonest on every single issue.

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Holding hearings into the internal workings of organized labor, particularly collective bargaining agreements, is a sensitive matter since the McCarthy hearings during the 1950s were used to effectively destroy some labor unions.

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