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Tuesday, January 4, 2011 

Issa puts committee up for bid

 

It didn't even take a full day before Darrell Issa declared loud and clear who he's working for -- and it isn't you or me. Instead, Issa has sent a letter to 150 corporate entities putting his investigatory responsibilities at their disposal and asking what they would like him to change. The full list isn't yet known, but those that are read like a who's who of special interests, and suggests a shocking conflict for Issa as he takes over as chair of the House Oversight Committee.
 
The letter reportedly went to health care big pharmaceutical companies as Issa gears up to investigate and attempt to repeal health care reform. It went to the National Association of Manufacturers after more than a year of Issa harassing the EPA over tougher emissions standards for big-polluting manufacturers. The letter went to Toyota, which Issa has investigated over safety issues. It went to Bayer (the maker of Aspirin) while Issa declares open warfare on the FDA. It went to the American Petroleum Institute and the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association as Issa tries to rehabilitate big oil's public image following the Gulf oil spill. It went to telecommunications companies as Issa and the rest of Congress duke it out over new net neutrality protections. In short, Issa has contacted every rich corporate interest he could think of to ask how they'd like him to run his committee -- How best he can use the Oversight Committee as a tool of Corporate America.
 
And Issa's conflict of interest doesn't stop at the committee. Despite being the richest member of the House, Issa has no qualms about accepting big, influential chunks of money to pay for his campaign. His biggest backer since entering Congress has been the health care and pharmaceutical industry, and they made sure to hold that number one spot in the last campaign- as Issa was kicking and screaming to block health care reform, then immediately pivoting to repeal any part that he could. And for years he's been collecting big checks from the Defense Industry, Big Oil and Wall Street backers, all of whom stand to benefit now that Issa is in a position to turn the Oversight Committee into a corporate mouthpiece with subpoena power.
 
Even for Issa, sending this letter and revealing his enthusiastic embrace of corporate power over citizen oversight is a craven maneuver. Not only does it publicize his long list of conflicts as the new chair of the Oversight Committee, it demonstrates that he has no concern over being held accountable. The incoming Republican leadership has already moved to eliminate the House Ethics Committee, and Issa isn't about to investigate himself for these conflicts or any of the many other shady dealings in his past. And since he can't investigate any of the scandals that he himself has been involved in, there's really nothing left except to auction off his committee to the highest corporate bidder. So that's exactly what Issa's decided to do.

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Since when in history has politics not involved ‘‘tactile maneuvers’‘..? It is their unique ability to ‘‘believe and manifest’’ thru gifts from their ‘‘god’‘..these include ‘‘charisma and charm’‘,and few realize that..instead ‘‘admirer those ‘‘gifts’’ and become ‘‘true followers’‘..giving them POWER..and one must learn to be amused…instead of vile….in the end ..its just another moment that passes….but BEWARE—TO SOME..THIS IS ABOUT EGO ..and their ‘‘place in heaven’‘...giggles..

at 1:13 pm on Wed, Jan 5, 2011Posted by kiersten woods

This is also about EGG, all over Issa’s face, of which there will be plenty.
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at 2:15 pm on Wed, Jan 5, 2011Posted by Bea

It is not at all shocking that Issa is doing this.  What may be more shocking is when nothing is done to stop him given the corporatist sentiment making itself all too apparent in DC regardless of party. It is one thing to publicly walk your party line to the absurd extremes and get another to publicly disagree with what is being done and do nothing about it.

at 4:31 pm on Wed, Jan 5, 2011Posted by ishtarmuz

I live in Darrell Issa’s CA 49th Congressional District, am thoroughly familiar with his history of bad ethics and his terrible record of voting against veterans, environmental, LGBT, human rights and health issues.

Fortunately we have a popular local newspaper, THE NORTH COUNTY TIMES, which has the most expansive policy for publishing letters to the editor, and this provides you all a great opportunity to expose Mr. Issa.  The NCT permits a writer to submit a letter every TWO WEEKS, and publishes over 11,000 letters each year.  I’ve had as many as 24 letters published in a single year.

Submit to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Maximum 200 words.  Always includ your name, address and phone number where the NCT can reach you.  They will call you for verification the first time you submit a letter; for subsequent letters they do not.

There is a wealth of material on this website for creating letters.  Get the word out!

at 12:27 am on Thu, Jan 6, 2011Posted by Joseph Crews

TO EDITOR ONLY:
Correct email address is:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Apparently I entered it incorrectly just minutes ago in my submission.

Sorry

at 12:30 am on Thu, Jan 6, 2011Posted by Joseph Crews

“ask how they’d like him to run his committee “

WHAT? That’s hysterical = totally ridiculous paraphrasing of what has ACTUALLY been published:

TRUTH:
“list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.”

Are you 12 or a college student or something?

OH WAIT. I was kidding but I see on Twitter you actually ARE.

HAHAHAHAHAHA Oh Issa’s shakin in his boots I tell ya. 3 dopes that can’t even get a quote right.

 

 

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at 1:38 am on Thu, Feb 17, 2011Posted by Selva

Lots of accusations, probably true because Issa is a member of congress and members of congress are there to funnel tax dollars to large corporations. BUT can you be more specific and disclose your sources too?
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at 8:56 pm on Wed, Jul 20, 2011Posted by dustin buttry

Issa is one more charlatan in the army of them that make up the GOP. This witch-hunt noise is just that. It’s a loud distraction to take eyes off the fact that they’re doing nhothing of substance other than trying to paint Obama and the Dems in a bad light. As they’d put it: “doing the peoples work”. Since corporations are now on equal footing with voters, those corporations are “the people” they’re speaking of.
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