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Thursday, January 6, 2011 

It’s been a busy week already


It's been a busy new year already for Darrell Issa as he gets set up at the Oversight Committee. He started with a tour of the Sunday talk shows, walking back some particularly incendiary comments he made to Rush Limbaugh in October. But when then didn't work out quite as effectively as he'd hoped, he went back to CNN yesterday to backpedal further and argue over the meaning of the word "corrupt."
He visited FoxNews as well on Sunday, where he predicted "a constant battle over jobs and the economy" with the White House. He echoed the same sentiment on CBS's Face the Nation, citing an alleged $125 billion in improper payments to Medicare recipients. But as PolitiFact points out in rating Issa's assertion false, the actual amount is less than 40% of Issa's number. 
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the new ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, is staffing up with some serious muscle for the next two years with Issa. Cummings said he's putting together a "staff of superstars" and has spent the week going toe to toe in the media with Issa over his recent letter inviting corporate special interests to make lists of things for the committee to investigate. Issa has remained unrepentent, while Cummings described the move as “inviting businesses to tell us what they want us to do as opposed to protecting the American people.”
As the new GOP majority took over in the House, Issa was left stuck with many of his fellow Republicans between repealing health care and changing spending habits. Hoping to split the difference, the GOP opted to exempt the costs of repealing health care -- a process which would add $230 billion to the federal deficit over ten years according to the Congressional Budget Office -- from its new 'Cut-Go' rule requiring new spending to be paid for. And for their trouble, 32 million Americans would lose coverage and coverage would be both worse and more expensive.


Reader Discussion

I just heard you on Thom Hartmann’s show this morning. It was the first time I had heard about and I just had to check it out. Over the years I’ve done my own research regarding Issa. The guy is a crook, and how he keeps getting re-elected is beyond me! I’m really hoping that Elijah Cummings can keep up with this slimy character and that he really *is* putting together a team of super-stars to help him in that goal. Keep up the good work!

at 9:23 am on Thu, Jan 6, 2011Posted by Brenda

There needs to be pressure put on this guy. he needs to explain his moves and be called out on his goofy statements. The cost of all of these investigations is more than we can afford. He needs to be put on the defensive until he backs off. people need to know that he sent out letters to corporations. He’s the one that has a questionable background.

at 12:38 pm on Thu, Jan 6, 2011Posted by Dave

Issa is still selling the public substandard products and hoping to make money off the weak and needy.
Please keep up your work for our country needs you.

at 12:39 pm on Thu, Jan 6, 2011Posted by Arnie

Brenda, I’m glad you heard Hartmann.  He had some good facts as well.  Yes, Issa has to be held to account for his past actions which include criminal indictments and his current actions, which include trying to hurt the people of his district to aggrandize himself.  We all have to “watch” him and assure that the national media does not simply continue its love fest with him.

at 9:58 am on Fri, Jan 7, 2011Posted by Rick Jacobs

I went to high school with Darrell Issa. He was in the class of ‘71 at Cleveland Heights High School; I graduated in ‘70 with his brother Bill. Darrell dropped out when we graduated to enlist in the military. I checked the yearbooks I have and found Darrell in the Cauldron from 1969. There are two photos of him in the two groups he belonged to: the Educational Media Aides (the smiling young man wore a pocket protector!) and (a preview of coming attractions)—Stage Crew. In this photo, young Darrell gazes away from the camera in this back stage shot with his hand on the curtain ropes: It’s show time!!  Rick, in your interview on Thom Hartmann’s show this week, you used the term “theatrical politics”—how prescient this image is now.

at 2:45 pm on Sat, Jan 8, 2011Posted by Wendy Collin Sorin

Wendy, thanks for this fascinating personal story.  Can you find others who knew him back then, especially others who might have kept up with him, at least until he left Ohio.  This might be a really good Facebook exercise.

Thanks for the kind words about Hartmann. You all keep teaching us how to do better!


at 2:49 pm on Sat, Jan 8, 2011Posted by Rick Jacobs

Rick, I just sent an email to someone I know who had contact with Issa in San Diego. Otherwise, I don’t know anyone who knew him. As for facebook, you might look into posting on the Cleveland Heights High School page. Yes, Thom Hartmann is one of my heroes! Clearly, the smartest boy in the class.

at 5:15 pm on Sat, Jan 8, 2011Posted by Wendy Collin Sorin

Thanks, Wendy!  I remind our growing commuinty here that the best way to hold Mr. Issa to account is to do so together.  This is a project for all of us.


at 10:55 pm on Sat, Jan 8, 2011Posted by Rick Jacobs

Rick, I’m sure you’ve already read the excellent and lengthy article in the New Yorker. If not, it’s available online.

at 12:48 pm on Wed, Jan 19, 2011Posted by Wendy Collin Sorin

I have read it.  Lucas has posted excerpts and I think a link on one of the posts here.

at 2:40 pm on Wed, Jan 19, 2011Posted by rick jacobs

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