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Friday, February 25, 2011 

Issa abandoning commitment to jobs?

 

~ Jason Chaffetz, Oversight Subcommittee Chair and favorite of both Darrell Issa and Glenn Beck, was floated in a recent poll as a potential primary challenger to six-term Senator Orrin Hatch, and came out tied at 42% Chaffetz will certainly get all the spotlight he wants with Issa's help.
 
~ Last week, Issa confidently predicted that there would be no government shutdown. He then was extremely active in loading up the House budget proposal with narrow, line-item cuts targeting things like condoms, yoga, video games, malt liquor, and menopause to begin the process of dismantling health care and other reforms passed in recent years. Today, Jon Berstein explains why it's specifically those sorts of add-ons that make a government shutdown likely.
 
~ Speaking of those exceptionally small-scale and rather silly proposed cuts, Issa tried defending them with Norah O'Donnell last week. He managed to unexpectedly hit on an important point when he told O'Donnell: "in those 12 years we’ve gone from having a budget surplus to a deficit. So everything that’s been added should be the first to be looked at."
 
As Ben Armbruster notes at ThinkProgress, in terms of major budget impact, that discussion would naturally begin with Afghanistan and repealing the Bush tax breaks. One might also add the steady de-regulation of the private financial sector that led to economic collapse late in the Bush administration. But it's hard to imagine that Issa will actually act on his statements.
 
~ An independent analysis of the proposal from House Republicans found that it could reduce U.S. economic growth by 1.5 to 2 percent. It follows a study finding the proposed spending cuts could deliver a million lost jobs. John Boehner says "so be it" about the job losses, but it flies even more blatantly in the face of Issa's pursuit of "job-killing" government actions.

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I find the title of this piece at least vaguely disingenuous since Issa and those promulgating the upcoming Greedy Oligarchic Plutonomy (brought to you by RepubliCorp) have never shown any genuine interest in reversing the course they have spent decades laying out and setting us on, much less actually generating MORE jobs for the American worker. Ever notice their talk of “job creation” never EVER says where those jobs will be created?

Issa may well be the richest person in Congress. His only reason for being there is to increase his own wealth and power. The Republicons are fascists. Rep. Spencer Bauchus said,  “In Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.” There’s your proof, but by no means all of it.

Such as these are guilty of nothing less than economic treason.

at 1:21 am on Sun, Feb 27, 2011Posted by Progressive Republican

Btw… keep up the good work. It’s just getting started and we’ve a long way to go. Good luck, America. We’re gonna need all we can get.

at 1:23 am on Sun, Feb 27, 2011Posted by Progressive Republican

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