Issa teams with Scott Walker to blast workers
Seems that Darrell Issa's been getting restless holding hearings on Presidential libraries and Freedom of Information Act requests, ducking accusations that he’s used almost a million taxpayer dollars to subsidize his personal investment portfolio, and demanding that the Obama Administration’s unprecedented efforts to improve government transparency be slashed to pay for more tax cuts for billionaires.
Issa called out locally, Brings the Gov Walker agenda to DC
Darrell Issa's attempts to escape the consequences of his earmark scandal hasn't been too effective so far. In his hometown North County Times, he's gotten pinged over his personal profits from taxpayer dollars in the letters section, and the San Diego Union-Tribune has put the kibash on Issa's desperate claim that it's not a legitimate story.
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.
Issa turns hypocrisy to government shutdown
Meanwhile, in the event of a shutdown "those who choose to come into work" suggests that Issa will declare all of his staff to be "essential employees" based on the definition issued by Rep. Dan Lungren as those "“whose primary job responsibilities are directly related to constitutional responsibilities." In other words, in the name of fiscal discipline, Issa is going to spend money without oversight or constraint that taxpayers will have to cover after the fact -- because he feels like it. Issa is simply going to ignore that he's helped prevent the federal government from functioning and just keep handing out (and personally accepting) money that has not been appropriated, budgeted, or accounted for in any way. This is often known as off-book deficit spending, and Issa is not only unrepentent, he's bragging about it.
Issa can’t escape his own disaster
As Darrell Issa spends his day criticizing the Obama administration for politicizing the Freedom of Information Act process at the Department of Homeland Security, Lee Fang expands on the brazen, partisan hypocrisy that we touched on yesterday with a rundown of the decidedly different tune Issa was singing during the Bush years
McHenry blocks Barney Frank testimony on Dodd-Frank
Oversight business will kick off after the recess tomorrow morning with a hearing on whether Dodd-Frank reforms of the financial sector have effectively ended 'too big to fail.' Stirring up the necessary acrimony and controversy, subcommittee chair Patrick McHenry refused to allow Barney Frank -- namesake of the legislation -- to appear at the hearing. McHenry, incidentally, has received major campaign funding from the banking and insurance industries and been called out for conflicts of interest after investigating banker bonuses after accepting contributions from Countrywide.
Penny wise, pound foolish
Since taking the reigns of the Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa has been quick to exercise Congressional jurisdiction over local DC government, fitting well with his proclivity for micromanaging while missing the bigger picture. When reorganizing the Oversight committee, creating new subcommittees and reconsituting others, Issa lumped oversight of DC in with the census, the National Archives, and... health care. In charge of the subcommittee, he chose South Carolina freshman Congressman Trey Gowdy. Gowdy was one of the early success stories of the Tea Party movement in 2010, running far to the right of veteran Republican Bob Inglis, unseating him in a contentious primary challenge.
Issa’s net neutrality double talk
Darrell Issa has a long history in the tech industry, with close ties that continue today -- and have recently gotten him in some trouble. More personally, he's also a notorious tech junkie, unable to resist fiddling with new gadgets and the tech toys of everyone around him. So if anyone should understand how important net neutrality is, you'd think it would be Darrell Issa. But instead, he's been steadfast in walking the corporate conservative line, adopting the favorite industry astroturf demand that the government not protect equal access.
Issa discovers his inner hypocritical libertarian
A joint hearing on Wednesday into TSA screening procedures revealed stunning hypocrisy from Darrell Issa, who was apparently completely unaware or uninterested in how absurd he sounded. During a deservedly critical grilling of TSA officials on invasive screening methods, Issa remarked: