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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 01/ 2/2011

Issa: Obama has 'one of the most corrupt administrations'

By Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez


Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.

CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Issa: Obama has 'one of the most corrupt administrations'

Incoming House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that his committee does not plan to investigate the White House's reported efforts to get Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) out of last year's Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary, noting that it has since been revealed that the Bush administration made similar efforts in previous years. "It was wrong if it was done in the Bush administration; it's wrong in the Obama administration," Issa said, adding that his committee focuses mainly on issues of waste, fraud and abuse. Issa also clarified that when he previously said during a radio interview that Obama "has been one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times," he was referring to the Obama administration and not the president himself.

"In saying that this is one of the most corrupt administrations, which is what I meant to say there," Issa said, "when you hand out $1 trillion in TARP just before this president came in, most of it unspent, $1 trillion nearly in stimulus that this president asked for, plus this huge expansion in healthcare and government, it has a corrupting effect."

The exchange begins at about the 1:20 mark in the following clip:

He also took aim at the national health care overhaul, which he said is "expanding Medicaid mandates that have been at least tentatively ruled unconstitutional," and at the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which he called "$800-billion worth of walking-around money."

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said that "it's very unlikely" that President Obama will face a serious primary challenge in 2012. "You and I know that you can always get a fringe candidate or somebody to run," Kaine told CNN's Ed Henry, adding that "the likelihood of any serious challenge to the president is virtually nil." Kaine also said that he will stay on for another two-year term at the DNC because that's where Obama wants him. "It's a wonderful job and I intend continue it," Kaine said.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), incoming ranking member of the oversight committee, Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) also appeared on the show. Cummings said that he's going to hold the administration "to a very, very high standard" but that "we can't have witch hunts; we can't have these fishing expeditions." Israel said that Democrats face "an uphill battle" in winning the 25 seats necessary to retake the House but noted that 61 seats currently represented by Republicans voted for Obama in 2008. Altmire called Obama's tax-cut compromise with congressional Republicans "a model for what he should do moving forward.

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FOX NEWS SUNDAY - GOP plans health-law repeal vote before State of the Union

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, pledged that Republicans would bring a vote to repeal the new health-care law before President Obama's State of the Union address in late January. He suggested that Republicans may have enough votes to override a virtually certain presidential veto of any legislation to repeal the law. If repeal fails, Upton said Republicans would attack individual eleements of the bill. Upton also vowed to fight new EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman-to-be Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) responded to reports that the White House is hiring more lawyers to respond to increased scrutiny from GOP-led committees, including Issa's, by saying "they're going to need more accountants." "As soon as the administration figures out the enemy is wasteful spending and not the other party, the better off we'll be," Issa said.

Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), a tea party favorite, said he "didn't learn anything" from a firestorm that erupted over his original choice for chief of staff, a controversial Florida conservative readio host who stepped down after bombastic comments grabbed headlines. West stood by previous comments in which he described the Democratic-controlled government as "tyrannical," "socialist" and "despicable." The Florida Republican chastised incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) for his defense of what West has characterized as a lax work schedule. Sen.-elect Mike Lee (R-Utah) called for a balanced budget amendment to force government to reign in spending.

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ABC: THIS WEEK - White House: Don't 'play chicken' with debt ceiling
 
White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee warned Republicans against 'playing chicken' with the national debt ceiling, which he said could cause people to "get the wrong ideas" about whether the U.S. could fulfill its debt obligations. "This would be lumping us in with a series of countries in history who we don't want to be lumped in with," Goolsbee said. The administration hopes to "juice" the economy to increase the rate of growth and lower the unemployment rate. He said the White House's efforts will focus on investment, exports and innovation.

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NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Graham: 2012 could be Romney's year

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham pointed to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) as leading the field of potential 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls. "Mitt Romney has his problems as a candidate, but so does everyone else," Graham said. "But it's a changing environment, and the one thing you've got to prove to the people of South Carolina is not only that are you conservative, but you can carry the day." Graham said he refused to vote for an increase in the national debt ceiling unless it's accompanied by bipartisan reform on spending and Social Security. "I will not vote for the debt ceiling increase until I see a plan in place that will deal with our long-term debt," Graham said. He also lamented that congressional Republicans "were pushing through policies in the lame-duck that could've been made better in the new Congress."

Sen.-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) also cited the debt ceiling as a concern but stopped short of Graham's refusal to vote for it unless it's accompanied by entitlement reform. "My suggestion is that when we contemplate raising the debt limit, we do it in small increments and we do it periodically," Toomey said. "And every time we do it, we make sure we get a major concession in the direction of limiting spending so that we can get this fiscal train wreck under control."

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CBS: FACE THE NATION - Bachmann, Kelly oppose raising debt ceiling
 
In an entertaining but ultimately not very informative roundtable, guest host Harry Smith brought Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), Debbie Wasserman Schulz (D-Fla.) and Rep.-elect Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) together for a chat that frequently degenerated into the guests talking over each other. Bachmann said the Republicans would introduce a "clean" bill to repeal the new health-care law. Kelly said he hopes that incoming GOP freshmen, many of whom are backed by the tea party, can force the government to live within its means like people in the "real world." Wasserman Schulz said it remains to be seen whether the freshman can translate their campaign rhetoric into meaningful action. "We haven't heard any concrete proposals" from tea party activists and lawmakers, Wasserman Schulz said. Both Bachmann and Kelly said they opposed raising the debt ceiling, but said Republicans were not "looking to shut the government down." "I don't know what you call it, Michele, but that's shutting down the government," Weiner responded.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) backed away from comments he made to Rush Limbaugh that President Obama is "corrupt." But, he said, "time and time again what we've seen the Obama administration is they playfast and loose with the walking-around money Congress gave them." Issa said the government could save $125 billion if it cracked down on Medicare fraud, and it could shrink government by five percent if every committee and lawmaker shrank the size of their budgets by five percent, as incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has called for.

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CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Steele opponent: He's a 'great patriot and a wonderful man'

Former Ambassador to Luxembourg Ann Wagner, one of the five candidates vying to unseat Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, touted her fundraising ability and her "real political savvy," noting her success chairing Sen.-elect Roy Blunt's (R-Mo.) campaign. Wagner declined to directly criticize Steele, who she called "a great patriot and a wonderful man." "We're grateful for the work that he's done and the great victories we had in 2010," she said, adding that some "retooling and re-management of the building" is necessary.

Wagner also said that she "applauds" the efforts of the tea party movement but doesn't think it's part of the Republican Party, calling the movement "very much an independent voice." Asked how she would respond as chairman to a potential tea party candidate for president, Wagner wouldn't say whether she'd try to force the candidate out of the race. "I believe in our two-party system. ... I think it's the job of the Republican National Committee chairman to bring people together and to listen and to dialogue and to come to some level of consensus moving forward," she said.

By Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez  | January 2, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
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Dipping into the past for comparisons, we find that our beloved Ronnie Reagan presided over the "most-indicted" administration in history, ranging from international weapons and drugs-related offenses like Irangate, to banking scandals and unlawful prosecutions by the AG. We'll want to note that the W administration's Mr. Cheney is being indicted in Nigeria for bribery- and note that Cheney's company Halliburton has pled guilty to various financial crimes against the Federal Government after receiving no-bid contracts through the influence of Cheney. Let's not even get into Brown and Root, Blackwater, and all the other Cheney-linked businesses that have stolen billions from the Iraq war effort. Where was Issa then? Standing around with his hand out? He's got a lot of balls talking about President Obama now.

Posted by: whitebeard1 | January 5, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Too many elected officials are uninformed individuals. So they call in their special interest
conflicts of interest to dictate how government should approach matters which is why consumers aka taxpayers are constantly getting screwed.

Perfect example:

New House oversight chairman asks businesses to name onerous government regulations January 4, 2011 | 8:44 am


Rep. Darrell Issa, the Vista Republican who will head the House's top investigative committee, is following through on his pledge to be more friendly to business, asking companies to tell him which government regulations to target with his new powers.


Issa, the incoming chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform committee, recently sent letters to more than 150 businesses, trade associations and think tanks asking for their help in "identifying existing and proposed regulations that have negatively impacted job growth," according to a copy of one of the letters released Tuesday by his office. He asked for responses by Jan. 10.


"The anti-business policies of the past have hurt job creators, small and large," said Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella. "It’s in the interest of every American that we create a regulatory environment that fosters economic growth and makes U.S. companies globally competitive."


The outreach reflects the more business-friendly approach of the incoming House Republican majority. Issa, who made a fortune running his own car-alarm company before coming to Washington, has been outspoken about reversing what he views as the anti-business attitude of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats.

Posted by: rheckler2002 | January 4, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Them's pretty strong words, GOPer, after 43s corruption.

From outside the beltway the corruption seems to eminnate from the right side of the aisle. So does the obstruction, disinformation and outright sabotage of the American society.

Posted by: BigTrees | January 4, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Republican­s will not INCLUDE COST OF REPEAL OF HC REFORM....­.!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47000.html

DUH----Of course they -gop- will not include the costs..Tha­t would be responsibl­e and responsive to the American people..Re­publicans don't do that!

They screw and lie to the people to help the wealthy and corporatio­ns...Who benefits if HC reform is repealed? Insurance companies-­-- that is who!

Their plan- gop's- is to replace the benefits--­pre existing conditions­- drug benefits for seniors- children covered on parents insurance-­-23 million not denied coverage -with torte reform !--What a crock and scam on the American people!

http://www­.theatlant­ic.com/bus­iness/arch­ive/2011/0­1/what-is-­truth/6880­9/

Posted by: jetlone | January 4, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

This is all very interesting. It seems that name-calling and party bashing is the order of the day here. The fact is that President Obama is the President of the USA, whether you agree with his agenda or not and whether you voted for him or not. You should be SUPPORTING him, not calling him names! We can't accomplish anything in this country unless we rally around our government and HELP them to get the job done.

Partisan politics is getting out of control and as such, it is depressing to read any of the comments in any article about the hill and it's doings these days. Please offer solutions, not more name calling people!

Issa and his comments about Obama are the perfect example of what is happening and how the good ole boys network is trying to regain their foothold once again in any manner, using anything they can find. This is counter-productive and just plain sad. There is work to be done by all of the Congresspeople and Senators! All of them need to stop the bickering and find SOLUTIONS to what is ailing this country. We need JOBS and we need healthcare as well as many other things. Fighting about the way to achieve these things gets us no closer to having them!

Oh how I long for the day that I can read about a productive session in Congress that includes two parties working TOGETHER! We are all US citizens...why not act like it!!!

Posted by: DBJP | January 3, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Actually, if my owen party had been at least an itsy bitsy concerned about the out of control Bush administration, I would probably be a happy as a clam Republican. As it is, this group of grifters getting balanced budget religion this late is not all that impressive. Now their motive to cut budgets is to "get Obama" but when they controlled the government, they did squat on deficit control. The only work they did on the deficit was to cut taxes and spend out treasure on the foolish wars and run up the debt. HAHAHAHA and they think they are qualified to talk about deficit reduction?

Posted by: mJJ2 | January 3, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

ho ho ho this is a good one. Sure, Obama's team is corrupt. So was his predecessor's. So will be his successor's. Unless taxpayers start watching everything their goubbmint does, corruption is a way of life in Washington, and in all the State Capitols and local city offices... Amerika is no different than any Banana republic despite "that g-d piece of paper that prevents me from doing my job".

Posted by: yard80197 | January 3, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Issa's comments about corruption in the Obama administration may indicate he is not getting his cut of the goodies.

Posted by: janye1 | January 3, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone can say anything they want, no matter how outrageous - where is the proof? Where is even the slightest specific allegation?

I'll reply like Mr. Issa and proclaim that "Mr. Issa will be the worst representative in the history of the nation!"

See - I can say whatever I want, but it doesn't mean a thing without backup.

Posted by: jhenry1 | January 3, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Where was all this oversight when the Bush administration mislead the country into an unnecessary, unwise, poorly managed war that killed thousands and squandered billions?

When Issa and the GOP start investigating the Obama administration, Ds should grow a pair and drag out all that the Bushies got away with.

The thousands of deaths caused by the feckless invasion of Iraq are swept under the rug by both Rs and Ds.

Posted by: mcafla | January 3, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Where was all this oversight when the Bush administration mislead the country into an unnecessary, unwise, poorly managed war that killed thousands and squandered billions?

When Issa and the GOP start investigating the Obama administration, Ds should grow a pair and drag out all that the Bushies got away with.

The thousands of deaths caused by the feckless invasion of Iraq are swept under the rug by both Rs and Ds.

Posted by: mcafla | January 3, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If the Republicans concentrate on anything but jobs, they will be replaced in 2012. Somehow they led the public before the last vote that they have the secret for job creation. So, now is their chance. Flip that "magic" switch and create jobs. Start with all the Republican cronies that are shipping their jobs overseas but lining up for the US tax breaks.

Posted by: pgmichigan | January 3, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

1. corruption and payoffs are pervasive in Obama’s administration

2. many lawyers around the country are outraged at the corruption and payoffs of point 1 above, and, therefore, would be willing to do pro bono work to rectify such wrongs, either for the political exposure resulting from it or for patriotic reasons ( not all lawyers are sleazy after all)

3 we welcome Issa in his role of crook-hunter/killer

4. our newly minted representatives can assign young interns to line up the departments and the Obama appointees to be assigned to a couple hundred of law firms of point 2 above, for the purposes of serving subpoenas in this target rich environment made up of Obama, Axelrod, Holder, Rahm, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel, and their acolytes

Posted by: Aldol | January 3, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

1. corruption and payoffs are pervasive in Obama’s administration

2. many lawyers around the country are outraged at the corruption and payoffs of point 1 above, and, therefore, would be willing to do pro bono work to rectify such wrongs, either for the political exposure resulting from it or for patriotic reasons ( not all lawyers are sleazy after all)

3 we welcome Issa in his role of crook-hunter/killer

4. our newly minted representatives can assign young interns to line up the departments and the Obama appointees to be assigned to a couple hundred of law firms of point 2 above, for the purposes of serving subpoenas in this target rich environment made up of Obama, Axelrod, Holder, Rahm, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel, and their acolytes

Posted by: Aldol | January 3, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

1. corruption and payoffs are pervasive in Obama’s administration

2. many lawyers around the country are outraged at the corruption and payoffs of point 1 above, and, therefore, would be willing to do pro bono work to rectify such wrongs, either for the political exposure resulting from it or for patriotic reasons ( not all lawyers are sleazy after all)

3 we welcome Issa in his role of crook-hunter/killer

4. our newly minted representatives can assign young interns to line up the departments and the Obama appointees to be assigned to a couple hundred of law firms of point 2 above, for the purposes of serving subpoenas in this target rich environment made up of Obama, Axelrod, Holder, Rahm, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel, and their acolytes

Posted by: Aldol | January 3, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

1. corruption and payoffs are pervasive in Obama’s administration

2. many lawyers around the country are outraged at the corruption and payoffs of point 1 above, and, therefore, would be willing to do pro bono work to rectify such wrongs, either for the political exposure resulting from it or for patriotic reasons ( not all lawyers are sleazy after all)

3 we welcome Issa in his role of crook-hunter/killer

4. our newly minted representatives can assign young interns to line up the departments and the Obama appointees to be assigned to a couple hundred of law firms of point 2 above, for the purposes of serving subpoenas in this target rich environment made up of Obama, Axelrod, Holder, Rahm, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel, and their acolytes

Posted by: Aldol | January 3, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

1. corruption and payoffs are pervasive in Obama’s administration

2. many lawyers around the country are outraged at the corruption and payoffs of point 1 above, and, therefore, would be willing to do pro bono work to rectify such wrongs, either for the political exposure resulting from it or for patriotic reasons ( not all lawyers are sleazy after all)

3 we welcome Issa in his role of crook-hunter/killer

4. our newly minted representatives can assign young interns to line up the departments and the Obama appointees to be assigned to a couple hundred of law firms of point 2 above, for the purposes of serving subpoenas in this target rich environment made up of Obama, Axelrod, Holder, Rahm, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel, and their acolytes

Posted by: Aldol | January 3, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

1. corruption and payoffs are pervasive in Obama’s administration

2. many lawyers around the country are outraged at the corruption and payoffs of point 1 above, and, therefore, would be willing to do pro bono work to rectify such wrongs, either for the political exposure resulting from it or for patriotic reasons ( not all lawyers are sleazy after all)

3 we welcome Issa in his role of crook-hunter/killer

4. our newly minted representatives can assign young interns to line up the departments and the Obama appointees to be assigned to a couple hundred of law firms of point 2 above, for the purposes of serving subpoenas in this target rich environment made up of Obama, Axelrod, Holder, Rahm, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Rangel, and their acolytes

Posted by: Aldol | January 3, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....compared to what?

Posted by: 8lackie | January 3, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

You call President Obama corrupt because he makes a compromise deal with the Republicans who absolutely refused to keep the previous tax cuts in effect for those of us who are out here working the hardest for the least? No, Republicans couldn't see their way clear to ensure the tax cuts remain for those of us who need it unless they were able to help all their rich contributors keep even more money than they already have been. Using the excuse that job creation would be hurt if the tax cut expires as it is supposed to do for those millionaires and billionaires. If that were the case- where are the jobs they should have been creating these past 9,10 years that they have been keeping all that money? Why did the crash even happen since they have been keeping their money all these years? That BS doesn't fly. They are just greedy bass turds that are doing all they can to keep getting richer. And for the foolish people that support them, you are either a fool or as greedy as they are. They have long been taking you followers for a ride and you are so blind you can't see the forest for the trees. I have seen more poor Republicans than I can believe and I have to wonder how it is they can continually vote against their own best interests. The Republicans in power laugh their rears off behind your backs. And these new nutcases that managed to get in the House will either be joining them or they'll be short timers. Ironic how many cut off their noses to spite their face.

Posted by: alaskan2 | January 3, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Prove it.

Posted by: bardiabavar | January 3, 2011 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Corruption, ignorance and arrogance define the Obama administration.

Posted by: rteske | January 3, 2011 6:49 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: marklang02 | January 3, 2011 1:57 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: lincc07 | January 2, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The GOP seems to be very good at rewritting their own history to paint a rosey picture of bad leadership and attack democratic leadership for nothing at all. Bush was hands down one of the worst presidents in American history and he rigged elections to get there. Reagan installed an economic agenda that the middle class is still trying to recover from. At least Clinton left office with no war and a budget surplus. Most Americans have enough problems without having to absorb this partisan BS. Aiming a witch hunt at the Obama administration will accomplish nothing but more obstruction. With all that sits unaccomplished from the previous Congress political sniping at Obama is the GOP priority? Really? Get a clue. This crap is destroying our democracy.

Posted by: mjoy | January 2, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Very cleaver people in the White House. One or more of them orders Texas border patrol agents to stay in their offices and posts and out of the field from time to time to "save" money. Then drug traffickers can bring drugs into the US if they want to. Yep cleaver people. Rich to.

Posted by: txengr | January 2, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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Good spellers to.

Posted by: maggots | January 2, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, when previously in the majority, Cong. Issa did not notice that billions of dollars in cash literally walked away in Iraq, that ostensibly non-political jobs by the hundreds in the reconstruction of Iraq and in the Justice Department were awarded primarily on the basis of political purity, that officials in the Minerals Management Service were taking bribes and favors pretty openly, that the President of the United States bragged that he was conducting criminal wiretapping and that the Vice-President and accomplices intentionally and maliciously sabotaged America's ability to track Iranian and North Korean weapons of mass destruction, and far too many et ceteras to fit in the space available.

Given the above and the length of time during which Cong. Issa contended that his friend and fellow California congressman Duke Cunningham didn't realize that he was repeatedly taking bribes, I give Darrell Issa's views the credit they deserve.

Posted by: edallan | January 2, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

What a weasel Issa is. So something was "Obama's Watergate", but once he realized that Bush did it, and every other administration has too, he had to backpedal. But he still has the gall to call Obama the "most corrupt president in modern times". What a pitiful individual he is.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 2, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I am outraged that these democrat loosers can collect unemployment. How can this be? There is supposed to be a law that crimminals cannot receive any kind of federal benefits.

Posted by: HelenWallace | January 2, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I am outraged that these democrat loosers can collect unemployment. How can this be? There is supposed to be a law that crimminals cannot receive any kind of federal benefits.

Posted by: HelenWallace | January 2, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I am outraged that these democrat loosers can collect unemployment. How can this be? There is supposed to be a law that crimminals cannot receive any kind of federal benefits.

Posted by: HelenWallace | January 2, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

i'd sign up for Twitter just to get information from Mr. Issa. For instance, could he tweet to me the next time he raises the insurance by a factor of 4 on parts of businesses that he owns? That is information I can use.

Posted by: baldinho | January 2, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Very cleaver people in the White House. One or more of them orders Texas border patrol agents to stay in their offices and posts and out of the field from time to time to "save" money. Then drug traffickers can bring drugs into the US if they want to. Yep cleaver people. Rich to.

Posted by: txengr | January 2, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone care to read up on his history? I am curious about how you "conservatives" view his statements on Hezbollah and his past business dealings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_Issa

Posted by: baldinho | January 2, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If Henry Waxman could waste money on witch hunts, why can't Issa? If it's ok for the Democraps it's ok for the repubs. Sit back and enjoy.

Posted by: theBozyn | January 2, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Issa should know, he has a record and is a car thief.

Posted by: knotty1 | January 2, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I'll be happy to join in the new year once people stop blaming and scapegoating the previous president for everything that's wrong today.

Posted by: bbface21 | January 2, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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Does that mean you no longer scapegoat Bill Clinton for 9/11 and are finally taking responsibility for it?

Posted by: maggots | January 2, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree with this article that Obama has one of the most corrupt administrations. They boast on getting bills passed, but it comes with a twist of corruption. He gains the whole world, but looses his own soul. Obama sells out to the highest bidder and to me that is not success. That is called bribery.

Posted by: knowdalaw | January 2, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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Where's your proof? I suggest you put up or shut up!

Posted by: maggots | January 2, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

knowdalaw, details please. Just what corruption are you talking about. Or is it possible you don't have the slightest idea of what the word really means?

Posted by: lowercaselarry | January 2, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree with this article that Obama has one of the most corrupt administrations. They boast on getting bills passed, but it comes with a twist of corruption. He gains the whole world, but looses his own soul. Obama sells out to the highest bidder and to me that is not success. That is called bribery.

Posted by: knowdalaw | January 2, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please (or is it "sleaze") -- The last 4 Republican administrations have been FAR MORE corrupt than ANY of the Democratic ones since WW2. Remember Watergate? Iran-Contra? Lobbygate? The Demos weren't choirboys by any stretch of the imagination, but none of them actively subverted the US Constitution like the Repubs.

Posted by: jhvance | January 2, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"In saying that this is one of the most corrupt administrations, which is what I meant to say there," Issa said, "when you hand out $1 trillion in TARP just before this president came in, most of it unspent, $1 trillion nearly in stimulus that this president asked for, plus this huge expansion in healthcare and government, it has a corrupting effect."

That makes no sense. Giving Issa the (undeserved) benefit of the doubt, the most you can say is that he's guessing.

Posted by: simpleton1 | January 2, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Economic advisor Austan Goolsbee is a scary charachter. He isn't especially concerned with our national debt. Also, he said the administration wants to "juice" the economy and focus on "investment, exports, and innovation". Those are what should be done by private enterprises in free markets. But Goolsbee obviously wants to continue government-enabled special-interest manipulation of our markets. They have totally messed up the housing, credit, and labor markets, to name a few. Government should be representing We The People but it has been defying us in favor of special interests. It looks like more of the same.

Posted by: allamer1 | January 2, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

One question: how could any bill be repealed with out the president's signature ?

The Elephants romps. The Elephant chants.
The Elephants bellows. But, the hills of Obama do not move.

Posted by: peterroach | January 2, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

THE 44TH US PRESIDENT !

The Code of 2011: " OH, YOU SAY THANKS."

1) The best thing to do for the 44th US President.

2) The Legitimacy and Interest of the American Nation for now and later.

Note: We will decode "it" in the case of convenience.

Sincerely yours,
Hwy Tse, S&FR, Boston, MA.

Posted by: huytu1972 | January 2, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

A couple of things:

First, it WAS Bush and his crew that continue to be responsible for the economic destruction we are now facing. We still blame Hoover for the last big hit and that will never change, either. Similarly, we credit Roosevelt with the programs that eased the Depression. Details are not relevant.

If Issa wants to make charges, let him. When he can't find anything substantive, maybe he will a) shut up and b) explain why he wasted so much time, effort and our money on his witchhunts (no Delaware jokes needed).

Finally, will someone, anyone, tell me exactly what these new teabag jokers intend to leave us with? We've heard "NO" for two years followed by "hell no" followed by "we know how to fix...".

As a philosophical point: Government was created by and to assist individuals and communities as they cope with the problems of the community and its residents. Our Constitution speaks of it as "promot(ing) the general welfare". To do that, we established various forms of payment for government activity. The first were excise and import tariffs. Later, we expanded the breadth of taxation, with the same purpose because as we've grown wiser and better educated as a civilization, we've tried to improve on that charge.

What I don't see as appropriate is anything the teabaggers are now advocating. Will someone explain this variance from reality? Include in your reply exactly why we should take the items off the list that you want removed and exactly how the average person should cope effectively with the wreckage you leave.

Posted by: BobfromLI | January 2, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

At some point in time there will have to be hard limits set. If we don't set a hard limit on the Debt; The debt will continue to grow.

Posted by: makom | January 2, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Congressman Issa could sell some more $13 3"x5" nylon flags (*Prices Subject to Change) to pay for the "corruption" investigation.

http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18:flag-requests&catid=13&Itemid=48

Posted by: filmfalm | January 2, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line: Both Parties are disgusting and corrupt . . . But it was the Bush Whitehouse that threw 4,500+ of our troops lives away for Personal Political Gain!

No comparison . . .Bush and Cheney and their neocons are National and International War Criminals, Period.

Posted by: lufrank1 | January 2, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Darell Issa is the last politician to be throwing out unsubstantiated charges of corruption. The first task for Issa is for him to investigate himself. He has had two highly questionable episodes when he was in private business. Check out his business history.

Posted by: jp1943 | January 2, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If Issa and others are merely interested in starting "witch hunts" on taxpayer time, I would suggest that they take a close look at Delaware's tea party coven.

But if they are really interested in investigating a POTUS whose administration broke the law and took a dump on the Constitution, then they should focus their efforts on the Bush/Cheney regime.

Posted by: labman57 | January 2, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

bbface21 and janet8:
Care to join the rest of us in 2011? Or do you want to continue to trot out the tired old post-2008 election jokes? It's been a few hours since I've heard the one about the 57 states.

Posted by: Rachelva

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I'll be happy to join in the new year once people stop blaming and scapegoating the previous president for everything that's wrong today.

Posted by: bbface21 | January 2, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

bbface21 and janet8:
Care to join the rest of us in 2011? Or do you want to continue to trot out the tired old post-2008 election jokes? It's been a few hours since I've heard the one about the 57 states.

Posted by: Rachelva | January 2, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Issa should go back to doing what he's best at, stealing cars and brandishing unlicensed firearms.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 2, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Let’s get real. The incoming first time Members have much to learn about governing. Our government is not a business. It is a governing body over us the citizens, subjects, customers and clients. Learn that important fact and then come back to me with streamlining the federal space. May be they ought to begin with Congress itself before throwing stones from their glass house.
I am all in favor of curbing fraud, waste, and abuse in any federal program. In order to do that Congress must provide for the investigative, and enforcement resources to ferret out, prosecute, and punish the perpetrators. Congress may discover the problem is more from within than from without.

Posted by: dave91 | January 2, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

bbface21 and janet8: Please explain why the Bush Administration did a great job and left the country in good shape. No blame, just explain why he was a good president with a clean administration. You seem to know a great deal about it that you're not sharing with the rest of us. Because on about any scale you use, he stunk.

Posted by: curtb | January 2, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse


bbface21,

The "Bush" whiners are all over at the CNN site, give them time and they'll be over here blaming Bush, too.

Posted by: janet8 | January 2, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

What's this? The post has been up for an hour and a half and no one is whining, "Well, what about Bush?!?!!?

Posted by: bbface21 | January 2, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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