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Darrell Issa (again) on his plans for oversight

By Ed O'Keefe

Democrats across the country are invoking Rep. Darrell Issa's name to scare up votes and money, arguing that the California Republican will politicize the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee if Republicans win the House majority and he becomes the panel's chairman.

Darrell Issa
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Writing in Monday's USA Today - as he's written in several other op-eds and said in numerous TV interviews - Issa insists he wouldn't use his chairmanship "as a political weapon against the occupant of the Oval Office."

Congressional oversight, "should not be an instrument of fear or the exclusive domain of the party that controls Congress," Issa writes. "Oversight should make the people's government work better for them. Oversight should force the bureaucracy to identify and correct waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. Oversight should leverage the resources of the 21st century to make the federal bureaucracy transparent, accountable and a model of efficiency and effectiveness."

More from Issa:

"Regardless of whether I serve on this committee as chairman or ranking member next Congress, I will continue efforts to reform a bureaucracy that is overrun with waste, fraud, and mismanagement and leave a legacy behind that make government work better for all Americans."
"It's very clear that the American people do not want a divided government hell-bent on fighting one another in an attempt to score cheap political points. They want a government with checks and balances, run by adults who are up to the task of solving the very real problems confronting our nation."

Issa's comments likely will provoke snickers among his Democratic and even some Republican colleagues, who've said that he throws sharp elbows and too often requests investigations and information from federal agencies in an effort to score quick political points, air time and ink.

His aides privately insist they're not sitting on surprise requests for information should Republicans take the majority and that Issa is likely to unveil more substantive legislative proposals in the new year related to government oversight and operations.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 11, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
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If the Republicans take control of the House, the most dangerous place in the Capitol will be the space between Mr. Issa and a television camera. Bet out the mustard!

Posted by: BBear1 | October 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

LIAR!

There's only two things republican legislators are good at - spending other peoples money and wasting time. Issa will do both.

Posted by: JilliB | October 11, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey Darryl, and while you're at it, remind the people that much of the fraud, waste and mismanagement was perpetrated by your hero, George bush, who planted incompetent hacks in all agencies fo the government, precisely to mess things up when his junta was overthrown.

The people of California remember that it was you who forced the recall of Gray Davis, giving them Governor terminator, who has succeeded in messing the state up even worse than it ever was before. Or, is that all Obama's fault too?

Posted by: pblotto | October 11, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

He'll be under the spell of Boehner, just like all the rest of the Republicans in the House.

To say otherwise is a blatant lie. They way they are today is not an accident. It's a planned block by the GOP to anything and everything that would benefit the American People.

As the GOP if they'd give health care to Iraqis or Afghans and you'll hear a yes coming from all of them.

But provide affordable health care to the people who actually pay the bills, which is us, NEVER.

Posted by: lindalovejones | October 11, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and monkeys might fly out my butt, too.

Posted by: ejs2 | October 11, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and monkeys might fly out my butt, too.

Posted by: ejs2 | October 11, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Does Issa really think ANYBODY believes him? I hope that if he does get the chair, the media & others will remind him of his high-minded quotes when he starts slinging mud.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | October 11, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Issa may actually drain the swamp that Pelosi has been enlarging! Go Issa!!

Posted by: elby | October 11, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope Issa goes after all the democrats including obama. Let's see that birth certificate and let's ee those grades.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Issa won't investigate. Are you kidding me. This guy has been trying to make a name for himself in the GOP for 2 years. But what Mr. Issa is not telling the American Public is, He recieved sudsidized rent in Washington, D.C. for at least 2 years from "The Family" a reigious cult that ran C Street for a couple of years. He has been silent on this. Mr. Issa your word is worth crap. And the Good Lord won't help you.

Posted by: sumo1 | October 11, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Are we really ready for total inaction by our legistators like we saw during the Clinton administration? It's been bad enough the past two years with the total obstruction of the GOP to bills the GOP actually approved of! I hope people see their elected officials are not doing the 'peoples business', but blindly following their leaders... Sad...

Posted by: LynKCMO | October 11, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Are we really ready for total inaction by our legistators like we saw during the Clinton administration? It's been bad enough the past two years with the total obstruction of the GOP to bills the GOP actually approved of! I hope people see their elected officials are not doing the 'peoples business', but blindly following their leaders... Sad...

Posted by: LynKCMO | October 11, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama's greatest long term liability is the quickly increasing international awareness of the astounding fact that he continues to conceal virtually the entire paper trail of his existence in a tight shroud of secrecy.

This will become a viral front and center issue as the current president prepares to seek a second term.

American voters clearly remember that Obama repeatedly promised that his administration would uphold the highest ethical standards with a particular emphasis on transparency and accountability.

A vast majority of these voters believe that the process of running for the office of President of the United States should be the toughest public job interview in the world.

Barack Hussein Obama could not be hired as a janitor in a federal building with the amount of verifiable background information that he has provided.

Obama and his handlers were able to successfully hide his past and minimize and explain away his associations with controversial individuals and groups.

They will find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to effectively repeat this deception between now and 6 November 2012.

Barack Hussein Obama's original typewritten long form birth certificate, school records, SAT and LSAT scores, college and law school admission records and grade transcripts and thesis papers, medical records, passport history, Illinois state senate tenure records, presidential campaign foreign donor lists and other relevant records and documents have all never been released or allowed to be subjected to any sort of scrutiny, despite several years of repeated requests for disclosure by numerous individuals and non-traditional media organizations.

The Obama 2008 campaign and subsequent administration have to date spent a substantial sum on legal fees, estimated in the millions of dollars, to fight Freedom of Information Act filings and other requests to examine this material.

A computer generated laser printed short form version of a birth certificate that a child could have forged was posted on the Obama 2008 campaign website, but it only served to intensify the legal filings and other requests to see the original typewritten long form document, which has never been released or allowed to be scrutinized.

They also provided a one page letter from a physician attesting that Barack Hussein Obama was in excellent health for a man of his age.

This constitutes the complete extent of any release or disclosure of any records or documents from Obama's past.

Virtually the entire paper trail of his existence continues to remain deeply hidden away.

The mainstream media has given Barack Hussein Obama a remarkable free pass on this basic issue of personal truth and transparency. In their eagerness to "make history" by covering the campaign of the man whom they were clearly interested in helping to become the first black president, the mainstream media failed to do their job and search for the truth.

Posted by: FlashHarry | October 12, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Always look upon the brighter side of life. Returning the two-faced, deceitful, corrupt, and inane Republican House leadership to power amounts to giving them enough rope to hang themselves.

Posted by: hogsmile | October 12, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama II was born August 4, 1961 at the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.

There is no way he is a ‘Natural Born Citizen’ as required for the office of President by the US Constitution. We need to demand Congress fully investigate all matters related to Obama’s eligibility and, if justified, remove him from office.

Check out the Website, WasObamaBornInKenya.com, which allows free downloading of several important documents, including a copy of Obama’s Kenyan Birth Certificate and a Poster that states, Demand Congress Fully Investigate Now!

Posted by: bsteadman | October 12, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, bsteadman, but that Mombasa birth certificate is a known forgery, publicized by Lucas Daniel Smith, a convicted forger.

Of course, the birthers will respond that Smith was convicted of forging checks, not birth certificates, so he should be believed this time.

Posted by: vtreacy | October 12, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ask birther Jim Byrne, who describes how he sent an email to the doctor whose name appeared on the ‘Kenya Birth Certificate’ obtained by Lucas Smith: QUOTE

I need to know three things:

1. Were you the Chief Administrator (or acting Chief Administrator) of CPGH on Feb. 19th 2009?

2. Do the stamp and signature that appear in the attached document appear to be your stamp and signature?

3. Is the attached CPGH birth certificate representative of what a birth certificate issued by CPGH in 1961 would look like?

The good doctor did not immediately respond but eventually, a short email was received

However, much to my surprise and delight, Dr. Heltan Maganga responded to my email on July 29. His response was not what many of us would have wanted it to be, nor what I suspected it would be.

The following is the message received from Dr. Heltan Maganga’s email address:
From: Heltan Maganga
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:53 PM
To: Jim Byrne
Subject: Re: Lt. Col. Lakin
The answers to all your questions is a resounding NO.

There you have it, folks! While we may still question whether or not the document in the possession of Lucas Smith really did come from Coast Province General Hospital, we can be reasonably sure that the signature on that document IS NOT that of Dr. Maganga.

Some background: I am a court-accepted expert in the field of computer forensics. I examined the header information for Dr. Maganga’s email response. It was indeed sent from Kenya. It appears that he used a dial-up service out of Nairobi. (Until very recently, high-speed access was limited to expensive satellite connections in much of Kenya, including Mombasa.) Nothing contained in the header was indicative of the email coming from anywhere other than the account I had for Dr. Maganga.) UNQUOTE

Source: http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/post-and-email-kenya-birth-certificate-a-forgery/

Posted by: vtreacy | October 12, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The mainstream media selectively and purposefully focuses on the so-called "birthers" to portray them as irrational or deranged individuals obsessed with the belief that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya or elsewhere outside of the United States.

This is done to avoid any mention of the increasing international awareness of the astounding fact that the current president continues to conceal virtually the entire paper trail of his existence in a tight shroud of secrecy.

Quite apart from the infamous original typewritten long form birth certificate, which has never been released or allowed to be subjected to any sort of scrutiny, is the reality of the other hidden records and documents from the life of Barack Hussein Obama.

It has become customary in modern times for presidential candidates to allow for the release and scrutiny of the substantive body of their personal records and credentials, in large measure precisely because of a strong interest by the mainstream media.

The 2008 presidential election campaign saw a remarkable special exception from this necessary traditional practice.

The mainstream media rolled over for Obama.

Big time.

Obama's school records, SAT and LSAT scores, college and law school admission records and grade transcripts and thesis papers, medical records, passport history, Illinois state senate tenure records, presidential campaign foreign donor lists and other relevant records and documents have all never been released or allowed to be scrutinized, despite several years of repeated requests by numerous individuals and non-traditional media organizations.

The Obama 2008 campaign and subsequent administration have to date spent a considerable sum on legal fees, estimated in the millions of dollars, to fight Freedom of Information Act filings and other requests to examine this material.

Who is Barack Hussein Obama and where did he come from and who is really behind him and what is he all about?

Opinion polling consistently finds that authenticity is the character trait that is most important to American voters in electing and trusting their leaders and legislators. That a candidate or elected official really is who they say they are and truly believes in what they maintain are their beliefs and are not a phony or a fraud or a hypocrite or a liar.

Barack Hussein Obama's true origins, past associations, idealogical convictions, behavioral influences and ongoing relationships are matters of great importance to a fast growing number of people of all political persuasions who just want to know the truth about this man.

What is being hidden and why are they hiding it?

Posted by: FlashHarry | October 12, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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