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With GOP win, Issa previews his oversight plans

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 1:54 p.m. ET
House Republicans made historic gains Tuesday, ensuring Rep. Darrell Issa's role as one of the Obama administration's top antagonists.

The California Republican is set to lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a panel with wide jurisdiction over government operations, federal workers, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Postal Service. The committee has been known to wield its subpoena power, often setting up a separation of powers showdown between legislators and the White House. Issa and other Republicans signaled during the campaign that they will not shy from using subpoenas as necessary against the Obama administration.

On Wednesday Issa also signaled he may reach back to George W. Bush's administration and how it handled the beginnings of the mortgage crisis and management of the now-defunct Minerals Management Service.

(Official Washington is bracing for several new lines of inquiry by Issa and Congressional Republicans, so much so that colleague Al Kamen is holding a contest to see which Obama administration official earns Issa's first subpoena.)

But Issa signaled late Tuesday that he will first focus on giving subpoena power to the government's 74 inspectors general, nonpartisan officials responsible for rooting out allegations of government waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement. He also plans to keep close tabs on unconfirmed White House advisers, or "czars," who have enjoyed unchecked power and influence during the first two years of the Obama administration, he said.

Giving subpoena power to the government's 74 inspectors general would immediately foster greater cooperation with their investigations, Issa said.

"If you go through the process of being appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate you should be able to do your job," he said. Currently the Defense Department's inspector general is the only federal watchdog with subpoena power. Most inspectors general are appointed by the president, but several are directly hired by agency bosses.

It was not immediately clear if inspectors general want or need subpoena power. Critics have argued that giving inspectors general subpoena power may prompt future presidents to nominate more politically-minded appointees less likely to drudge up potentially embarrassing instances of mismanagement.

"These are the eyes and ears of the president," Issa said. "I don't expect to have great push back, I expect to have the president's support on this."

The proposal is a decidedly nonpartisan one, designed by aides to demonstrate Issa's nonpartisan, institutional leadership and his ability to rise above the political fray. Make no mistake: Issa will spend the coming weeks working to cast himself as a mature, more senior lawmaker, eager to root out government mismanagement for the sake of the country, not the Republican Party.

But the strategy could be a tough sell after years of appearing frequently on cable news talk shows and a steady stream of press releases loaded with partisan rhetoric and blunt demands of the White House. Democrats used Issa's name, face and stated plans against Republican House candidates -- a failed strategy, yes, but that might work in future elections as his profile rises.

As for White House "czars," Issa said the committee will "hold them to the standards that we expect," acknowledging that the use of czars is nothing new.

"Every president has done some of it, this president has been allowed to do too much of it," he said.

The Oversight committee also will turn its attention to the cash-strapped Postal Service, with Issa vowing to find a way to make it profitable again while keeping first-class stamp prices below 50 cents.

"There are too many postal workers, too many distribution centers, too many post offices and a reluctance to make those changes," he said, casting some of the blame on lawmakers who have worked to save hometown post offices from possible closure.

House and Senate Democrats have introduced bills that would grant the Postal Service more flexibility to close post offices, set delivery schedules, raise prices above the rate of inflation and adjust its retiree pension obligations. Issa does not support any of those proposals, but signaled Tuesday he's looking for something substantive to support.

"Everybody who mails a stamp realizes that we could end up with a huge government bailout if we don't fix it. That's billions of dollars we need to pay attention to," he said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 3, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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Issa will do himself better if he comes clean about his years of receiving subsidized rent from the 'The Family' at C Street in Washington which is a crime. You cannot police others if you leave your skeletons in the closest.

Posted by: sumo1 | November 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Gave us Swartzenager,,, he is all about nothing but exploding political bombs.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | November 3, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand this.
Obama is The President.
Why is oversight needed?
Who can oversea the Obama?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

People will see him for the jerk he really is and then Republicans will be voted out in 2012.

Too bad elected officials don't/won't go about the business of governing and making our lives better.

Posted by: rlj1 | November 3, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

psst, psst, wanna know what ails the
united states postal service? how
about this. the last three years the postal service has lost over $11 billion
dollars. each and every year of these
three years postal management has paid out
millions and maybe billions of dollars to
"fellow, good-ole boy" managers in pay-for-performance bonuses!!! the exact amount of
the bonus money and to whom it went is
unclear because the postal service went to court to keep this information from going public! why hide the truth if nothing improper is going on? a congressional audit of postal finances is needed

Posted by: ron1441 | November 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

We no doubt will be treated to seeing this man shoot a watermelon in his back yard. Here we go again.

Posted by: Provincial | November 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Coming soon on C-SPAN: Dan Issa subpoenas Obama's socks!

Issa: "Mr. Sock, are you, or are you not made out of cotton that was grown in EGYPT?? Isn't that MUSLIM country? Do you have any terror connections???!"

Posted by: hoos3014 | November 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It better not be another witch-hunt like the GOP did with Clinton... talk about wasteful spending - use almost every federal resource for years to investigate a BJ?????

"If you go through the process of being appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate you should be able to do your job," ... does this mean the GOP will confirm the numerous presidential appointments still held up in the Senate??? would be about time after 2 years!

Issa likes the attention I think... hopefully he gets some attention and just does his duty to our country, not to his vanity or his party.

Posted by: Intrepid_Millennial | November 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

...and Issa needs to do a better job than whoever was in this position during the Bush years (what a joke that oversight was)

Posted by: Intrepid_Millennial | November 3, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

...and Issa needs to do a better job than whoever was in this position during the Bush years (what a joke that oversight was) - but if he goes overboard it will be just as bad b/c it will mean the GOP is using the position to protect/expand their power again... and not using that position to help America

Posted by: Intrepid_Millennial | November 3, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

#1 on the list should be eric holder#2 should be janet napilitano.

Posted by: SISSD1 | November 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

#1 on the list should be eric holder#2 should be janet napilitano.

Posted by: SISSD1 | November 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

We're on the cusp of having full on hardcore right wing corporate fascism in this country.

First in the 90's there was media consolidation and with that came Faux News and the advent of the 24/7 Right Wing Noise Machine, which makes the Corporate Media (aka the Librul Media) shake in their boots.

And now we have (courtesy of the right wing activists on the Supreme Court) Citizens United, which allows foreign and domestic mega corporations and well connected/wealthy right wing sleazebags like the Koch Brothers and Turd Rove to funnel multi millions of "anonymous" cash into anti Dem ad campaigns all over America.

Next on the docket for the right wing goons is control of the Interent. If we don't get Net Neutrality, they'll control what we do and do not see on the net from now on.

And what will that leave us with?

A permanent Republican presidency and congress that is totally beholden to Wall Street, Mega Corporations (foreign and domestic) and the Big Oil oligarchy.


Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

What is the matter with these teabagheadnazilunatics? All the repugs need to be investigated.

Posted by: letemhaveit | November 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Issa is no doubt a very partisan person but that doesn't mean that he'll abuse his position for partisan reasons. There are two types of partisans: people who are passionate and uncompromising about their beliefs but who nevertheless respect unreservedly the Republic, it laws and institutions and those who take their partisanship to the extreme of violating the law and betraying the public trust in service of party interests.

If he is the former sort of partisan, there is no reason that Issa cannot discharge his duty in a fair and honest fashion: it is after all a duty to the Republic and NOT the Republicans and corruption is corruption on either side of the isle. If Issa goes after corruption whereever he finds it without regard to poltical affiliation, then I say more power to him and wish him all the luck in the world cleaning the Augean Stables!

If he proves to be the latter type of partisan and weilds his authority for the benefit of the Republicans rather than the Republic, then he too will have to go. We are sick of corruption and we are sick of arrogance. We gave the Democrats a chance and they failed us so now, in the words of Marco Rubio, we are giving the Republicans a "second chance". We will be watching them like hawk and if they fall into the same patterns as their precessors, then they should be prepared for their own "tsunami"! Issa may prove a bell-weather.

Whether Issa will use his authority honestly and fairly or dishonestly and selfishly will shortly become apparent. I would ask all responsible citizens to reserve their judgement until then and hope, however unlikely they may think it, that this new crop of Republicans might finally break the decades long cycle of myopia, greed and criminality on Capitol Hill.

Whatever our disagreements, I hope we can all agree that we deserve good and honest governance. Whatever their successes and failures over the next two years, if Republicans fail to deliver THAT, we ALL lose and, I can guarentee, they WILL lose too.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | November 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

why did they not investigate Bush when they had the power before? unlikely it will be done now... but i hope they do

Posted by: Intrepid_Millennial | November 3, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

And so it begins. The GOP has plans to tie up anything they can looking under every single rock for any silly little reason to investigate the black man in office.

No worries about the waste of money this is, no worries about adding to the deficit with these witch hunt.

This is a nasty group of partison hacks looking for any reason to go after the black man in office, any reason to get their rich friends richer, and screw the regular person.

Posted by: racerdoc | November 3, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mr. Issa should remember that the US Senate has the same oversight powers to be used against the GOP?

Posted by: timothyhogan | November 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Issa refers to the USPS needing bailouts, when in fact the IG's office stated that Congress mandated that the USPS has Overpaid it's retirement funds and FRHBP by $142 Billion, which could be recoupped! Now, ask him what happened to that money and why that overpayment money can't be used to make the USPS float again?
Also, I wonder if he understands that the USPS and the Federal Government are one of the largest, if not the largest employer of Veternas and Disabled Veterans in the world! If he is going to "cut 200,000 USPS workers", as he has stated to the Heratige Foundation, Does he have something against Veterans having good jobs? Don't forget that Veterans groups vote too! With so many troups returning from the wars and not having jobs available when they eneter the market, and now he wants to put another 200,000 in the unemployment lines? I plan to express this viewpoint to all the veteran organizations that I am associated with and let them know what is happening!

Posted by: eyeonyou | November 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Every person who posts comments on this, or any news website for that matter, should read the comment posted by andrew23boyle (11/3/10, 4:03 pm). Not only is it written with proper grammar (a breath of fresh air, I must say), but it is absent of hyperbole. It is relevant to the article, and it remains polite and respectful to both the article's author and its readers.

I suspect that I can guess andrew23boyle's "partisan" affiliation, which I suspect is the opposite of mine. But I agree completely with the tenor of his writing. As a result, I was able to assess the meaning of his words and was thus persuaded to agree with his "argument" as well.

Thank you, andrew23boyle for elevating the level of debate! (And I hope you are correct about which type of "partisan" Mr. Issa will prove to be in his new role...he does at least deserve an opportunity now that he will be the Chairman of that committee.)

Posted by: noahkohn | November 3, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Issa's my rep, I kinda like him. He'll get to finding out if Obama used any UNCONSTITUTIONAL means to further his agenda.

Posted by: chuckkopsho | November 3, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The guy can investigate all he wants (hopefully, not on our coin), but I think this sums up Fannie Mae pretty well:

Posted by: RealTexan1 | November 3, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh God the crazy GOPers will be hunting ghosts and witches again wasting time and money like they did with Clinton and doing nothing constructive to fix the problems they PERCEIVE to be Obama's shortcomings when in reality it is the GOP and their last President who brought this country to where we are now.

Americans are getting dumber and dumber and more gullible.

So Issa is being blatantly made the head of the American version of the SS or Franco's "Civil Guard".

Issa is here only to waste precious time and money and doesn't that make him part of the big government the GOP supposedly disdains? Actually they only hate government if they aren't the ones getting paid.

As a tax-payer I don't want to pay Republicans or Tea Partiers! They're nothing more than legal anarchists.

Posted by: davidbronx | November 3, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I would hope that Issa's committee would concentrate on ensuring that our government departments are managed as well as they can be, regardless of administration. True, if wrongdoing is uncovered, perhaps penalties should result as appropriate, but I'm not sure the nation's cause is served by witch-hunts, whether regarding the previous administration, or the current one.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 3, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps an IG with subpoena authority will be able to determine the truth about Issa's part in the insurance fraud and car theft charges he faced in the 70s and 80s with his brother.

Posted by: LSW2 | November 3, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever our disagreements, I hope we can all agree that we deserve good and honest governance." - andrew23boyle

Certainly, we deserve good and honest governance and if we had it this column would be inane and irrelevant. The division in America today has created a "house divided against itself" - passionate partisans believe their partisan agenda is good and honest, therefore, the ends justify the means.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. - Proverbs 16:18

Posted by: 2012frank | November 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely doubt that he will do any investigating into former President George W. Bush. All I see from Congressman Issa is a man going on a crazy witchhunt to oust President Obama. What a shameless d---.

Posted by: cags777 | November 3, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

As mentioned in the article, Rep. Issa has been very political in his stance regarding the Obama administration, almost combative. To hear that the Bush Regime is not outside of the realm of being scrutinized has raised the specter that this might be a legitimate look at government operations and not just a good guy/bad guy comparison. When the bright light is shined on the Iraq War, there will be rats running from every doorway and open hole in the ground and they will have different stripes, to be sure. Let us sit back and watch Issa work and not be afraid to challenge him if it starts to look like a witch hunt.

Posted by: ronjeske | November 3, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

With Issa at the helm, HUAC (House of Un-american Activities Committee) will not be far behind

Posted by: chamateddy | November 3, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Issa (and all the others who will be in the Congress with you), forget the fishing expedition for now and do what the American voters are asking you to do... FIX THE ECONOMY. It's about JOBS stupid. Then once that is fixed, feel free to do whatever investigations you want.
Oh and as far as the U.S. Post Office, here is a suggestion, put stamp dispensing machins back into the Post Office. In order to mail in my vote, I had to go to the Post Office to buy a stamp. Some GENIUS Manager decided in 2008 to remove the machines that let you buy stamps. So myself and others got to wait a half hour to see a real human being and purchase a stamp. Seems to me that is really smart, get rid of a dispenser so now you need MORE employees to sell individual stamps. Maybe the banks will catch on to this idea and get rid of ATMs and make us all go back to the days of waiting in lines in banks. There will be a surge of hiring of new tellers and you will only be able to do your business during "bank hours" and... IDIOTS.

Posted by: garykevin | November 3, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Issa knows a lot about investigations. He has been investigated three times for car theft and indicted once. He has also been convicted of possession of an unregistered firearm. The guy is total slime, one step removed from a street thug.

Posted by: Bob22003 | November 3, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who allowed hidden history to swear in and take office should be investigated pronto.

Posted by: dottydo | November 3, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

People will see him for the jerk he really is and then Republicans will be voted out in 2012.

Yes, that's very true and Rep. Issa's skeletons are soon to come dancing out the closet, I bet.

Should be entertaining. Perhaps he can put in a call to Al D'Mato to hear just how rewarding this sort of thing is to one's career.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | November 3, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Issa's my rep, I kinda like him. He'll get to finding out if Obama used any UNCONSTITUTIONAL means to further his agenda.

Posted by: chuckkopsho
I hear Obama hid aliens in Area 51 to further his anti alien agenda.... To bad Proposition 19 failed in CA or you would be set, I so wanna smoke your kind CA paranoia bud....

Posted by: waxtraxs | November 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

darryl, i just may take back all those four letter words i called you every time you made comments in defense of the witnesses before your oversight committees during the past 8 years. investigate the bush whitehouse give subpoena power out like a ticket to the ballgame? where were you, asleep for the past 6 years or just being obstinate because you are a republican? go figure. anyway let's see what you do big guy, now it's your turn at bat. stand and deliver, or else your frankenstein teaparty will throw you out of the game.

Posted by: FranknErnest | November 3, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I wish poeple would pronounce his name with an E instead of I. The name means Savior or Christ in Arabic.

Posted by: par12 | November 3, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I wish poeple would pronounce his name with an E instead of I. The name means Savior or Christ in Arabic.

Posted by: par12 | November 3, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

DemocRats don't fall for it!

They're going to be coming after you HARD, but you ain't got nothing to worry about, right?

Posted by: theaz | November 3, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Darrell Issa is among the astute observers in corridors of power around the world and other quarters who understand that Barack Obama's greatest long term political liability is the growing international awareness of the fact that virtually the entire paper trail of the current president's existence, from birth to the White House, continues to remain deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

The mainstream media and various other Obamapologists selectively and purposefully focus on the so-called "birthers" whenever any mention is made of the astounding and unprecedented totality of concealment of just about every significant original record and document from Obama's past.

By portraying the birthers as irrational or deranged individuals obsessed with the belief that the current president was born in Kenya or elsewhere outside of the United States, they are able to avoid any emphasis of his hidden paper trail.

In fact, astute observers have always rejected the notion that Obama was born anywhere but Hawaii, and believe that the real reason for the curious concealment of his original typewritten long form birth certificate, which has never been released or allowed to be scrutinized, may well be a matter of true paternity rather than place of birth.

In the final analysis, whether the current president's biological father was the late Kenyan Barack Obama "Sr." or the late CPUSA member and radical activist Frank Marshall Davis or the late "grandfather" Stanley Dunham (arguably the most likely candidate - see among other sources) or some other man is far less relevant than the truth about what makes him tick and who is pulling his strings.

This is the sort of information about their presidential candidates that postwar American voters had become accustomed to having provided for them by the mainstream media, which up intil 2008 had compelled these candidates to allow for the release and scrutiny of the substantive body of their personal records and credentials.

The appearance of Barack Obama upon the national political scene changed the mainstream media's position on this important traditional practice.

They gave him a complete pass on this basic issue of personal truth and transparency.

The sad fact remains that Barack Obama could not be hired as a janitor in a federal building with the amount of verifiable personal information that he has provided.

In addition to the original typewritten long form birth certificate, 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, complete White House visitor logs 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.

What is being hidden and why?

Posted by: FlashHarry | November 3, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

What people don't know is that the Inspector general has already and has known that in the 70's,I believe 1971 the post office died. It is no longer the Post Office it is called THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE meaning that it is no longer a department of the Federal govt.The Inspector General also knows that the current deficit that the USPS has could easily be cured by the mistake that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made in calculating the USPS'share of the retirement benefits of the retirees Vs.the OPM'S share of that benefit package. It was factored the wrong way and the GAO and the OPM actually owe the USPS 30 billion dollars going back over 30-40 years. That would more than cover the 11 billion dollar deficit they now have. This is common knowledge in Washington. Ask the Postmaster General. If Issa wants to cut& save he should start with the war in Afghanistan that's 2 billion dollars a day!!

Posted by: LEOMARQUES | November 3, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

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.

American voters remember that the Obama 2008 campaign repeatedly promised that their administration would uphold the highest ethical standards with a particular emphasis on transparency and accountability.

The sad fact remains that Barack Obama could not be hired as a janitor in a federal building with the amount of verifiable personal information that he has provided.

Virtually the entire paper trail of the current president's existence continues to remain deeply hidden away in a tight shroud of secrecy.

Barack 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, complete White House visitor logs 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 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.

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 that appearance only served to intensify the filings and requests to see the original typewritten long form document, which has never been released or allowed to be scrutinized.

They also produced a one page letter from a physician attesting that Barack 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.

The mainstream media has given Obama a remarkable free pass on this basic issue of 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 in their essential national responsibility to report on significant events with thoroughness and impartial objectivity.

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

Posted by: FlashHarry | November 4, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

In the worst economy for the American middle class it is only normal to be upset and angry with the status quo, but don't let your FEAR for your economic stability blind you to what the problem really is about. Since the 70's and certainly in the major downsizing of the 80's, Americans have been looking to government to change this dismal economic plight,but I plead to you to think it through, seriously think it through. Don't let the Republicans or Wall Street blind you to the problem. The deficit is not the problem, UNEMPLOYMENT is the problem,the TRADE IMBALANCE is the problem because all of the goods you are buying we are importing from countries that work at wages you wouldn't pay an undocumented worker.Why do you think Wal-Mart made 436 billion dollars in one year because for many of us it's the only place we can afford to shop. When upward of 60% of the GDP is banking and banks make their money on DEBT and PARASITIC DEBT SERVICE who pays for that? Do you think it's the 3% who virtually own 90% of this country? Or maybe it's the oil companies with their TAX SUBSIDIES? Corporations only pay probably 10% of the taxes in this country.Now is not the time for the likes of REPUBLICANS who would extend tax credits for the income brackets of 250,000 and up and then want to cut the USPS by 200,000 worker's, cut down govt. pensions,raise the eligibility for Social Security to 70. Do you have a grandmother who depends on Medicare? well on Dec 1st. Medicare is going to be cut by 23% and 6.5% on jan 1st.DO YOU THINK THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO SAVE YOUR GRANDMOTHER. Now is the time to let the "activist" Supreme court know that no matter how much money you have to BRAINWASH Americans through the mainstream media which probably 25 corporations own the majority of the media,both electronic and print,YOU DON'T FOOL US BECAUSE WE THINK IT THROUGH.

Posted by: LEOMARQUES | November 4, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

The people who voted in the Republicans once more, the very lawmakers who screwed your economy and your country deserve Issa and the rest of the vengeful Republicans.

Just like in Clinton days, all what the Republicans did was go on a witch hunt, spend money and government time going after the Clintons, their friends and colleagues when they could have spent money better on things that truly mattered.

I do not understand why you Americans cannot see through the hidden agenda of the Republicans and that is to screw the whole country up for their personal gains and self-interests and of course those of their friends. From our perspective here in Europe, Obama is not the villain - the Republicans are. They will sell their souls to the devil just so they can get back at the helm and ran the ship of state to the ground again which they are very good at.

How dumb you guys are to think that Obama (or any top economist for that matter) can turn your economy around within two years when it took Bush and the Republicans 8 years to dig a hole so deep it is hard for any of you to extricate yourselves out of it.

I think you Americans have not yet accepted your realities that China and India are beating the hell out of you, that you are a bankrupt country, you have huge deficits, and each and every citizen has just been overspending and living on credit these last several years. You all have a say why your country is really in deep trouble. So stop blaming everyone except yourselves and the way you use your vote.

Obama is not your problem nor your solution - each of you is responsible for your own lives. So exercise your powers of reasoning too.

I would love to see what the Republicans can really do for you guys except probably much of the same thing they have been doing over the last two years - disrupt, filibuster, say nay, criticize and dig a deeper hole for all of you. Your love for big profits, comfort, the good life and quick fixes is what got your country into deep trouble. So leave Obama out of this and get a handle on your own lives and stop looking at government to do everything for you because it is not going to happen - unless you want a socialist country which you don't. You do not want socialism in your country then stop expecting government to quick fix everything for you.

Since you guys do not ever see the forest from the trees, I think Obama, the good strategist he is, actually is probably happy that the election had such an outcome. He knows that the Republicans cannot turn the economy around in the two years they will have held Congress so you all will probably be so frustrated at the slow pace of the turnaround that you will vote Democrat again. And now with Issa threatening brimstone & going on a witch hunt that is even better for the Democrats because nothing will get done for the country and the pox on the ordinary American.

Posted by: Purificacion | November 4, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama and his handlers were able to successfully hide his past and explain away and minimize his associations with controversial individuals and groups during their 2008 campaign.

They know that an increasing number of people are learning about the fact that virtually the entire paper trail of Barack Obama's existence from birth to the White House continues to remain deeply hidden away under a tight shroud of secrecy.

Will they be able to effectively repeat this deception between now and 6 November 2012?

Will they be able to continue to hide the truth about the identity of Obama's real father?

Only if you let them.

Posted by: FlashHarry | November 4, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

I just returned from Calf. on a vacation. While there, I picked up a copy of the San Jose daily newspaper and specifically remember reading an "guest comment" from Darrell I. He said, "I will not spend all my time just using supoena's to stop Obama but will only use my powers where necessary (paraphrased). Question: Where those just "words" to be used before the election or did you really mean it???? The American people wants Washington to go to work to solve problems not waste time doing nothing.

Posted by: pgmichigan | November 4, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

You are correct about you assumption of the records of the President's background. That because he was a young black man that was not tracked by our law enforcement division. When I was doing my background check for my Top Secret Clearance, they had the record of my juvenile police records for washing my clothes at age thirteen, in the Laundromat , without my mom to tell the white police officers that I was not the person that they were chasing down the street. The people in the building told the police that I was not the one, however, they wanted my picture on that Station Board for future use. The President lived a great life outside of America's urban ghettos. Get over it. Instead of you trying to bring down the first Black American President, use your so called education to help fix the problems that our country is facing. I know that that may be hard for you because you don't have any black friends. Just like the issues of Gays, HIV, and Un-employment, you can't help solve this issues cause they don't affect you. You have to know people with these issues in order for you to want to solve these issues. You are what we in the black community call a HATER. Those that can't Hate. I know you learned this from your parents; however, you are old enough to think for you self know. Do it. There is a reason that we have Barack Obama as our President. With all that the racists in America has done to tear him down, like-wise he has risen and completed some of what he was sent to Washington, DC to accomplish. Please, review what the Obama administration has accomplished and try to use you voice to improve those accomplishments. It’s been less than 2 years President Obama has been in office... yet look at his accomplishments. He has started the change that America needed. Surely, you didn't think the first Black President was going to fix the country before the first mid-term elections? Understanding that the Republicans messed-up the country so bad that racist Americans voted for a Black Man as President to fix the country and yet the only thing you can think of is where is his birth certificate. Let's move on. What about the jobs? What about the debt? What about education for the next generation? make the best of life.

Posted by: CGFRANK | November 4, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

There were a lot of negative comments about the US Post Office. The postal service seems to be a function similar to municipal transit operations, in that both require tax supported subsidies in order to operate. Both are services that the public needs, and continued support is beneficial to the public at large.

Posted by: GeorgeS1 | November 4, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I am a constituent of Mr Issa. I hope he uses his power in the proper way and is bi-partisan. I do not always agree with him but he appears to try to do the right thing.

Posted by: smithcha1001 | November 4, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I have contacted Rep. Issa's office, I was the subject of a 60 minutes interview 2/15/2009 on Bank fraud titled " World of Trouble" there is ample evidence of fraud let's see if his efforts are any better than those who are currently leaving office.

Posted by: paulbishop | November 4, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Whatever other faults that Bush may have had, don't argue that his administration was responsible for the moving of manufacturing jobs overseas. The unions in the U.S. got too greedy, requiring more pay, more healthcare, more retirement funding, more full pay hlidays and off time and less work. Like the United Mineworkers greed in the 1940's/50's which resulted in homeowners switching from coal to oil, destroying the coal industry and putting Appalachia out of business. Unions are definitely beneficial in keeping the workplace honest and fair. The problems arise when union leaders/bosses get their members to up their demands, resulting in the unions reaping in more money with increased dues. After a while, businesses competing in a world market can't survive without going overseas with competitive wages. So, the current plight of the out-of-work union members is to a large extent of their own making.

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Posted by: milky | November 4, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

My question is: How can he possibly be any worse than Congressman Waxman was? And by that I mean more partisan or more political.

Posted by: MadBag | November 6, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

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