Rep. Darrell Issa Takes On Big Government

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California Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49) has been a thorn in the side of the Obama administration since the president took the oath of office. Now that Issa is being elevated to the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the congressman will have the power to shine a light on a host of matters and policies that many on the Right find to be of questionable value at best and downright destructive at worst. Preliminary reports indicate that Issa’s ambitious agenda will cover a host of areas that badly need attention. Yet, even if Issa and his committee investigate such issues, the ultimate question remains: will this finally be the Congress with the will and the courage to do something when problems are identified, or will our representatives shy away from making tough, unpopular decisions once again?

According to an interview he did with Fox, the first thing on Issa’s agenda will be a hearing to examine the impacts of excessive regulation on job creation. “We need to start by asking a very fundamental question: Why hasn’t the economy created the private-sector jobs the president promised?” Issa asked in a memo describing the hearing. It’s a timely question, given continuing economic doldrums and high unemployment, so this would seem to be a good place for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to start. If the public and both parties cannot be convinced that excessive bureaucratic interference is economic poison after two years of recession, there’s little chance that free market sanity will ever prevail again.

Issa also plans to use his committee to closely examine the roles that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played in 2008’s economic meltdown. Those on the Left who insist on blaming the burst of the housing bubble solely on capitalist greed will surely gnash their teeth when these hearings are held. Denials by Barney Frank and his ilk notwithstanding, Fannie and Freddie played a huge role – arguably the biggest role – in creating the economic disaster that continues to fester today. A thorough investigation into the sorts of lending policies that Fannie and Freddie encouraged and/or demanded, despite repeated warnings that such policies could only end in catastrophe, is desperately needed.

Other items high on Issa’s agenda are investigations to determine exactly how the Obama administration spent trillions in TARP and stimulus money, a look at corruption in Afghanistan and a closer examination of the Wikileaks scandal. Everyone, of any political persuasion, ought to welcome these kind of hearings. Yet, despite Issa’s avowed intent to maintain a bipartisan approach, it would be the height of naiveté to believe that party rancor and ideology won’t – as it always does – quickly and loudly intrude into the proceedings. One can only hope that the chairman and committee members from both parties will have the guts to stick to their guns and answer the tough questions, no matter where the investigations lead.

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  • tanstaafl

    Islam insists that its believers be governed under the laws of Shariah, that is, Islamic law. As a result, a benevolent Islamic government is impossible. The problems in the Middle East remain intractable until the mosque is separated from the state.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Let’s not mince words, when it comes to the Middle East, Darrell Issa is a loon and an anti-Semite as well. Indeed, show me an obsessed Jew hater and Israel basher and I’ll show you someone completely ignorant of Islam, the greater global jihad at large, and the existential threat to freedom in the world the global jihad represents. Likewise, show me someone completely ignorant of Islam, the greater global jihad at large, and the existential threat to freedom in the world the global jihad represents, and I’ll show you an obsessed Jew hater and Israel basher. Indeed, the two go hand in hand.

    • Brett

      When I read here a few months ago that he had attended a banquet for the American Task Force on Palestine and the list of notorious radicals they were awarding, I thought Isaa, who I had heard nothing but good things about was a fool, I hope he becomes enlightened and educated about the ways of "moderate muslims" not duped. Time will tell.

    • Fred Dawes

      Yes you are right but all of the little monkeys inside government are fools Issa is doing his home-work on Islam/global jihad and his people have been murdered by jihad monkeys, but keep a open eye on him.

  • owyheewine

    I firmly believe that all regulations formulated by non legislative agencies of the government should be sunset every 10 years, subject to renewal by congress. That will make sure that these regulations are continually examined and our congress can be held to account for these extra legal regulations become oppressive.
    In fact all of these independant agencies should also be sunset in the same manner.

    • Wesley69

      Maybe these needs to be enshined in the Constitution. These Executive agencies like the FCC, ERA need to be held accountable to Congress. They are not independent of it and DO NOT MAKE LAW.

    • scum

      I assume you're talking about Arizona where the govt just declared a Latino studies class illegal? Are you willing to stop this kind of govt intervention too?

      • bill garrett

        you betsir go back where they can from vtyanhee we have are own people in this country to take care of i am 80 year old an you baby boomerrr make me sick no all i have 3 of my one

  • Guest

    History suggests that Issa will just be another GOP dog that's all bark and no bite. The GWB presidency is emblematic. Despite owning Congress Bush walked away from the Filegate and Chinagate treasons and dozens of other Clintonian malfeasances. Bush I; Ford, Nixon, Reagan and IKE did nothing to reduce the bloated Dem Bureaucracies from the FDR, Truman and Carter years. The RINO-dominant GOP doesn't have the stones to do clean up the slime and corruption of the D's – it just pays the bills that the latter runs up.

    • Fred Dawes

      thank you, this evil corruption has eaten away our nation, to the point that most people may as well live in some third world hell.

  • okrahead

    Obama has already issued a memo on dealing with Congressman Issa, read it here…

    • Fred Dawes

      that is funny but maybe the real Obama.

  • Wesley69

    Issa has his work cut out for him. There are so many questionable things this administeration had done. The investigates need to translate into House bills. Put Dirty Harry in the Senate on the spot, either pass reform or resist it and hear about it from WE THE PEOPLE.

    The thing Issa must be careful about is attacking Obama. Get the people around him, then let WE THE PEOPLE draw our conclusions. But Issa's work will be essential in preparation for the 2012 election.

  • arthura

    A new bill prequiring all residential candidates to publicly show proof of citizenship in order to be nominated. If the Republicans would pass such a bill it would be most interesting watching Obama and the Democrats soft shoe around that (can’t you just imagine their consternation ?) especially if it was attached to a bill that he really lusted after. And if it was done this year it could be in place for the next presidential election. Just a dirty rotten thought from one really pissed off real American….who does not like either Kenyans or Muslims !!!!!!!!!

  • Fred Dawes

    Just keep your eyes on Issa I hope he will keep being a Thorn in the side of that so called president Obama but i think in the end game Issa will become just one more monkey inside a government of monkeys. It is the duty of real Americans to become Freedom Fighters in this coming end game.

    • Morrismajor

      Nice to see that all the paranoid bigots are lining up behind Issa.

      • Guest

        Read some history and discover the facts. The GOP has never done a thing to eliminate or reduce the run-away Dem Bureaucracy. Nixon and W added to it. Issa can't do it alone and he'll be advised of that quite forcefully by the RINO's. It will be all Show; no Go. Read my "guest" comment above.

        Bigot's? What/Who are you talking about? Specific's please.

        • USMCSniper

          Hey just because we are paranoid doesn't mean that they are not really out to screw all of us!

      • davarino

        A desire to see government do right equals paranoid bigot. Got it