One of things that former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) did has delivered to some degree on her promise to drain the swamp – Pelosi drains the swamp, as promised. Unfortunately she was somewhat partisan about the whole process. Her targets were largely Democrats. Yet another example of Democrats bending over so far backwards to be fair and non-partisan, they let some Republican crooks off the hook. She didn’t go after Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) – financial shenanigans, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) – earmarking for personal gain, as opposed to earmarks for California or his district, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) under investigation by the DOJ for uses government resources for his campaign, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) – his wife just happened to win a no bid contract to provide government services – no wonder government doesn’t work as it should and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) – earmarks to corporations in exchange for campaign contributions. The list goes on. Pelosi could not go after Mitch McConnell(R-KY) because he is in the Senate. Mitch’s sleaze-ball behavior makes Charlie Rangel (D-NY) look like an amateur in terms of corruption. Whether Pelosi went far enough might be up for debate, but one thing she was not guilty of was using her office and power to go on a political vendetta. That does not seem to be the case with Darrell Issa (R-CA)
IS ‘DERANGED’ STILL AN OPTION?…. Just a few month ago, shortly before the midterm elections, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) told Rush Limbaugh he considers President Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.” Soon after, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus noted, “If Issa believes this, he is deranged. If he doesn’t and is saying it anyway, he is dangerous.”
A month later, pressed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Issa walked it back.
Yesterday, Issa returned to his original, deranged point, but broadened the scope.
The incoming House Oversight and Government Reform chairman on Sunday tried to clarify his recent remarks to Rush Limbaugh where he called President Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.”
Rep. Darrell Issa said he meant to say the Obama administration instead of the president.
Well, in that case, Issa seems entirely reasonable, right? How silly of me to think the right-wing Californian, perhaps best known as an alleged car thief who lied about his military background, might be less than sensible about his partisan hatred of the president.
To justify his allegations of corruption, Issa told CNN yesterday, “In saying that this is one of the most corrupt administrations, which is what I meant to say there, 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 health care and government, it has a corrupting effect.”
The Obama administration is guilty of having too many corporatist Democrats in it, but corruption is not one of its big problems. Whatever progressives may feel about the real, imagined or exaggerated failures of the Obama White House, he has brought back a level of ethics that is head and shoulders above the Bush administration and Tom Delay’s K-Street project: Halliburton’s Corruption, Iraq’s Decline, Abu Ghraib Prison Torture, CIA Pre-9/11 Intelligence Failures, HHS Deceptive Ad Campaign( Bush used government video which promoted a partisan agenda and put it out as a news report), HHS Scully Scandal, Government-wide Accounting Problems, Sex Education Misinformation, CAPPS II Failures, Real Costs of the Iraq War, the Plame scandal, Condigate ( Condi Rice false testimony before Congress) and firing the accountant who said Bush and Republicans Medicare Part D legislation would cost twice as much as they claimed. Issa and conservatism’s favorite drug addict draft dodger Limbaugh feels this is the most corrupt administration ever. Has Limbaugh moved on to taking LSD. Isaa is no choir boy himself: CREW wants House Ethics Committee to clarify rules governing contacts with U.S. Attorneys
The recent controversy surrounding the firing of U.S. Attorneys has exposed several incidents of contact between members of Congress contacting prosecutors. One member of Congress, Darrell Issa (R-CA), actually put his contact in writing. Rep. Issa sent a letter to San Diego’s U.S. attorney, Carol Lam requesting information regarding the arrest and subsequent release of a man described by Rep. Issa as “an alien smuggler with a long criminal record.” He was very open about that direct contact — as if there was really nothing wrong with interfering with an on-going case.
CREW would like Issa to explain some of his investments in Goldman Sachs; by the end of 2009, Issa had between $5.1 million and $15.5 million invested in the embattled financial giant’s High Yield Fund. After the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a fraud lawsuit against Goldman Sachs in April 2010, Issa launched an investigation, alleging that the SEC may have timed the lawsuit to bolster the Democrats’ push for financial reform.
“The Goldman Sachs thing is the most troubling,” CREW’s Melanie Sloan says. “That he recently invested money with Goldman Sachs and then is making statements protective of Goldman Sachs suggests his views may be informed more by his own financial holdings than Goldman Sachs’ actions.”
The Right can yammer all it likes about administration personal who have had ties to Goldman, but that has not stopped them from investigation Goldman-Sachs( one of the reasons so much Wall St money went to right-wing teanuts the last election cycle) – Conservative media baselessly accuse White House of plotting Goldman charges “to bolster support” for financial reform ( the Right seems to want to have it both ways). San Diego City Beat examines lawsuit involving Rep. Issa’s $3 million discount
Last summer, Issa went on a property-buying spree. In the span of two months, he bought industrial complexes in Oceanside and Carlsbad and a condo overlooking Oceanside Bay. Even his son picked up a home in Vista.
The Carlsbad complex, however, is at the center of a lawsuit playing out in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A bank lender in Ventura County is accusing a bank of selling Issa the building for at least $3 million less than it should have.
The property is a series of five brand-new buildings near McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. Currently, all but one unit is empty, but they can be rented through Greene Properties, a company that employ’s Issa’s wife and son. The project was dreamed up by Orange County “new urbanism” developer David Dirienzo, who defaulted on a $36-million construction loan in January 2009.
And by way of the WM link – Issa Snared In ’98 In His Own Military Exaggeration and Look Who’s Talkin’
In 1980, Issa and a brother were indicted in San Jose on charges that they faked a theft of a Mercedes that was sold to a dealer, according to news clips. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.
In 1972, Issa was indicted on grand theft charges for allegedly stealing a red Maserati from a dealership in Cleveland.
Issa must be hoping the entire country is as misinformed on TARP as Fox viewers. A program started under Bush. While Issa did vote against TARP, new House Majority Leader John Boehner(R-OH) did as did Republican wunderkins Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, Fred Upton, Buck McKeon, Spencer Bachus, and David Dreier. What else has Issa voted against in good conscience – Establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics and Issa voted against the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Who is going to investigate Issa and his cronies?