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January 4, 2011

ISSA TO LET CORPORATE AMERICA CALL THE SHOTS.... Over the summer, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made no effort to hide his intentions for 2011. If made the chairman of the House oversight committee, the right-wing Californian would simply ignore corporate misconduct, focusing instead on White House witch hunts.

"I won't use [power] to have corporate America live in fear that we're going to subpoena everything," Issa vowed. "I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing."

With that background in mind, Issa allowing his corporate allies to write his agenda for him doesn't exactly come as a surprise.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants the oil industry, drug manufacturers and other trade groups and companies to tell him which Obama administration regulations to target this year.

The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- in letters sent to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month -- requested a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.

It's one thing to promise in advance to look the other way on corporate wrongdoing. But Issa is effectively telling business leaders, "Go ahead and set my oversight agenda for me."

Remember, as far as the Republicans' "Tea Party" base is concerned, the new GOP majority is about some kind of economic populism, and a break with entrenched special interests. Issa is offering change, but it's the kind of change in which wealthy and powerful business leaders effectively give Congress instructions on what to do.

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If Issa is going to be this accommodating to his corporate johns, he should at least do it wearing a tube top, a leather mini skirt and 5 inch CFMs.

Posted by: SteveT on January 4, 2011 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

Issa needs to get out a bit more to see the real world where his constituents and the rest of us live. Maybe then he'd realize what a waste of time he's about to offer us in light of our financial woes, our pot-holed roadways, and our shitter of an economy!

WTF Issa, wasn't your manipulation of the Davis recall enough to satisfy your "ass-kicking" self-centered ego? -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on January 4, 2011 at 9:31 AM | PERMALINK

Once again, no matter how many times they say it, the Teabaggers are not about economic populism. Their candidates all push uber-right wing culture war issues, and align completely with doubling on down with the failed Bush policies.

These people are clear in their minds that they know what they know. Anything that might challenge that must be wrong. So they subconciously reframe everything to their viewpoint.

And that view point is Republican. These people are born again republicans, mentally trying to disavow responsibility for the failure of the Bush policies, while still trying to push those same policies.

Issa is continuing the Republican war on non-republicans, which is what the Republican base (no matter what is calls itself) wants.

Posted by: royalblue_tom on January 4, 2011 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

And Issa could have his corporate johns help with the federal deficit by becoming "official sponsors" of the hearings that they want held (a la the endless number of college bowl games).

In exchange for $1 million Issa's corporate johns would get to have their logo prominently displayed behind the committee and sewn onto the suit coats of each Republican committee member. CSPAN would announce the hearings as the "Koch Industries House Oversight Hearings".

Posted by: SteveT on January 4, 2011 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

"Remember, as far as the Republicans' "Tea Party" base is concerned, the new GOP majority is about some kind of economic populism, and a break with entrenched special interests. "

The only thing the tea baggers want to break from is a black President.

As far as Issa goes, I really hope we don't have to suffer through another round of Bill Maher kissing his ass on Real Time.

Posted by: SaintZak on January 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

Oh SteveT, what an idealist you are! To think that Issa would put corporate sponsorship money toward the deficit! 'Tis to laugh. The only thing that money would see would be the bottom of Issa's pocket.

Posted by: Gridlock on January 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM | PERMALINK

So Spencer Bachus represents the financial industries and Issa has the rest of the corporations. Any other niches need to be filled by Republican "Representatives"?

Posted by: martin on January 4, 2011 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

Sometimes it's really difficult to get through to people how Big Money really controls our political system.

But it looks as if the GOP intends to make that job much easier. They aren't feeling the need to hide it anymore.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on January 4, 2011 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

Today's conservatives are just down right crazy assholes. How utterly pathetic.

Posted by: Silver Owl on January 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

Who didn't see that coming?

Posted by: Trollop on January 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, man. This is totally Whitewater 2.0. Hysterical claims by GOP. Credible media. Feckless White House.

Posted by: square1 on January 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

This is pretty much the Republican political philosophy in a nutshell:

"I won't use [power] to have corporate America live in fear that we're going to subpoena everything," Issa vowed. "I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing."

Political power, according to Issa, is to be used to jam a stick in the spokes of effective government, and thus remove any impediment on corporate America to maximize profits. Citizens only exist to provide votes to get Republicans elected, and Republicans will use any means necessary (racism, fear, lies, etc) to get those votes. Once elected, it's off to serve their corporate overlords, citizens be damned.

Posted by: delNorte on January 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Issa is a demagogue and clearly not too bright, but
I commend him for this:

The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- in letters sent to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month -- requested a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.

Absolutely that effort is appropriate. Now if he gets a bunch of BS and pursues investigations anyway, THAT would be a waste of time and $.

Posted by: Steve-A-Dor on January 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM | PERMALINK

The ads for a pre-Revolutionary French themed commericals write themselves. Turn Darrel Issa into a French fop complete with snuf box, powdered wig, silk clothes and heavy makeup taking orders from burley industrialists.

Don't like let them eat cake, then how about a Godfather themed ad with Darrel Issa asking the Godfathe for help.

Seriously, the congressional Republicans have declared war on America. The least we can do is use humor to point out their treason.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

It's almost as if that whole "tea party" thing was a scam, designed solely to revitalize the Republicans' fading appeal to gullible right-wing voters with transparently fake promises of a new, populist direction. After which, having been returned to office, the same old GOP leadership would get back to advancing the same old pro-corporate, lobbyist-driven plutocratic agenda.

Naaah, that can't be it.

(Reposted from yesterday. Will repost as appropriate.)

Posted by: Basilisc on January 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

Ron,
HOw about dressed up as a hooker walking the street, taking money, and the asking the john to say what he/she wants done?
And then, and at the end the hooker can say, "You get's what you pays for."

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

To expand on Ron's comment that the ad's write themselves:

I envision a picture/cartoon of a GOP stock car emblazoned with all the corporate labels, causing another stock car representing the middle and working class to spin out and wreck, with an image of an old time fat cat/robber baron waving a $ symbol checkered flag.

Posted by: citizen_pain on January 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

Though corporations, or more precisely the heads of various corporations, will control individual hearings it does not necessarily mean corporate America supports these hearings. They'll each go after their piece of the pie--the net effect is that leaves nothing for the common good or the middle class. That's why it failed miserably for them the last time they tried this, and it really hurt our country. It always fails every time representatives shirk their duties and pretend they can let corporations write the laws for them. Unfortunately the modern GOP fail to realize they need to govern, instead believe their job in solely to suck money out of corporations for their own end (how Randian of them)

Posted by: golack on January 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

Which corporate master will step up to ask Issa to eliminate child labor and minimum wage laws? That should absolutely get the economy rolling! Let's turn our children into serfs, so we can build our iPhones and Androids in the good ol' US of A! Yee-frickin-haw y'all! Who needs gubbamant to tell us what to do?

Posted by: cb on January 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

DAVID BROOKS scoffed at the idea that Republicans want to return to the unregulated days of the 19th century yet, this is exactly the approach our forefathers took to governing in that most complex century. The great trusts and railroads told Congress what to do and they did if... ESP James Blane, Speaker of the House one of the great corrupt congressmen of the 19th Century.

It is time America got in touch with it's past. While technology has changed, humans are still the same animals they have been since ancient times. I would think learning more about the trials and tribulations of Congresses past and using them as examples to show that America can learn from the past.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on January 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

My point this morning is to suggest that we progressives should be working to fire up our base. There are more of us and what Democrats stand for is far more naturally populist anyway.

Already the Republicans are throwing the Tea Party reformers to the wolves. The damn fools couldn't see that the Democrats are more naturally their allies than the Republican country club elite. obama can be bipartisan if he wants. That doesn't mean we have to be.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

"I envision a picture/cartoon of a GOP stock car emblazoned with all the corporate labels, causing another stock car representing the middle and working class to spin out and wreck, with an image of an old time fat cat/robber baron waving a $ symbol checkered flag"

Gotta pull the GS sticker off the limo Obama rides in...

Posted by: V6 on January 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

I was just saying to my husband that with the new crop of know nothing congress people, they are hiring lobbyists from Wall Street to advise them on financial matters, lobbyists from oil companies to advise them on climate change, and now the car thief & liar in chief about his military service will also be told what to do by the corporations, so now we have it - corporate control of the country! Boehner will not have to lift a finger to write his agenda, he has corporations to do it for him!

Posted by: JS on January 4, 2011 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

"...will also be told what to do by the corporations"

Will? He has been for quite some time. You can always investigate who Barry met with in San Fran back in 2008. No press allowed, of course. He got his orders.

Posted by: Not Ron Byers on January 4, 2011 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Of course those relying on Fox for any information won't hear about this but for anyone else; ie, Democrats, progressives, independents, the idea that any unbiased testimony will be forthcoming from ANY CEO/lobbyist/industry representative is laughable. I commend Mr. Issa on his determined efforts to demonstrate to the voters of this country exactly why the economy went down the tubes on his watch.

And honestly, aren't the sock-puppets the most amusing things? All those mysterious hints and out-of-context quotes! Acting so worldly and cynical; it almost makes you wish they were real people!
With real thoughts. Sigh...

Posted by: Doug on January 4, 2011 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe it would have made a difference in the election if more Americans knew who Darrell Issa was. As it is, I am going to cry.

Posted by: 4jkb4ia on January 5, 2011 at 12:11 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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