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Friday, August 5, 2011 

Darrell Issa loses track of the jobs


Darrell Issa has been a big booster of the debt ceiling deal that the tea party helped push through Congress earlier this week. Such an enthusiastic fan that, even though the deal will cost the country 1.8 million jobs in 2012, Issa laments that "so little is being done" in that first year. As a preview of what to expect, the Dow dropped 500 points as soon as the ink was dry on the deal that Speaker John Boehner said was 98% of what he wanted. Not exactly what most would consider an economic triumph, but for Issa, it's just the most recent piece of his job-killing legislative agenda.
In June, Darrell Issa trumpeted new legislation to eliminate nearly 400,000 jobs as part of his plan to help the economy. Since then, he's been working to eliminate thousands of Postal Service jobs and he continues his efforts to close the courts to working Americans. Issa's approach to the economy has been clear all along.
So it's an unique brand of hubris that Issa had on display this week when he took to Twitter to criticize Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's record on jobs. He trots out a criticism of last year's landmark healthcare reforms, apparently ignoring that the popular Republican "job-killer" slur has been comprehensively disproven. Somewhere, Karl Rove must be smiling about this textbook illustration of attacking your opponent from your own glaring weakness, but reality isn't so forgiving.
We've been hearing for decades that if we keep funneling more money to the super-rich, it will trickle down to the rest of the economy. But we've been waiting for decades and all that's happened is that the 400 richest Americans now own more than the bottom 50 percent combined and only the economy for rich people is recovering. Since Issa is a comfortable member of the richest 1% of America, it makes perfect sense for him to enjoy this system. Heck, Issa's so well insulated from real life that he thinks that individuals making $200,000 a year are "well into the middle class."
So instead of being slowed down by the reckless impact of his job-killing agenda, Issa is picking up speed with the Tea Party agenda. He's refusing to let the USPS suspend its overpayments and refusing federal funding to help with reforms, and it's the Tea Party that's helping marshal support, and Issa remains a strong supporter of the Ryan Plan to privatize Medicare. While Speaker Boehner may have gotten 98% of what he wanted from the debt deal, it's clear that Darrell Issa isn't done costing this country jobs yet.


Reader Discussion

Issa is as far removed from the need of this country to exist in a balanced way financially as he can be.  He’s just one of the rich whose only concern is to make the rich richer, with no concern for anyone else.  He, like so many other Republicans on the far right, do not deserve to be in office in any way in this country.

at 7:39 am on Sat, Aug 6, 2011Posted by Patricia Wilson

Issa and his cohorts should be arrested on charges of Treason because they are knowingly conspiring to bring down the duly elected Governrment and acting with specific and malicious intent to harm and overthrow President Obama.

at 8:15 am on Sat, Aug 6, 2011Posted by Beilla Gans

If Issa and his cohorts are arrested on charges of treason and if they are also indicted, I (as an unwilling constituent of Issa) want to be in the gallery for trial. If they’re found guilty, I want to see the look on his face when he is sentenced.

Failing that, I can only hope that the congressional redistricting in California will place me in someone else’s district.

at 8:28 am on Sat, Aug 6, 2011Posted by Geoff Murphy

It amazes me how Rep. Darrell Issa H.R. Bill 2309 has only on Co-Sponsor is not considered to be a waste of time & taxpayers’ money to even be examined by a congressional committee.  Talk about government waste!  Another Postal Service Bill, H.R. 1351, with 170 Co-Sponsors, can’t make it out of committee to be voted on by the full House.  It is very clear that Rep. Issa and the Republican Party want only two classes of people, the super Rich and the very Poor.

at 7:17 am on Sun, Aug 7, 2011Posted by Gerald Henderson

Another Issue that Rep. Issa should be held accountable for:  How can a employee who doesn’t vote for or against the unionization of his or her workplace, be considered a NO vote? THIS IS THE REAL REPUBLICAN AGENDA!

Voting To Unionize

The big issue on a long-term reauthorization is about unions. In 2010, the National Mediation Board overturned a previous ruling relating to how airline employees can vote to join a union. In the past, airline employees who didn’t take part in an election on whether or not to join a union were counted as “no” votes. This made it hard for unions to form.
The policy changed in 2010 when the board decided to count only those who actually cast ballots, meaning non-votes were no longer “no” votes. Republicans are balking at this new interpretation, and are trying to attach language to the FAA bill to revert to the old policy. Democrats won’t go along. The language relating to unions is not part of the temporary extension the House approved and sent to the Senate in June.

at 7:30 am on Sun, Aug 7, 2011Posted by Gerald Henderson

We need more folks like Issa in Government. Here is my FB page you can visit.

at 12:54 pm on Sun, Aug 7, 2011Posted by Peter

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