The Pardu

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Issa Goes Fascist; Cummings Lost It!

On a day when the US House of Representatives enacted the 50th vote to repeal Obama Care, another GOP strategy did not come to full blossom. A day when the Darrell Issa, Oversight Committee Chairman shows us, "I am taking my marbles and going home." 

Congressional House votes are estimated to cost approximately $1.6 million per vote. The math leads us to a tea party expenditure of $80 million dollars on a vote that is nothing more than show boating for uber wealthy money-backers. May I suggest.... "big government?"

Darrell ISSA, (R) CA., Oversight Committee Chair, continues to fulfill his 2010 promise of with yet another hearing on the fizzling IRS "Scandal."  Within days of the tea party wins in 2010, Issa opened-up on his intent.
Issa told POLITICO in an interview that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold “one or two hearings each week.” 
“I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” Issa said.
The Oversight Chair has held numerous meetings on the IRS 501 (C) (3) application process (AKA As the IRS Scandal), numerous Benghazi Hearings, and has been accused by the Ranking Committee Member of conducting partisan "off-line" discussions with an employee of the IRS Office responsible for tax-free application review and approval. In other words, Issa is fulfilling his mission in support of GOP obstruction at a level of taxpayer funding waste and political silliness. 

A brilliant man once said.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein
Issa's frustration with difficulty in satisfying his party boiled over and he gathered his marbles and his cap to head home. As a observer of US governance, I cannot recall a more publicly authoritarian example of anger and disrespect some would call fascism.   

Rep. Darrell Issa argued with Rep. Elijah Cummings at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.


Luke Russet of NBC News joined an MSNBC news data and spoke about what took place int he Committee hearing. Russert summed-up the angst filled interaction with (paraphrased) "It appear Issa was frustrated with the witnesses's declaration of her Fifth Amendment Rights." Russert was yet again way-off in his reporting. There was certainly a degree of angst after the witness 'took the fifth," but Issa ordered the mic cut and commenced his child-like physical tirade after allowing the Ranking Member, Rep. Elijah Cummings, to speak and Cummings mentioned the word "Republican." Cummings also enacted a tirade, out of frustration, and what appeared to me as total disrespect for the process, the Committee, the hearing process and the US Government.

I have posted a transcript of the "event." 

Issa, Cummings clash at hearing after ex-IRS official Lerner takes 5th 

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., got into a heated argument with Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., after Issa tried to adjourn the hearing. 
Issa at first stood up and prepared to leave as Cummings said he wanted to ask a "procedural question." In seconds, tensions flared. 
"Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this," Cummings appealed. 
Cummings' microphone was then turned off, and then flipped back on again. Issa sat down momentarily, but then abruptly told Lerner she was "released" and said: "We're adjourned, close it down." 
Cummings, his microphone again turned off, continued to shout, complaining about the Republicans' "one-sided investigation." 
"I am a member of the Congress of the United States. I am tired of this," he shouted. 
Darrell has a shaky past to put it simply. A past that includes total disregard for the law, society, and an absence of judgment common to people who avoid felony convictions (for the entirety of their lives). It is a GOP and tea party shame he has such power to provided weekly obstruction on issues when there seems to be very little to no substance.

Think of the temperament and Machiavellianism inherent in Issa's act of shutting off Representative Cummings.

How about a couple of segments from MSNBC?One segment with Al Sharpton, Politics Nation, the other with Chris Matthews, Hardball. Or, choose the segment you prefer. I will advise the Al Sharpton segment offers some congressional insight into Issa's crass act and dogma.

Each segment is the minutes plus, but as good as it gets.

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