California GOP Congressman Darrell Issa isn’t shy about his investigative ambitions. As future chairman of the House oversight committee, Issa plans to ramp up the House’s detective work into the activities of the executive branch, including the financial stimulus and health care reform.
In an interview with Politico, Issa said he wants his seven sub-committees churning out “one or two hearings each week.” With his abacus on speed dial, he said, “I want seven hearings a week times 40 weeks.”
Issa also hopes to spread the Sherlock spirit to other committees with wider jurisdiction. “As Clint Eastwood says, a man needs to know his limitations,” Issa proclaimed in the interview. “With other committees, we have good working relationships. Our committees have some areas of primary jurisdiction, including the federal work force, procurement and the Postal Service. We will take care of our core knitting, but we have very narrow legislative jurisdiction.”
Issa’s ambitions represent a marked escalation of House investigative activity. His counterpart during the George W Bush years, California Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, held half as many hearings as Issa has planned.
In particular, Issa intends to target cash deployed by the executive branch. “We really want to study presidential earmarks and the grant-making process: How do we take all this discretionary money and see what is necessary,” Issa said. “The debate on how to shrink the federal government is at the core of our problem of government not doing its job.”
Except when Darrell Isssa is doing the expanding, that is. Great idea: Let’s use the full force of government in order to achieve smaller government while complaining that the government wastes our tax dollars!
Are we going to spend millions of our tax dollars to investigate the Obama’s Christmas card list, too, like they did with the Clintons? We spent $60 million total investigating the Clintons and we’re still waiting for a verdict.
So Issa wants to spend a fortune in taxpayer money, tie up the executive branch in summonses and document demands. Meanwhile unemployment remains high, the budget deficit skyrockets and our enemies around the world laugh while speeches get made about governing, being in charge and “taking the country back,” all while looking under the bed of everyone who doesn’t cotton to their idea of how things should be done.
This is what the ADD voters wanted and this is what they will get. Unable to remember the fiasco the GOP caused during the Clinton presidency, they want to do it again. The funny part is, Obama and Pelosi stopped the investigations into Bush/Cheney to avoid creating divisiveness in the country. That’s a quality of high-road leadership Republican leaders seem to be lacking.