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Turn Issa Loose
IBD Editorials ^ | November 16, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 11/16/2010 5:19:03 PM PST by Kaslin

Ethics: You may never have heard of Rep. Darrell Issa, but you will soon. Republicans have tasked him with cleaning up four years of Democratic misrule and misconduct. It's a big job, but somebody simply must do it.

For proof, look no further than Tuesday's dirty debacle with Rep. Charles Rangel, who walked out of a congressional hearing before being found guilty by the House ethics committee on 11 of 13 charges of misconduct.

Democrats were keen to rid themselves of this scandal before the GOP takes over in January. That let them control the outcome while pretending to be ethically responsible.

But Rangel's sins have been known for years and Democrats, with a solid hold on Congress, chose to ignore his misbehavior. Now, they likely will administer a mild slap on the wrist to Rangel during their lame-duck Congress, and politely ask him to go away.

Gee, wasn't it just two years ago, in the 2008 campaign, that we were promised "transparency" and "accountability"? Instead, we can't recall any time in our history when we've had a government less accountable or transparent than it is today.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carthief; darrellissa; ethicscommittee; issa

1 posted on 11/16/2010 5:19:04 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
What does he investigate first?

He will have to form a committee just to figure out what to investigate.

What a target rich environment.

*George Soros influence.

*DOJ. Why did they close down the intimidation of the Black Panthers at polling places.

*Salazar lying about the science of closing down the oil drilling in the Gulf.

*Obama? Transparency?

2 posted on 11/16/2010 5:26:59 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for your work in bringing us the IBD reports. You’re doing a great job. GO ISSA!


3 posted on 11/16/2010 5:27:01 PM PST by kitkat ( Obama didn't say Hope and Change, he said Hype and Chains.)
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To: Kaslin

I’ll stick my neck out and pose the theory that the fix was in and Rangel knows they won’t throw him out. Reprimand or censure and life goes on. Until ISSA takes over and unless Rangel did something else that the trial stooges overlooked.


4 posted on 11/16/2010 5:31:47 PM PST by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: kitkat

You’re welcome


5 posted on 11/16/2010 5:32:29 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: kitkat

You’re welcome


6 posted on 11/16/2010 5:32:43 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: cruise_missile

Who cares, as long as it brings results


7 posted on 11/16/2010 5:33:39 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

ain’t misbehavin!!!


8 posted on 11/16/2010 5:35:16 PM PST by cocoapuff
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To: Enterprise

He’ll probably get a censure, or a reprimand. But there is still the Maxine Waters trial coming up


9 posted on 11/16/2010 5:39:21 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Enterprise
They will take away Rangel’s library privileges for one week.
10 posted on 11/16/2010 5:43:29 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: Kaslin

I say let’s give them a fair trial and then hang ‘em.


11 posted on 11/16/2010 5:45:24 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: Kaslin

I prefer the term “unleash”...

Sic ‘em!


12 posted on 11/16/2010 5:49:40 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Kaslin

All she needs to do is show up, cry about not having legal defense, leave, and accept her letter of reprimand. Next!


13 posted on 11/16/2010 5:56:01 PM PST by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Kaslin

14 posted on 11/16/2010 6:00:35 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Kaslin
He’ll probably get a censure, or a reprimand. But there is still the Maxine Waters trial coming up

My money is on....

a mildly worded reprimand by the Democrat leadership , followed by an apology to Rangel AND the Congressional Black Racists and topped off with a standing ovation by the entire Democrat caucus.

maybe even go over for beer and ice cream with the Kenyan afterward.

15 posted on 11/16/2010 6:31:53 PM PST by digger48
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To: Enterprise

You or I would be facing possible jail time if we did the stuff Rangel and many others in congress do. Until they do more than slap their wrist for punishment, the swamp will never be drained.


16 posted on 11/16/2010 6:35:35 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Kaslin

In whose pockets did the stimulus money land?

Who is going to benefit from the $600B Fed printing of play money?

Did any of Bonny Fwank’s fwiends benefit fwom the Fannie and Fweddie fiascos?


17 posted on 11/16/2010 6:49:28 PM PST by lurk
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To: dandiegirl

Always remember the psychological distinctions we have tolerated for decades. Republicans are psychologically adults, and if they misbehave, they are punished severely. Democrats are psychologically children, and when they misbehave, they have no expectation that they will be treated as adults. Thus, a Republican who would be found guilty of Rangel’s violations would face terrible retribution. Rangel only faces a scolding.


18 posted on 11/16/2010 7:42:09 PM PST by Enterprise (As a disaster unfolds, a putz putts.)
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To: Kaslin
Issa will expose a level of corruption that will shock the nation...by both dims and pubs.

So little time, so many dirty deals...

19 posted on 11/16/2010 8:06:58 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: Mariner

Or he’ll end up under a cannon in Ft. Marcy Park.


20 posted on 11/16/2010 8:15:34 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Kaslin

Issa should be careful. He should focus on two things; 1) where did the money go for the bail outs and 2) health care. Both of these will resinate with the people and will keep him busy. The Democrats won’t be able to stand it. Anything beyond that and it will look like a witch hunt.


21 posted on 11/17/2010 2:12:06 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: cruise_missile

It’s imperative that confidence in the integrity of our elections be restored.

Investigating disenfranchisement of our military, general voter fraud, union shenanigans, foreign campaign contributions, DOJ and Soros’ influence/Secretary of the State Project would certainly keep me glued to CSPAN.


22 posted on 11/17/2010 2:26:48 AM PST by Nickname
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To: HarleyD

Do you think that investigating voter fraud would look like a witch hunt? I agree that what you’ve listed needs to be looked into, but what good will it do if the Dems are able to regain power through fraud and sweep things back under the rug?

I’m disappointed that the GOP didn’t deal with the issue while they held both houses and the presidency.

Outside of the politicians who benefit and those who engage in it, nobody likes cheaters.


23 posted on 11/17/2010 2:36:58 AM PST by Nickname
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To: Nickname

There are lots of things that Issa could look at. Certainly voter fraud is one. I just think health care and the bail outs are so widely unpopular and everyone knows that there was so many laws broken, it seems a natural. There were enough laws broken to impeach this president. There really isn’t a need to focus on things that could be more difficult for people to understand. Here I think the KISS rule applies.


24 posted on 11/17/2010 3:01:53 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD

KISS is always a good rule.

I’m sure Issa has a game plan for the next two years. Can’t wait to see how it plays out.


25 posted on 11/17/2010 3:18:04 AM PST by Nickname
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To: Nickname

“It’s imperative that confidence in the integrity of our elections be restored.”

One wonders how many of those who died fighting for the sanctity of the vote and other American principles are rolling in their graves at the sound of those words.

(It is hoped that the first thing Mr. Issa investigates
is election fraud in whatever insidious form it might have taken and the individuals responsible.)

IMHO


26 posted on 11/17/2010 4:55:03 AM PST by ripley
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To: HarleyD

You’re absolutely right. One of the issues Issa and the GOP in Congress will face is voter overload or distraction.

What Issa needs are simple, focused investigations that lead to early wins. A drip, drip, drip approach only works if you win.

The financiers and political entrepreneurs make the perfect target. Nearly all Americans don’t like that insider dealing. It is a political winner and we need to win elections to return our country to its Constitutional roots.

Vote fraud, unless you’ve got a slam dunk, is a distraction.

#1 bailout fraud, #2 Obamacare & #3,IMO, is regulatory abuse - start with the EPA and the BP oil spill reaction.

Focus, win, refocus and win again. With a sufficient budget multiple investigations can happen concurrently. It’s how you handle the presentation in the public thoughtspace that matters.

The GOP are the adult party. We need to use that to banish the Dems for a generation.


27 posted on 11/20/2010 4:38:20 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: cruise_missile
Here's his target list and it is both correct and a political Tommy gun:

The list of troubling government activities that should be investigated is a long one. Issa's already looking into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And he's been openly critical of the Obama stimulus' lack of controls and poor accounting practices.

He — or other GOP committees — may also look into AIG and the other bank bailouts, and answer who got money and why.

Then there's the Countrywide VIP program, in which some Congress members got favorable mortgages. And don't forget the $700 billion TARP program, the government's takeovers of GM and Chrysler, the links between the left-wing community organizing group ACORN and the Democrats, and even U.S. Minerals Management Service misconduct prior to the BP oil blowout.

It's a nearly perfect list and will, if managed well, win us the Senate in 2012.

28 posted on 11/20/2010 4:56:10 AM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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