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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-12 08:29 PM
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Darrell Issa: Obama's Government Most Corrupt In History (CA-asshole)
Shut up alarm boy, your time as a House Chairman will end with the elections.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-12 04:00 AM
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1.  Oh Darrell your memory fails you
Remember the war criminal Bush and his gang of crooks?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-12 04:35 AM
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2. Hmmmm. I am not a fan of the TARP or of Timmy Geithner.
I think Solyndra was, at best, questionable and the stimulus could have used a lot less New Democrat and a lot more New Deal.

I am also a disappointed critic of the Obama administration when it comes to denying FOIA requests and other opacity, both in general and because he promised the most transparent administration ever.

And those seem to be the bases of Issa's complaints.

However, speaking of corruption:

Issa dropped out of high school and enlisted for a three-year tour in the Army on his 17th birthday.<5><6> He served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician, defusing bombs, after having been shown a movie about soldiers in that specialty during World War II. He has said that his unit provided security for President Richard Nixon, sweeping stadiums for bombs prior to games in the 1971 World Series, and that he had always received the highest approval ratings during his service.<7> A 1998 investigation by the San Francisco Examiner found that these claims were not true and Nixon had not attended any of that year's World Series games. The investigation also found that Issa was transferred to a supply depot after receiving an unsatisfactory evaluation. According to Issa, the Examiner reporter had misunderstood an anecdote he had related.<5> A fellow soldier, Jay Bergey, claimed that Issa stole his Dodge Charger in 1971 while they were serving together and that the day after he confronted Issa the car was found abandoned on a nearby expressway. Asked about this charge in 2011, Issa denied it and suggested it was possible that other soldiers stole the car or that Bergey, who he claims had a drinking problem, had abandoned it himself while intoxicated."<5>

After receiving a hardship discharge in 1972 following his father's heart attack, Issa earned his General Educational Development (GED) certificate and began taking classes at Siena Heights University, a small Catholic college in Adrian, Michigan. He continued his military service in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)."<5> Twice during that year he was arrested, once for alleged theft of a Maserati, which Issa says was a matter of mistaken identity, and for which the charge was dismissed. In another case, he was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and a police officer noticed a firearm in the glove compartment. Issa was charged with carrying a concealed weapon; he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of an unregistered firearm, and sentenced to six months' probation and a small fine.<5><8> Issa has said he believed the record of the incident had been expunged.<5>

Foreclosing on the business of his friend for a single missed payment on a $60,000 loan put Issa on the path to his personal wealth. His is now one of the richest men in Congress.

I am sure he cut no legal or ethical corners going from a $60K loan that was not repaid in full to $200 million dollars. I'm also sure his lobbying and campaign donations to Republicans had nothing to do with his personal wealth, either.

As of 2010, Issa serves as a director of the American Task Force for Lebanon, a nonprofit organization working to advance Lebanon and its ties with the US.<27>

No conflict of interest possible there, I'm sure.

And then:

Industry insiders on his oversight team

In February 2011, the Watchdog Institute, an independent nonprofit reporting center based at San Diego State University, published an investigation alleging that as leader of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Issa built a team that included staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investigations.<45> The Huffington Post also published the Institute's investigation.<46>


Office of Congressional Ethics complaint

In September 2011, the group American Family Voices filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Issa, alleging he had repeatedly used his public office for personal financial gain. Issa's office rejected the allegations.<53>

And those are only the highlights. Read his entire wiki.

I also love how the wiki says he is a self-made millionaire. According to Issa, $50,000 of that $60,000 loan came from his family and %50,000 circa 1980 was a fair amount of money to give your kid to lend to someone else. (Not to mention that the whole story sounds fishy to me.)

As Colbert might say of Issa's corruption allegations, "And Issa knows corruption!"

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