Monday, November 8, 2010

Republicans: Limiting government by expanding it

Herein lies the problem of giving the Grand Ol' Party too much power:
According to Politico, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) "is already eyeing a massive expansion of oversight for next year, including hundreds of hearings; creating new subcommittees; and launching fresh investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus and, potentially, health care reform."

Issa said that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold "one or two hearings each week."

"He also wants to organize aggressive oversight beyond his committee and plans to refer inquiries to other House panels, drawing even more incoming GOP chairmen to the cause of investigating the executive branch."
 The GOP and their new Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, the richest Representative in Congress, are planning to return to the partisan excesses of the 1990's by increasing congressional oversight to such overwhelming heights that one wonders why exactly Americans need several subcommittees to have "one or two hearings" per week on apparently the "bank bailout," which Republicans, including Issa, voted for and helped put together, and possibly the healthcare law and ACORN and, if the rumours are true, how to impeach Obama, though Issa denies any such thing is planned. Furthermore, one has to ask why these issues could not fall under the current subcommittees which already have huge budgets and powers. Is it not a little silly to try and expand this committee's various arms when it already has enough? Oversight, transparency, and accountability is one thing - excessive partisan stupidity is quite another.

Issa is one of those many Republicans that signed a pledge never to do anything to raise taxes on the American public. So, given his income, and given his new position and what he wants to do with it, is it not a good idea for Rep. Issa to pay for this himself? After all, if the new GOP Congress will be "limited government" in action, I think Issa should cover any extra costs associated with this investigative agenda of his. Don't you? After all, it's only fair.

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