Darrell Issa, the congressman representing much of south Orange County is far from the serious legislator that an Orange County Register editorial claims he is. Issa is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. In that role he has made a name for himself by chasing Attorney General Eric Holder around with a contempt of congress suit over the hyped-up, and failed, gun-running sting called Fast and Furious.
The Register editorial attempts to paint Issa as a hero of government reform for his focus on budget shortfalls in the U.S. Postal Service. The Register unfortunately failed to point out that Issa is complicit in the huge shortfalls at the Postal Service as a key supporter of reforms in that forced the Post Office to fund, in a very shot period of time, projected liabilities for retirement and medical benefits that wont occur for 75 years. Essentially, Issa and his GOP colleagues decided to add payments of more than $5 billion annually to pre-fund retiree benefits.
But for me, the most disgusting assertion in the Register editorial is that Issa is serious about his job. Don’t tell that to my 81-year old friend Toni who called Issa’s office yesterday to find out what he was doing about “Sequestration.” The staffer in Issa’s office heralded Issa’s support for failed legislation that passed the House last session, stating the party-line that the House did it’s job last year and that President Obama has not introduced any legislation for him, and the GOP majority in the House, to vote on.
Apparently, after 12 years in office, Darrell Issa, or at least his staff, have not learned that the President does not introduce legislation. That is up to members of Congress. To claim that action on legislation, now expired, is doing one’s job is absurd. Issa has spent his time chasing hyped-up scandals rather than taking action to offer real solutions to a problems that he and his GOP colleagues created. Remember that the Sequestration cuts are the result of an partisan position that attempted to tie payment of the national debts already incurred, to deficit reduction cuts. Since the GOP members, including Issa, refused to compromise the y kicked the can down the road agreeing to draconian cuts that no one wanted, in the hope that they could force their plan in a future session.
That plan failed, and now the cuts no one wanted are at our collective doorstep.
Issa and his GOP colleagues are not interested in doing their jobs. They are interested in only one thing—Sinking our economy and blaming the results on the President.