Darrell Issa is like that kid who just made hall monitor and takes his duties a little to seriously. Here’s some of what Issa wants to investigate:
Issa, who will have power to subpoena government officials to appear before the committee, said he intended to conduct inquiries into the release of classified diplomatic cables by Wikileaks; recalls at the Food and Drug Administration; the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis; the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's failure to identify the origins of the meltdown; as well as business regulations and alleged corruption in Afghanistan.
Recalls by the FDA? I really hope he is going after Bush on that, since we had the most recalls under the former President.
Corruption in Afghanistan? The wires reveal that the corruption was going on way before we even had a President Obama. Again – you going after Bush?
Freddie and Fannie? Once again – that happened before Obama was President.
Wikileaks – OK I can buy that, but given the administrations response, I would say you are going after the victim and not the assailant.
And Issa isn’t stopping there. Instead he wants MORE investigations and is turning to special interest and big business to help conjure up some more items:
The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee - in letters sent to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month - requested a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.
"It was a broad net that we cast," Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella said.
Bardella did not have a complete list of groups that received an inquiry from Issa or their responses.
But a partial list obtained by POLITICO includes ones sent Dec. 13 to Duke Energy, the Association of American Railroads, FMC Corp., Toyota and Bayer. Others receiving inquiries from Issa over the course of the month included the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) and entities representing health care and telecommunication providers.
Let me tackle one of those companies, Duke Energy. Since they took over in Cincinnati years ago, service has tanked while prices have skyrocketed. When the big wind storm hit a few years ago, power was out for a week or more for most people. Duke didn’t have the crews on hand to handle this. Once they did handle it, they jacked the prices up on their customers to offset the costs.
Power outages are also a much more common thing in this area. Before Duke, power outages were very rare, but Duke has let the infrastructure go to hell and that is causing more outages that last a lot longer.
But we shouldn’t expect a Republican to actually worry about the consumer. Issa is proving who the real constituent of the GOP is – big business. Hopefully the voters will realize this over the next two years and kick the business loving, people hating GOP to the curb.