Editors note: Politisite did a story on Obama’s campaign finances in early 2008. We are sure Darrell Issa will also hold a hearing on why the Obama Campaign disconnected the address verification system on donations of less than 200 dollars during his campaign. Obama first stated he would accept public funding but later caved when the $85M was not enough to propagandize his message of fundamental change in government. Not allowing verification of where funds came from went against Obama’s own premise of knowing where all campaign funds come from.
President Obama and the Democrats have just endured one painful political tsunami. Now they’re bracing themselves for another: Darrell Issa.
The House Republican from California is set to take over the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and he has made no secret of his love of hearings. He wants hundreds of them – one or two a week, times seven subcommittees, times 40 weeks, he told Politico. That’s at least 280 hearings a year. By way of comparison, Rep. Henry Waxman (D) of California held 203 oversight hearings in two years when he chaired the committee during President George W. Bush’s last two years in office, Politico notes.
Representative Issa doesn’t want to bother with sideshows, like Roger Clemens and steroids. He wants to go after the executive branch.
“We need serious reforms within the federal bureaucracy, and I will target areas of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement to ensure that we are better stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Issa said Tuesday on CNBC.
In September, Issa’s office put out a report listing the types of investigations he would launch next year, regardless of which party won control of the House in November. But now that the GOP is taking over, you can take his list to the bank.
Hearings that Issa says he requested but were ignored by the Democrats include: food safety; homeland security; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; health-care reform oversight; wasteful stimulus spending; the Minerals Management Service (see BP oil spill); and school choice.
Also on Issa’s inquiry wish list: federal emergency management; protecting the independence of inspectors general; federal IT systems; federal financial management; TARP oversight; failures at the Securities and Exchange Commission; stimulus oversight; Countrywide Financial Corp.; the Presidential Records Act; and federal-agency performance management.
Read the Rest of the Story at Obama team braces for Rep. Darrell Issa, avid investigator – CSMonitor.com.
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