Darrell Issa’s War On the USA – Part 1

Darrell Issa (R-CA) 2011

California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa consistently makes waves targeting the destruction of the Constitution of the USA and his own enemy’s list.  Early in the 112th Congress he pontificated that he had plans to serve as the investigator-in-chief of the Obama Administration with the expressed purpose of destroying the “Black president”: his racism as clear as the racism of organized hate journals such as Act! for America and the IMF Report.  Issa’s racisim is transparent, as seen in his decade-long support for the illegal war in Iraq, despite spiraling cost and untold millions unaccounted for through contractor mismanagement and helping  DynCorp  employees involvement in human trafficking and child sex slaves who were between the ages of 12 and 15 (Capps, Robert (2002-08-06). “Sex-slave whistle-blowers vindicated”. salon.com, at http://dir.salon.com/story/news/feature/2002/08/06/dyncorp/index.html), while operating on peacekeeping contracts in Bosnia. DynCorp admitted to firing employees for similar reasons (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/theft_of_us_military_fuel_in_afghanistan_highlight.php and Bosnia and Herzegovina Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking of Woman and Girls to Bosnia and Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution. Human Rights Watch. pp. 63–64. http://books.google.com/books?id=KYLiRbLlMwoC&lpg=PA63&ots=KnfB0O67TL&dq=%22He%20is%20the%20operator%20of%20a%20nightclub%20by%20the%20name%20of%20Harley’s%22&pg=PA63#v=onepage&q&f=false.)– including tens of billions recently reported by a non-partisan study of Afghanistan which included hiring “dancing boys” in Afghanistan

DynCorp Abuse (supported by Koch Brothers)

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/26/AR2009072602358.html) to entertain the employees who worked for DynCorp and funneled money to Issa as http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/jan/22/whistleblower-sex-traffickers-bosnia). DynCorp’s support for Issa was as unwavering as the support Issa received from the nefarious Koch Brothers of Kansas. DynCorp’s new support included $1,000 to Issa’s re-election campaign (http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00409979&cycle=2010) and $10,000 to help Issa’s leadership PAC (http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave.php?cycle=2010&cmte=C00450320) increase its bottom line nine-fold over

DynCorp hired assassin

what they had shelled out in previous years, especially the fortune ranging in the hundreds of millions of dollars issued by the year they Koch Brothers saw as critical to fight environmental laws, climate change, evolution and basic science, the infamous year of 2008.  The number of DynCorp hired assassins remains secreted in the vaults of DynCorp, but it is estimated that the firm supported by Issa ranges into the thousands. Many of these “employees” have been common thugs and murderers. They were selected for their ability to slit throats, use stones and other primitive weapons against perceived enemies, as well as automatic rifles and a variety of military arms to “get enemies” out of DynCorp properties regardless of the age of the “enemy.”  Issa has said nothing about the nefarious workings of DynCorp as it is identical to the blackguard tactics of Blackwater whose mercenaries brought misery, rape, and death to thousands of Iraqis in George W. Bush’s dirty war in the Middle East–but which made arms companies and the Koch Brothers even richer at the expense of civilians, the environment and climate.

Koch Brothers

Two of the worse polluters (http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/) in USA history are the Koch Brothers of Kansas (they are in the top ten of the worse polluters in the USA, a fact that the venal Koch-Brother-controlled-legislature remains silent on and does nothing about correcting), who are involved in everything from health care (located in Wichita, Kansas, the Wichita City Council remains selectively silent about the abuses of the Koch Brothers who fund its candidates and with their control over the parsimoniously pandering Wichita City Council are the most vocal and unchallenged biggest opponents to Obama’s national health insurance program; see: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/08/feds-to-subsidize-health-insurance-for-early-retirees/1) to derivatives, both of whom are major backers and contributors to the corrupt campaigns and political posturing of Darrell Issa (http://calitics.com/diary/13079/the-koch-brothers-and-darrell-issa).  The Koch Brothers argue for minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry — especially environmental regulation–and like the gaggle of goons who fired on workers in Chicago, Homestead (PA), and other cities where people were organizing for the right to collective bargaining, better working conditions, shorter hours, and job protection–all anathema to the Koch Brothers.


Dick Armey (R-TX)

The greatest lie told regularly by the Koch Brothers is that the Tea Party is a “ground roots” organization, whereas, as numerous studies show, it is funded by the Koch Brothers with the intent of ending “the rule of the middle class and the workers.”  It was easy, but expensive, for the Koch Brothers to enlist one conservative as its head: the corrupt former Republican Majority Leader of Congress, Dick Armey and current Speaker of the House John Boehner(http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html and http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2460/robert_reich_the_birth_of_the/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Guernica%2FBlog+%28Guernica+%2F+Blog%29).  The Koch Brothers are now buying up the Republicans in the Iowa Legislature, including its Speaker (http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/CorporateGreed; http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2011/1/3/4718385.html; http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2011/2/23/4756385.html and http://solveclimatenews.com/news/20110210/koch-brothers-positioned-be-big-winners-if-keystone-xl-pipeline-approved). The greatest hate-monger in Iowa is one-time gubernatorial candidate and evangelical Bob Vander Plaats (of whom I have written extensively) who received most of his money from the Koch PACS and organized hate groups (such as Focus on the Family, The Family, and his own Family Leader) to wage wars against single parent and same parent families, attempts to proselytize in the medieval style of convert or else, and so forth (see: http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2011/2/10/4746968.html) while extolling the political fortunes of Mike Huckabee and Darrell Issa.

By the second week of March 2011, Issa found himself on the wrong end of the investigation stick when the news broke that his press aide, Kurt Bardella, had been sharing email from reporters with a New York Times reporter who was working on a book about culture in Washington.  Bardella had high hopes of ascending the political ladder in Washington, and nothing was sacred to him if it could be used to achieve his ends. To achieve his goals he was ready and willing to tell anything to anyone. As Chris Cellizzi opined in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/04/AR2011030402197.html):

Kurt Bardella and Darrell Issa


“It’s hard to believe that [Congressman Darrell] Issa, who has been around politics for quite some time – he was the lead agitator and sunk $200 million of his own money into the effort to recall then-California Gov. Gray Davis (D) in 2003 — didn’t know that Bardella was a bit of a wild card.”


“The more plausible explanation is that Issa gave the ambitious and aggressive Bardella [he rose rapidly before he was 27 years old] too long a leash because he knew that the flack could win him the sort of publicity he wanted and needed to emerge as President Obama’s lead antagonist.”

Issa’s interested in working America is, at best, insignificant.  More realistically, Issa does not care about the working man or woman.  He is interested only in wealth and being rewarded by the Koch Brothers.

Tired of hearing common people and hard workers complain of their homes being foreclosed, the California Republican “went on the road” to learn more about foreclosures.  At the end of his odyssey, the Tea Bag Republican (deep in the pockets of the Koch Brothers billions) Issa introduced a bill that he had written in advance of his “hearings” to eliminate the Home Affordable Modification Program that would have helped the disappearing middle class(http://oversight.house.gov/images/stories/Legislation/JORDAN_005_xml.pdf), and fill the gap with nothing other than vain and empty Tea Bag rhetoric(http://issaexposed.couragecampaign.org/index.php/site/page/74).  This was introduced in such a cavalier manner that of the thousands of Issa’s constituents who faced foreclosure, few truly understood the gravity of their congressman’s action (http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/foreclosure-heat-map-overlaying-congressional-district-map-6128).

Foreclosures in USA (from: http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/foreclosure-heat-map-overlaying-congressional-district-map-6128)

Sarah Palin's Bridge to Nowhere

Not only did Issa vote against his own constituents and against his own state (California) but he voted along Tea Party demands. Pandering to the Tea Party and its titular head, Republican Sarah Palin one-time/part-time governor of Alaska, Darrell Issa voted late last week to continue funding for Alaska’s infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’  that ends in a cul-de-sac and has no useful purpose.  Palin’s administration oversaw the construction of the Gravina Island Highway, a 3.2-mile access road to the “Bridge to Nowhere.” Since it was obvious in 2007 that the $398 million bridge from Gravina Island to Ketchikan would never be built, government watchdogs urged the Palin administration to put the brakes on the project. Construction began in June of 2007, more than six months after Palin took office.  Gov. Frank H. Murkowski had signed the grant three days before leaving office–and the signature was not binding on his successor (Sarah Palin) who could have rescinded the contract.  Why she did not is unknown, as the Bridge to Nowhere was the highest form of pork-barrelling, as it went to Gravina Island–where it stopped. Governor Frank Murkowski has a 33-acres of family owned land, Goldstring and Goldstone old mining sites just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island. Governor Frank H. Murkowski had an openly known a conflict of interest and hidden motivations to construct a $315 million bridge to Gravina Island by way of Pennock Island to property his family owns at federal taxpayer’s expense. It was only a payback for years of friendship from Rep. Don Young (R-AK).  What is unique about this “project” was that Sarah Palin had every legal right in Alaska to vetoing and stopping the construction before it began–three days after she was sworn in as governor. Palin did nothing as the bridge was a payback for her as well.(http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/09/nowhere-bridge-to-murkowski-fa.php which gives the initial commentary from www.sitnews.us but it is unverified and considered bias; see also http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/11/7/142633.shtml and http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2592089/posts cf. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll159.xml). This came after voting in favor of taxpayer-financed subsidies for big oil (such as ExxonMobil)(http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll153.xml): funds that would have to be made up by further increasing taxes on the middle class, especially on fire fighters and police officers, claiming that as gasoline prices in his Southern California district are skyrocketing to $4 a gallon that the consumer must pay more so that industry can thrive and grow bigger.

Issa played to the Tea Party’s demands to cut out earmarks for legislative districts (also known as pork-barreling).  Earmarks, Issa claimed, were a form of “bribery”: funds were put into a congressional district if the representative voted in favor of a particular project required in another district. In FY 2007, Issa requested a total of $260,738,955 (http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=117:fy-2007-rep-issa-appropriations-project-requests&catid=33&Itemid=61) in what he later called “tantamount to a bribe.” It dipped a bit in FY 2008 to $112,570,000 (http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116:fy-2008-rep-issa-appropriations-project-requests&catid=33&Itemid=61), but he rebounded strongly for FY 2009 with earmark requests totalling $214,367,000 (http://issa.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=115:fy-2009-rep-issa-appropriations-project-requests&catid=33&Itemid=61). And let’s remember that it was just a few weeks after submitting those FY2009 earmark requests that he was trying to block health care for 9/11 first responders, saying “I have to ask … why the firefighters who went there and everybody in the city of New York needs to come to the federal government for the dollars versus this being primarily a state consideration” (http://calitics.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=5503 and http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/04/02/2008-04-02_efforts_to_take_care_of_sick_ground_zero.html and http://calitics.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=5491). 

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Filed under GOP, Iowa, Koch Brothers, Labor, Poverty, Robert Vander Plaats, Tea Baggers

One response to “Darrell Issa’s War On the USA – Part 1

  1. Galaxian

    It is curious that the principles racism and of less eligibility, 400 years earlier articulated in England, is today more alive in the USA than in the mother country. However, it seems as though our English brethren under Mr. Cameron may be aligning more closely with the Tea Party attitude regarding the blokes from the wrong side of the demographic divide, who are perhaps about as welcome as a rattlesnake at a picnic in Texas.

    This faction is getting ever louder and more muscular each day. There are only about 80 of the Tea Party in the House, yet this is sufficient for them to set the agenda for all three branches of government, refusing compromise, by holding the country’s budget process hostage to their demands.

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