Thursday, June 14, 2012

Not to be mean but it's easy to criticize your neighbor for a speck in his eye when you have a log in yours

Darrell Issa one of the wealthiest members of Congress, with a net worth of anywhere from $220 to 450 million, is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  He served in the Army as an Explosive Ordinance Technician.  He stated that his unit provided security for Richard Nixon and swept for bombs prior to the games of the 1971 World Series.  In 1998, the San Francisco Examiner showed that this was not true and that Richard Nixon did not go to the World Series that year.  Issa also stated that he had received the highest approval ratings during his service, the investigation showed that Issa was transferred to a supply depot after receiving an unsatisfactory evaluation. Issa stated that the reporter misunderstood the anectode Issa told. Jay Bergey claimed Issa stole his Dodge Charger.  After Issa was confronted by Bergey, the car was found abandoned on a nearby expressway.  Issa has denied that he stole it claiming that other soldiers took the car or that Bergey who Issa alleges had a drinking problem, abandoned it when he was intoxicated. In 1972, Issa was arrested twice.  The first time was for the theft of a Maserati.  He claims it was a case of mistaken identity and the charge was dismissed.  The second one was for driving the wrong way down a one way street and had a fire arm in the glove compartment.  He was charged for having a concealed weapon but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of having an unregistered firearm.  He stated that he thought the charge was expunged.  The Watchdog Institute, an independent nonprofit reporting center based at San Diego State University, alleged that Issa built a team that included staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investigations.  After the 2010 elections, Issa sent a letter to more than 150 trade associations, companies, and think tanks asking them which proposed regulations would harm job growth.  Elijah Cummings, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reforms, criticized his actions.  In 2011, the group American Family Voices filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, stating that Issa has repeatedly used his public office for financial gain. 

I should list, at least, one good thing about Issa.  In 2010, Project in Government Oversight presented Issa with its Good Government Award for his contributions to government oversight and transparency.

No comments:

Post a Comment