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Yes, there is a Santa Claus

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From page A8 | June 24, 2013 |

While searching Wednesday for an idea for this column, I ran across a letter to the Daily Republic editor by a guy who was still concerned about all the White House “scandals” and wrote about the apparent lack of accountability within the Obama administration.

He wrote: “What do you want to bet that nothing will happen to this den of thieves and liars, when all is said and done?” Well, congressional hearings on the “scandals” are being conducted by California Republican Darrell Issa. He is the Santa Claus enticing you with his shiny, brightly colored packages and, if you find them empty, you should seek accountability from him.

For many months now Issa, chairman of House Oversight Committee Chairman, and Fox News have been saying over and over and over again, ad nauseam, that Hillary Clinton had been involved in a cover-up of the Benghazi attack and that President Obama was involved in “targeting” various tea party groups, delaying their unnecessary applications for nonpolitical, tax-exempt status.

It’s easy to see how people could have been led astray by this continual and ever-lasting hype.

Perhaps the root of this problem lies with Rep. Issa’s unusual, backward approach to these situations: First he states his conclusions, that the Obama administration is responsible for some heinous crime, and then later, much later, looks for evidence. While his proof is always and forever imminent, Issa incessantly flaunts his conclusions.

Issa’s grandiose allegations are magnificent grist for the right-wing media mill and a boundless delight for Foxophiles, but so far, he has failed to deliver any real substance. With the giddy anticipation of children on Christmas Eve, Obama-haters stare expectantly at his shiny packages, only to awaken to the reality of coal.

Remember Issa’s Solyndra investigation? Did you know that this now-defunct deal originated in 2007, with the Bush administration, and the stakeholders were mostly conservatives?

Remember Issa’s long-running “Fast and Furious” investigation? Fault was finally found with the plan’s architects, a few state and federal officials, but nowhere near the level of Attorney General Eric Holder.

With the Benghazi attack, testimony and evidence has shown that neither the White House nor Hillary Clinton were involved in any “cover-up” and that Ambassador Christopher Stephens had himself, twice, declined additional security immediately prior to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.

With the tea party’s complaint against the Internal Revenue Service, no evidence has been presented to show any involvement by the White House, despite the fact that Issa had been making statements to the contrary and leaking cherry-picked bits of out-of-context transcripts from his closed-door meetings.

When the full transcripts were released, Issa’s assertions were shown to be false.

The IRS employee responsible for lumping the tea party requests together was a low-level Cincinnati worker trying to ensure that all these groups were treated equally and this plan was approved by his supervisor, a self-proclaimed “conservative Republican.”

Yes, there is a Santa Claus and every child who still believes Issa or Fox News will be forever showered with their golden gifts.

You know, it seems blatantly obvious that Darrell Issa’s absurd kabuki hearings, flagrantly false accusations, wasted congressional time, expense and media showboating is nothing more than partisan politics gone wild. But if you agree, as I do, with his contention that government officials who misuse their office to intentionally harm the opposing political party are committing highly serious crimes against our republic, then the House Oversight Committee’s next line of questioning should begin with the words:

“Mr. Issa, what did you know and when did you know it?”

Mike Kirchubel grew up in Fairfield and is the author of “Vile Acts of Evil – Banking in America.” He can be reached at mikirch@comcast.net.

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  • DanielJune 24, 2013 - 6:37 am

    If no one is held accountable again like in the tragedy caused by Fast and Furious except the whistleblowers, why are you so giddy? Even if it's Bush's "fault" again, shouldn' t American citizens have the right to know precisely who made up the Benghazi video riot, peddled it worldwide and ewhat that arrest" for tv was really all about? Why are you so giddy about the press being wired, IRS targetting certain Americans and NSA recording our internet activitey and phone conversations without holding one single person accountable even if it's Bush?

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  • G-ManJune 24, 2013 - 6:47 am

    Maybe if you ask nice Santa will bring you a shirt.

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  • Well.... G-animal LecterJune 26, 2013 - 9:50 am

    I am sure Santa plans on bringing you a muzzle, straight jacket and cage this year.....and also your own private island that no one else will visit.

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  • G-ManJuly 19, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Wonder if there's a Federal bailout in Santa's bag for Liberal ravaged Detroit.

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  • Just Stirring the Pot?July 19, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    You must be really bored today, not having any fun?.....Bye

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  • G-ManJuly 19, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    FYI..I really never understood "boredom"...I find even taking a nap and listening to the rain(it always rains here) exciting...

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  • mike kirchubelJune 24, 2013 - 7:37 am

    Who taught you how to read? Your Santa Clause is Issa. Any complaints about lack of contents should be taken up with him. Unfortunately he is only interestediin pinning guilt on Obama. Dont expect truth from him.

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  • DanielJune 24, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Don't you ever get weary attacking one side while the one you're defending is not so lilley white? After pounding the Bush drum for years labeling him the 3rd wirst war criminal along with his wet towel facial interrogations that Pelosi approved, aren't the least bit diappointed that the nation's CEO, Obama hasn' t prosecuted and how is that not enough for to to stop the tirades against only one side?

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  • mike kirchubelJune 24, 2013 - 8:20 am

    No. In fact its kinda fun and there is so, so much wrong with what they do that i will probably never run out of material. If i do, i will have to search elsewhere.

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  • G-ManJune 26, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    Who taught you to LIE,T-Shirt?..I always like to read your crap a week or so after you write it..then the cream of the crap rises to the surface..today we hear another IRS official has taken the Fifth re: a 500million dollar contract that..shall we say has some "issues"..looks like that soul less scum bag Daryl Issa has snagged another one..I'll bet you hate it when that happens...you are a left wing hack with no redeeming qualities that I can see..You would think you'd at least feel obligated to tell your hapless readers some semblance of the truth...another day another scandal..in an administration that per you is "scandal free"..."Truth free is more like it...

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  • mike kirchubelJune 26, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Issa said something was wrong? Wow! Stop the presses. This time he may actually have something! We can only hope this poor soul doesnt continue to embarass himself.

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  • G-ManJune 27, 2013 - 12:54 am

    Yeah.., having to listen to government officials that we pay and expect to uphold the law,their position and their dignity taking the "Fifth" can be a bit embarrassing...you seem to wear it well though..

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  • rlw895June 24, 2013 - 9:43 am

    After the Republicans took over the House in 2010, I was at a seminar on the effects of the election, and prominent among the expert opinion was that Issa would become Oversight chair and would launch repeated investigations of the administration, much like what happened during the Clinton administration. The trick, it seems, is even if the investigation itself has no merit, you try to get people testifying under oath to be cornered into lying even if on an unrelated subject. Then you run with the perjury. Get publicity. Ruin lives. What fun.

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  • Mike KirchubelJune 24, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Issa's trick is that he is able to generate headline after headline and destroy the administration's credibility, without having any evidence of wrongdoing. Brilliant, but you need to be a soulless scum to pull it off. Issa seems to fit the bill. by the way, the title was supposed to be: "Yes, Al, there is a Santa Claus" - playing off of the famous 1897 New York Sun editorial.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 24, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    This administration doesn't really need help destroying its credibility. They do just fine on their own.

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  • mike kirchubelJune 24, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    Mr. P, Perhaps you need help reading the article. The Obama administration has not done anything wrong. Issa simply makes up stuff, the right wing media repeats it, and the pmgullible public eats it up. Please tell me you are not part of the gullibles.

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  • PorkrackJune 24, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    We should all just trust in Kirchubel's assessment of the Obama administration. After all, he has concluded it has not done anything wrong. It is only the "gullibles" that think so. This would be a perfect world without the "gullibles." They don't deserve cable TV, much less our pity.

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  • mike kirchubelJune 24, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    Yes. Good call. No cable for the gullibles. Maybe we can convince the repube lycans to pass that law.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 25, 2013 - 6:06 am

    Mike, as I've mentioned in the past, I don't read your columns. I just follow the comments. I wasn't speaking to Issa, or to rlw's comment, of scandals. There has been more than enough lack of credibility in leadership and policy.

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  • Chris LaffeyJune 25, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    I like to read the column, it's always good for a laugh. Mike has a set formula that I find quite humorous: Rant about FOX, re-affirm that Bush is still to blame for everything, throw out a couple of misleading statements (usually to shift blame to conservatives), profess his everlasting Obama crush and then bury head back in sand. Funny but also getting a little tiresome.

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  • Mike KirchubelJune 27, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    Chris, I appreciate your gimlet-eyed look into my soul, but you are a bit off. I usually write these columns on the previous Wednesdays, refine them on Thursday morning, and email them in. The subject matter is always up in the air until I find the most ridiculous or irritating thing in the news, and then I write about that. As luck would have it, the Republicans and their propaganda machine, Fox "News" are usually doing something really stupid and/or irritating. To be truthful, a good many of my ideas come from watching Fox. You should try it, it's hilarious. But I am always looking for new subjects, so please let me know what bothers you and we'll go from there.

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  • Mike KirchubelJune 27, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    I forgot to mention that next week's is already in, I don't want to give it away, but it's all about Superman. Oh, and the racists and Republicans, of course.

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  • CKentJune 27, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    \S/! :)

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  • G-ManJune 27, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    Super Shirt?..I don't think Mr Laffey was looking into your "soul"..Gimlet wise or any other Vodka drink...that would be impossible since your soul has been out on pawn for as long as I can remember..I think all Chris meant was your columns are pretty much all the same...just different titles...I pretty much just "skim" them also...and describing them as "tiresome" is being kind..super kind.

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  • G-ManJune 27, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    In word association "refined" is one of the last I'd pair with "Kirchubel"

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  • G-ManJune 27, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Pardon the "butt in"...but thank you..you've cured me of an unhealthy animosity towards that hack..my sincere thanks..and btw way needless to say..your summary of his drivel was spot on accurate.

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  • rlw895June 25, 2013 - 12:25 am

    Mr.P: I don't see how you can say that when the Obama administration has been practically scandal-free. That's why Issa has to make things up. What's sad is he knows if he makes things up, he will still be safe in his district because conservatives want the lies some even but the lies.

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  • rlw895June 26, 2013 - 10:22 am

    I meant "believe" not "but" in the last line.

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  • rlw895June 25, 2013 - 12:20 am

    Mike: The DR must have figured it was an unfair match.

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  • sgkJune 24, 2013 - 10:38 am

    If you want to see what is really going on in Congress, you can watch Cspan when they have hearings. Some of you seem to have lots of time, so you can get the truth when there is testimony. There is also Cspan 2 which covers the Senate.

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    "Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be." - William Hazlitt

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