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 firstname.lastname@example.org.