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Rep. Darrell Issa
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). A recidivist jerk on disaster relief.

As many folks already have read, veteran California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa has emerged as a leading critic of the Sandy Aid bill that was stifled by the Republican House leadership.

The shocking decision to drop the bill led to outrage, particularly from fellow Republicans whose constituencies were in the path of destruction.

On one level, Issa emerging as a lead critic of the Sandy relief bill would appear to be an odd choice. Issa, of course, represents northern San Diego County in the U.S. Congress. Not only is that region less than 75 miles from the San Andreas Fault (which bisects the desert to the east of his district), but it has been the locale for two of the most devastating wildfires in California state history. Both of which, as it happens, burned in his district while he represented the county in Congress.

The most recent one was the firestorm that visited much of southern California in 2007, which destroyed thousands of homes in the districts of Issa and neighboring Republicans Brian Bilbray and Duncan Hunter.

Therefore, for a congressman with such recent exposure to natural disaster to be so flippant about calling for killing a disaster relief bill on the charge of "too much pork" would seem pretty hard to believe. One assumes that his own constituents, faced with rebuilding their lives after the Witch Creek and Rice Canyon conflagrations of 2007, cared little about how many extraneous amendments (if any) were tacked onto the bill. It was this shot from Issa that drew the particular wrath of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) this morning:

At his press conference, Schumer said he was “infuriated by comments like” Issa’s. “Filled with pork,” said Schumer. “I’d like Darrell Issa to tell the taxpayers of New York…who are all caught up in this horrible storm that they don’t need help — that this is pork.”

Responding to the extra measures included in the bill, Schumer said House Leader Eric Cantor provided an amendment to the bill in the House that would have cut the relief to areas not related to the hurricane that ravaged the tri-state area two months ago.

“That is a false excuse. Darrell Issa just kind of makes it up as he goes along."

If nothing else, however, you have to hand it to Darrell Issa. He is, at least, consistent.

You see, Darrell Issa has put ideology above helping those afflicted with disasters for a very long time.

Consider the last time Issa found himself insulting most of the northeast with his lack of empathy. It was in 2008, and the topic was 9/11.

The California congressman who called the Sept. 11 attacks "simply" a plane crash ran for cover Wednesday under a barrage of ridicule from fellow Republicans, first responders and victims' families.

San Diego GOP Rep. Darrell Issa was under siege for suggesting the federal government had already done enough to help New York cope with "a fire" that "simply was an aircraft" hitting the World Trade Center.

"That is a pretty distorted view of things," said Frank Fraone, a Menlo Park, Calif., fire chief who led a 67-man crew at Ground Zero. "Whether they're a couple of planes or a couple of missiles, they still did the same damage."

"New York was attacked by Al Qaeda. It doesn't have to be attacked by Congress," added Long Island Rep. Pete King, a Republican.

Hell, Issa even used the aforementioned disasters during his tenure in Congress to play ideological games. In December of 2007, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, then the chair of a Domestic Policy subcommittee, convened a meeting in Issa's district to discuss disaster preparedness in the wake of the wildfires. The meeting was held in Fallbrook, a community that lost over 200 structures in the Rice Canyon Fire. In his opening statement, Issa decided to take a swipe at environmentalists, putting them, and not a lack of resources to fight the fires, at fault for the firestorm:
As a Federal officer, I am keenly aware that often, we have been the problem to clearing, prior to a spontaneous event. I hope that we can, in the future, on a bipartisan basis, realize that habitat is preserved by small burns and destroyed by hundreds of thousands of acres burning at once. That is the lesson that the environmentalists, and, in fact, the men and women before us today have learned the hard way, that in an effort to not burn, to save wildlife, we ultimately often lose far more wildlife and, of course, the lives of men and women fighting the fire, and our citizens.
The lesson in all of this: Disaster relief was long thought to be the one thing immune from partisanship. But, in the modern era, because disaster relief involves the spending of government money, the modern GOP is eager to destroy the long-held compact that we will always have the back of our fellow Americans in need. Lest we forget, the Sandy aid bill was rejected by the strong majority of Republicans in the Senate, even before it was dropped from consideration by the House.

If it involves spending money, even if imperiled Americans are in the balance, the Republicans don't want it. Many of them believe it. Darrell Issa is just one of the few boorish enough to say it out loud.

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  •  is it true that NY gave the GOP the most campaign (10+ / 0-)

    cash of any STATE in the union?  and if it IS true, will it remain true come 2014....now that the GOP has basically told the east coast tri state area to pound Sand?

    "You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and a humorist to stay one" - Will Rogers

    by KnotIookin on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:35:36 PM PST

  •  Further Proof... (9+ / 0-)

    ...that the Republican Party is the most morally bankrupt institution in America.

    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:37:27 PM PST

  •  And yet, Issa, a pathetic, crooked, lying (5+ / 0-)

    piece of cr*p politician, that he is, keeps getting re-elected.  WHY?   Why do people elect jerks like Issa, dolts like Bachman, selfish, self centered pr*cks like Cantor, crazies like Steve King.  

    I seriously wonder about and worry about the sanity of many voters.

    “Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.”–Louis Dembitz Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:39:31 PM PST

    •  I don't think it's sanity... (0+ / 0-)

      I think it's intellect. They've always been there but the social media has connected them together like we've never seen. It's scary that they vote!

      Arrogance is ignorance matured.

      by jennyp on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:00:19 PM PST

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    •  It's Bircher-Land Down Here (1+ / 0-)
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      Laura G

      With a recent move, I found myself in Darrell Issa's district (South Orange County/North San Diego).  The truth is that there are no credible challengers to the hard-right republicans.  I've lived in the area for 30 years and have been represented by Ken Calvert, John Campbell and now Darrell Issa.  

      Every two years there is a token Democrat, usually no one with ANY name recognition whatsoever, who does little or no advertising/campaigning.  I always faithfully vote for the D but it's never even close.

  •  Mr. Issa represents California? The fridge states (2+ / 0-)

    of Washington, or Vermont make me want to suit up, suck up, and endure.

  •  in fairness, there does seem to be the (0+ / 0-)

    belief there is junk in the bill - including from other states not affected. Has anyone looked at it closely?

    •  The bill Congress passed? (0+ / 0-)

      The flood insurance bill was just a couple sentences long. No junk.

      British guy with a big interest in US politics; -1.88, -4.05. A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says "Hey Mitt".

      by General Goose on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:51:37 AM PST

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  •  Nasty *and* stupid (5+ / 0-)

    Let it never be forgotten that Issa is a fool as well as a jerk. He got conned into bankrolling the recall election of Gray Davis, digging deep into his pocket (as much as $2 million) to fund the signature-gathering effort. He was enough of an idiot to think that would make him the GOP's fair-haired boy in the subsequent election, only to be effortlessly bumped aside by Schwarzenegger. Boo hoo hoo, sucker!

  •  Most of his constituents are wealthy. (3+ / 0-)
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    chemborg, The Marti, shigeru

    They pay their insurance or have some other means of funding a 'remodel' after the big one hits. Ya' know, the land of the FEMA haters.

    What he's talking about mostly is not using his tax dollars to aide the less-than-wealthy. The 'common folk' that is.

    He's a greedy, cold-hearted, responsibility-shirking, republican skank.

    'nough said.

    Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.

    by Pescadero Bill on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:43:11 PM PST

    •  And they aspire to be just like him! (2+ / 0-)
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      Pescadero Bill, shigeru

      I just reread the wikipedia article about him.  I had forgotten about the arson incident.  Oooo-boy, this guy's a piece of work.  You would think somebody would scrub it.

      Culbert Olson is my hero!

      by chemborg on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:48:32 PM PST

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    •  No, there are plenty who are not wealthy in (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, shigeru

      Those areas. They own homes worth quite a bit (compared to national numbers) because they've lived there a long time. Mostly, that means the large parcels of land their homes sit on are valuable. But that also means that those houses haven't been appraised recently and are likely underinsured.

      These are folks who would rely on federal assistance after a major catastrophe.

      There are some wealthy communities, but much of his district is not.

      Not all of the San Diego/Southern California is La Jolla, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe.

      The problem is that Issa really doesn't care if he screws his own constituents. And they are obsessed about other political "priorities" (undocumented immigration mostly) and don't pay attention to this stuff. Same with Duncan Hunter.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:01:49 PM PST

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      •  Yes, but he does not represent *those* (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Pescadero Bill

        people . . .

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:09:06 PM PST

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      •  Issa's constituency is becoming less red now (1+ / 0-)
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        Pescadero Bill

        I'm not saying the district is becoming a toss-up but it's eventually going to be there.  Issa's district is no longer Safe Republican like it used to be.  Jerry Tetalman ran a credible campaign in 2012 against Darrell Issa with limited campaign funds but still managed to get over 110,000 votes (a little below the size of Berkeley and greater than the population of Alameda, Richmond, Walnut Creek or even Daly City).

  •  So Rep. Issa is a big fan of controlled burning? (5+ / 0-)

    Well now, that's interesting. Is he willing to FUND the forestry service to carry out that task? Why of course... NOT. He and his ilk have been gutting the forestry service budget for decades. Hell, even when he's being a dick he's still lying out his ass.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:44:52 PM PST

  •  where do you FIND these great pics !!?? (0+ / 0-)

    it SO puts me in the battling mood. every time.
    without fail. and when i'm in that mood, my aim is stellar.

    * Join: The Action: End the Bush Tax Cuts for Richest Two Percent * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:44:57 PM PST

  •  Hate to Disagree (2+ / 0-)
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    Dogs are fuzzy, bmcphail

    But he was right about forest fires in the west, and environmentalists widely agree with him out here.  The reality is that nature took care of the problem of over-growth and over-population of animals all on it's own for millions of years.  By interfering with this process we have indeed done significant envoronmental damage to the forests of the west.  Of course, when you allow people to live in these areas in any numbers (as we now do and as I do to the west of Denver) this is bad too.  

    The answer is to try to un-do what we have done to our forests.  It takes a lot of work and a lot of money which no one has these days.  My community which sits on 1,600 acres of prime forest land in the urban-wildland interface of the Colorado foothills has literally spent millions over the past 20 years trying to make up for the fact that we fight these fires.  While it has added some degree of protection, the reality is that an idiot throwing a cigarette butt out the window along I-70 with a good wind from the north would undoubtedly destroy about 1,500 homes and lord knows how many lives with in a matter of hours.  We are lucky that when this happened in the Waldo Canyon fire down near Colo. Springs that hundreds weren't killed.

    To dismiss the man's answer on one question, where he happens to be right, diminishes your argument on the other side.

  •  Darrell Issa: disaster (there, fixed) (4+ / 0-)

    Darrell Issa: both a predictable, and unpredictable, critic of disaster relief

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:45:20 PM PST

  •  Issa is a drunk bull in a china shop (1+ / 0-)
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    grover

    You hit the nail on the head;

    ...because disaster relief involves the spending of government money, the modern GOP is eager to destroy the long-held compact that we will always have the back of our fellow Americans in need.
    We are dealing with these neo-Repugs who would rather see economic catastrophe at all levels than share in governing the country with liberals, minorities and un-Christians like us.

    Anything that makes government relevant they oppose.  They want an Ayn Rand dystopia where they rule with guns and God.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:46:03 PM PST

  •  And then there's Krauthammer. I put on Fox for (3+ / 0-)

    about a minute (as much as I could take). They were discussing Sandy relief. Krauthammer's view of not taking up the Sandy bill?
    "I think they did the right thing."
    (Chat was on how the evil "pork" was just, you know, so icky.

    Unfortunately the Philadelphia Inquirer puts him on the editorial page every Monday. A good reason to skip the section.

    Delenda est filibuster!

    by TofG on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:50:20 PM PST

  •  What do you expect from a car thief and arsonist? (5+ / 0-)
  •  What I would Like to know is: (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti

    1) Is there "pork" in the bill, and if so what percentage?
    2) Has he ever voted FOR disaster relief for Southern Calif.?

  •  I so want to break into his Limo (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti

    Or just bump into it, so the alarms go off in his head.

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:52:00 PM PST

  •  Issa should be a target for defeat in 2014 (2+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, Ishmaelbychoice

    The next thing on grassroots agenda should be finding good moderate and progressive candidates to vote OUT  right wing nuts like Issa in the House in 2014.

    •  Jerry Tetalman is the one to beat him (0+ / 0-)

      Ask me anything about Jerry Tetalman and his campaign.  I was the unofficial liaison to the campaign in 2012.  Tetalman ended up getting over 110,000 votes with a 41% percentage (comparable to the percentage Rob Zerban and Christine Vilsack had in their 2012 campaigns except they had a greater number of grassroots campaigners).

      Tetalman is 100% progressive and unlike other progressives who end up becoming moderate, Tetalman is a straight shooter who never hesitates to answer questions that are difficult, even the questions most of us on Kos get pissed off about when we see Democrats cave in to the GOP as far as stupid deals.

      At any point in time this year, I'll be waiting for Tetalman to notify me so in case he does run, I'll be the first to make the announcement on Kos via a diary.  

  •  Darrell & his other brother Darryl Issa: Sausages (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti
    At his press conference, Schumer said he was “infuriated by comments like” Issa’s. “Filled with pork,

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:53:50 PM PST

  •  Darrell " the ass" Issa (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti

    is a contemporary republican, that means he is an imbecile. The stupid runs deep in today's GOPeers. Honestly, I have been in college classrooms with people like today's GoOPee members.
    They graduate and come with paper in hand, the paper says they've "accomplished" something in a college classrom, but the thing I noticed about a lot of these people was that they were totaly incoherent on the subject for which they attended class. We have today, a GOPee party populated with people unqualified for the job they now hold. These are the tools of the plutocrats. It is time to require the GOPee party to demonstrate an understanding governing, a test to determine their ability to perform the job of governing a 21st century democracy, not 40 acres with a mud bog and a swing.

    The Democrats now own everything from the center right to the far left. the republicans and the filthy robberbarons occupy the extreme right fringe.

    by longtimelurker on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:54:14 PM PST

  •  Issa (0+ / 0-)

    Nobody is as sleazy as Issa. when I see he's going on Bill Maher I hesitate to watch. Bill always gives him a pass. I think it's because he (Issa) is smart and real smooth. After lot.

  •  So Thanks To Issa We Will Be Fucked For The Next (1+ / 0-)
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    The Marti

    round of earthquakes and wildfires here in California.  We will be getting his payback. Oh well. Maybe it take his credibility away for his usual specialty, drumming up phony scandals.

    •  All I can say is this... (1+ / 0-)
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      Leo Flinnwood

      Start drafting Jerry Tetalman in 2014.  I was the point person on Kos posting blogs all the time and ended up giving the Tetalman campaign an increase in phone calls, donations, etc.  This made the difference in the end, if not entirely for Tetalman's 41% vote, which was not far off from Rob Zerban's and Christine Vilsack's percentage of votes in their respective campaigns.  The difference was, Tetalman had no support from progressive groups or anyone on DCCC and so many people here on Kos post about Darrell Issa but make no mention about Jerry Tetalman, who is 100% better than Issa and a complete breath of fresh air compared to him.  Tetalman is 100% progressive and would satisfy everyone on Kos as far as points of view, difficult issues to talk about, etc.

      Tetalman himself made a the San Onofrio nuclear plant a big issue in his campaign because Tetalman is strongly against nuclear power and is very pro-environment.  So if we replace Issa with Tetalman, we'd have probably the most liberal Democrat in Congress in California representing a lean conservative district.  And the best part of this is, Tetalman is a non-ideological progressive who is 100% progressive.

  •  DKos did a million percent (4+ / 0-)

    more to aid the Southern Californians during the 2007 conflagration than Issa or any other Republican in that area.  So he can royally go fuck himself.  We did it for free, with no vacations that span more than 1/2 a year and no health benefits and no lifetime pensions.

    Asshole.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 03:58:35 PM PST

  •  Pitty me, I live in Issa's district -- Ideas? (0+ / 0-)

    I live in Issa's district.  Do any of you folks have any ideas on what I can do to help encourage him to not be such a heartless hater?  Or ideas on getting his punk butt defeated in the next election?  My congressional district voted 52-46 for Romney over President Obama.

    •  Keep fighting - letters to the editor, (0+ / 0-)

      communicate with your fellow district residents.  Never say die.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:15:36 PM PST

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    •  Draft Jerry Tetalman in 2014 (2+ / 0-)
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      Ishmaelbychoice, KayCeSF

      There's your answer.

      I ran a one-man operation on Daily Kos to post literally EVERY bit of news that was happening within California's 49th Congressional District and Jerry Tetalman's 2012 Congressional campaign.  In turn, Jerry Tetalman's campaign manager Charles Dodson told me they were receiving phone calls like crazy as a result of my posts and that my posts were always being talked about at the campaign headquarters.  My posts also increased donations and a number of people across the U.S. donated to the campaign.  Believe me but posting on Kos made all the difference in Tetalman's campaign.  He ended up getting 41% of the vote in a lean conservative district (over 110,000 votes) and had NO support from ANY progressive groups/blogs, the DCCC or anyone else besides me on Kos.

      Jerry himself e-mailed me over the holidays and would let me know of his intentions since he failed to defeat Darrell Issa last November.

      Feel free to ask me anything about Jerry Tetalman.  He's an outstanding candidate who just needs additional support to knock of Issa.  Believe me but Tetalman is the real deal.  He's been an activist since the 1970's and has strong pro-peace credentials.

  •  Burning down the House (0+ / 0-)

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:09:50 PM PST

  •  Issa is at least consistent with his stated (1+ / 0-)
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    gosoxataboy

    ideological position, unlike the Repub reps from New York and New Jersey who are against raising taxes but for spending the money for disaster relief.  And if we think we should support our fellow citizens when nature causes devastation, then why should we not support them when economic forces beyond their control cause devastation or when medical crises beyond their control cause devastation.  The list could be endless, could it not? and then, well, by god, you'd have to have the modern welfare state, if you really think about it.  

    Something Issa's fellow Repubs from New York and New Jersey apparently haven't thought about long and hard enough.  They want the money on the table hard and pronto when its their constituents suffering from natural disaster, but they don't want to raise taxes to support the spending or support their constituents when the catastrophe comes from other sources.  What hypocrisy.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:13:38 PM PST

  •  When an earthquake runs up his arse.. (0+ / 0-)

    people will remember.

    This is one of the most toxic jackasses now in office--and boy is that saying a lot.

  •  Issa Has His; So Fuck You If You Don't (0+ / 0-)

    In a sane world, someone worth 450 million — as Issa is — would be capable of compassion, rather than accusation.

    Issa is a smug, entitled, typical right winger, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. It's the people he convinces to vote for him that lack sense.

    Mendacity, as Big Daddy once pointed out, has a powerful and obnoxious odor.

    by UNCmark on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:18:40 PM PST

  •  I watched Issa during the fiscal cliff debate (0+ / 0-)


    the man pretends to have a single concern "the debt we pass on to future generations."  I guess he doesn't give much of a shit for the current generations whose houses lie in little splinters on the shores of Cape May and Ocean City... they don't count for much.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:20:29 PM PST

  •  gopers not against spending money.... (0+ / 0-)

    Their objections are who gets the money.  Right wingers believe in big government handing over money to banksters, privatizers, and military contractors.  Remember it was wingers under Bush who ran up the tab.

  •  I live just north of the SD, CA area that lost (0+ / 0-)

    so many homes in the 2007 fire. MY congressman (then Gary Miller) never even showed up, never helped and generally couldn't have cared less. We lost homes too, and our fire was arson caused (never have found the arsonist).

    To tell Issa to go screw himself just isn't enough. There's a list of congressman whose constituents suffer under the hands of the officials they elect, yet they continue to do so.

    I hope it never happens that these same constituents learn the way we did. But learn they must.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:31:56 PM PST

  •  Daryll Issa is a sociopath eom (0+ / 0-)

    Those who quote Santayana are condemned to repeat him. Me

    by Mark B on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:39:41 PM PST

  •  San Diego's pretty f*cking crazy. (0+ / 0-)

    Went there for a meeting once: They played Fox News on the hotel elevators.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:46:26 PM PST

    •  San Diego now is becoming blue (0+ / 0-)

      Slowly but surely.  The voter registration increase for Democrats and Independents surged in 2012.  That gave Jerry Tetalman, the Democratic candidate who ran against Darrell Issa, more leverage in his campaign, even though he got just about no support from progressive groups and the DCCC (even while being 100% progressive).

  •  Issa (0+ / 0-)

    is the Arabic form of "Jesus". I find that pretty ironic when considering Darrell, who is anything but Christ-like.

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:55:13 PM PST

  •  Darrell Issa (0+ / 0-)

    The man is just so wrong for America on so many different levels. Hard to believe he has a constituency that actually votes for him.

  •  I wouldn't piss on Issa if HE was on fire. (0+ / 0-)
  •  such an anagram is Issa... (0+ / 0-)
  •  But he does have the fundie vote nailed down. (0+ / 0-)

    If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849

    by shigeru on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:24:02 PM PST

  •  I bet that if, God forbid, a disaster strikes (0+ / 0-)

    Issa's district he will rage about all the help they're not getting which is being blocked by Peter King.

    And no, neither will see anything hypocritical about that.

  •  Not to wish anything............ (0+ / 0-)

    on anybody but for someone from earthquake prone California to be critical of Federal Disaster Relief is inviting a Karmatic Shitstorm. Earthquakes in CA are a matter of "when" not "if."

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:05:08 AM PST

  •  Wait, folks. Issa is an expert on pork! (0+ / 0-)

    He knows it when he sees it, for after all, he's a user and a carrier... and the fact that his business interests directly and immediately coincide precisely with those of his constituents on his Highway to Almost NoWhere is of no moment.

    On this issue, where is the geologic fault line closest to his district? Does the area ever experience mudslides? What is the prediction of the next major forest fire in the area?

    I don't wish any of those disasters on the constituents of CA-49, mind you, but they probably shouldn't expect Federal relief - if needed - to come very quickly.  

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:52:40 PM PST

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