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Post  Achigan on Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:16 am

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is one of the most powerful committees in Congress. As the House’s watchdog committee, with almost unlimited investigative authority, it can be used as a force for good, as it was under former Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) when it targeted waste of taxpayer dollars in government contracting, exposed the illegal business practices of Enron and held pharmaceutical companies accountable for high prices of prescription drugs.
 
Or, it can be used as a political sledgehammer, which is what it’s become under Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). 
 
Indeed, under Issa, the Oversight Committee has morphed from its primary mission of tracking down waste, fraud and abuse to Issa’s personal mission of searching for major “scandals” in the Obama administration — all to zero effect. Even repeated hearings on the Internal Revenue Service, for example, did not prove Issa’s charges that the IRS targeting of some political organizations was limited to conservative groups and directed from IRS headquarters in Washington or from the White House itself. And Issa’s war on those responsible for problems with the rollout of HealthCare.gov collapsed once administration officials fixed the website.
 
But nowhere is Issa’s political agenda more apparent than in his relentless exploitation of the attack on our compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. And nowhere has his recklessness with the truth been more exposed.  Less than a month after the attack, Issa held the first of several hearings on Benghazi. According to the committee’s own press release, the hearing proved “that the attacks were not sparked by a protest of a YouTube video, contrary to claims made by Obama Administration officials.” From the very beginning, Issa and other House Republicans insisted the attack in Benghazi was a carefully planned assault by al Qaeda, and that administration officials were lying about it in order to protect the president’s claim that al Qaeda’s leadership had been decimated.
 
But, in a lengthy report published on Dec. 29, The New York Times refuted that claim. After months of on-the-ground investigation by reporters in Libya, the Times found no evidence of involvement by al Qaeda in the assault. It was waged, instead, by local militants, including some members of militias we had helped in their efforts to overthrow Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Not only that, concluded the Times, contrary to “claims by some members of Congress,” the attack “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.”
 
Clearly, under Issa, the House Oversight Committee has failed to meet the first principle of its mission statement: “Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent.” Issa has instead wasted money, devoting a year and a half to manufacturing a major scandal about Benghazi, only to be exposed by The New York Times as fanning a pack of lies. 
 
We now know the truth about Benghazi. It’s what the administration’s been saying all along. The Emperor Issa wears no clothes.  
 
http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/194543-bill-press-issa-exposed-on-benghazi
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Post  News Buzzard on Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:02 am

Great article, Achigan!

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William "Bill" Press liberal political commentator and author. He was chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.

Post  fshnski on Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:05 am

William "Bill" Press is a US talk radio host, liberal political commentator and author. He was chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.

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Post  News Buzzard on Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:34 am

Darrell Issa's record of failure speaks for itself. So far he has come up with nothing on any investigation he has led. That speaks louder than any commentary from any side of the aisle.

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Post  Achigan on Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:45 am

If you want a good read, "Bill Press" wrote this book... The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President---and Who Is Behind Them.
 
"In The Obama Hate Machine, Press returns to show how the Right has taken rhetoric to slanderous new levels in attacking the nation’s forty-fourth president.
 
While presidents and presidential candidates routinely have been subject to personal attacks, the outright disdain Obama’s extremist opponents have for the facts has inspired an insidious brand of character assassination unique in contemporary politics."
 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12696957-the-obama-hate-machine
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Post  News Buzzard on Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:48 am

Looks good, Achigan, thanks!

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Post  WHL on Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:16 am

I haven't heard about Press for years. Where has he been? I remember how liberal he was.
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Post  News Hawk on Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:34 am

WHL wrote:I haven't heard about Press for years.  Where has he been?  I remember how liberal he was.  

What would Bill Press say about the contents of Obama's book?



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Post  Achigan on Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:00 pm

WHL wrote:I haven't heard about Press for years.  Where has he been?  I remember how liberal he was.  

I think Bill Press can see both sides of an issue. If you read his book that I posted earlier you will see what I mean.

He's a good man.
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Post  News Hawk on Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:05 pm

Achigan wrote:"...He's a good man..."

Every bit as good as "Der SpinMeister"?



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Maxwell Blows Whistle on Hillary's Hiding Documents...

Post  News Hawk on Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:33 am

Maxwell, 58, strongly supported Barack Obama and personally contributed to his presidential campaign. But post-Benghazi, he has soured on both Obama and Clinton, saying he had nothing to do with security and was sacrificed as a scapegoat while higher-up officials directly responsible escaped discipline.

He spent a year on paid administrative leave with no official charge ever levied. Ultimately, the State Department cleared Maxwell of wrongdoing and reinstated him. He retired a short time later in November 2013.
http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/15/benghazi-bombshell-clinton-state-department-official-reveals-alleged-details-document-review/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

He's written about this on Twitter.

In the following weeks, we'll probably hear a lot from retirees of the State Department!

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