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The GOP's top House investigator in the new Congress is putting the White House on notice that he's going to be aggressive in going after what he considers wasteful spending by the Obama administration.
California Rep. Darrell Issa is set to lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- and gain the chairman's subpoena power.
During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning, Issa was asked about a suggestion he made in November following the elections that President Obama "has been one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times." The Republican congressman found himself addressing the controversial remarks despite having already expressed regret over his choice of words.
I corrected -- what I meant to say -- you know, on live radio, with Rush going back and forth -- and by the way that was because Rush had me on to answer the question of -- about coming together, having compromise. He didn't like the compromise word, when I said we're going to agree to disagree and then we're going to find a kind of common ground, the kind of compromise that makes -- and gets things done.
In saying that this is one of the most corrupt administrations, which is what I meant to say there, when you hand out $1 trillion in TARP just before this president came in, most of it unspent, $1 trillion nearly in stimulus that this president asked for, plus this huge expansion in health care and government, it has a corrupting effect.
When I look at waste, fraud and abuse in the bureaucracy and in the government, this is like steroids to pump up the muscles of waste.
Corrupt...corrupt, they're all corrupt! The GOP needs to stop blaming the other side for being corrupt. It's like calling the kettle black. I'd say our whole system is corrupt. I guess it's true what they say..."power corrupts". And isn't that sad. They have all this power and what do they do with it...really, what do they do with it. Money corrupt's, power corrupts, and there is a lot of both in Washington. When the Republican's had the Whitehouse it wasn't any better. I think it was worse, much worse. There were more lies, more secret's, and I didn't see one of their sorry ass's being dragged in with a subpoena when Obama took up residency. And you want to talk spending. The Bush Whitehouse didn't even give a second thought on spending. Did the GOP balk at the spending then.....NO. Remember that word NO, it's all we get out of the GOP now. Why didn't we get it then? Are the GOP going to do what they did to the Clinton Whitehouse when they gain subpoena power. Drag us through years of bullshit...again. How dare any member of the GOP state that this is one of the most corrupt administrations they've seen. Did they have blinders on up until a couple years ago. I don't have a short-term memory problem, I remember how they controlled the Whitehouse & congress. I'm tired of politicians having memory problems because it means we're going to end up going down that same road again. Look were 8 years got us...we were just now putting on the breaks and starting to turn things around. But because of all the short term memory problems in Washington, all the lies and misinformation coming from the GOP and that fake news channel. Because of our laziness to seek out the truth and demand the truth, we get spoon fed bit's & pieces of whatever information they want you to have. All I hear coming out of the GOP right now is all the bitching and whining about the successful lame duck session the Democrat's just had. Or the threats of sobpoena power, or....I can go on. It's your turn again GOP...which road are you going to take us down, one of your roads well traveled?
Read more at www.huffingtonpost.comIn a separate appearance on "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend, Issa suggested the White House hire more accountants -- not lawyers -- to deal with requests for information from the Republican-led House. He said that it's "more of an accounting function than a legal function" and suggested the White House look at wasteful spending -- not the GOP -- as the enemy.
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