Rep. Darrell Issa

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Why Are Spending Cuts So Hard?


Why was it so hard to get a budget passed that kept the federal government open for the remainder of this year? Why did it take the imminent threat of a complete government shutdown to broker a deal that cut $38.5 billion from the 2011 budget? The American people have a right to know the […]

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Political and Economic Suicide


President Lincoln once warned that our greatest danger, “if it ever reaches us, must spring up from among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot,” Lincoln said, “we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live throughout all time, or die by suicide.” […]

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In Re Excreta


On March 10, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon — a Clinton-era appointee — ruled in ACORN v. United States that the federal government was permanently enjoined from enforcing its funding bans against the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Of course, this is the same Judge Gershon who a decade ago made […]

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A World Without ACORN


Last week, we learned that the Department of Justice wants the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to continue receiving taxpayer dollars in spite of ongoing criminal investigations into widespread fraud and other illegal activities on the part of ACORN officers and employees. Somehow the Department of Justice missed the fact that Congress […]

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Walls Can Fall


Twenty years ago, at 6:53 PM on November 9, 1989, a spokesman for the East German government announced the Politburo’s long overdue decision to allow unrestricted travel between East and West Germany. Within hours, thousands of East Germans converged on Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. By midnight, they were pulling one another over the […]

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TARP and the Demands of Democracy


The concern among the American people about the size and cost of government continues to grow, and the Obama administration is beginning to experience a crisis of confidence doubtlessly owed to its aggressive expansion of the federal bureaucracy and deepening of the national debt. Members of Congress — who have the power of the purse […]

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A Tale of Two Treasuries


In his debut as the nation’s 75th treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner has been a smashing success — if success is measured by more federal debt and less accountability to American taxpayers. It was never supposed to be this way. When our first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, sought to establish the nation’s first bank in 1791, he […]

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An Airport for Somebody


President Obama spent loads of political capital early in his administration to push a behemoth $787 billion “spendulous” bill through Congress. In this promised era of transparency and accountability, Americans were supposed to rest safely in the assurance that the President would hold the line against fraud, waste and political kickbacks. Apparently, Congressman John Murtha […]

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