Until now, US Rep Darryl Issa been merely been a stupid congress critter. An irritation. Until now:
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa(R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday, according to Obama administration officials.
Issa posted 166 pages of sensitive but unclassified State Department communications related to Libya on the committee’s website afternoon as part of his effort to investigate security failures and expose contradictions in the administration’s statements regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi . . .
. . . But Issa didn’t bother to redact the names of Libyan civilians and local leaders mentioned in the cables, and just as with the WikiLeaks dump of State Department cables last year, the administration says that Issa has done damage to U.S. efforts to work with those Libyans and exposed them to physical danger from the very groups that had an interest in attacking the U.S. consulate.
Troll caution: Assange/Issa not equivalent. Assange not a US Congressman.
This is my favorite part:
[Foreign Policy Magazine] pointed out that even WikiLeaks had approached the State Department and offered to negotiate retractions of sensitive information before releasing their cables. [Committee Spokesman Frederick] Hill confirmed that Issa did not grant the State Department that opportunity but said it was the State Department’s fault for not releasing the documents when they were first requested.
This, from Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog at The Washington Post today:
14 Reasons why this is the worst Congress ever
And he lays them out, clearly, with graphics and – in spite of his blogname – in a non-wonky way, focusing on comparisons between this 112th Congress and previous.
He starts with this week’s 33rd vote in the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?
Well, it makes you the 112th Congress.
Notwithstanding Mark Twain’s famous quip, Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress . . . but I repeat myself, these ladies and gentlemen – well, not so many ladies – are, indeed, The. Worst. Congress. Ever.
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Tagged 112th Congress, ACA, congress, Ezra Klein, government, history of US Congress, Obamacare, Politics
Members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total, according to a Roll Call analysis of Members’ financial disclosure forms
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It’s mere hours since I posted Uncle Jay and his delightful video mocking the House Calendar (from 2010), and here comes Majority Leader Cantor, of the United States House of Representatives with the official 2012 House Calendar. Looks like our congress critters are going to be in session a full 109 days. This is sadly par for the course and we know there’s no reason to work a little overtime.
Oh well, at least that means more cool CSpan programming.
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But every once in a while she turns an especially good phrase. In a column this week, she describes our overlords and the city on a hill as:
. . . .a shrieking, destructive, primal, feudal, apocalyptic, wasteland of partisan banshees . . .
I would add ‘tribal’. And maybe ‘wholly owned’.
Eric Cantor (R-Va) has a cool idea
I must admit I never saw this coming. But then why not? We might as well go the rest of the way in corporatizing our government, er, I meant our elections.
House GOP moves to end public financing of campaigns
” . . . the House will vote next week on legislation that would end public financing of presidential campaigns and national party conventions.
The program, which Congress enacted during the aftermath of Watergate, is funded via voluntary $3 contributions when taxpayers file their annual federal income taxes. . . . Eliminating the program all together would save taxpayers $520 million over ten years.” (oooohhhh, $52million a year! )
In the understatement of the year, the story concludes:
It’s unclear how eliminating the program will actually make a dent in the federal deficit, since taxpayers voluntarily contribute cash to the effort.”
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Tagged 112th Congress, Campaign Financing, elections, Eric Cantor, government, Politics, public financing
It’s raining here, which is lovely – a long rainy day in South Florida is a treat. So CSpan is on the teevee while I await the imminent reading of the US Constitution. It’s not a bad idea – I could imagine opening every Congress with such a reading – but as a sign of respect, not as a rebuke as today’s stunt is meant to be.
Rep. Joe Wilson, that son of the Confederacy, was accorded the honor of giving the first one-minute speech of the new Congress. A clear message there – Obama lies. Cheap shot.
And now begins an uncertain two years – two years which I think will leave the insurgent tea partiers will their jaws hanging open.
We need music. And here is something remarkable – the 4th movement of Beethoven’s Fifth. Stay with it and let him lift your spirits with that baton.