Darrell Issa is at it again. This guy eats lies for breakfast and then regurgitates them all over America.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are accusing Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) of selectively leaking misinformation about HealthCare.gov in an effort to portray administration officials as misleading the public about the implementation of Obamacare.
Guess where Issa leaked this damning information? Oh come on, guess.
If you said, "Fox," you win.
He said he had proof that Healthcare.gov contractors thought the site could only support 1,100 users before the Big Launch.
The White House thought it could handle more like 60,000.
But in a letter to Issa, Rep. Ellijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the Committee, pointed to an interview Issa’s own staff conducted with Henry Chao, the Deputy Information Officer. Chao explained that the 1,000 figure were “the results of a much smaller testing environment” and were not conducted “with final production testing of the system at full capacity.”
Context is everything, isn't it?
This would be the same lying, deceiving, pathetic Darrell Issa who said the IRS was going after conservative groups.
Oh, and let's not forget...
And Solyndra!!!!! With lots of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, and then there was this: Top Democrats rip Darrell Issa after his document dump endangered Libyans working with U.S., damaged U.S. efforts.
Yeah, let's trust him.
Here is the Republican default talking point in one easy visual:
No matter what else is going on in the world, in our own country, schools, hospitals, disaster areas, civil rights arenas, you can always count on the GOP to shout "BENGHAZI!!!!" from their multi-million dollar vacation home rooftops.
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, has made a career out of witch hunting. He looks for scandals where there are none in the hope that one day... one dreamy, gauze-filtered, sunlit blue-skied day... he'll find something to pin on President Obama and fulfill all his impeachment wishes.
But oops, awhile back, Darrell Issa’s Benghazi document dump damaged U.S. efforts, putting Libyans working with U.S. in danger. While
hyperventilating investigating the attacks on the consulate, he disclosed the identities of Libyans who were helping United States officials.
But that didn't stop Darrell the Witch Hunter, nosireeBob! The Los Angeles Times is reporting that he's determined to keep pushing his
luck b.s. hysteria, lies, and redundantly false accusations come hell or hot water. And no, that was no typo, he may be in more hot water.
Two of the Justice Department's key witnesses were subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill for hours of grilling about "BENGHAZI!!!!" They gave separate legal depositions about any security lapses and how the Obama administration responded.
Now comes the part about how Witch Hunter Darrell might have, once again, blown it big time:
Weeks before the interviews, top Justice Department officials repeatedly warned Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) against doing so, saying it would seriously jeopardize any criminal prosecution of the terrorists. They wrote three times to the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, strongly urging him not to insist on interviewing the agents.
The interviews have not been released. But the Justice Department expressed concern that Issa might reveal some details from the interviews, or that defense lawyers could subpoena them if suspects are apprehended, according to the sources, who did not have permission to speak publicly, citing the ongoing investigation. At least one person has been named in a sealed indictment in the Benghazi attacks.
The interviews "would prematurely alert individuals who may be charged about details of the government's case against them," and would give defense lawyers a golden opportunity to review the depositions and impeach the agents if they testified as prosecution witnesses, the Justice Department warned in one of the letters, according to sources.
Oh that wacky, zany Issa. He's such a super-patriot.
More at the link.
Here are a few reasons why I love living in California. In fact, Bill Maher sums it all up in his must-see rant here: CA not worried about "nonsense that keeps Fox up at night, " NRA = "Nuts, Racists, A-holes."
This Los Angeles Times article titled, "Demand is strong as Obamacare enrollment starts in California" confirmed my sentiments:
In California, officials nonetheless took heart at the stronger-than-expected response: about 5 million online hits and more than 17,000 calls.
"It was a huge outpouring of interest, which is good news," said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the new state marketplace. "Today was just the starting point."
Here's the thing: If you're going to have glitches and delays because you surpassed all expectations and are forced to deal with overwhelming enrollment, then that's a great problem to have.
But many took the delays in stride. As expected, those with chronic illnesses and huge medical bills showed up first... "The website was crazy busy. It's like Obamacare just released a new iPhone," said Peter Nowack, a 60-year-old marketing consultant in Oakland...
Nowack pays $1,200 a month for his health insurance now because of preexisting medical conditions. A similar policy in the exchange could cost him about half that much.
Sounds good to me. No wonder Republicans are losing what's left of their minds. Take Darrell Issa, for example:
I'm proposing we #ReplaceObamaCare and give all Americans access to the same affordable, high-quality health coverage as members of Congress
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) October 2, 2013
— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) October 2, 2013
And from Matt Yglesias:
Dems should agree to scrap ObamaCare, replace it with a Romney-style system modeled on what works in Massachusetts.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 2, 2013
Who knew something so destructive could be so amusing?
Meanwhile, back here in California, there's also this report from the L.A. Times about the bills our governor, Jerry Brown, is signing into law:
Brown also signed 10 healthcare bills Tuesday, including some that help the state transition to the health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Among them are measures that extend healthcare tax breaks to same-sex couples, require school districts that offer discounted meals to poor students to notify parents about expanded healthcare options, and ensure that new state insurance contracts are subject to state open-records laws.
"While extreme radicals in Washington shut down our government, here in California we're taking action to extend decent healthcare to millions of families," Brown said in a statement.
And how humane.
It goes without saying that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is a hypocrite. We've covered that here at TPC over and over again.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the committee, is blasting Issa for his hypocrisy, too, this time for violating his own rules on committee travel. Bummer.
Guess why Issa decided it's time for a trip... Hint:
Yes, Investigator Issa's off to Libya to look into (again) the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and oops! Per TPM, he "failed to specify a clear enough purpose and provide sufficient opportunity for Democratic lawmakers to join the delegation."
Here are some excerpts from a letter from Rep. Cummings to Rep. NoCredibilityWhatsoever:
Dear Mr. Chairman:
I am writing to request that you immediately postpone your upcoming delegation to Libya and several other countries until you come into compliance with your own Committee directives, stop your partisan efforts to deliberately exclude Democrats from this trip, and provide adequate notice to allow Democratic Members to join this delegation at a later date. [...]
The only congressional travelers on this itinerary are you and your Republican staffer. No Democratic Members are listed on the itinerary, and you have not contacted me or my staff about this trip. [...]
I have obtained other documents showing that you have been planning this delegation for more than a week, so there are no exigencies that would have prohibited you from consulting with Democrats. Although you claim that your investigation of the Benghazi attacks is bipartisan, your efforts to secretly plan an official trip to Libya—and then deliberately exclude Democrats from joining—is part of an unfortunate pattern of partisanship that undermines the credibility of this investigation.
Well, every department of the Government has something to hide. And from time to time, they need scrutiny. But other times this intense investigation really becomes an obsession – a witch-hunt -- especially when barking up the wrong tree.
Like a mad dog howling at the moon, the misguided or simply self-important missionaries of justice take a step too far. They cross the line and begin to more than annoy. They start to waste our tax money.
Fortunately for us, the IRS, everyone’s favorite target, has decided to answer the many challenges (done at tax payer expense – just like the Congressional hearings). Actually, just like the actual hearings themselves, this is a parody of reality. Surely Issa and Paul are figments of Larry David's (Seinfeld) imagination which made an art form out of turning “nothing” hilariously into being “something.”
The IRS is taking to the airwaves to answer back to those who seek to go where no man has gone before – INSIDE the IRS – at a star-date in the future.
Without further fanfare, I proudly present to you, an IRS film (yes, they really did commission this with our tax money) to boldly go where no government employee has gone before – the journey to seek out new tax forms and restrictions on politically undesirable organizations and to deny them their Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code status.
U.S. Representative Darrell Issa has stepped over the line this time. He's just subpoenaed God.
Yup, you heard me right. The chairman's demanding The Chairman, God, come before him and his congressional committee. God'll be sworn in to Himself -- after all, who's He going to swear the truth to if not Himself -- So help him self -- then He'll be expected to answer some questions?
But first you have to contact God. You can't just expect God to stop his busy schedule and show up because Issa snapped his fingers. We have rules and that means contacting the witness directly and ordering Him to appear. Fortunately, Issa has his ways. And even more fortunate for us, the NSA hidden spying operation picked up this exchange (a warrant-less interception) on the Issa-God subpoena notification. Using one of my many contacts on the inside, I was able to get a copy. See for yourself how it went down. (it starts at around 0:32 seconds in)
Upon his arrival on Capitol Hill, God was seated and interrogated by the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Ranking member, Elijah Cummings, was present as well for this closed-door hearing on Obamacare.
A little back story on how this bold move came about. This began when Issa wasn't satisfied with the documents provided to the committee from the treasury department. These were records Issa sought relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Tired of the Obama administration's stalling tactics, the chairman sought a higher authority. He's skipped right over Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's boss, President Obama, and went straight to God.
(Just a thought, if Issa serves a snack at the hearing, do you think it'll be Hebrew National Kosher hot dogs? They too answer to a "higher authority.")
Back to the closed door hearing. Surprisingly God agreed to answer Issa's prayers and appeared. You gotta hand it to God to put all of His work aside to meet with the committee. It's a miracle that this God person, with so much on His plate, would put aside feast and famine, joy and sorrow, sickness and health and even put new life and death on hold for this.
While awaiting the official transcripts from this closed door hearings preliminary information was leaked:
Issa: Mr. God... What should I call you?
God: Whatever you like. I answer to all.
Issa: Yes, well, Mr. God. I know you're busy, so I'll get right to the point. We all know Obamacare is bad for us.
God: Oh, is that a question? I never said that.
Issa: We wouldn't want to put words in your mouth, but you did gave the idea of Obamacare to the Democrats. I assumed if it was good for us, you'd have given the idea to the GOP first. After all, we're just one letter off from G-O-D.
God: I did give it to you first. Remember the '70s when you and your brother were stealing cars? Do the names Richard Nixon, Bob Dole and Bill Frist mean anything to you?
Issa: They're all dead?
God: One for three. Go ahead. Forget I asked.
Issa: Yes. Now about Obamacare specifically. The text of the Affordable Care Act refers to subsidies flowing through exchanges "established by the state." I assume that to mean it limits the subsidies to state-based exchanges, and not the federally run marketplaces.
God: There you go with assume again.
Issa: The Treasury and the IRS say Congress intended for federally run exchanges to take the place of state-based marketplaces in the states that chose not to set up their own. Lawmakers and the Congressional Budget Office generally assumed during the legislative debate that subsidies would be available in all 50 states.
God: Well you know what they say about assume. It makes an ass of u and me.
Issa: Then Obamacare is good?
God: I wouldn't say it's perfect. But I wouldn't say it's bad either.
Suddenly God snaps his fingers and Chairman Issa suddenly goes up in flames.
Elijah Cummings: Oh my God, you just destroyed Darrell Issa? Why?
God: Two reasons. One, I work in mysterious ways.
Elijah Cummings: And two?
God: No one calls you and me an ass and gets away with it. Now Elijah, I've got a world to run. You keep Obamacare funded and I'll go see about making some peace in Egypt.
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