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They must be complaining about my mustache.
Since I've been writing quite a few diaries on Darrell Issa now becoming the latest GOP star, like Paul Ryan, to become a punching bag and get criticized significantly for his actions on the IRS "scandal," I thought I'd do some research and see what the Letters to the Editor letters have been like on Issa.

There seems to be quite a number of strong opinions on Issa!


Rep. Darrell Issa’s never-ending fishing expedition to try and connect the president to the targeting by the Internal Revenue Service to conservative groups has proved to be another waste of taxpayer dollars. New transcripts, which Issa knew about and refused to reveal, point to an IRS manager who is a “conservative Republican” who insisted that no one in the White House was involved.

Issa, who’s had his own legal problems in the past, has spent the last three years investigating the Obama administration. His committee has wasted countless hours and millions of taxpayer dollars on nothing but bluffs. It’s now known that the same IRS office targeted liberal groups as well as conservative. No investigation there, though, right?

Issa has been putting out false information about this administration to attempt to get the media all worked up over “the worst scandal in history.” The problem is that he’s just not very good at it. His bluff was called this time.

Joe Speranzi


Ooooh did you hear that Congressman Issa?  Nah, didn't think so.  He probably brushes a letter like this one aside.

Here's another letter to the editor but in response to a cartoon by the Sacramento Bee's editorial columinst Jack Ohman:

Finally, someone points out Darrell Issa's unsavory past
Published: Sunday, May. 26, 2013 - 8:05 am


Re "Just an Oversight" (Editorial cartoon, May 19): Thanks, thanks, thanks Jack Ohman for finally pointing out U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa's highly questionable -- possibly criminal -- background. For months now, my wife and I have been shouting at the TV every time some allegedly impartial commentator or anchor lets Issa rant on with his libelous accusations without ever bringing up the things he got away with before he became a billionnaire.

-- Ronald Goben, Camino

FYI, here's the cartoon:


Another letter comes from the News Tribune, from Tacoma, WA:


GOP: Republicans show hypocrisy on Benghazi
Letter by Susan Cornwall, Puyallup on May 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

All this noise and pretend outrage over the attack in Benghazi and President Obama. Where were these so-called patriots when 4,000 Americans died in Iraq for George W. Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s lies? Not a peep out of any of them, even now, when the lies have been proved.

The Republicans refuse to acknowledge that they were culpable for the ruse that led to our war in Iraq and all those American lives. Considering the 12 embassy attacks that occurred during Bush’s term never resulted in months of questioning by the Senate, it seems just a tad bit hypocritical.

Before anyone goes off on the whole “Everyone believed Saddam had WMDs, even Hillary Clinton” line, I did not support her for the 2008 Democratic nomination for just that reason.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., just keeps beating a dead horse, enjoying his TV time and hoping that more citizens will jump on the bandwagon and remain enraged. All of this hoopla continues while the Senate refuses to accomplish anything whatsoever to solve the myriad of problems in this country. However, the House has managed to vote 37 times to overturn Obamacare, to no avail.

Now that's an argument!  Pointing out the hypocrisy of Darrell Issa and others in Congress who fight so much on the Benghazi and IRS "scandals" and never did anything on the Iraq War.

Ahhh, now here's a letter coming from an unlikely source - The Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, AL.  Not exactly a state known for being friendly to the Democratic Party:

Letters to the editor: Issa and his supporters are simply confused:


Darrell Issa, R-Calif., as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, must see his job as like that of a Samson with the jawbone of an asimus (sub-genus of Equus-Horse) as he attempts to slay all of the adversaries that confront his ideas of governance.

Issa sees himself as Samson, but he is really like the other item in his scenario.

Come to think of it, there appears to be quite a few imitators of Issa who regularly write in to the Advertiser from Montgomery and the hinterlands to complain about President Obama’s administration. Sadly, they are usually just as confused as Congressman Issa.

Charles Crockett


Here's a letter from Scranton, Pa in the Times Tribute:


Fairness disabled

Editor: If Rep. Darrell Issa and his Republican cohort on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want to pick on the injured and disabled who apply for Social Security Disability benefits, they would do well to spend a few hours in the shoes of Social Security judges or at hearings offices across this country.

There they would see many of those who are invisible to society because their conditions do not allow them to spend much, if any, time in public. They would see those who no gainful business would realistically hire because of the infirmities and illnesses in evidence.  There they would see much of the pain and suffering that does not appear on X-rays or MRIs but afflicts too many of our fellow citizens.

Not everyone who applies may be deserving of benefits, and the standard is high. The wait is long and the outcome is never certain. For those who overcome these hurdles the designation of "disabled" is often bittersweet and embarrassing.

However, it is easy to cast doubt on those who live marginal lives, and who depend on marginal governmental benefits to provide the basics of food, rent, some medicine and not much more. These are people who often don't vote and certainly don't have enough to make campaign contributions, unlike many corporations or CEOs who make millions off governmental subsidies and tax breaks unavailable to ordinary citizens.

It has been said that a nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. Those who would attack this program and the weak it helps do nothing to enhance America's greatness, but they do diminish their own standing while doing needless damage to disabled peoples' lives.



Have you seen any activity in your local newspapers on Darrell Issa?  These letters in the Letter to the Editor sections in newspapers, as you can observe, aren't just in California but are across the U.S. and the IRS "scandal" is the main subject in all of them.

Although these attacks on Issa aren't referencing the Sandra Fluke problem, they are revealing a point that Issa himself won't listen nor will he improve nor does he even care what constituents think.


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As usual, keep the San Diego County Democratic Party busy since they're the most local and active Democratic Party nearby Darrell Issa's area of residence (not to mention his local office):

Make sure you mark down this information and pass it on to others for firing up the base in California's 49th Congressional District if you want to target Issa for re-election and get voter registration drives going:

San Diego County Democratic Party Website:  http://www.sddemocrats.org/
Address:  8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 10 San Diego, CA 92111
Phone:  (858) 277-3367
Fax:    (858) 571-0275
E-mail:  info@sddemocrats.org
Contact Form:  http://www.sddemocrats.org/....

While you're at it, you might as well make a visit or mount a protest in front of Darrell Issa's Vista, CA office at the following address:

1800 Thibodo Rd
Vista, CA 92081

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Originally posted to pipsorcle on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 02:19 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics.


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