I had no choice. While I contributed to the government shutdown because I just COULDN'T STAND Obamacare, I realized the risk of a default would not only cripple businesses in CA-49, it would hurt my campaign contributions. Therefore, I voted YES to end the shutdown and avert the default. Now I hate Obamacare more than ever.
Sometimes you just can't understand Darrell Issa. You really can't.
Look at the logic: You are behind the GOP plan to shutdown the U.S. government if you didn't get your way and now you're trying to make up for the lost cause by issuing an argument that goes beyond defunding/delaying Obamacare and adds discussion over the high level of U.S. debt.
Below is Issa's so-called Op-Ed on why he voted "yes" to end the government shutdown and avert a default. I shall dissect it in its entirety:
This week’s deal approved by bipartisan majorities of the House and Senate, and signed into law by the president, provides a short-term extension of the debt ceiling and temporary funding of the federal government. However, it resolves none of the serious, long-term financial crises facing the American people. I voted in favor not because I thought it was a good deal — it clearly is not — but because it is necessary to move the country forward on several key fronts.
O.K. So let me get this straight: Issa doesn't believe the bill he voted for to end the government shutdown and avert a potential default was a good deal. So why did he vote for it?
Ending the government shutdown and avoiding default WAS a good deal and the bill was a good bill because it was designed to do just that and ONLY that, thanks to Issa and his GOP colleagues. If the bill was a bad bill, it wouldn't have re-opened the U.S. government and there would have been a default.
You guys understand this Issa man? *face palm* I sure don't.
Second, this deal brings Democrats to the negotiating table to finally tackle our massive and unsustainable government spending. According to the Treasury Department, the federal government owes $38.55 trillion more in benefits over the next 75 years than it expects to receive in revenue for programs including Social Security and Medicare. But this is not just a looming disaster today that our grandchildren will have to deal with. By 2016, before the next president is sworn into office, the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund will be depleted, affecting millions of deserving Americans for whom the program is intended. So far, Democrats have been unwilling to acknowledge these problems, or consider common-sense reforms to the mandatory spending that eats up most of our federal budget. Talk won’t guarantee results, but it’s a step forward with a president and party that have repeatedly declared their unwillingness to negotiate.
Yes, there's a reason why Democrats are unwilling to acknowledge these problems: BECAUSE THEY DON'T EXIST! Oh wait, they may exist but thanks to Darrell Issa and his colleagues back in the Bush Jr. years (Issa was elected in 2000, the same year as George W. Bush was "elected"), the Iraq War was launched and continued and the U.S. burned out the surplus cash and a deficit and massive debt accumulated over time, with NO oversight.
Always funny hearing from folks like Issa who continue to talk about Social Security and Medicare being a problem now but they weren't in the 1990's when we had a growing surplus. You know where this is going, right?
Third, the shutdown took the focus away from other issues that require immediate action. The government shutdown and the Obamacare rollout both started Oct. 1, yet the media spent far more time on the shutdown than on the historically disastrous launch of the health-insurance exchanges. Administration officials recognized long ago that the health-care exchanges had serious deficiencies, their systems were poorly designed, and the experience of Americans enrolling in Obamacare would be fraught with frustration. Simultaneously, Americans are receiving notices each day informing them that their existing health-care insurance premiums are skyrocketing or are having their policies canceled outright — a direct result of mandates in Obamacare. Even the president now acknowledges there are serious problems.
The shutdown certainly did take the focus away from other issues that require immediate action. NOW he's saying this.
Problem here is: Nowhere did Issa or anyone in the GOP talk about improving Obamacare. They just talked about repealing or delaying it. However, had the whole Congress (including Democrats and Republicans) spent time to improve Obamacare rather than half of it treating it like it's the end of the world as we know it, then Issa wouldn't be talking about the problems with health care exchange "deficiencies" or the systems being poorly designed.
In fact, Issa didn't even once talk about systems being poorly designed prior to the government shutdown. Still, what does Obamacare have to do with government spending?
The end of the temporary budget impasse may appear like a victory for the president today, but it is by no means the end of discussion on Obamacare or runaway government spending. We must and will continue to confront this administration’s reckless deficits and the massive debt that threatens our prosperity and will burden future generations.
Issa, R-Vista, represents the 49th Congressional District and is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
No, the temporary budget impasse is a victory for America and for the entire world. Had it not been passed, the world economy would have suffered, wise-ass.
Let's see: Compared to the Bush administration's deficits, the Obama administration's deficits are considerably low. Issa doesn't want to admit the real bulk of the deficit and debt came from the Bush administration but I guess he's following the playbook of Ronald Reagan:
"Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican"
Time to change that since Issa won't admit the real debt came from Bush's years as president.
Meanwhile, Issa can enjoy wasting more of our time on Twitter by his annoying Friday Kitty posts:
Here's the voter registration as of February 2013 by the actual CA-49 Congressional District, which combines parts of San Diego and Orange County. Note the number of Decline-to-State/Independents:
San Diego County:
Now if you live in or near CA-49 and want a reason to start voter registration drives or take part in them, note that San Diego County Democratic Party has a calendar that keeps track of all activity going on, whether local Democratic club meetings or voter registration drive events: http://www.sddemocrats.org/...
Darrell Issa has a Democratic challenger in 2014, at least one so far. His name is Dave Peiser and here is his contact information. Start firing up the base in CA-49!
Dave Peiser for Congress: http://www.peiserforcongress.com/