FAH-Q Republicans

FAH-Q = For All to Hear & Question. ; )

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/us/politics/03repubs.html?hp

G.O.P. [Republicans] Vows to Cut Spending and Roll Back Health Care Bill

By SEWELL CHAN
Published: January 2, 2011

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“Mr. Upton also said the House could use the Congressional Review Act to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping regulations of climate-altering gases from factories and power plants. The first phase of the regulations began Sunday. SenatorLindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that the fight over health care would most likely be waged in Congress by cutting financing for implementation, and in state capitals by fighting the law’s new requirements….

Another top House Republican, Representative Darrell Issa of California, who is to become chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, predicted: ‘We’re going to be in a constant battle over jobs and the economy.’

‘We have about $1.7 trillion worth of regulatory costs already in the government,’ Mr. Issa said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘If the president wants to throw another $300 or $400 billion, what he’s doing is taking it right out of businesses, right out of employment, right out of competitiveness. We need to make sure we compete’….

Austan D. Goolsbee, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, warned Republicans against ‘playing chicken’ with the debt ceiling.

Hitting the $14.3 trillion ceiling without extending it would mean ‘essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history,’ he said on ‘This Week With Christiane Amanpour‘ on ABC. He added: ‘The impact on the economy would be catastrophic. I mean, that would be a worse financial economic crisis than anything we saw in 2008.’

‘If we get to the point where you’ve damaged the full faith and credit of the United States,’ Mr. Goolsbee said, ‘that would be the first default in history caused purely by insanity.'”

source: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/i/darrell_issa/index.html?inline=nyt-per

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“BACKGROUND

Mr. Issa has called himself a Reagan Republican, but his true compass seemed to be whatever got under the Obama administration’s skin — and got him on television.

Born and reared in Cleveland and the grandson of Lebanese immigrants, Mr. Issa describes himself as ‘a rotten young kid’ — a period that apparently stretched well into his 20s. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in 1972 (he was carrying an unlicensed pistol) and, with his brother William, was indicted on felony charges related to car thefts in 1972 and 1980. The charges were never pursued for lack of evidence, and Mr. Issa, who calls himself a victim of ‘guilt by association,’ blames his brother. (Reached at his home in Ohio, William Issa took full responsibility). He had a ‘colorful youth,’ Darrell Issa said of himself.

He moved to Vista, Calif., in 1985, where he built his car alarm company, Directed Electronics, into a colossus. His signature product, the Viper, features his own deep voice ordering would-be burglars to ‘please step away from the car.’ He earned a nine-figure fortune that helped bankroll an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1998. He was elected to the House in 2000, and his wealth — and safe district — have allowed him the freedom to speak out on issues that more vulnerable members would shy from; he gained national prominence as a major backer of the campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis of California in 2003….

Mr. Issa and his Republican colleagues are counting on other Congressional committees to step up their oversight efforts. The Ways and Means Committee, for instance, along with the Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to pick apart aspects of the new health care law. The Financial Services Committee will scrutinize the administration’s efforts to tighten regulation of Wall Street.

For Mr. Issa’s committee, which can delve into any corner of the government, the more policy-driven crusade is purposely devised to steer clear of the reputation for hectoring and henpecking that Congressional Republicans earned during the Clinton administration when they issued more than 1,000 subpoenas and repeatedly tied White House lawyers into knots, ultimately impeaching the president.”

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