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Monday, January 3, 2011


Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is not only a member of congress; he's also a registered member of the Democratic Socialists Caucus - one of 70 in 2009. Interestingly, he is making the claim that the message sent by the electorate during the 2010 midterm elections was that the American people want congress to work together. Uh, not so much Mr. Cummings. I found the fact that Cummings was the source of those words interesting because he is also the outgoing chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which is charged with investigating government corruption and waste.

Via Politico:
"Some people have gotten the wrong message about this election particularly the Republicans," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think what the electorate was saying, they want us to work together. They want us to work with Republicans when we can, to try to make their lives better. They want government to work for them, not against them."
Cummings is giving up his chairmanship to Darrell Issa (R-CA) who has quite a full plate relative to a mounting number of investigations. Since Cummings didn't work with Issa when it came to investigating the Obama administration, perhaps he's saying here that he got the message that he needs to work with his Republican counterparts that make up the Oversight Committee.

Something tells me that he meant the exact opposite and wants Issa to throttle down to work with him. As evidence, CHECK OUT what Cummings is saying to those who want Issa to launch serious investigations. He's telling Issa to bring it on. To what degree Issa's actions as chairman match his rhetoric as ranking member remains to be seen but it does look like he's putting together quite a list of things to investigate, including Fannie Mae.

Via Politico:
Rep. Darrell Issa is aiming to launch investigations on everything from WikiLeaks to Fannie Mae to corruption in Afghanistan in the first few months of what promises to be a high profile chairmanship of the top oversight committee in Congress.

According to an outline of the committee’s hearing topics obtained by POLITICO, the House Oversight and Government Reform is also planning to investigate how regulation impacts job creation, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis; recalls at the Food and Drug Administration and the failure of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to agree on the causes of the market meltdown.

This sweeping and specific hearing agenda shows that Issa (R-Calif.) plans to cut a wide swath as chairman, latching onto hot button issues that could make his committee the center of attention in the opening months of the 112th Congress. By grabbing such a wide portfolio – especially in national security matters – Issa is also laying down a marker of sorts, which could cement his panel as the go-to place for investigations.
Perhaps most galling on the part of Cummings is that he is using the word "austerity" to describe how the Oversight committee should conduct its business. When it comes to spending in practically every other area of government, Cummings is on board but when the committee's actions could do harm to the Obama administration, he wants to pull back the reigns?!

Mr. Issa better not back down. Tea Party will hold him to account if he doesn't.

Oh, HERE is that list of registered socialists in congress again. Note that Cummings is on it.

h/t Weasel Zippers


Lt. Col Allen West will be sworn in as U.S. congressman from Florida's 22nd District this week and he's already exhibiting true leadership. While appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, he discussed the letter he sent to soon-to-be House majority leader Eric Cantor in which he chastised the incumbent for the lack of time Republicans will spend working in Washington, D.C. He's also going to be joining the Congressional Black Caucus, which should be interesting to watch.

Also appearing in this exchange is Republican Senator-elect Mike Lee of Utah, who does a very good job of enunciating the Tea Party objectives. The theme in this exchange involves who will come out on top during the 112th congress - Republican establishment of the Tea Party?

Note a key difference between West and someone like Darrell Issa. When Wallace challenged West on his fiery rhetoric on the campaign trail that included phrases like "tyrannical government," and "vile, vicious, despicable machine" West didn't back down. He stood behind his words. Issa, when pressed about his rhetoric as ranking chairman of the House Oversight committee, backed down in an interview with CNN on the eve of his becoming chairman of the committee. Watch that exchange HERE.

Via Fox News:


Here is a montage of multiple liberal pundits, journalists, etc. calling for the United States to experience the same kind of unruly uprising that is taking place in Europe over government austerity measures. One excerpt is an interview with one of the rioters in Great Britain who openly encourages Americans to engage in the same thing because it is so empowering. It's also interesting to watch Jeremiah Wright talk about taking from the haves and giving to the have nots without including himself in the former group.

Via The Blaze:

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