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Perfect image of the rare and elusive "Constitutional" US Congressman.
In a Double-Face-Palm moment, I posted up my rant on certain Republican leaders once again on the appeasement route and their willingness to work with a Socialist and anti-America President.
Today, I want to point out those who are signal representatives of what a true politician should be.
My first member of the party politik who I place upon the stage is Rep Darrell Issa from California. This man doesn't take any flak and takes names. He does research and finds out information for himself. He seems to believe that Washington should only work for the people and not for itself.
The AP just highlighted him as the gatekeeper against Pres Obama:
He's also generous with his money. He asks staff members to identify their charities so he can contribute, and he raises money for military families at Camp Pendleton in his district and the local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Much of his wealth comes from inventing the Viper car security systems, which have sold more than 35 million units. When someone nears a Viper-equipped car or truck, it's still Issa's voice that warns them away before sounding six changing siren tones.
Issa is a computer expert with a hankering to fix breakdowns. His congressional staff won't tell him about technical troubles for fear he'll get too involved and blow through scheduled meetings.
His criticisms of Obama focus, in part, on the affordable mortgage program, financial bailout policies, preservation of White House records, correspondence with lobbyists and the president's political appointees to a stimulus panel.
A sign in his office, presented by his staff, says, "The corruption stops here."
This is a man who knows how to make money in America. This is a man who knows how to run a business, may payroll and keep the books. He knows how to create a business and create jobs.
More importantly, he knows how to be accountable. We need more of Rep Darrell Issa in the House.
My second pick for a true for-the-people politician is Sen Tom Coburn. This man has only been in the Senate a short time and has already made himself an enemy of the Socialist Democrats and liberal Republicans on both sides of Congress.
Senator Coburn made his name in Oklahoma becoming a highly-skilled, highly sought-after physician. He also created a business, hired employees and grew his business with skill.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2001. He was first elected in 1994, then re-elected in 1996 and 1998, becoming the first Republican to hold the seat for consecutive terms. Dr. Coburn retired from Congress in 2001, fulfilling his pledge to serve no more than three terms in the House.
In 1970, Dr. Coburn graduated with an accounting degree from Oklahoma State University. One of the Top Ten seniors in the School of Business, Dr. Coburn served as president of the College of Business Student Council.
From 1970 to 1978, Dr. Coburn served as manufacturing manager at the Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Under his leadership, the Virginia division of Coburn Optical grew from 13 employees to more than 350 and captured 35 percent of the U.S. market.
After the family business was sold, Dr. Coburn changed the course of his life by returning to school to become a physician. Again he emerged as a leader, becoming president of his class at the University of Oklahoma Medical School where he graduated in 1983. He then did his internship in general surgery at St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City and family practice residency at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.
Dr. Coburn returned to Muskogee where he specializes in family medicine, obstetrics and the treatment of allergies. Dr. Coburn has personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Sen Coburn is currently being vilified by the leader of the Senate Socialist Harry Reid. Reid, through the AP (amazingly enough), is attacking Sen Coburn for "blocking" relief efforts in Heiti.
Is he evil or does he just hate Haitians?
Turns out, the US has already spent $1.1 BILLION dollars on Haitii relief with another $1 BILLION already in the pipeline. Harry Reid and lobbyists wanted to fork over another $500 million before that BILLION was shipped out.
First they say that Haiti has not received one red-cent of the $1.1 Billion from USA. Then the next paragraph they admit that those funds have been spent on Haiti relief already. Which is it?
Sen Coburn wants to hold the Socialist Dems' feet to the fire on their "pay-as-you-go" plan. He didn't want to continue to add to our $13 TRILLION dollar deficit. He only wanted the bill to be debated and not fast-tracked through. He didn't hold it up or block it. He only wants Congress to make cuts to their pork-filled projects in order to pay for this extra funding.
This is an example of a Senator that we need to support and push in to leadership positions.
Unlike Sen "I love Democrats most" McCain.
[UPDATE] OOOF. AARGH!!
If they recapture the House, Republicans say they are wary of following the example of the class of 1994, which shut down the government in a standoff with President Bill Clinton. Top Republicans contend that passing legislation, or at least making a good faith effort to do so, will earn them more credibility with voters than refusing to waver from purist principles.
"It's pretty clear the American people expect us to use the existing gridlock to create compromise and advance their agenda," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.). "They want us to come together [with the administration] after we agree to disagree."
As Rush said, "What the hell does that mean?!!?!?"
YES. YES!! We would like for you to shut down the government. We want you to find a way to pay for things. If that means shutting it down for a few weeks, then DO IT!!
No, we don't want you to come together, you blithering unlistening idiot. We want you to stand up for your purist principles and defeat socialism and Obama!!!
Under the leadership of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a rising star, the GOP has recruited a slate of House candidates with an array of political experience, suggesting they know how to work within the strictures of government. In many cases, these aspirants boast of their record of working with Democrats.
House Republican leaders including Mr. McCarthy have reached out to the tea-party movement, attended rallies, crafted a "Pledge to America" that reflects the movement's anti-establishment sensibilities and emphasized their sympathy with activists' anger at Washington.
Sympathy??!!? Sympathy?? They have sympathy for our anger?!!? And you wonder why the traditional Republican party is losing to the Tea Party candidates? These candidates are as angry about this current form of government as we the voters are.
Speaking of Tea Party:
Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina, who lost his Republican primary to a challenge from the right, compared the GOP candidates to surfers using a tea-party wave to reach the shore. Once they arrive, he said, many will act like the lawmakers they replaced.
And sir, that is quite the reason you lost the primary to a Tea Party candidate. You believe in the policy "Get Along To Get Along". You may be willing to sacrifice your principles and moral values, but I would venture to bet that many of these new Republicans that will ride the Wave of Tea in to office, one of them yours, will turn that town upside-down.