Please no … GOP plans wave of White House probes

There’s been talk of serious Congressional hearings getting going once the Republicans take control of the House, Senate or both starting in early 2011. Please, no. I’m serious, I’m not interested in hearings about the transparency or lack there of in the current Executive Branch.

It’s not like we don’t know what’s been happening in the Obama administration, it’s in the news every friggin’ day. They are continuing the march to centralize power by bailing out banks, buying controlling interest in automobile companies, taking over the student loan industry and messing up health care all in the name of change and making things better for the little guy.

Gee, thanks.

The administration is clear about their intention to grant amnesty to the illegal aliens already within our borders while refusing to act serious about securing the border. Cap and Trade is around the corner, and I’m sure there will be another campaign to introduce campaign financial reform  since it worked out so well the last time.

If there were laws broken, I’m fine with law enforcement investigating crimes, arresting folks and sending them to the courts for trial. That said, I’m totally bored with the Congressional hearings in an effort to “expose the truth.” It’s totally stupid.

Sure, it makes for great political commentary and may even increase the traffic to this blog, but what will the result be? Maybe a few – Democrats in this round – will be exposed for their “unethical” behavior but life in Washington will continue on since of course, we refuse to deal with the actual problem. Some may even be indited, but most investigations will result in statements like “well, it’s not illegal so we’re not bringing charges against you … but you’re unethical swine!”

There will be calls for change in Washington! Oh my, I have not heard that one before!

From Politico.

If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.

Everything from the microscopic — the New Black Panther party — to the massive –- think bailouts — is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by

Republican staffers say there won’t be any self-destructive witch hunts, but they clearly are relishing the prospect of extracting information from an administration that touts transparency.

What good will this do for the GOP? The voters who will always vote for them will continue to do so and the rest of us already know about the New Black Panther case and the bailouts. The grandstanding will do nothing.

Maybe the media should get into the game and expose more of this crap?

Maybe it’s time for the GOP congress-critters to act as leaders, mentors and teachers instead of acting like political blowhards?

I’m not saying we must compromise our conservative political position, just the opposite. We must clearly define conservative principals and mentor others about our politics. That strategy has worked very well for me in the past, maybe the congress-critters should give it a try.

More discussion about possible criminal behavior – or at least unethical crap – from Brian Darling at Big Government today. It seems as though a few people are disturbed the Obama administration is using the White House dot gov site to promote their agenda or something … no kidding?

18 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Just fix the screwups and subpoena where you must.  If they act like Dems, they will be treated like Dems.


    Maybe inpressing America instead of getting revenge would be change….

  2. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    I agree, Steve. All we would get is a lot glibness, much useless ink and wind. The problems we have can be solved by action and this would not be action.

  3. OkieJim
    OkieJim says:

    Dear G-d, no. A thousand times no. We of the current era have seen enough propaganda masquerading as reasoned policy. Ya basta.

  4. scottm
    scottm says:

    Every contract concerning the stimulus is posted at, with quarterly data detailing where the money goes.  There is a recovery board scrutinizing every dollar.  Vice President Biden has promised state officials answers to questions about the stimulus within 24 hours.  You can't get much more transparent than that. 

  5. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Scott: the transparency is supposed (and was explicitly promised) to be there BEFORE the bill is voted on and signed by the president.


    And seriously, are you going to believe the promises of Biden or anyone?  What next: that there really is a Social Security Trust Fund with an account with your name on it?


    Maybe they should show us that they have cleaned up Medicare fraud as "promised", and show us some good faith.

  6. scottm
    scottm says:

    I guess because they're corrupt they assume everyone is.  I saw an old program last night about Enron, Bush appointed the head of the federal energy regulation committee based on Ken Lay's recommendation.  Lay was trying to hold together his house of cards which flourished due to de-regulation, same as the banking industry which would eventually follow them into the ditch.  Yep just de-regulate, cut taxes for the wealthy and get out of the way.

  7. Steve M
    Steve M says:

    And so we again dive into the tit for tat historical crap that will get us nowhere. Sammy and I certainly don't always agree on stuff, but he chimes in noting we can agree on something. Scott chimes in and has to point out something about ensuring the Executive Branch is totally transparent, then of course Dims has to respond with his point and back to Scott blaming Bush.

    You all keep going back and forth, i bet you could get the thread up to 40 comments in no time.

  8. scottm
    scottm says:

    If you recall there was talk of congressional hearings concerning the Bush administration but Obama refused to get behind it.  Even with the no-bid contracts to Halliburton, the ratching up of rhetoric from Al queda when they wanted more funds for war, the cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia when we were paying $4.5 for gas, the drop in price near election times, the manipulation of the color coded security alerts, etc.etc.etc.  

    Sorry Steve I had to do it.

  9. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Steve, I am totally with you on this. Who is doing this "talk of serious Congressional hearings…."?

    Doesn't anyone in the Beltway get it! We want Congress to do the People's business. We want them to loosen the chains of the debt they have heaped upon us. Clean up the cesspool of the ethical violations of which there is clear evidence and stop the pork and earmarks. We do NOT want anymore rediculous hearings on anything. Just stop spending and passing anymore legislation without being read.

  10. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Ok it's a women's perogative to change her mind. No worry about ethical violations, because we will still have the grandstanding etc. and mudslinging and stupid hearings.  It is up to the voters to demand that their representatives be ethical, we want adults in Congress. We just want Congress to do its job according to the Constitution.

  11. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    Note to Republicans:   Act now, not after elections.  Your promises carry as much weight as your credibility and money managment skills.

    1.  Charge someone with treason for breaking their oath of office.  Lots of folks to choose from, even some of your own.

    2.  Repeal the Patriot Act.

    3.  Repeal Obamacare

    4.  Let America see the budgets the Dems didn't let us see before.

    5.  Get your state's national  guard troops home, where they belong, for a rest and then put them on the border.

    6.  Take a deep breath, think hard: Why is it so hard to handle the truth, use common sense and respect the sovereignty of the individual, each U.S. state and foreign governments?

  12. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    But at the state level, we have far more control.  Centralize it in D.C., and you are powerless.  Who's gong to drive to D.C.?


    As for Rowland, if all they took was a hot tub, I would almost be grateful.

  13. TomL
    TomL says:

    Here's something we can all agree on. Vote them all out and keep our boot on the throats of the new and make sure they toe the line.

  14. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Ok Dims, now you are talking. The collar works for me.


    I don't know what I will do when you go back to teaching. Who will do a counterpoint to Scottm? We won't have Winne88 either. Scary!

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