Darrell Issa (R-CA) Tells Rahm Emanuel to Back Off!


Obamarx = Obama + Karl Marx

Obamarx = Obama + Karl Marx

News Release

August 4, 2009


WASHINGTON. D.C. – Following reports that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been orchestrating an effort to intimidate members of Congress and Governors who raise legitimate concerns regarding the effectiveness of the stimulus, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to Emanuel saying “While this type of scare tactic may work In Chicago, it will not work to intimidate me or other Members of the United States Congress.”
“I and others have dared to bring these facts to the attention of President Obama, the Congress and the American people,” Issa wrote.  “You’ve unfortunately reacted by once again resorting to the playbook of the Chicago political machine.”
“At what point do you believe your practice of Chicago-style politics violates a public official’s right to speak out in favor of alternative policies,” Issa asks.  “The American people have a right to know what role you played in developing the threatening letters to Governor Brewer and whether you intend to continue to engage in these tactics in the future.”

Reasonable people can disagree over the effectiveness of the stimulus and whether and in what form it should continue. Sen. John McCain, for example, also voted against the $787 billion stimulus bill and recently criticized the administration for not delivering on its calculations that unemployment would remain level or decrease from 8.5 percent. Regardless of how one feels about the stimulus funding, it is wrong for officials to play politics with the allocation of dollars for federal spending programs that Arizona citizens ultimately pay through our federal taxes (or perhaps more accurately, future taxes).
             Mr President: Don’t Bull Arizona




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