The Occupy Wall Street movement has taken hold across the
United States in an explosion of frustration about high unemployment,
out of control debt,
and an almost surreal level of wealth disparity that
has increasingly afflicted the middle class over the past 30 years. And while
the movement's policy goals remain an open-source, fluid amalgam of populist agendas,
it's clear who they claim to represent — they are "the 99%." But the 99% is not
well-represented in Congress, and over the past few days their opposition on
Capitol Hill has been given a face and a name: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman
of the powerful House Oversight Committee and a champion of the 1%.
Earlier this week, Issa called
on U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to investigate
anonymously sourced and quickly denied Fox News "reports" that New
York Communities for Change has "engaged in fraud through its
participation in the Occupy Wall Street protests." In targeting an
organization that advocates for the middle class and those living in poverty,
Issa demonstrates once again his support for the 1% and deliberate efforts to
undermine everyone else.
Why Issa is the face of the 1%:
The Second Wealthiest Member Of Congress. Issa, whose car alarm business
helped elevate him to his current
net worth of at least $220 million, is the second-wealthiest member of Congress
- body which is already disproportionately
comprised of millionaires.
Congressional Resources To Elevate The Influence Of Big Business In Government
And The Public Square. It is common practice for Issa
to use his power as a committee chairman to invite Big Business political
donors to Capitol Hill to voice their grievances before Congress and the
Down An Investigation Into Corruption In The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
Because It Would Expose Republicans. After first scheduling a hearing into
within the ranks of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Issa shut it down after
Democrats published a report indicating that Republicans were culpable for much
of the unethical behavior.
Voted Against The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill. Dodd-Frank, enacted
in 2010, was a bipartisan bill designed to
"protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts" and "protect consumers from
abusive financial services practices."
Committee Attacked Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren. In an effort to
de-fang the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established by Dodd-Frank,
Issa and his fellow Oversight Republicans held hearings to mercilessly grill the would-be
administrator of the bureau, Elizabeth Warren.
Aggressively Attacked Middle Class Workers And The Government Agencies
Established To Protect Them. Issa and his committee have been waging a
against organized labor and the National Labor Relations Board after the NLRB
opened a routine investigation into claims that Boeing, Inc. was punishing
union workers in Washington state by adding jobs in the right-to-work state of
Attacked Funding For Middle Class Educators And Postal Workers. Issa has
advocated a drastic downsizing
of the U.S. Postal Service workforce and slashing
funds for public school teachers.
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