When the House of Representatives went to the democrats in 2006, there were loud calls for investigations and subpoenas on all aspects of the War on Terror. From why we switched our focus from Afghanistan to Iraq, how did that 32 billion dollars supposedly disappear and even calls for investigations into the president and vice-president.
Among her first statements as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi said that the congress would endeavor to look forward, not backward and as a result there would be no impeachment proceedings, no investigation in the war and so on. The focus, she said, was to move the country forward and that couldn't be accomplished by taking the peoples time by pursuing those investigations.
Well, Pelosi will step down from the spearship this week, and the republicans will take over. And how is it that they plan to put the country first? By instigating investigations in a variety of ways.
Republicans have committed to repealing the new Health Care bill that was signed into law last year, they plan to subpoena White House officials in an effort to ... well I'm not really sure to be honest.
Among the people leading the charge is Darrel Issa, the Republican millionaire congressman from California. Some might remember him as the person who spent nearly 2 million dollars to mount a recall of then democratic Governor Gray Davis. Issa had made no issue of the fact that he planned to run for governor.
Well the recall effort seemed to be working and just a couple of days before the deadline, Republicans convinced Arnold Schwarzenegger to run....the rest is history.
I guess I'm amazed that people will put politics before duty. Gray Davis wasn't the best governor but far from the worst. In the end some of the issues he was blamed for in the recall drive were found out to not be his doing at all.
Now Issa wants to tie up government because he can't stand the democrats and wants them spend time answering subpoenas rather than move the nation forward.
Let's see if the president stands his ground, and lets see if the democrats can shame the republicans into doing the right thing. And that is to shut up and get to work.