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Should-Read: Darrell Issa: A Statement

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Should-Read: Long-time San Diego-Orange-Riverside County Congressman Darrell Issa reads the tea leaves and decides it is time to become a lobbyist. Interesting that the accomplishments he wants to be known for… have very little to do with the core of the agenda that he voted for in his eighteen years in Congress. That so much what he spent his time on goes unmentioned—as something not to be highlighted—is perhaps the best short precis of the 1995-2007 and 2011-present congressional majority I can think of: Darrell Issa: A Statement: “The first successful recall of a sitting Governor in California history… …establishing new and stronger standards for government accountability… protecting the Internet from harmful regulation… open data standards… put an end to abusive Congressional

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Should-Read: Long-time San Diego-Orange-Riverside County Congressman Darrell Issa reads the tea leaves and decides it is time to become a lobbyist. Interesting that the accomplishments he wants to be known for… have very little to do with the core of the agenda that he voted for in his eighteen years in Congress. That so much what he spent his time on goes unmentioned—as something not to be highlighted—is perhaps the best short precis of the 1995-2007 and 2011-present congressional majority I can think of: Darrell Issa: A Statement: “The first successful recall of a sitting Governor in California history…

…establishing new and stronger standards for government accountability… protecting the Internet from harmful regulation… open data standards… put an end to abusive Congressional earmarks, strengthened the Violence Against Women Act… better oversight of the executive branch… cleared the course for better intellectual property protections…

Interesting also in that Issa did not vote for tax “reform” last month, and was one of the few California Republican House of Representatives members who seemed in a relatively strong position.

Bradford DeLong
J. Bradford DeLong is Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was Deputy Assistant US Treasury Secretary during the Clinton Administration, where he was heavily involved in budget and trade negotiations. His role in designing the bailout of Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis placed him at the forefront of Latin America’s transformation into a region of open economies, and cemented his stature as a leading voice in economic-policy debates.

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