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Letter: Congressman Issa, You Are a Political Coward

In a letter to the editor, David S. Golman, of Encinitas, writes his views of the 49th Congressional District election.

There are approximately 339,000 registered voters in the new 49thCongressional district.  BUT you hide behind the Republican Party (and a 43% to 30% GOP-Democrat advantage), your coveted House Chairmanship, your intimidating personal wealth, as an excuse to not campaign, hold town hall meetings, meet your constituents, or debate your challenger Jerry Tetalman.

As the only Congressman actively managing dozens of multi-million dollar businesses you probably know about "mission statements," when used as a guiding principal tool. Does the Federal Government have one? I don’t know.

I’d write one to simply read:

“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to constantly work towards making our nation a more perfect Union of states, to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility and promote the general Welfare for ALL its citizens, and provide for the common defense of its people and possessions, in order to secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity." [Re-edited: Preamble, US-Constitution]

With this statement in mind, let’s look at just one set of issues:

Budget, Economy and Domestic Enemies

You voted for the Ryan budget and stated to local media your only issue is that it doesn’t go far enough - that spending should be trimmed further.

In July, as a keynote speaker at the Association of Government Accountants in Washington, DC, you called Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Ponzi schemes. Really, Social Security a Ponzi scheme?

You signed the Grover Norquist “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” playing a high stakes game of economic chicken with the Federal Debt Ceiling votes.Remember this country was founded on the principals of taxation with representation, the Constitution establishes the ‘right’ through fair and representative taxation to pay for the things it needs. Remember, Mission Statement!

Do you support the ‘general Welfare’ of your districts Citizens? Your voting record suggests you are intent on attacking and tearing down fundamental programs intended to help our citizens, young or old, with health, education, living conditions, or our environment.

Domestic Tranquility?  Not when you vote to hold our country economically hostage during the debt ceiling debate, causing a credit rating downgrade, costing taxpayers $1.3 billion and counting! That did not help the tranquility of my 401K or my business planning. The Republican Party whines about jobs, but won’t embrace bi-partisanship and the spirit of compromise, as set forth in the Constitution. Why? Because, it might make the current President look good!

Look in the mirror Mr. Issa, you should be seeing a “domestic enemy” looking back at you.

Since Congressman Issa will not spend time in his new district to meet his new constituents, here are some stories from serious, reputable media organizations that our citizens can read to become more self-informed: (1) The New Yorker,  24Jan2011, Don’t Look Back; (2) The New York Times, 14Aug11, A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself.  Enjoy.

Dr. David S. Golman

Encinitas, CA

49th Congressional District 

David B Secor October 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Redistricting has added 300,00+ constituents to D-50, Duncan Hunter's fiefdom as well. His cowardice, surprising for a Marine veteran, surpasses even Issa's, as Hunter cancelled the lone debate set with the pitifully lame excuse that what Hunter called "disparaging remarks" were made about his hand-picked moderator, Steve Hamann, a developer, Hunter associate and power broker in East County. (He NEVER said the "disparaging remarks" were untrue.) As with Issa, denying his potential employers the opportunity to see the two candidates for this most important position on the same stage is not only the act of a coward, it's an attempt to slip quietly back to Washington without his employers knowing what they have voted for. If centrist GOP voters, all Libertarian, truly Independent voters, or any women of any party, vote (R), they need to know they're not sending the label to represent them in Congress. They are sending two men who will be part of the extremist gang that have hijacked the GOP - pirates who fly the Republican flag, but who'd agree with Hunter that even conservative Ronald Reagan couldn't win a Republican race today. Reagan had a "liberal background," was too moderate, compromised at times, raised taxes when necessary, worked with Gorbachev, saved Social Security in 1983 reaffirming FDR's commitment to SS so the elderly may live in dignity, said wealthy's tax rate shouldn't be less than working people's. Issa is no Reagan. Don't just vote (R).
Bong Sativa October 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Darrell Issa is a pompous imbecile & an embarassment not only to his once great party & his constituents,but to America too ! Vote for a voice of reason Democrat Jerry Tetalman the only intelligent choice for intelligent voters ! The people of the 49th Congressional District would be better served if they left the seat vacant than to send the rabidly partisan & universally disliked Issa back to Capitol Hill again !
Cyrus Kamada October 27, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Issa has definitely had his own share of ethical issues: http://www.npr.org/2012/04/16/150739985/house-investigator-issa-has-faced-allegations-as-well
Richard Lagrand October 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I'm truly sorry to see the Patch getting involved in this kind of "hate" message (including the comments that have inflammatory rhetoric). If the Patch will continue providing political items such as this, then you've lost a reader!
Belinda Rachman, Esq. October 27, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I know the truth is hard to hear Richard. You might want to THINK about what it means when politicians refuse to be accountable to their constituents by participating in a debate. Does that sound like a brave or cowardly act? Some times the TRUTH hurts but it doesn't do democracy any good to have uninformed voters. Don't hate the messenger Richard!
Richard Lagrand October 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
There's that word again: hate. I don't hate the message or the messenger. But, I believe that the foundation of Democracy is an enlightened electorate. That is, an electorate that is interested in investigating all sides of issues in order to form intelligent opinions. Derogatory comments and inflammatory rhetoric such as calling someone with whom you disagree an imbecile is just not conducive to civil intercourse. Also, "truth" is sometimes determined by one's bias!
paul savage October 27, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Hummm, I wonder how the commenters feel when members of the opposite party pull the same shennanigans, i.e., Senator D. Feinstein, San Francisco? To call out one side when both are guilty shows a lack of something.
Tapple October 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Social Security is very much a Ponzi scheme; I did not think anyone disagreed with that fact; as fast as Government can tax and collect it is paid out to current retirees. I want it to be there as much as you do but at what cost? And when we will have a open discussion without panic and scare tactics? Speaking of taxation, you obviously are not satisfied that 47% pay no tax and the top 5% pay 90%; it's even worse in CA. Your approach seems to be 'tax them more', the problem is that sooner or later you will run out of everybody else's money and be forced to address the real problems.
Jay Berman October 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Darrell Issa is a fantastic congressman, he was my rep when I lived in Vista, met him many times ... I'm glad he will be representing me again in Encinitas ....
Sharyl Stephen October 27, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Very well said Richard. I couldn't have said it better myself. Logic and truth will prevail. And I agree Jay, Darrell Issa is a fantastic Congressman and I am glad he is there for us.
David B Secor October 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
This letter by Mr. Golman addresses the cowardice of Congressman Darrell Issa. It's fine to mention the cowardice of Diane Feinstein, or any other coward (e.g. Duncan Hunter). But we do Mr. Golman a disservice if we cause the issue, the thread, to vanish FoxNews-style, "They all do it, nothing to see here, let's move to the video of the bear in the tree." Nothing could be a greater indictment, a clearer reason for instant termination, than the refusal of an employee, Mr. Issa, to appear in front of his employers, the people. Duncan Hunter never had a real job, never had a boss, never worked a 40/hr week, never worried about losing his job for being late, never had latchkey kids on their own until mom or he returned from work. That's a reason, but not an acceptable excuse, for ignoring the people that pay his salary. The richest man in Congress, Mr. Issa, his criminal and misstated biography notwithstanding, has been an employee of other than the Army ("hardship" discharge,1972, followed by 2 arrests) at some point. Issa has at a least a distant memory of what being an employee means. The people that pay him deserve, expect their employee to appear for a performance review and to answer their questions, in-person, unfiltered, regarding his votes, his agenda, his views on how he intends to represent their interests, not just his own, in the nest congress,and appear beside the other candidate so employers can make an informed decision as to which to select.
David B Secor October 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Richard, the Truth is not considered "hate speech," except by those who don't like hearing it. Actually, I'm very impressed by the ability of D-49 commenters to contain their righteous anger. Were they to unleash the toxic verbiage some would love to express, the comments that have disturbed your sensibilities thus far would seem like downright praise. The heading on this Patch page is, "Opinion, Elections." You should not be shocked or upset to see a political item here as "elections" usually involve "politics." This is where the letter belongs, not in the home gardening section. Mr. Issa is tough enough, as his colorful background attests, to withstand being I.D.'d as a coward. It may upset refined people like yourself, but Mr. Issa has been called much much worse, and does not break down in tears after hearing a discouraging word. You may be as hypersensitive as your comment was. If so, you should follow through on your intention. Stop reading this horrible stuff.
paul savage October 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Mr. Secor, ...But we do Mr. Golman a disservice if we cause the issue, the thread, to vanish FoxNews-style. How is it a disservice to point out facts concerning a discussion? Is Issa really richer than John Kerry?
David B Secor October 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
T - I see you agree with Congressman Issa, Paul Ryan, and the GOP platform. You all believe Social Security is a criminal enterprise (Ponzi scheme). That does not permit stating as fact that it IS a criminal enterprise (Ponzi scheme). "Ponzi scheme" has become a new mantra for extremists now controlling the GOP, for FoxNewsChannel viewers, and for wealthier individuals for whom a SS check may be chump change to buy lottery tickets. Other Americans, like myself, disagree with you. As soon as NON-Representatives like Issa and Hunter have been fired for their incompetence, breach of contract and duplicity, their replacements can begin to make the changes necessary to ensure benefits are not reduced, and if you are below 55 years of age, Social Security benefits WILL be there for you, and if you are 10, they will be there for you, too. The confusion, fear and even panic spread by Fox & "Friends" among the populace who've made the tragic mistake of believing and trusting them has succeeded in it's intention. It has incited a fear-based stampede amongst their viewers. Nonetheless, Social Security is here to stay. Benefits will not be lowered. Adjustments can be made such as raising the limit for FICA over the first $106,000. If a retiree is earning over $500,000, his or her initial SS checks may begin later than checks for the needy. Demographics will change up AND down, but as long as Issa and Hunter are NOT our congressmen, Social Security is SAFE.
Jay Berman October 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM
David - obviously you hate wealth, Mr. Issa is a self made millionaire .. and you have no proof to the garbage you spew other than hearsay ... You want to talk rich in congress or senate ? This link spells it out with one error, Issa fell a notch to 3rd ... Senator John Kerry is number 2 ..
Jay Berman October 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The link http://www.rollcall.com/50richest/the-50-richest-members-of-congress-112th.html
David B Secor October 28, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I do not "hate" wealth. That is an inane comment. This letter is an indictment of Issa for his cowardice, his refusal to face his employers, the people, and the other candidate in an open public forum. Any representative that has done his or her job should be anxious to meet the people, and especially the opponent, and by discussing his or her record and positions on vital issues, how they are superior to those of the other candidate. demonstrate he or she remains the better choice. I consider open town halls with both candidates present for the "job interview" for the important position as the people's employee in Washington absolutely mandatory. I intend to face any and all contenders precisely that way in at least 4 town halls If I cannot demonstrate I'm the better choice I do not desrve the job. It's that simple. Any representative, regardless of party, who shows the cowardice displayed by Issa, Hunter or Feinstein, shows their arrogance, contempt for the democratic process and their clear top priority - themselves - not their constituents. While some here simply blow hot air, point out their are cowards in the other party and believe that makes the issue itself moot are dissembling. If you think I will vote for the (D) Diane Feinstein because she wears that label you are wrong. I will not vote for Feinstein. Will any of the "talkers" here show they will stand for principal over party and refuse to vote for the other cowards, Issa or Hunter?
Jay Berman October 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
David, why should he debate ? The challenger doesn't stand a chance to unseat him ... Same thing for Feinstein ... Not a coward, he's a smart politician ... he's been in DC with a full plate ... You know, Fast and Furious, Benghazi and other Obama failures ..
Richard Lagrand October 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I must put in my two cents about Social Security. The way it is being implemented today exactly satisfies the definition of a Ponzi scheme: criminal or not. I've paid into the "Social Security Trust Fund" from 1937 until retirement in 2001. As originated it supposedly was a trust fund set aside to cover annuity payments to retirees. It was promised that it would NEVER be touched for any other purpose. Until the Johnson Administration changed all that. Also, annuity payments would never be taxed as income. Also the maximum annual amount that would be deducted from employees was about $4000. There were other promises made but the first two mentioned above have been violated by the Federal government which has been raiding the fund since the 70's. I recall that there was a lot of difficulty passing the act in the first place and today I wonder what reasoning convinced people that reneging on those promises was in the best interest of anybody. David Secor, can you give a reasonable answer?
Bong Sativa October 29, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I believe that pompous imbeciles is an apt description of the typical right-wing,divinely delusional values voters who support Issa's disgusting partisan grandstanding in Congress !!! Uncompetitive as Issa is for statewide office in this overwhelmingly Democratic state the fact that you morons keep re-electing him speaks greatly to the character (or general lack thereof) of those who elected him !!! Issa supporters obviously aren't very bright & most are lacking in basic cognizant capabilities,but they apparently also aren't able to feel shame,humiliation or regret for electing Issa in the first place either !!! There are no problems too big if you elect enough Democrats to solve them - Vote for change,vote for integrity,vote for someone who will actually represent the views of his constituents Jerry Tetalman !!!
Jay Berman October 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Bong wins the award for the most hurled insults in so few words ... brilliant ..
Mandy Barre October 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Excellent editorial letter! Join USPO workers on October 31st to protest ISSA's appalling lack of responsiveness to his constituents and protest his war against the USPO workers as well! Noon at his office on Thibido in Vista!
David B Secor October 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Issa and his congressional co-conspirators' drive to destroy the postal service is another reason he has to not face his employers and his opponent in an open town hall. If any Issa lovers believe even 1/10 of the people in D-49 want to kill the postal service you are truly delusional. Privatizing postal service is an insane notion. But it's leader, Issa, isn't insane. He's should be listed as Darrell Issa (R-$$$$Land). He is certainly not representing the people of D-49. My constituents are likewise not represented. If elected in D-50, the seat now occupied by Duncan Hunter (R-Pentagon) I will fight to amend or repeal the 2008 law imposing outrageous pension pre-payment obligations, a law not intended to keep the plan solvent, but to destroy the postal service itself, and turn it over to corporate predators.
Jay Berman October 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Maybe USPS should be run like .. Amtrak ? Please .. No one wants to see USPS destroyed .. How about if we tax UPS and FedEx a USPS tax to equal the playing field a bit .. LOL .. NOT !! I ship my products USPS, they do a pretty good job, they deliver to every address, UPS and FedEx charge extra for residential delivery. Both now work with USPS to deliver the last mile. USPS needs to be more efficient - it has to change along with the markets .. along with its competition .. it has to change its model because it is rapidly becoming obsolete. Partial privatization such as leasing or franchising small post offices to people that want to own a business. They would do basically what small post offices do today except deliver mail. How about franchising delivery routes ... USPS would move mail through its system, then the private delivery driver would run the route, Fed Ex does this ... We no longer need Saturday delivery. More people are using the Internet to receive and pay bills, social networking will eventually start taking a bite out of direct mail service. It would be giving private individuals the opportunity to own their own businesses .. you know, Capitalism ... Oh, in 2008, congress and the Senate were both controlled by Democrats, who voted for this outrageous pension bill ?
David B Secor October 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Richard - Yes, the Trust Fund was (criminally I'd say) combined with general funds to cover-up the shortfalls elsewhere in the budget. Politicians from BOTH PARTIES have for many years stolen from it. NONE from either party has ever said to, once again, separate Social Security funds nor put the money taken back in the Trust Fund. That's why your Republican congressman NOW calls it an unfunded, broken "entitlement" program. Now that they have robbed it blind, they believe they can just say, "It's gone," and cut all working people who MUST have SS loose to die in poverty. the GOP extremists who now control their once proud party are not telling the truth. Social Security benefits will be there for you and for those just starting to pay in now, and for their kids, too. Do not vote for any representative who would end Social Security. It is NOT an entitlement. Those are EARNED BENEFITS. There may need to be adjustments to delay the start of benefits to the very wealthy after they retire, but NO ONE for whom Social Security is an important part of their retirement income will ever be denied. I just turned 65 myself in June. My pension is $1900/month. I'm very grateful. I don't like SS being taxed. What's most important to me, and I hope to you, is that it is still there even if not the perfect system we would like. The scare tactics used by FoxNewsChannel and the Republicans are terrible, and NOT TRUE. Social Security must and will remain. .
David B Secor October 30, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Jay - You know that Darrell Issa is the general in this war on the postal service. The postal service is BY LAW not allowed to take on Fedex or UPS the way it would like to. It is, as you stated, very efficient and extremely dependable, 6 days a week wherever you call home. Jay, you may see no need for Saturday delivery, but for many businesses and individuals Saturday delivery is very important. All government haters need to take a breath, stand back and look beyond the FoxNewsChannel and it's corporate puppetmasters' untruths. There are many good reasons not to make the U.S. the only developed nation in the world without a national postal service. Remember, the ONLY reason that last year's balance sheet showed a $5 billion loss was the 2006 (not 2008) congressional demand for the more than excessive payments pre-funding the pension fund for 75 years in advance in only 10 years! Without this "debit" the postal service MADE MONEY, made a profit last year. Independent analysts have determined that the postal service payments to date have put the pension fund in excellent shape. See a video explanation of the manufactured crisis on my Facebook page - go to my website, click on Facebook icon - read Wapo Opinion "The Postal Service is Struggling but not Because of the Mail" July 19 Please do not use the FoxNews ploy of "Yes, Darrell Issa may be evil but there are evil Dems, too. (The 2006 Congress was controlled by GOP and "W" signed the bill.)
Bong Sativa October 31, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Elect Jerry Tetalman (D) to Congress & you won't be embarassed when you're asked who your Congressman is anymore ! Call Darrell Issa & tell him that he continuously humiliates himself & our entire community with his outrageous partisan grandstanding & mudslinging & enough is enough !
Jay Berman November 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I've known him since he announced his first run ... You have no idea what you are talking about ... obviously you are a progressive liberal so nothing else matters .. if there is an (R) behind their name, they are evil, period ...
Robert Paulson November 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Darrell Issa is a domestic terrorist and a True Enemy of America.
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