House oversight chair speaks in Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
National Republican figure Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, spoke in Greencastle last week.

The featured speaker at the Franklin County Republican Party Eisenhower Dinner criticized the “imperial” leadership of President Barack Obama, and stressed the importance of conservatives retaining control of the House of Representatives.

Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, addressed 260 party faithful Oct. 30 at Green Grove Gardens. He referenced the committee investigations into the federal gun smuggling operation dubbed Fast and Furious, the NSA spying scandal, and the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

“If we lose the House, every case will be dismissed. It’s a sobering thought,” he said.

He injected a little humor into his view of the chief executive.

“Isn’t it interesting? The NSA listens and the president doesn’t.”

Issa quoted Thomas Jefferson, who said bad government came from too much government. He defended the Republican history of railing against the expansion of government, which often created charity using other people’s money.

He was also concerned about America’s status in the world, stating Obama was selling out the country systematically.

“We’ve gone from being at peace to being at war, from Allies counting on us to Allies who cannot trust us. We don’t want war, but we cannot afford to abandon our Allies.”

Issa was accompanied by his wife Kathy.

Other speakers included Rep. Bill Shuster and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim McCawley. Both urged active participation in every election.

Recognition

Marine Sgt. Zachary Stinson, Fayetteville, was the honored guest of the event. He lost part of both legs in Afghanistan in 2010, and Homes for Our Troops was completing a house for him. He and his wife Tessa, and daughter Olivia, 2, would receive the keys Dec. 13.

Organization president and CEO Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale explained the program, which over nine years had constructed 140 homes in the United States. Another 35 were underway. The specially-adapted housing was customized for wounded warriors.

“It’s all about bringing back freedom and independence. It’s a moral obligation of our society.”

County Republican chair Dwight Weidman announced that through a fundraising reception that evening, and from donations from Republicans and Democrats alike, $7,970 had been raised for Homes for Our Troops.