House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa opened Wednesday’s hearing on the National Park Service’s shutdown strategy in typical bombastic fashion.
The California Republican first sharply lectured Park Service leadership for “not living up to” its obligations, as Park Service Director Jon Jarvis shifted uncomfortably in the hot seat. But that was just warm-up.
“You’re not here for the first time,” Issa noted, recalling a previous dressing down the committee had given him, during the Occupy Wall Street protests. “You came before one of our committees and made it clear that you were going to re-interpret the First Amendment to include basically people sleeping in the parks, defecating on the lawns, creating a health hazard for the people of the District of Columbia.”
Ah, so many fond memories…