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Henry Waxman—Leading the Fight for Whom?

Contrary to the praise of limited liberal elites, Henry Waxman does not fight for us, or when he does, very few people actually win anything. Henry Waxman: leading the fight for whom?

"He [Waxman] fights for us and the things that are important. And he wins - which is important" -- Henry Duclos , Hermosa Beach Council Member

What has Henry Waxman fought for? And who is winning?

1. We no longer smell cigarette smoke on an airplane. How that constitutes anything heroic is just beyond me. Consumer activism through supply and demand has coerced many companies to change policies noxious to individual consumers.

2. The Congressman claims that he passed the first bill to "stabilize" the climate. Henry Waxman's comrade of climate change US Senate Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) has submitted that God cannot change climate change. What gives Waxman the impression that he or any legislation passed by Congress can do it, then?

3. He expanded the number of working poor eligible for Medicaid 24 times. One Hallmark of Democratic Party leaders has been to help poor people. When will they institute policy which will help poor people no longer be poor? People do not want to be poor, and handouts only keep people from getting their own hands out.

4. Nutrition Labeling on foods. So, I know what's in my food. How is that a fight, and how is that a win, when the men and women who have fought and won for us in other countries do not have a decent place to sleep or recovery from their war wounds?

5. One of Waxman's "greatest deeds" -- Going after Big Tobacco. With all due respect, the Seven CEO's were sitting ducks for no one. Corporate liability immunizes CEOs, so that they can say just about anything, yet the stock-holders get hammers, and "The CEOs come out on top [1:43-1: 45]". His preening for the camera had nothing to do with both my mother and father quitting smoking, by the way.

6. Henry Waxman takes the credit for preventing cigarette marketing to minors. I applaud the parents, not paternalistic Big Government, for keeping our kids healthy. They are the ones who quit smoking and encourage their own children not to smoke. They are the only advertisement that our children need.

7. He "defended" sick kids in need of health insurance. How then does Congressman Waxman justify higher premiums, lower access, higher taxes, and fewer doctors all because of his signature legislation, Obama-WaxmanCare?

8. Moved clean energy legislation that creates thousands of jobs.

This assertion is the most ludicrous and laughable. If Waxman was so proud of such a record, how come he declared (weakly) in open committee: "I'm sorry Solyndra happened." Not just one, but nineteen green tech companies have gone bankrupt with taxpayer dollars. Waxman's only retort: "Are you going to call the Koch Brothers?"

9. He pressed forward an abortive Cap and Trade bill in 2009, which had no chance of passage in the Democratically-controlled Senate. The policy has done nothing but aggravate pollution in Europe, while benefit ting a few stock inside traders while pushing up fuel prices. How is this fighting for anyone?

One of his campaign ads claims: "For Henry Waxman's record, look for the things you don't see. Henry Waxman: Leading the Fight".

Indeed.

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BlueAngel2 May 14, 2013 at 02:54 AM
In the balance of fairness, maybe your next blog could be about a Republican and what things they have not accomplished. Sounds fair to me.
Frank H. Robles May 14, 2013 at 05:33 AM
You can relax...Arthur, no need to worry about Waxman, the Republicans own the House, it going to be that way for years to come, and yeah I hate to admit that...!!! looking forward to your next...!!!
Frank H. Robles May 14, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Relax ....Arthur, who don't have to worry about Waxman, the Republicans own the House, and will for the next few years, and yeah I hate to admit this. Looking forward to your next Post...!!!
Arthur Christopher Schaper May 14, 2013 at 06:22 PM
I want to see Waxman dragged before the House Oversight Committee immediately. He needs to explain to Chairman Darrell Issa why he went after steroid abuse in baseball or lead contamination in toys instead of investigating the abuse and neglect of the Brentwood VA. He needs to explain why every promise of Obama-WaxmanCare has been broken: higher premiums, less access, higher taxes, shortages of medical professionals. Outrageous!
Arthur Christopher Schaper May 14, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Asked and Answered: http://lajolla.patch.com/blog_posts/republican-congressman-darrell-issa-he-fights-for-us-not-henry-waxman-2b164fa4
Frank H. Robles May 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Really Arthur.....!!! Is't Issa Busy going after bigger Fish, He's not going to waste time going after Waxman...!!!
Donald Sonck May 15, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Waxman couldn't "fight" his way out of a wet paper bag, let alone on his political voting record.He has been a wacko liberal California Conressman for far too long! Now he's joining forces with his Senate contemporary, Barbara Blockhead, err, Boxer, to pass carbon tax legislation....yet another job-killing measure for the entire country! These are just a couple of far too many looney-tunes representing our state in Washington. Maxine Waters is another. Love your blogs, Arthur!
Arthur Christopher Schaper May 15, 2013 at 12:19 AM
David: Please follow me on Twitter @ArthurCSchaper Please also visit: waxmanwatch.blogspot.com Spread the Word -- End the Reign of Waxman the Taxman!
Arthur Christopher Schaper May 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Indeed, Issa is going after bigger fish, of Leviathan proportions! Benghazi-gate, Solyndra-gate Fast and Furious-gate, IRS-gate, EPA-gate The Obama Administration has been a "gated community" of corruption and scandal. Only now the "floodgates" of media scrunity had to be unleashed, or else they would lose what little credibility they have left.

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