Tuesday, July 3, 2012

No to Waxman for the CA 33rd Congressional District

Henry Waxman, one of the most provocative, confrontational, and uncompromising legislators in Congress, will be facing stiff competition for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Following the passage of Proposition 11 in 2008, California voters signalled to the political class that they were tired of politicians' backroom deals which protected incumbents and rendered Congressional districts uncompetitive, and thus allowing Congressional representatives like Waxman to remain unaccountable.

Democratic Incumbent Henry Waxman
There is no greater example of a career politicians who has taken advantage of safe redistricting than West Los Angeles based Congressman Henry Waxman, a politician who opposed not only Proposition 11, but also opposed the successful 2010 jungle primary initiative, which empowers voters to choose any candidate they prefer in the primary, regardless of party affiliation. Proposition 14 allows for the top two primary vote getters to face off in the general election, even if the contenders are members of the same party. Many long-standing politicians will face opposition, even if within their own party. Mr. Waxman is facing off against established businessman and civic activist Bill Bloomfield, an Independent who recognizes that the gridlock and dysfunction in Washington D.C. stems in large part from entrenched incumbents like Henry Waxman.

Following the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's efforts to redesign congressional districts instead of the politicians and the interest groups, the Commission has expanded the power of the California voters. Now Congressman Waxman has been moved into the newly drawn 33rd Congressional district, a wide coastal district that takes in the entire Santa Monica Bay, from Palos Verdes to Malibu. Waxman now must  expand his base to include the more moderate and economically Beach Cities, where residents have long expected their representatives to protect and foster the corporate and aerospace industries without harming the environment or impinging on their liberties.

Throughout his tenure, Waxman has authorized legislation which would do great harm to this country, increasing government size and power at the expense of the individual citizen, the states, and the country. His efforts to protect the environment, including the ill-conceived Cap and Trade Waxman-Markey legislation would have created an expansive bureaucracy while contributing negligible protection to our environment. Protecting the environment and weaning the United States off of foreign energy are two of Mr. Bloomfield's policy

A staple of the Beverly Hills-Malibu Westside ever since he came to Congress following the GOP Watergate shellacking of 1974, Waxman has faced token opposition for every term in office. For too long, Waxman has taken advantage of sympathetic constituencies throughout his overly extended tenure in Congress.

The purpose of this blog will be to inform all voters in the newly crafted 33rd Congressional district of the uninspiring, and in some cases disturbing and disappointing, acts and activities of Congressman Waxman, a politician who has grown so out of touch with the needs of his constituents as well his responsibilities as their representative in Congress, that he to be retired. Independent Bill Bloomfield representatives a transformative shift in the type of representative that the voters in the 33rd district deserve. An individual who has founded and expanded private enterprise, an advocate who has worked across the aisle with Democrats and Republicans to endorse and enforce reform in public education, crime prevention, and fiscal discipline. A founder of the "No Labels" interest group, Mr. Bloomfield is a more than adequate challenger and replacement for the bombastic and irresponsible Henry Waxman, a partisan who has guarded his dominance in Washington at the expense of the American people, particularly his constituents in every Southern California district that he has "represented" since 1975.

Mr. Waxman has perpetrated the statist status quo of tax, spend, government growth, waste and fraud. He has no business spending one more term in Congress pushing an illiberal agenda which is not in the best interests of the American people or the voters of the 33rd Congressional district.

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