Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Waxman's Boorish Behavior -- and Poor Professionalism

Congressman Henry Waxman displays one of the most aggressive, confrontational, and unacceptable demeanor for a professional legislator. He has harassed witnesses dragged before the Government Oversight Committee during his chairmanship. He shuts down the opposition on investigatory panels. His partisanship wars against the respect that bipartisanship requires in the fractious halls of today's Washington polity.

Even as a ranking committee member, Waxman betrays a straining resistance to proper committee decorum. Recently, Republican chairmen are manifesting a sterner stance against "sonofab---ch" Waxman, a politician who had solidified brazenly, proudly, a rough reputation and shows no sign of abating and reaching across the aisle in a civil manner.

Is this the best that the Santa Monica Bay can send to Washington? Following the YouTube links below, one can appreciate the wide and denigrating sampling of Waxman's boorish and uncivil behavior in Congress.

In the first scene, provided below, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich outlines a telling and commensurate understanding of the Waxman-Markey bill, American Clean Energy and Security Act, ACES, H.R. 2454 (including cap and trade). Towards the latter part of the clip, notice how Waxman remains silent while Gingrich rips up the officious proposal that would attempt to save the environment while killing jobs and burdening American taxpayers. The verbal theatrics that Waxman engages in to stop a worthy refutation of his climate change proposals are enough to convince even a new viewer of Waxman's weary work-ups that he needs to pack up and retire from Congress.

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