“And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them.” (Deuteronomy 2:14)
Contrary to most people’s understanding of Holy Scripture, the Israelites did not wander in the desert for forty years. Granted, the unbelieving Israelites were not allowed into the Promised Land for forty years, but there were two years of judgment before the 38 years of wandering.
Telling in its coincidence, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) has been in Congress now for 38 years, and as a result voters from West Los Angeles to Malibu has been wandering in a wilderness of poor and unresponsive representation.
38 years of taxes and spending which have done nothing to alleviate the national debt, lower our credit rating while inciting inflation and shaking up global investors. For the past four years, Waxman has wandered in Congress and watched trillion dollar annual deficits wrack our nation’s budget. In the past ten years, Waxman voted against major tax cuts for middle and lower-income earners as well as for small businesses, moves which would have helped jump start the economy. More specifically, ObamaCare is currently the largest tax increase in American History, a law which Congressman Henry Waxman helped craft and push through Congress.
38 years of increasing the debt limit without requisite cuts, with a $16 trillion debt menacing this country, and Congressman Waxman declared in open committee: “We’re not broke!”
38 years of hit and miss environmental regulations, with reports differing as to the full impact of legislation such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, both of which expanded state power without expounding the proper limits of government. Rapanos v. United States (2006) and Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency are two court cases which have rebuked the EPA and Congress for unclear rules neglecting the property rights and the limits of enforcement of the Clean Water Act. His first major legislative effort following President Obama’s election, Cap and Trade (also known as “Waxman-Markey”), would have driven businesses out of the country while exploding unemployment.
38 years of unsightly oversight hearings and partisan badgering, with nothing but embarrassed baseball players who were later exonerated of any wrongdoing. There was also the lying Tobacco CEOs scolded before the camera, yet on record they have often lied about the dangers of using their product, anyway.
38 is “19 times 2” – and on record nineteen green tech companies, including Solyndra, have gone bankrupt, taking down with their failure millions of taxpayer dollars in federal loan guarantees, subsidies which Mr. Waxman supports.
Wearying Waxman has been wandering the halls of Congress for the past thirty-eight years. It is time for the residents of the 33rd Congressional to cease from our wandering and stop wondering when we can enter the Promised Land of economic recovery coupled with reasonable environmental protections.
Let us cease from our wondering. End the 38-year wandering of Henry Waxman the Taxman, then shall bloom fields of prosperity once again, with Independent Bill Bloomfield as a new face with fresh ideas to represent our district.