Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles, South Bay) is prepping for 2014. Waxman has more to worry about not just because of Congress’ sagging approval ratings, but the rising opposition to his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. Here are some quotes from his letter e-blasted last week:
“With the 2014 election just ahead of us, I wanted to share with you why I intend to seek reelection next year, and why this next election is so important to our Democratic values.
What Democratic values is the Westside Congressman referring to? Would it be the growth of the welfare state at the expense of the general welfare? He must be alluding to a penchant of state-sponsored encroachment into private industries like the auto makers and health care. The GM bailouts bailed on the retired teachers and police officers of Indiana, whose pension funds were robbed to pay off union supporters. Obamacare has turned into a careless train wreck forcing employers to cut hours and pushing insurance carriers out of the healthcare business altogether.
“I am leading a coalition in the House of Representatives that is focused on reducing the risk posed by climate change.
Climate change is a hyped-up amalgam of pseudo-science. From the thirty thousand PhDs and college instructors (and growing) who dispute the severity of rising temperatures, to the unprecedented cold snaps this year, the argument about climate change is merely a change of argument to distract voters from pressing issues, issues which Waxman has only made worse.
“I feel the same way about my efforts to make sure the landmark health reform law is implemented in the best possible way. . .
The law is impacting families, alright, negatively. Small businesses are still filing lawsuits to enjoin the employer mandate. The House of Representatives, in respect to the will of the voters, have voted repeatedly to repeal the misguided, distorted, gargantuan legislation. Waxman claims to have a grasp on the details of the issues. Ha! He did not know the basic laws regulating steroid abuse in baseball. He has instigated no serious investigations into the wasted misuse of the Brentwood VA, where private firms are operating on land designed exclusively for the care of our veterans, thousands of whom wander the streets sick and homeless.
He did not know the key components of his own Cap and Trade Bill, about which then ranking Chairman Fred Upton (R-Texas) propositioned him. He attempted to shove a three hundred page amendment on the same bill at the last minute. During a terse Congressional Budget Committee hearing, Waxman declared that he did not even know that General Motors went bankrupt.
“I am dismayed that partisanship in Washington. . .When President Obama was elected. . .
“When President Obama was elected” – the current President is the source of the hyperpartisanship in Washington. Obama (and Waxman) has one agenda: an aggressive, Progressive expansion of the state, which will endanger the United States’ standing in the world as well as the preeminence of the United States Constitution. If Republicans and conservative Democrats are willing to stop the Obama-juggernaut, then the voters are willing supports. An unprecedented 53% of voters want Obamacare repealed. They share concerns about the decline of American prominence in the world, and at home. An unprecedented five terrorist attacks have occurred on American soil under the Obama Administration, as well.
“Virtually every measure I have sponsored and worked to enact has been the result of a bipartisan effort. . .
Waxman is reliving glory days of the past. Instead of celebrating that no one will smell cigarette smoke on an airplane, when will he provide tents and immediate care for homeless veterans in Los Angeles?
“In fact, the only major law that I have worked on that lacked Republican support was the Affordable Care Act, which will bring immense benefits to the nation, Los Angeles and my district.”
Waxman apparently does not read the Los Angeles Times (then again, who does?) There is nothing beneficial about a 2,500 page law and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations following which will micromanage doctors, ration care, and restrict access with higher costs and greater regulatory burdens, A retired teacher in my district had four doctors in one month because each professional chose retirement over reading and writhing through the reams of Obamacare regulations.
The unions which supported Obama are now demanding waivers from the same health care law. Part-time employment has become the norm for hourly workers, as their employers cannot afford.
Waxman’s record on bipartisanship in the last five years is minimal and disgraceful. His health care law passed with a bare majority, and a significant minority of Democrats opposed the law, along with every Republican in Congress. He claimed that Democrats could lose seats in order to pass the legislation, as well. His hyperpartisanship has actually hurt his own party as much as any comity in Washington.
“Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail.”
Congressman Henry Waxman will see me on the campaign trail, all right.
Please visit “Waxman Watch” (waxmanwatch.blogspot.com) for more information.