Columnist Susan Cloke of The Santa Monica Mirror recently dressed up an article praising the current Democratic political class of the Santa Monica Bay. The article, “Giving Politics A Good Name: Henry Waxman And Betsy Butler” cloaks the record, rhetoric, and ridicule of liberal Congressman Henry Waxman in a fit of fulsome praise which takes liberties with the truth.
Cloke claims: “When people talk about Congressman Henry Waxman we hear words like, ‘relentless, effective, hard working, caring, dedicated, smart, and savvy.’”
Waxman opposed the Subway to the Sea for decades, a move which would have decreased the toll of Wilshire traffic on or health and environment. That choice was neither smart nor savvy.
The Congressman ignored the plight of thousands of homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area, allowing the Brentwood VA to be leased out to private interests for “sharing agreements”.The revenue from those agreements with those same companies have yielded none of the profits toward renovating the property for the veterans to live on. This record is not caring
ObamaCare, a law which Waxman worked on and championed throughout its passage, is a tax which will crush working families while increasing the cost of premiums and diminishing access. In fact, the rise in costs, plus the twenty new taxes, have discouraged job growth, hammered home owners, and forced more layoffs. This is not effective.
The Clean Water act has twice been struck down by the Supreme Court because of vague statutes or the onerous burdens established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Henry Waxman has plenty of time on the House Oversight and Energy Committees to amend the law, yet he did nothing. This is not relentless.
Three phrases define the tenure of Congressman Waxman:“I don’t know”; “I’m sorry”; and “We’re not broke.” This record does not revel a “hard-working” Congressman.
Waxman’s wandering tenure is the witness for why Congress either needs term limits or needs a more active and enlightened citizenry exposing the arrogant ignorance of legislators who get elected, move to Washington, and never look back.
“Now we see through a glass darkly”: no phrase better describes the myopic praise of The Santa Monica Mirror for Henry Waxman. There is no mirror more distorted and obscured than Ms. Cloke’s praise, whose skewed view on Henry Waxman is both laughable and lamentable.
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End the Reign of Henry Waxman. Bill Bloomfield for the 33rd!