Blog | Henry Waxman: Consistently Incompetent

Congressman Henry Waxman has more than made the case for his record of consistent incompetence.

Despite the nearly 2-to-1 Democratic advantage in the newly-drawn 33rd Congressional District, 28 percent of the voting public in this district has declined to state any party preference.

With the other 28 percent of registered Republicans, Independent candidate Bill Bloomfield commands a sporting change of taking the district, as he should. Waxman’s 38 years in Congress have dulled his sense of accountability to the voters whom he is called to represent. I also do not believe that every Democrat will automatically cast a vote for Henry Waxman, whose politics of confrontation and controversy have caused more harm than good.

Originally, I was not very interested in the race. As far as I was concerned, I would just as well resign myself to a Democratic candidate who will likely win the election. Before the primary, Easy Reader News reported on the then upcoming Congressional Election. I was offended by his arrogant attitude, reported in the Easy Reader:

Waxman admitted he hasn’t campaigned much yet in the South Bay – the seasoned politician is certain he’ll finish first in June – and is still acquainting himself with issues pertaining to this new group of constituents. “I’m still trying to figure out what needs to be done and where I can help,” Waxman, 72, said over the phone on Monday.

The June 6 Primary results dismissed the status quo cynicism which discouraged me and many open-minded yet independent voters. Henry Waxman only took in 45 percent of the vote, indicating he was in big trouble. Waxman has lost half his constituency with the redistricting effort that took place following the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, indicating that the new district contains a new registration one half of which is completely new to him.

Then in a recent letter to The Beach Reporter, a resident of the beach cities informed readers that Congressman Waxman demonstrated an inexcusable incompetence regarding the basic steroid laws in this country. 

I have shared before about Henry Waxman’s ineffective public service documented in "Bigger, Faster, Stronger." Not only did he have no basic knowledge of the basic steroid laws in this country, he could not account for the $15 million dollars which was allocated by the Bush Administration for steroid education. And this man was conducting Oversight Committee hearings on steroid abuse in Major League Baseball during that time!

A quick check on YouTube exposes some other disturbing lapses in judgment by Congressman Waxman.

Consider this clip, showcasing the-Chairman Waxman overseeing the mark-up of his Cap-and-Trade legislation. The chief architect of the job-killing, over-regulating Cap and Trade legislation admitted in open committee that he had no idea what was in his own bill! Ranking member Joe Barton pressed Waxman notwithstanding his professed lack of knowledge about his own bill. Waxman’s blatant ignorance cannot be ignored.

Yet that’s not all. During the final floor vote for Waxman-Markey, the Los Angeles Congressman attempted to cram a 300-page amendment into the bill at the last minute. Waxman was offended that then-Minority Leader John Beohner demanded that Congress take more than a mere five hours on the expansive Cap and Trade Bill and the last-minute 300 page amendment.

“Don’t you think that the American people expect us to read to what is in this bill?” John Boehner demanded to every member of the chamber. Eventually, the bill passed on the slimmest of margins, 219-212.

Waxman despised the perceived lack of parliamentary order, yet a year earlier, he nearly threw another member out of Committee because he demanded that all members, including the chairman, pursue regular order

Congressman Waxman’s more recent remarks on the national debt are more startling. Currently, as a ranking member of the House Energy Committee, Waxman declared "We're Not Broke". This nation is facing a $16 trillion dollar national debt, and  Waxman’s answer is “We’re not broke!” 

Yet the most disturbing lack of awareness, lack of judgment, or brazen unpreparedness on the part of Henry Waxman took place in a budget committee hearing in 2012: Chrysler and GM both went bankrupt despite the massive bailouts secured by the Obama Administration, yet apparently Mr. Waxman was unaware of both, a remarkable lack of awareness considering that GM was the second largest bankruptcy in US History. What’s worse, while Chrysler went bankrupt, receiving no bailout from the Obama Administration, union-backed General Motors received a substantial bailout, in which secured bond-holders—members of the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Police Pension Fund—did not receive bankruptcy protection, as the money in those funds was transferred to help out GM. 

Whether discussing the basic elements of his Oversight committee hearings, the details of his own legislation, or his lack of preparation or decorum on key matters which affect the American people, Congressman Henry Waxman has more than made the case for his record of consistent incompetence.

The Santa Monica Bay deserves better. Vote for Bill Bloomfield for the 33rd!

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ProfessorG August 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Since when did the Westwood-Century City Patch become Fox News? Please stick to the news and the facts. They're important enough with out somebody's spin or agenda.
David Parker August 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Throw the bum out. Waxman is a disgrace.
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Arthur Christopher Schaper August 29, 2012 at 01:16 AM
To the voters of the 33rd -- from Palos Verdes to Malibu. . . Please visit "Waxman Watch" -- waxmanwatch.blogspot.com for more information. End the 38-year reign of Henry Waxman. Bill Bloomfield for the 33rd!
Another WorldView August 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Yeah... Good LUCK, with that!!! If we're "BROKE" - how come the Republicans in Congress refuse to cut our OFFENSIVE Military Budget? Why is it that the poorest and most vulnerable amongst us, our infrastructre, and our schools, have always got to take the hits, with you folk? We've been "Broke" since 1933, at least. Since we're talking about fiat currency anyways - what does the size of the deficit, or National Debt really matter. Is someone going to try and 'Repo' The World's pre-eminent military power? Bill Bloomfield doesn't even have the courage to call himself what he is and has always been - a right-wing Republican. How do you go from chairing campaigns for Cheney/Bush and McCain/Palin - to being an "independent", anyway? He seems like a slick salesman to me. As for Mr. Schaper - he is a constant agigitator for far-right causes, as anyone who reads the letters sections of our smaller local papers may recall. As a "resident" of Torrance, he can only be an 'honorary' member of the Venice HATERs club, as his anti-UnHoused/pro Venice StockHolders Ass. letter to the Argonaut, from some months back, will attest.
Susan Kraus August 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Boo. I like congressman Waxman. Over the years he has consistently voted the way I would have if I were in his shoes. He gets MY vote again.
Monica Bey August 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
If someone has a different opinion than you, that makes them Fox News?
Monica Bey August 29, 2012 at 03:40 PM
To Another WorldView - a, duh, we are "broke" ... maybe you need to read more about the true state of the country. Yes, we are Greece!
Another WorldView August 30, 2012 at 09:47 AM
And since the US dollar represents not "Credit" but "Debt" (to the principals behind the Federal Reserve - and has since at least 1933) - why is it that this has now become a crisis for Republicans to wring their hands and demand action over? Could it be that the goal expressed by Grover Norquist all those years ago (of reducing the Federal Government to the size where it could be drowned in a bathtub), is the end game for the past profligate spending of the Bush Administration; what with their un-budgeted wars and 'black budget' military spending abroad, and domestic spending directed as tax-cuts for the Uber-rich, and the occasional graft-like "no-bid" "cost-plus" contract for their allies and campaign contributors? With the Republicans, having wasted Trillions themselves - now the money that Obama and the Dems are spending to reverse the tide of jobs losses, and make needed capital improvements (you know, crumbling bridges and roads, etc.), is somehow an example of their "tax and spend" exuberance? We're hardly Greece. But if we'd let GM fail - we'd be a little bit closer.
Carolyn Katzin August 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Congressman Waxman is an exceptionally adept politician. I have watched him in action on the floor of the House with awe. He has single handedly done more for tobacco control than any other elected official which saves lives including many right here in his constituency. He makes himself personally available to his constituents both in DC and locally. We are truly fortunate to have this wonderful man as our representative.
Susan Kraus August 30, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thank you. I agree.
Arthur Christopher Schaper August 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I respect the fact that he "led the charge" on Tobacco use and AIDS-Awareness. But many other people have pitched in on those issues, with greater results. Private activism is more effective. And all off that was years ago. In the past five years, Waxman has gone after steroid use -- for what purpose?, and he had not the slightest knolwedge about legal use. In 2009, he pushed Cap and Trade, which would only put a Cap on Trade, while only negligibly helping the environment (according to an MIT report) Waxman and the world watched it die in the Democratically-controlled Senate. What a waste of time! The man does not even live in Los Angeles anymore! 38 years is enough!
Brenda Barnes September 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I agree that Waxman is an adept, honest, effective, and representative politician. I worked for his election in the late 70s or early 80s, when he was new. He has for 28 years responded to every letter I send him with what may be a form letter--I understand that--but at least it is on the subject of what I wrote about, which many politicians can't manage. The South Bay is filled with conservative whites--I lived there until I could not bear their insufferable entitlement attitudes any more--so it's too bad they are in our district now, but unless they come up with someone with a proven record better than Waxman, I think he is right that he is assured the election. Thank goodness. We don't need any more obstructionists in Congress..
peter betts September 06, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Waxman knows a LOT about many issues and has helped correct many injustices to people and the environment. If this bothers some of the people doing the injustice, they need to grow up.
Brenda Barnes September 06, 2012 at 08:08 PM
It sounds like a real axe-grinding on steroids, not anything about overall competence. I can't figure out from the ranting here what he had wrong on steroids, so maybe some facts rather than ranting would help both Waxman and the rest of us. For now, going after steroids appears to be the right thing to do, just as going after tobacco and anti-AIDS attitudes and actions were the right things to do when they were cutting-edge issues. Pointing out Waxman is once again in the leadership role states what is good about him. That other people helped is always going to be the fact, and again, nothing against Waxman. No one accomplishes anything alone--haven't you heard?
HearyehHearyeh February 19, 2013 at 04:06 PM
@ Monica Bay sorry for being so late to this discussion but I couldn't help but contribute. In the blog, the author states that Chrysler took no money from the Obama administration. Did he mean Ford. To the best of the research I did, Chrysler took 7 billion in bail out funds. Truly the "big three" paved their own way to this point and we consumers helped by buying cars that were not in the best interest of our economy.
JohnCySmith.com February 19, 2013 at 07:03 PM
No politician is perfect, nor will you agree with them 100% of the time. Congressman Waxman has done so much good for Southern California. Period.
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 20, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Waxman says "I don't know!" about steroids when he is conducting wasteful hearings on steroid abuse in baseball (among other inane issues of investigation). . . He says "I don't know" about the raid of pension funds for retired teachers and police officers in Indiana to pay for the Detroit autobailouts. . . He says "I'm sorry Solyndra happened!" (one of nineteen green tech firms which failed taking down billions of taxpayer dollars) yet votes against the "No More Solyndras" Act. . . Waxman says: "We're not broke!" twice in open committee. ($16 trillion national debt. . . He spends thirty-eight years not providing proper oversight and protection for the Brentwood VA and our homeless veterans. . . He votes against tax cuts for working class and middle class Americans. . . He shuts down citizens critical of his record in "open forums". . . He blocked the Subway to the Sea for decades. . . He says "We're waiting for the adults to show up in Washington", yet he does not act like one: he badgers and bullyies colleagues. . . He wasted months pushing "Cap and Trade" , which would put a cap on trade. He pushed a health insurance mandate which has caused premiums to go up, access to go down, and imposes a hefty tax on working Americans. . . Waxman has NOT "done so much good for Southern Californians". Please visit waxmanwatch.blogspot.com For more information on the bad, the very bad, and the ugly of Congressman Henry Waxman.
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 20, 2013 at 02:07 AM
"As for Mr. Schaper - he is a constant agigitator for far-right causes, as anyone who reads the letters sections of our smaller local papers may recall. As a "resident" of Torrance, he can only be an 'honorary' member of the Venice HATERs club, as his anti-UnHoused/pro Venice StockHolders Ass. letter to the Argonaut, from some months back, will attest." This response is engaged in unrepentant slander. I wrote that poverty is a curse, and that people who are homeless need help, not just a handout, and their poverty should not be acclaimed as "artistic." Consider the massive homeless veteran population in the Santa Monica Bay, a population which Congressman Waxman is responsible for, since his district has included the Brentwood VA for decades, yet thousands remain homeless, ill, distressed, discontented, and in dire need.
Tim Sole February 20, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I know nothing about politics, what I do know, it's not meant to be a life long job. It's time Waxman and is merry band of extremists go away. We need jobs now, and I mean jobs, unemployment rate at 4% to 5%, not his 7% to 9%, that he calls progress. Vote Tim Sole for US Congress........


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