Is my Congressman aware of the troubles small businesses are having setting up shop in Southern California — and the trouble those once-set-up shops have been having staying set up? Is he aware of the vacant storefronts on the once bustling commercial thoroughfares that transect his district?
Now that Republicans have regained the majority in the House, Waxman has lost his perch as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, giving him more time to return to Los Angeles and see the damage his policies (combined with those of overzealous California legislators) have wrought.
Under Waxman, Walter Olson writes, Waxman’s “committee was an unending source of ghastly new legislative proposals for regulatory manacles to be fastened on one or another sector of the economy , ideas that with any luck we may now be spared for the next two years.” (Via Instapundit.) And the regulatory manacles the California Democrat did succeed in fastening on the private sector have prevented entrepreneurs from keeping businesses open and creating new jobs.
Maybe if Mr. Waxman walked down Melrose, he might understand the real-world consequences of his policies. He doesn’t even need return to Southern California to get a picture of what things are like in the overregulated regions he represents. He could just google the unemployment figures for Los Angeles County.