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Has Henry Waxman driven around his district lately?

Welcome Instapundit Readers!  While here, you might enjoy my speculations about the New York Governor’s Reaganite rhetoric and the House Speaker’s potential for greatness.

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.

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  1. At least DiFi is laid up for a while and can’t do any damage.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — January 6, 2011 @ 1:47 am - January 6, 2011

  2. Waxman is incapable of making the connection. Like all progressives, he sees Government as invariably benign and business as invariably malignant. (The comments by our progressive Auntie’s and others deomonstrate this truism.) Therefore, in his mind, if businesses are closing, it’s because they are greedy and evil and want people to be out of work. He doesn’t much care because businessmen are not his constituents.

    Comment by V the K — January 6, 2011 @ 6:00 am - January 6, 2011

  3. I have no sympathy for Californians who keep electing this nimrod to office; they get the government they deserve. From the last election, they have learned nothing. California will have to go into default to perhaps see the light.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — January 6, 2011 @ 10:20 am - January 6, 2011

  4. Waxman seems to operate along the luciferian principle of it being better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven. As long as his trembling digit is in every pie, he doesn’t care how small said pie is.

    Comment by Jeffersonian — January 6, 2011 @ 11:05 am - January 6, 2011

  5. Maybe if Mr. Waxman walked down Melrose, he might understand the real-world consequences of his policies.

    He’d only notice the weather.

    Comment by Blacque Jacques Shellacque — January 6, 2011 @ 11:15 am - January 6, 2011

  6. Waxman–like every other so-called progressive–only has excuses for the miserable failures of his policies. The typical excuse is “we just didn’t do enough (taxing, spending, regulating, investigating)”. Their belief in ever-greater government is religious as well as self-serving. It is just a coincidence that granting more power to government means granting more power to the likes of Waxman.

    And, never forget, that our betters NEVER have to live by the laws and regulations they impose upon the peasants. Taxes? Ask Wrangel. State regulations? Ask Obama.

    Comment by MikeT — January 6, 2011 @ 11:24 am - January 6, 2011

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  8. Haven’t you assumed he cares?

    Is there any evidence, aside from his speech, that he does?

    Comment by John W. — January 6, 2011 @ 11:27 am - January 6, 2011

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  10. Has Henry Waxman driven around his district lately?

    No. He is driven …… from mansion to mansion.

    However, he does drive the common man around the bend.

    Comment by Heliotrope — January 6, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - January 6, 2011

  11. Boy do I hate the “Welcome Instapundit Readers” things.

    Comment by Mick Langan — January 6, 2011 @ 12:03 pm - January 6, 2011

  12. Waxman does not have to worry about his constituents because anybody who actually WORKS (for other than the gov) and anybody who OWNS a business, has already been driven out of his district. Only the leftie parasites who love him are left. The entire state has been completely taken over by leftists, as was clearly proven when they reelected Gov Moonbeam, Sen Boxer, and the leftie idiot state legislature.

    When CA was a conservative/libertarian state, and Reagan was governor, they were the most prosperous and innovative state in the nation, but are now a leftist hellhole with no hope left, similar to the scenes in Atlass Shrugged. They will not change until the state goes completely broke, and only then if the fed gov refuses to bail them out. At that point, when the leftie parasites in the governing class, the overpaid state workers and overpaid state worker pensioners, and their parasitic handout recipients, have run out of other peoples money to steal, and they face starvation, they will run to other states that still have taxpayers to steal from. Then perhaps CA policies will finally change, and the state will start to attract taxpayers again.

    I feel some pity for any real working or business people still left in CA, but have only one word for them, leave now, while you still have something left to take with you. If they do not, they are idiots, and I cannot feel pity for idiots.

    Comment by richard40 — January 6, 2011 @ 12:04 pm - January 6, 2011

  13. Oh Please! Everyone knows it’s the evil Republican and racist Tea party’s fault!

    Comment by Sonicfrog — January 6, 2011 @ 12:13 pm - January 6, 2011

  14. Echoing John W., I’ve sort of watched Waxman once I became aware of his malign influence on the national stage (one account said no one was more responsible for incremental increases in the size of the welfare state) and I’ve always read he has little positive interest in affairs in his district; it would seem he has bigger fish to fry (the list of awful proposals and laws too long to touch on here).

    I don’t see any reason why that would change, in the 2010 Republican wave election he was only dragged down from his normal 71% to a 65% victory. With margins that high he’s not particularly a beneficiary of gerrymandering (which gives your opponents huge margins so that you can win more districts with lower margins) so whatever happens this cycle is unlikely to change things.

    Ah well; hopefully we can keep him as a Ranking Member until he has to retire (he’s one of only 3 remaining from the big Watergate 1975 freshman class).

    Comment by Lina Inverse — January 6, 2011 @ 12:14 pm - January 6, 2011

  15. Waxman does not give a rat’s patootie about “his district.”

    It is all about money from his brain-dead corrupt leftist sponsors and his moron Progressive Agenda.

    Comment by ed — January 6, 2011 @ 12:19 pm - January 6, 2011

  16. Henry Waxman knows exactly what is happening in his district and he is quite happy for it. Socialism is all about impoverishment for control. He can’t control elites so he prefers o drive them out and impoverish the rest.

    Comment by almiller — January 6, 2011 @ 12:24 pm - January 6, 2011

  17. People like Waxman who call themselves ‘democrats’ are riding on the coat tails of people like Harry Truman and JFK who actually liked and loved this country. These so called democrats are something else all together, they have caused more damage than any enemy that this country has ever fought, just look what they have done to the Central Valley of California for instance. The agribusiness was once our largest industry but because of the Waxman’s it has been devastated, in the worlds economies California was ranked 7th in the World, no more. The so called democrats, Progressives and communists have ruined the “Golden State” and its now akin to the hovels of the 3rd World. It’s the Henry Waxman’s that has created the hovel of something that was once admired and emulated, Waxman is a leftist political thug who believes in the State and not the People and is a danger to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The 535 is the problem, term limits in just 2 more years.

    Comment by Ron Nord — January 6, 2011 @ 12:41 pm - January 6, 2011

  18. I’ve been faithfully voting against Henry Waxman every 2 years since I came back to town 16 years ago. Unfortunately, my district (California 30th Congressional District) encompass Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and the West Los Angeles as well as the entire Southern half of the San Fernando Valley. I have more chance of winning the lottery than voting him out.

    Comment by BigFire — January 6, 2011 @ 12:59 pm - January 6, 2011

  19. Waxman is like any other brain-dead modern liberal Democrat; everything negative that happens is someone else’s fault. He’s just like his leader, Barack Obama, king of the buck-passers.

    Comment by Buck O'Fama — January 6, 2011 @ 1:18 pm - January 6, 2011

  20. I’ve been following Waxman in the context of trying to get the Consumer Product Safety “Improvement” Act fixed. Basically, Waxman’s philosophy is that if the process of crafting the legislation is perfect, then the legislation must be perfect. Of course, his definition of “perfect” consists almost entirely of listening to the lobbyists for every group he agrees with. He flat-out refused to allow his committee to consider ANY changes to CPSIA, including merely extending the deadlines by a few months. He papered over the objections of businesses and the Consumer Product Safety Commission by saying that he’d already heard from all the “stakeholders” (evidently anyone who found out about the law after it was a fait accompli was, ipso facto, not a “stakeholder”). He wrote a whole book about how proud he is of this method of writing legislation.

    This guy is a piece of work and if it were within my capacity to do so, you’d better believe I’d be putting in 40 hours a week in the other guy’s campaign office.

    Comment by Wacky Hermit — January 6, 2011 @ 1:21 pm - January 6, 2011

  21. As far as I can tell, the Republican party doesn’t even try to unseat Waxman. In 2008 he ran completely unopposed. In 2010, he ran against someone for whom I never saw so much as a billboard. Waxman doesn’t even have to run ads or send out mailers.
    It’s pathetic.

    Comment by MayBee — January 6, 2011 @ 1:24 pm - January 6, 2011

  22. Perhaps it’s time for Waxman and those of his ilk to receive visitations from the ghosts of economies past, present and future. Barring that, a good swift boot to the head might work.

    Comment by joated — January 6, 2011 @ 1:49 pm - January 6, 2011

  23. I actually met Waxman in Washington when I visited DC with my two young daughters some years back. We showed up at his office unannounced and he came out to say hello. They still remember the meeting, mainly because of his appearance: “Daddy, he looks like a rat!” Appearances can be deceiving, I told them… but not always.
    I live in West Los Angeles and I too have been frustrated by the lack of alternatives to Waxman at election times. But when I think about the attitudes and beliefs of my white upper-middle class friends here, nearly all of whom describe themselves as “progressive,” I know there is little hope of change. They have truly drunk the Kool-Aid. They believe that unless we add more environmental regulations here, their children will have a bleak future. They believe that more handouts and programs for the “poor” mean they are caring people, not like those greedy selfish Republicans. They also believe the unions should be supported because they are so important in protecting the cherished (but nearly vanished) ‘California lifestyle’ for working class folks.
    Some say rioting is to be expected here soon as many benefits and other goodies are on the chopping block from lack of funds; but I expect my progressive friends will undoubtedly blame it on the corporations who are too greedy and refuse to hire more workers. It’s all quite comical, but I find it hard to laugh…

    Comment by David Maurer — January 6, 2011 @ 5:16 pm - January 6, 2011

  24. Why does a Congressional district that includes Hollywood keep re-electing the ugliest man in Congress?

    The guy is living proof that Porky Pig did it with a fruit bat.

    Comment by Dork Lungfish — January 6, 2011 @ 5:27 pm - January 6, 2011

  25. I’m with you, MayBee. Unfortunately, too many members of Congress are in the situation where the election is just a formality.

    Comment by Jim Michaud — January 6, 2011 @ 7:42 pm - January 6, 2011

  26. I used to live in Waxman’s district. I doubt that he’ll ever be beat by a Republican candidate, too many liberals in the district. I’ve since moved to Northern CA and have a Republican congressional representative. At least now I no longer feel like I have taxation w/o representation.

    Comment by CardioNP — January 7, 2011 @ 3:06 am - January 7, 2011

  27. #24 – Well, it just goes to prove the old adage: “Politics is show business for ugly people.”

    And why do the majority of Dhimmicrat politicians seem to look as if they crawled out from under a rock or something? I don’t get it.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — January 7, 2011 @ 12:48 pm - January 7, 2011

  28. He is from Beverly Hills.

    Of course he would not notice the damage while driving down Rodeo Drive.

    Comment by Michael Ejercito — January 8, 2011 @ 9:15 pm - January 8, 2011

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