#12 Representative Henry Waxman, It is time to go!
Congressman Henry Waxman (Dem) was elected to Congress in 1974. He is up for re-election in 2010.
There are volumes about this man and what he has done in the government since 1974. I will attempt to touch on the most salient points, as I found him to be one of many “blights” we are seeing in the American government today. Representative Waxman has moved residence 3 different times in his career and has been elected in three different voting districts. He has sponsored 149 bills in his career and 6 have passed. The primary watchdog groups in the country have rated him as being consistently far left in his views.
Representative Waxman has worked with the Apollo Institute to generate the Cap N Trade Bill. People reported on the ideas of the Apollo Group for economic recovery and Cap N Trade as far back as 2003. Evidence can be found of this. The bills that were passed by the Congress are almost identical to the left wing lobbyist ideas to be found on the Apollo Institute website.
Who is the Apollo Institute? They are an organization made up of various unions in the country and other special interest groups gathered under the umbrella of Apollo Institute. One of the many left wing financial supporters Apollo Institute is the Joyce Foundation. This is the group often associated with trying to get rid of the people’s right to bear arms. There are numerous known Marxists and Socialists who support the Institute. The Apollo Institute claims to be a non-profit and is owned by the Tides Corporation. These are the people who produced the indoctrination video that was purchased by over 7,000 schools. The film taught the children that capitalism is bad for the people of America. Do you know who will benefit from the Cap N Trade Bill that was designed primarily by the Apollo Institute? Their board members consist of people who own heavy interests in alternative energy companies and in companies that produce the components for solar energy. The majority of their members are the 17 largest unions in the country and the major lobbyists in the US.
There are two obvious questions to ask. What is in it for all the unions? What is their real end goal in getting their goals accomplished? What did they get out of the American Recovery Act and what will they get from the Cap N Trade? What was in it for Representative Henry Waxman to do their bidding on two major pieces of legislation (Healthcare bill HR3200 before Congress and the Cap N Trade Bill)?
The small business groups have rated Congressman Waxman in the lower percentile groups throughout his career. He does not favor small entrepreneurial enterprises in his legislative votes. Clearly his allegiance is to the labor groups and lobbyists if one looks at his overall record on voting and his public speeches. The American Taxpayer group has rated his performance an F most recently and very low in prior years. Representative Waxman has voted to spend more money and grow government at every opportunity regardless of the state of the economy. The conglomerate of lobbyists and unions has the ear of Henry Waxman , more than the people of the United States.
He was a co-author of legislation that abolished mandatory retirement for Federal employees and raised the retirement age in the private sector from 65 to 70. Please note this increases the time an elderly person must work in most cases. It also does NOT apply to the politicians in the Congress, Senate, and Judiciary that govern all of us.
Representative Waxman voted against the proposed bill to withhold federal funds to ACORN. This organization is being investigated in 14 states for voter fraud. There have also been several covert films made recently that captured the ACORN people advising people on how to handle businesses with underage prostitutes. This man clearly has some kind of motivation to “protect” interests with ACORN.
In 2009, Rep. Waxman became Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Energy and Commerce Committee has principal responsibility for legislation and oversight in the areas of public health, consumer protection, food and drug safety, air quality, the environment, energy, telecommunications, and interstate and foreign commerce. After all the years of dubious associations, poor judgment, and lavish spending, can Henry Waxman be entrusted with such a powerful position in our legislature?
His allegiances aren’t in the best interest of the people, if you look at his entire record. There is no plausible explanation as to why he would choose to continue to give taxpayer money to an organization under investigation in so many states. Representative Waxman, you have been in office too long. It is time to go!
“If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.”
James Madison (Federalist No. 39)