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Bryan Preston

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January 30, 2014 - 9:40 am

Let’s make a bipartisan point here: 40 years in Congress is just too long.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry A. Waxman, whose legislative record has made him one of the country’s most influential liberal lawmakers for four decades, announced Thursday that he will retire from his Westside seat, the latest in a wave of departures that is remaking the state’s long-stable congressional delegation.

During a congressional career that began when Gerald R. Ford was president, Waxman became one of the Democratic Party’s most prolific and savvy legislators, focusing on issues related to healthcare and the environment. He played a central role — sometimes over opposition within his own party — in passing laws that dramatically cut air pollution, helped reduce smoking, expanded Medicaid coverage for the poor, reduced pesticides in food, made generic drugs more widely available, helped AIDS patients, promoted the development of drugs for rare diseases and improved federal regulation of nursing homes.

Waxman also helped grow the government to its current gargantuan proportions. That’s what most media regard as a “successful” legislator — not keeping government off citizens’ backs and preserving individual liberty, but growing it and growing it and growing it, whether we need it or can afford it or not.

The media frequently praised Waxman during the W years for investigating that administration, but consistently rips Rep. Darrell Issa for investigating the Obama administration.

Among Rep. Waxman’s greatest hits, a claim that the North Pole was “starting to evaporate.” That’s right up there with Rep. Hank Johnson’s fear that Guam would “capsize.” Neither is possible, but if it were, there’s not a lot that any government could do about it.

During a congressional Obamacare hearing in 2013, Waxman also declared that insurance companies selling private plans to customers who choose to buy those plans is an “abuse” that Obamacare would remedy. What Obamacare has actually done is replace some of those “abusive” plans with more expensive plans that carry higher deductibles.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Henry Waxman is an unrepentant statist, notably ignorant, and suffering from a micro intellect. He, and Maxine Waters, constitute the business end of a curse on L.A. voters.

God riddance to bad rubbish!
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Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off. Wax off, off, off, off . . . . .
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Henry saw what happened to fellow liberal Fortney and decided to quit rather than get defeated.

While the new California election system hasn't helped Republicans that much it has served to help get rid of Democrat dinosaurs like Stark and nor Waxman. Might Pelosi be next?
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Bury him in a round coffin so we can kick it all the way to the graveyard. And don't forget to drill tiny holes around it so the maggots can stick their heads out and vomit.
26 weeks ago
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Dracula's ugly older brother is retiring? About 50 years too late considering all the damage he's done. Drive a stake through his heart before he changes his mind.
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This probably won't display worth beans...

I wonder who is going to sleep hanging upside down in the House cloakroom now.— Hugo Hackenbush (@MangyLover) January 30, 2014 [https://twitter.com/MangyLover/statuses/428937428200464385]
26 weeks ago
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Gee, I always pictured him sleeping during the day in a coffin filled with Transylvanian earth...
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And Marianne Williamson, New Age Spiritual Guru to Oprah (amongst others), is running for his seat. Priceless!

Almost as much fun as the gubernatorial carnival when Gray Davis was recalled. Oy vey! God bless you guys... thinking good thoughts and routing for some sanity from 3,000 miles away.
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Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hall-eh-lu jah!!!!

Be gone ancient critter and take your creaky old pals with you please :-)
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And that nose!
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Henry Waxman is an unrepentant statist, notably ignorant, and suffering from a micro intellect. He, and Maxine Waters, constitute the business end of a curse on L.A. voters.

God riddance to bad rubbish!
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Yup yup on that!
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That's my rep, Henry Waxmoustache!

He had already attracted at least two primary opponents.
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