To any voters and residents of the CA-33rd Congressional District who live in Bethesda, MD or in and around that part of the country:
My name is Arthur Christopher Schaper, a resident of Torrance, CA, and a constituent in the newly-drawn 33rd Congressional District, which takes in the entire Santa Monica Bay, from Rancho Palos Verdes (a part of the old 44th Congressional District, presented by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher) to the beach cities (part of the old 36th represented by Democrat Janice Hahn) all the way to Malibu and Agoura Hills, currently represented by Congressman Henry Waxman.
Residents of Bethesda, Maryland may find it strange, even obtrusive, to receive a post from a California resident, but I am informing every person who lives in the greater Los Angeles area but works in he Washington D.C. area to help spread the word about the record and the rhetoric of Congressman Henry Waxman, a 38-year fixture in Washington who never had to campaign for office in his more than three decades in office.
From the day he was elected in 1974, along with the reform class which included Congressman George Miller of Northern California, Waxman has brought an ultra-liberal agenda to Washington, a record which was never checked or balanced by a watchful citizenry, in large part because the California state legislature created safe districts for long-standing incumbents like Congressman Waxman. Since arriving Washington, Waxman took up residence in Maryland, just outside of D.C., and no longer does he own a home in his LA district.
Some of Waxman's earlier accomplishments include amendments to the Clean Water Act, the Ryan White Act dealing with AIDS, as well as the Safer Drinking Water Act. These legislative efforts had their impact, but he authored these bills many years ago, and now he refuses to run on his record against Independent Challenger Bill Bloomfield of Manhattan Beach.
Over the past five years, Waxman has had a record of diminishing competence buttressed by a lack of accountability. In 2008, when he was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Waxman chose to investigate steroid abuse in baseball, which led to as series of hearings which resulted in very little legislation or support, besides implicating Roger Clemens in perjury charges, from which he was later cleared. The most telling, and disturbing, element about these hearing came forth in a documentary entitled "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" about steroids in major league sports. When the constituent filming the documentary confronted Congressman Waxman about steroid laws and money earmarked for steroid education, the Congressman glibly remarked, "I don't know!"
He also said "I don't know" when a ranking member asked the Congressman, who served as chairman of the Energy Committee, about one portion of his own Cap and Trade Bill. The LA Congressman admitted in open committee that he did not know the details of his own bill! Waxman also appeared befuddled a year later about the contents of his other signature legislation, ObamaCare. A majority of voters still oppose ObamaCare, a law which raids Medicare by $716 billion, raises premiums and razes access. Major businesses are already planning to off-load their employees from their health insurance programs, preferring to pay the mandate fee/tax.
Earlier this year, Waxman admitted that he did not even know that GM went bankrupt in 2009!
Also this year, Congressman Waxman expressed mild regret about the failure of federally subsidized Solyndra, stating '"I'm sorry!" Strangely enough, he voted "No!" on the "No More Solyndras" Act passed by the House later this year.
Yet the most disconcerting admission, both showcasing his unseriousness and lack of accountability, occurred in February 2011, when he declared in open committee "We're Not Broke!" even though this country is now facing a sixteen trillion dollar deficit.
These three phrases define the record and rhetoric of Congressman Henry Waxman: "I don't know!" "I'm sorry!" and "We're Not Broke!"
I wanted to ask the Congressman why he felt that he deserved another term in office, yet at an "open forum" in Redondo Beach, Waxman and the host for the forum refused to let me ask a question. Even after I protested to the host in private and raise my hand a second time, I was refused. Understandably, Congressman Waxman does not any prospective voter in the 33rd Congressional District learning about his waning competence in Congress, aside from his hyperpartisanship and ill-behavior toward his colleagues.
Congressman Henry Waxman wants to represent a new district, yet he has a record of "unaware" and "unaccountable" which is unacceptable. He does not even live in the LA area anymore.
Independent Bill Bloomfield is a life-long Southern California resident who has refused to take party dollars or special interest donations. Bloomfield has led electoral reform efforts in California, including Open Primaries and a Citizens' Redistricting Commission. A co-founder of No Labels and bold supporter of a Twelve Point reform plan, Bloomfield is a fiscal conservative and social moderate concered about the future of this country and our relationship with the state of Israel.
Bill Bloomfield knows a lot, will not apologize, and refuses to settle for a broke and bankrupt America. Unlike Congressman Waxman, the voters know where Bill is and where he stands.
Please visit waxmanwatch.blogspot.com for more information.
Vote for Bill Bloomfield for the 33rd Congressional District.