The Congressman who brought you the colossal waste of money that was the Big Tobacco hearings is back! Rep. Henry Waxman is the chair of the Government Reform Committee and he’s got a lot on his agenda. (Note to people: when you have a government reform committee, the last thing it’s going to want to do is reform government. It would be like a committee in a university made up of faculty called the Faculty Work Commitment Committee. They are principally invested in making sure the rules seem like they apply to them but they don’t really apply to them.)
So Henry’s having problems. His problem? Where to waste your tax dollars first:
The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration’s running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue.
There’s the response to Hurricane Katrina, government contracting in Iraq and on homeland security, political interference in regulatory decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and allegations of war profiteering, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything,” Waxman said Friday, three days after his party’s capture of Congress put him in line to chair the panel. “The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose.”
“I can’t wait to be bipartisan about all this screwing of Republicans I’m about to do! I’m so excited!”
I don’t know what will be worse. The continuous presence of Waxman in the news again, the endless investigations into minutia, or the Republicans who will shoulder up with him to blame Global Warming, Hurricane Katrina, Al-Queda, the Yucutan Meteorite Impact, and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs on Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and anyone with an R after their name.