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Friday, April 16, 2010

The unbearable lightness of Henry Waxman

Since Henry Waxman saw the light and realized it would be a very bad idea to call in companies and grill them over fulfilling their legal requirements about announcing that they would have to cut drug benefits for retired workers or have a huge new expense, the California Democrat has some time on his hands to meddle in things that are none of Congress's business.

First Waxman was mad at businesses for honestly reporting the effect of ObamaCare on their bottom line. But it was probably pointed out to him that the companies were required by law to report such things, he canceled the threatening hearing he had called to have the CEOs come in be browbeaten by the Democrats.
House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) late yesterday canceled a hearing scheduled for next week designed to intimidate businesses for following the law and immediately reporting the devastating impact of Obamacare to their bottom line.

It appears Democrats don’t understand the implications of the legislation they’re passing. It would probably help if they read the massive bills before passing them.

The last thing Democrats need to do right now is call more attention to the disastrous consequences of Obamacare -- intended or otherwise. Looks like Waxman’s figured at least that part out.
So what is Waxman getting busy with now? He's worried about baseball players who chew tobacco.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is calling on Major League Baseball to ban the use of smokeless tobacco.

During a hearing on Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman cited statistics from a 2004 study by Harvard University showing how in one game of the 2004 World Series, chewing tobacco received $6.4 million worth of free advertising. Waxman said that kind of advertising leads to to many teenagers becoming addicted to nicotine.
Well, Waxman's efforts to insert government into every aspect of life is running up against another Democratic cause - that of supporting labor. Apparently, Major League Baseball can't ban the use of smokeless tobacco without the agreement of the players' union.
Robert Manfred, an executive vice president for the MLB, said that banning smokeless tobacco would require negotiations with the players union.

Manfred said, “Like drug testing, the regulation of player use of tobacco products is a mandatory subject of collective bargaining with the players association. Not even the most ardent critics of smokeless tobacco use as a public health matter would argue that it compromises the competitive integrity of the game in a manner analogous to perfomance-enhancing substances."
Let's see - in a conflict between the Democrats' desire to be the government nanny for everyone and their support for unions, who will win?


Tacitus Voltaire said...

the unbearable lightness of the tea bag movement:

the "massive" culminating rally yesterday that was supposed to demonstrate the "overwhelming" popular will:

A day earlier organizers downplayed expectations, saying only about 5,000 to 10,000 people were expected to show up because they have encouraged people across the country to cultivate protests in their hometowns.

The crowd at the earlier of two rallies scheduled for Thursday was not a huge one by Washington, D.C., standards, coming in at about 3,000 to 4,000 people.


The Guardian, Monday 17 February 2003 02.01 GMT

Last night's protest in San Francisco was the last in a weekend of American mass demonstrations.

In New York on Saturday organisers counted 400,000 demonstrators who, forbidden by a court order from marching, rallied within sight of the United Nations amid heavy security. They were joined by the South African archbishop Desmond Tutu, and actors Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover.

also, look up "teabonics" - the popular new term for the unusually spelling and syntax challenged teabaggistas

:-) :-) :-)

Pat Patterson said...

And as usual TV botched his link and didn't notice that at the same time his feel good numbers were being touted The Guardian also released a brief article on how these claims are unreliable. The Guardian quotes one source, the police, as saying that numbers could range downwards to almost 10% of what the organizers claimed.

And TV didn't notice that there was another election in 2004 and the numbers that counted returned GWB for another term.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

pat looks for a nit that he hopes will make the main point go away

count on him to demonstrate this avoidance technique every time

Tacitus Voltaire said...

here are some links to a number of sites displaying the amusing new "teabonics" dialect

extra points if you can understand why the spelling or syntax is flawed in each of them)

(cue pat complaining that all the links are "broken". pat, you need to get better connectivity...)

Tacitus Voltaire said...

And TV didn't notice that there was another election in 2004 and the numbers that counted returned GWB for another term.

and the teabag turnout, at no better than one tenth but perhaps only one hundreth of the anti-war rallies, bids fair to have even less effect on the next election

equitus said...

A TV hasn't a clue regarding the decentralized nature of the tea party movement. While he gloats at the smallish number in DC, he's unaware there were several more gatherings at the same time in the SFBay area alone.

Spare us your ignorance. You've beclowned yourself too many times here.

tfhr said...

Tacitus Vulgair,

How do you expect to carry on a civil debate over any point if you insist on twisting your deviant sexual proclivities into the commentary? What you and Anderson Cooper hold in common should be kept private.

Meet the Tea Party movement on the points and try to refrain from your frequent habit of sick name calling. It will make you appear as if you are at least willing (and capable) to educate yourself on the issues. Thus far you've shown here that you are vulgar and exert yourself only in the effort to marginalize those with whom you disagree politically.

Go back and look at the very first line of this thread - the very first line - and ask yourself why we should consider you anything but vulgar. Nobody here has thrown a term like that at you. Where are your manners? Do you talk like that around your children or your mother? Maybe you do.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

refrain from your frequent habit

i think it's a shame how this plague of political correctness has been insinuating itself into every corner of public discourse

tfhr said...


You're waxing incoherent. Again.
I guess your incoherency is the perfect compliment to your use of disgusting and deviant sexual references to insult people that dare to disagree with your politics.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

You're waxing

and you're waxing wroth


as groucho marx said, "why don't you give roth a break and wax him for a change?"

Tacitus Voltaire said...

pity poor tfhr and equitus

it's the old story - they can dish it out, but they can't take it

Pat Patterson said...

Poor TV, can't cite, can't quote and most unforgiveably butchers one of Groucho's great lines from Horse Feathers as Professor Wagstaff. “Is Roth here too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for a while.”

Tacitus Voltaire said...

“Is Roth here too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for a while.”

yes, you are correct, pat - i did indeed "unforgivably butcher" this joke

thanks sincerely for the correction

tfhr said...

Teabag Voltaire,

Just what is it that you're "dishing out"?