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Henry ‘the Hammer’ Waxman Shows Issa Who’s Boss

Posted on May 21, 2008
Issa and Waxman

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson got the oversight chairman’s blood going by refusing to answer a straightforward question, but it was fellow Congressman Darrell Issa who sent Waxman’s gavel flying. The best part about being chairman is you get to say: “I will have you physically removed from this meeting if you don’t stop.”

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By felicity smith, May 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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If Rove does not answer the subpoena of a congressional committee, he can, according to the Constitution, be ‘jailed’ in the basement of the House indefinitely - meaning until he agrees to answer the subpoena I imagine - but maybe forever?

Perhaps the first step to Congress recapturing its constitutional clout was Waxman’s threat to remove nut-case from the room.  Next step?  We’re waiting Congress.

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By RickinSF, May 23, 2008 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment

Poor Darrell Issa, too dirty to become Calif. governor after spearheading the recall of Gray Davis, now reduced to being the “designated decoy” for the Oversight Committee.

Seeing him punked by Waxman was satisfying, but he still managed to deflect the line of inquiry. Mission accomplished.

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By BobZ, May 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

Issa is a embarrassment to California. I would hate to have him representing my district. Even in blue states like California, we have these pockets of conservatism that elect idiots like Issa.

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By nrobi, May 23, 2008 at 6:07 am Link to this comment

Even to a person that is not familiar with the rules of the House,  Rep. Issa, was an extremely rude and disrespectful person.  To say, that a person, cannot answer a straightforward question, because, “I have regular meetings and discussions with the Executive Branch of the government including the President,” is obfuscation at best and deception and lying at worst.  I for one, am appalled at the lack of respect that the Executive Branch has shown the Legislative Branch of government for the past 16 years, yes including the tenure of Pres. William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. In following the political scene over the course of time, there has been a degradation of the power and respect that is given the House and Senate, and also within the House and Senate, there is a total lack of respect for the rules and collegiality of both houses of the Legislative Branch.  In years gone by, there was never the rancor and wrath, that is now being displayed by the Republicans and Democrats towards each other.  Should this behaviour continue, there will eventually come a split that can never be mended between the parties and we, the people will see the results of this rancorous and awful behaviour.  We must seek out people for the House and Senate who, are able to see the other side and work with those who have differing opinions.  It is imperative in this time of global crises, to have people who have the ability to work as a team, on both sides of the aisle, therefore, we must elect those who are capable of respect and have the ability to compromise, not their beliefs, but their small minded agendas for the greater good and the good of all mankind. This cannot happen with most of the current crop of representatives and senators.  This is truly a sad and onerous time, not only for this country but the world as a whole, when the most powerful nation on the earth cannot complete the people’s business because of the complete and total partisanship shown by the members of the Legislative Branch of our government. In the coming election, my advice for what it is worth, look for those who can work with the other person, on the other side of the aisle, without regard to their race, creed, color, agenda, or whatever form of absolute power is necessary for them. Change must happen, it cannot be put off any longer, we, the people, must demand change in the form of respect, for not only those of our own kind but those who are different and hold differing values and belief systems from those of ourselves.

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By colbert2422, May 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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I also have no problems with speed. I have 500 speed cable. ISPs are notoriously filtering transmissions. and have to be prime suspects unless proved otherwise.


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By coach777b, May 22, 2008 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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The fact that the EPA Administrator refused to answer a direct question, put to him by a Representative of the people was made worse by the attempt by Rep. Issa to run interference. He and his cohorts have been obstructing this committee from Day One. When they are successful in their obstruction, they run to the press and complain about how the “Democrat” majority is doing nothing. I am hoping that the coming election will awaken voters to get rid of these criminals. I can only hope.

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By August West, May 22, 2008 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

The problem is less likely with the site than your machine.  Try defragmenting your disk, clearing out your temporary internet files and tempoorary files, deleting tracking cookies, etc.  You also might not have enough RAM.  I’m no computer expert but I have no problems accessing this site.

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By Eric L. Prentis, May 22, 2008 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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Hurray for Rep. Henry Waxman! President Bush treats the members in his administration as adversaries of the American people which has to stop. Where does the EPA Administrator get off not answering a direct question about the US environment from the people’s representative. Time to fix this by legislation and fines for administrators who do not tell the American people what they need to know.

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By Edgardo Scian, May 22, 2008 at 5:03 am Link to this comment
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There is no difference between the behavior of the EPA administrator and Alberto Gonzalez - former AG-
They do not know, they do not recall, the answers are evasive, and so on.
What are they hiding? Why they think we are so stupid would not understand?
They treat us as kindergarden kids but without the respect

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By Russ, May 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment
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Waxman was asking a simple yes or no question.  It seems fair to me that he should be able to demand either a yes or no answer, or an assertion of executive priviledge (which is what Johnson in effect claimed) or hold him in contempt of congress. (can he do that??)

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By samosamo, May 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

Several points if I can keep my memory open.
this web site
Waxman is a bright spark in the dungeons of dark of the seat of our national capital. He is trying to pry the truth out of the criminals that are subverting our country. The BS answers this clown was acting like he was answering is par for the course for the liability of these crooks. Until there is punative measures for not answering questions then expect more talking out of the side of the neocon’s face in these hearing. But keep it up Henry we need to keep some pressure on these creeps.
And with the deep pool of crap the republicans are in and their unabashed acts of acting like they are running the government honestly and earnestly, I just wish there were some real proceedings to make these people speak the truth or spend a LOT of time in jail and have to pay really large fines for subverting the investigations and the oversight. We have to try to get to the bottom of everything that has been done by these neocon’s to shred our government and financially break this country.
Senator Bird has my vote of confidence as he has at least tried and said to an empty hall in the senate to tell the other crack head neocons that they are killing this government and country. But I am not a Kennedy fan at all. JFK and Robert were OK but still they were not angels, the the whole Kennedy klan is a poster child for crooks gaining a fortune and then using their ill gotten gains to slip into the halls of power to protect their sorry asses and keep their money which sends the evil signal to a lot of people that is doesn’t matter how you get your money because once you get enough, billions and billions, then you own and control the government. Just like the bushshits. These people really need to be in jail if not executed.
And last, this web site. I cannot understand it. I have dsl 1.5 meg speed and it takes 3 minutes or more to get into the site. And when I log on it takes another 2 to 3 minutes to get into my part of the site. This is just too slow and I believe I will just stop coming here because I did not get 1.5 meg dsl to take as long as it did with dial up to get in this sight even though it would take no telling how long to get in on dial up now.

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By kalitos, May 21, 2008 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment

This sort of thing happens all too often, where there are no defined answers and nothing realy gets done on the subject at hand.

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By thefrustratedteacher, May 21, 2008 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

Watch Uncle Henry and learn.  Notice how Issa simply STFU?  Yummy!

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By troublesum, May 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

This is how it should be.  The New World Order:  republicans keeping their mouths firmly shut.

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By jbart, May 21, 2008 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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Why can’t our congressional committees get straight answers from our Gov’t officials? Perhaps they should continue the hammering until they are “forced” to fall back to “Executive Priviledge” or the “Fifth” reply. I have seen multiple examples, over the last decade or so, that we cannot get any satisfaction from the acceptance of the “beuracracy-speak” crap. Why are THEY, as a constantly (and consistantly) repeated non-response” machine, being permitted to avoid being “tied down” to an answer to perfectively legitimate questions.  Transparency in Gov’t?  Indeed !!

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By cyrena, May 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

I love Henry!! I just wish he had banged that gavel over Issa’s head, as if he had a spare, he should have just thrown it at Stephen Johnson.

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