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Congress' New Commerce Chief
Forbes ^ | 11/20/2008 | Brian Wingfield,

Posted on 11/22/2008 1:05:11 AM PST by bruinbirdman

By a vote of 137-22 among Democrats in the House of Representatives Thursday, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., ousted Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., as the chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.

Waxman's victory is a seismic event on Capitol Hill, as he has unseated one of the most powerful members of Congress, who since 1981 has been the top Democrat on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee. But it was not entirely unexpected. Wednesday, the party's panel that votes on committee chairmanships gave Waxman the nod by a 25-22 vote.

However, it's also a signal that Democrats are looking for a slate of leaders that is less likely to clash with President-elect Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on energy and climate issues.

"A Waxman win changes the character of House Democrats' views toward coal and cars, the two principal sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. economy," says Kevin Book, an energy analyst with FBR Capital Markets (nasdaq: FBCM).

No word yet from Detroit, but the Big Three can't be thrilled. During the debate over last year's energy bill, which modified fuel economy standards, Pelosi was forced to work out a compromise with Dingell to pass the bill. Dingell's critics have often claimed that if he weren't the committee's chairman, fuel economy standards would have been raised long ago, though it should be noted that Republicans could have done the same thing when they controlled the committee from 1994 to 2006.

GM and Ford were also among Dingell's top seven contributors, each providing the Michigan Democrat with $13,000 during the 2008 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

On the environmental issues, Waxman, by contrast, has favored strict cuts on greenhouse gas emissions.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2008; dingell; obama; obamaregime; obamatransitionfile; waxman

1 posted on 11/22/2008 1:05:12 AM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman
I hope voters remember what they did and what is about to happen to all of us. We are getting poorer by the day and these idiots are doing their best to accelerate that. Historians are going to really wonder how this supposedly enlightened time sacrificed themselves on the alter of mythical man made global warming.
2 posted on 11/22/2008 1:12:15 AM PST by DB
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To: bruinbirdman

Brought to you by a party that wants “card check” but votes in their party leaders in secret.


3 posted on 11/22/2008 1:13:23 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: bruinbirdman

Yeah, them “Blue Dog Democrats” sure have put the brakes on the Democrats screaming leftward tilt.


4 posted on 11/22/2008 1:21:43 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (All hail the Obamasiah! Kneel before Obamohammad!)
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To: bruinbirdman
"However, it's also a signal that Democrats are looking for a slate of leaders that is less likely to clash with President-elect Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on energy and climate issues. "

It's more a sign that the Rats are going full-tilt left as fast as they can. Waxman makes my skin crawl for some reason, even more than most of the Socialist Mafia.

5 posted on 11/22/2008 2:19:42 AM PST by calenel (The Democratic Party is a Criminal Enterprise. It is the Socialist Mafia.)
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To: bruinbirdman

you might know but many others might not, Waxman is like a mob boss in L.A. in the fact that he ran unopposed this time. That’s right. No Repubilcan ran against him. All you had to pick from the ballot was Waxman’s name. How this guy ever became so powerful is beyond me.


6 posted on 11/22/2008 2:20:46 AM PST by MAD-AS-HELL (How does one win over terrorists? KILL them with UNKINDNESS)
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To: DB

Democrats are not in Congress to help the American people prosper. They are there to RULE the American people. They never cared a sh** about you, your well being, your country’s well being, all they ever cared about is their ability to RULE over you, and of course fly around in their huge taxpayer paid for airplanes looking down on the little people.


7 posted on 11/22/2008 2:26:22 AM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: bruinbirdman; All

"Funny how Dems elected a guy to chair Energy and Commerce who opposes both."

"So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted." - Barack Obama

Meet Rep.Henry Waxman of Beverly Hills

Posted by Kate at 10:28 AM | Comments (17)

8 posted on 11/22/2008 2:33:18 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: bruinbirdman
This is obviously a guy who was picked on and bullied as a child and he's now looking for payback.
9 posted on 11/22/2008 2:55:02 AM PST by jsh3180
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To: calenel
“It's more a sign that the Rats are going full-tilt left as fast as they can.”

This is definatlely something to be worried about. Throughout Bush's 2 terms, we never heard the end of it from the left wingers how Bush was going to implement tyranny, blah blah blah. We won't hear a peep from these concerned civil rights activists when the Obama’s brown shirts take to the streets.

10 posted on 11/22/2008 3:28:46 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot (Socialism is the cancer of humanity.)
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To: Iowa Granny
On the environmental issues, Waxman, by contrast, has favored strict cuts on greenhouse gas emissions.

In case you hadn't read about this. Ping.

11 posted on 11/22/2008 3:45:42 AM PST by prairiebreeze ( Our troops DESERVE BETTER than Barack Hussein Obama!!)
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To: jsh3180

The Uber-Nerd announces that it’s payback time for all those tall guys at the top of the corporate ladder.

And Heaven help the rest of us.


12 posted on 11/22/2008 4:16:51 AM PST by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My cartridges are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: prairiebreeze

YeeGads!

GC are here right now, I’ll come back and read it later.


13 posted on 11/22/2008 5:03:59 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: jsh3180

I wondered how he got that glitter all over his bald head. It's glued on with ti++ie sweat. That little wascal. (:^|))

14 posted on 11/22/2008 5:06:19 AM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: DB
I hope voters remember what they did and what is about to happen to all of us.

Blame the GOP for putting up such poor candidates, and having such a terrible president.

15 posted on 11/22/2008 5:14:01 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: bruinbirdman
It all spells a perfect storm of environmental extremist control of government. Business — and their employees, who may be victims of layoffs — better batten down the hatches.

Screw the Demohacks and the messiah. Move business offshore..well not Five Guys Burgers and Fries. They can stay.

16 posted on 11/22/2008 5:17:37 AM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: Moonman62
NO. Blame the MSM and the idiots who get their news there. You've seen the films of the idiots who voted Obama. They are clueless. They do whatever is popular and they were told it's the "in" thing to vote for the great Obama.

They don't even know what they voted for. They'll find out.

17 posted on 11/22/2008 5:18:12 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

If W was a halfway decent president, and McCain a halfway decent candidate, then Obama wouldn’t have won in spite of media bias.


18 posted on 11/22/2008 5:29:59 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62
President Bush is more than a half way decent president and McCain is a heck of a lot better than Hussein.

You do not know that some other candidate would have won.

We have an ignorant electorate that follow the crowd. Voter fraud is rampant.

Illegal immigrants contribute to the fraud.

It is interesting that last night Kondracke was pointing out that Republicans are not reaching out to Latinos. That is laughable considering how pro-immigrant was McCain.

Everyone has answers. There are those who say Republicans were not conservative enough and there are those who say Republicans are too conservative. Everyone is an expert.

19 posted on 11/22/2008 5:40:37 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
It is interesting that last night Kondracke was pointing out that Republicans are not reaching out to Latinos. That is laughable considering how pro-immigrant was McCain.

Thanks for making my point. The GOP tried to outspend and out-pander the Democrats. If they want to win, they have to be pro-America, pro-Americans, and come up with the best ideas for the country, like they did under Reagan and in 1994.

Keep blaming the people for this (Carter's strategy) and the GOP will never win again.

20 posted on 11/22/2008 6:08:00 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

You have a more positive view of voters than I. We do not have Obama because of a well informed electorate.


21 posted on 11/22/2008 6:23:42 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Sometimes I think we are all the victims of some cosmic psychology experiment designed to show that sufficient advertising can persuade people to do anything, even if it is not in their best interests. I am continually flabbergasted by the level of stupidity of the general public. Not just in voting, but in everything.


22 posted on 11/22/2008 6:45:47 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: generally
Right. A friend and I were theorizing on what we have to do to win elections. We've decided we need to concentrate on college students as we need new voters.

That means beer, bands and food.

23 posted on 11/22/2008 7:13:32 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Maybe it also means we can’t run a candidate in his 70’s.

I think we need to find someone younger and more appealing to the younger voters. The older, wiser contingent can fill his/her cabinet and give advice. (You don’t really think Obama makes any of his own decisions, do you?)


24 posted on 11/22/2008 7:20:21 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: generally
I can play a role in this effort to convert young people. I'm a greatgrandmother with gray hair. I can go around and thank all these youngsters for paying for my healthcare, my social security. I also get my senior citizen discounts which means they have to pay more the take up the slack.

If the young people ever get this figured out, they'll stop voting Democrat.

Once my grandson called to tell me he just voted Democrat (he didn't). I then thanked him for volunteering to take care of me.

Most of my grandkids are die-hard conservatives. They see through it. Unfortunately, I have one who doesn't.

25 posted on 11/22/2008 7:26:08 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: bruinbirdman

say goodbye to offshore drilling


26 posted on 11/22/2008 8:52:09 AM PST by hamburglar (The result of spreading the wealth around is spreading unemployment around.)
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To: bruinbirdman

By a vote of 137-22 among Democrats in the House of Representatives to send in the clowns.


27 posted on 11/22/2008 9:16:21 AM PST by Vaduz
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