Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), for the first time in years, doesn’t like the subpoena power of the Congress.
“I am a strong supporter of congressional oversight, and I respect and support the Committee’s right to seek information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But I do not believe your oversight powers justify going on fishing expeditions or making extensive requests for internal e-mails and other communications where there is no evidence of waste, fraud, or abuse of any kind.”
Coming from Waxman, that line about fishing expeditions is nothing short of hilarious. During his two years in the chair now occupied by Upton, Waxman was Quick-Draw McGraw in demanding documents, issuing subpoenas and dragooning witnesses, particularly if doing so resulted in embarrassment for Republicans, Fortune 500 CEOs, oil companies, or public utilities. In his new role as ranking minority member, Waxman told Upton that he couldn’t understand why the chairman would ask the Department of Health and Human Services for so many documents on Obamacare waivers: “In the absence of any evidence of misconduct, asking for this much information for 222 waivers appears to be either another fishing expedition or an attempt to bog down the agency with excessive document requests.”
Seriously. This sort of thing just cracks me up. When he was in power, he would subpoena anybody or anything. Remember when Caterpillar and John Deere announced that Obamacare was going to cause them to issues a one time cost of several million on their books? This is the clown who subpoenaed and called their CEO’s to Washington.
I have no doubt that he doesn’t like it now that the shoe is on the other food but couldn’t he at least show a modicum of intellectual honesty and self control? After all, isn’t hypocrisy the mother of all mortal sins for the left?