|Congressman Mick Mulvaney|
Mick Mulvaney, who represents South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District, is the only Congressman I know of -- apart from Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield --who has told off LA Congressman Henry Waxman to his face. Henry "The Taxman" Waxman is running for reelection in the newly-drawn 33rd Congressional District, and from the moment I witnessed his blunt and unapologetic incompetence, I was motivated to get him out of office. Waxman has not run a real campaign every since he came to office, and for all intensive purposes, he does not live in his LA constituency, either.
Looking for more information to indict this long-term incumbent, I came across a YouTube clip from a June 1 budget committee hearing which featured South Calorina Congressman Mick Mulvaney. This guy just wiped the floor with Congressman Waxman, giving the former "Eliot Ness" of Oversight Committee fame a taste of his own medicine, all while exposing the waste and corruption which had gone unnoticed while bailiing out the auto industry in this country.
I never knew about the secured bond holders of Indiana, retired teachers and police officers, whose pension fund lost millions of dollars in order to help out GM, while Chrsyler, a private car manufacturer, went bankrupt.
When Mulvaney asked about the General Motors bailout, following its bankruptcy -- the second largest in American History, Mr. Waxman replied "I don't know."
I was astounded. This man wanted to run for reelection in my district, and not four months ago he admitted in open committee that he did not know whether GM went bankrupt or not. Like Mulvaney, I was surprised.
I loved how the South Carolina Congressman tore into Waxman, refusing to let him castigate the
"1 %" and play up the harships that labor unions face. Frequently, the Mulvaney slammed Waxman, even asserting "I'll ask the questions. It was like watching the CNN version of "Taming of the Shrew."
After watching that YouTube clip, I contacted Congressman Mulvaney's office in his home state and Washington. I was impressed that his staff were still quite knowledgeable about the heated exchange. I for one am glad that I could get in touch with someone on the other side of the country who cared about fiscal matters with an assiduousness sharper than sound bites and little cuts.
When I saw the YouTube clip of Congressman Mick Mulvaney tearing up Henry Waxman over the auto bailouts, I knew that a new generation of Congressmen were rising up to take down the Old Guard of party bosses and machine politicians who feel that they can choose their voters instead of the other way around. I was glad to see a new legislator stand up to the old. I was surprised that this exchange eviscerating Waxman had received so little press. I hope that my sharing my appreciation for the South Carolina Congressman will bring more attention to his aspiring skill while also exposing the declining competence of the formerly formidable Henry Waxman.
Mulvaney is a Tea Party personality not afraid to fight for real cuts, yet who also carry on a civil conversation with the liberal establishment, including Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews. He stood up to the Reverend without being irreverent. He was not afraid to give credit where credit was due. Indeed, the last time that this country had a balanced budget, it was under a Democratic President. The spending spree that is bleeding this country dry falls on both Democrats and Republicans, both of whom have hidden under bipartisanship to push more spending, higher deficits, and a growing national debt.
Not afraid to fault the Bush Administration, Mulvaney cares about the spending that is ending this country, and he supported the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill that would hold everyone accountable. He is willing to discuss cutting military spending and "willing to put everything on the table." He does not shy away from tackling entitlements, even complimenting President Obama for revealing -- albeit, unintentionally -- that balanced budgets require entitlement reform.
Congressman Mick Mulvaney would be a great senator for the Palmetto State, replacing weak-tea conservative Lindsey Graham, who has spent more time working across the aisle on issues that continue this country down the tubes of tax-and-spend statism. Mulvaney is bipartisan without bypassing spending increases as "compromise" -- he stands up to his party by demanding that they live up and live out the principles of limited government and fiscal discipline.
Mick Mulvaney is the Man -- Mulvaney for US Senate 2014! I wish Congressman Mulvaney all the best.