Worst Salesman of the Year: Rep. Henry Waxman

Any good salesperson will tell you — knowing when to sell something is as important as knowing how or where to sell something. On this point, Rep. Henry Waxman wins the Worst Salesman of the Year Award:

The chairman of a key House committee said Thursday he will move “quickly and decisively” to push legislation curbing greenhouse gases with a goal of passing climate legislation out of his committee before Memorial Day.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., opening the new Congress’ first hearing on the threats from global warming, said inaction on the climate issue is causing uncertainties that make it more difficult to emerge from the recession.

I read the dire warming warning of Rep. Waxman mere seconds after looking at the current temperature here in mid-Michigan as of 9:30 a.m.:


In their haste to frighten the public so they can further plunge their pilfering arms shoulder-deep into the public trough, the global warming bunch is being mocked around the hypothermic country. I’ve heard sarcasm from folks at least twice so far today, one whose lips were stuck to a can of Diet Coke: “Gotta love this global warming!” (actually he said “gotha loff thith nobble narning” but you get the point)

Somebody like Henry Waxman must have invented the “wind chill” reading, such as is displayed on the above temperature reading. “Sure, there’s the actual temperature — but here’s what it feels like.” Liberals have “wind chilled” the nation with so much “feels like” that too few people are capable of recognizing “actual” anymore.

That aside, trying to freak people out about global warming right now is like going up to somebody who hasn’t eaten in three days and trying to frighten him with a pizza.

Global warming is a baseball season product. It must be peddled in the summer if it’s going to be successfully sold to people who think that summer was never warm until the invention of the internal combustion engine. Pushing global warming on people while their fingers are so blue they could be hand-models for Smurf jewelry isn’t just a bad idea — it’s incompetent business management. And these are the people who are going to save the auto industry?

Ah, but here’s where I’m making a mistake. I’m studying socialism under a free market microscope. The problem is that Henry Waxman is in government, and they don’t live by the same sales rules that the private sector businessperson must live under. If you won’t buy the product their peddling, they can make you buy it, no matter when, why, how or where. This is why Congress can’t understand why businesses fail. Heck, Congress fails every single day and they get rewarded for it, so what’s the problem, Wall Street?

Of course, “global warming” isn’t a “product” per se — it’s an abstract tool — an excuse to steal from you for your own good. Maybe the thinking of pushing global warming legislation when a good portion of the country is in cryogenic freeze is that we won’t feel our pockets being picked when our butt cheeks are numb. So, from a government perspective, Henry Waxman is a great salesman — it’s just that, in my book, he’s still the worst.

Author: Doug Powers

Doug Powers is a writer, editor and commentator covering news of the day from a conservative viewpoint with an occasional shot of irreverence and a chaser of snark. Townhall Media writer/editor. MichelleMalkin.com alum. Bowling novice. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan. Contact: WriteDoug@Live.com.