A Great Observation About Washington from (Duh) Henry Waxman

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Henry Waxman may try to eliminate Karl Roves from future White Houses. Why, he observes, should the presidential administration be able to use federal funds to pay a nakedly political staffer whose only job is to position the president for reelection? Congress isn’t allowed such luxuries. Waxman put it this way to The Hill:

“Why should we be using taxpayer dollars to have a person solely in charge of politics in the White House? Can you imagine the reaction if each member of Congress had a campaign person paid for with taxpayer dollars?”

Right on, brother.

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