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Maxine Waters to face trial for ethics violations

July 31, 2010

  Maxine “we’ll nationalize the oil companies” Waters is the latest Democrat to face a trial by the House Ethics Committee– joining Charlie Rangel on the “swamp” list.

  Yesterday a House Ethics sub-committee was set to unveil the charges against her, but she chose to move towards a trial instead of cutting a deal so the release of the charges has been delayed. The charges will probably be announced at some point next week.

  Maxine Waters is a member of the Financial Services Committee– how she was able to hold onto her position on the committee while the investigation was underway is beyond me– and she has been accused of using her position on the committee to help a small bank, in which her husband is a shareholder, in an attempt to get federal aid by arranging a meeting between federal regulators and the bank, without ever disclosing that her husband was a shareholder and former board member.

  The Congressional Black Caucus– of which both Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel are members– has come out swinging against the  Office of Congressional Ethics (this office decides which ethics complaints to bring to the Ethics Committee and which to drop), claiming that the office is ” unfairly and disproportionately” targeting them and has too much power; they have begun to work on legislation which would cut down their influence.

  Isn’t that a typical response? Instead of bringing to justice the people who have wronged the American people, the Congressional Black Caucus yells racism and decides the answer to cutting down on ethics violations is to look into fewer allegations.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. The Georgia Yankee permalink
    July 31, 2010 8:59 am

    Steve, it’s (unfortunately) a normal human response. When a group, organized or disorganized, sees its members being picked off like this, it moves to protect the group, and one way is to disarm the aggressor. The medical industry’s been engaged for a long time is the exact same tactic, called “tort reform.”

    It’s just bombast and bluster. If they wanted credibility on the issue, they should have spoken up when Tom DeLay was chased out of the House.

    As to Maxine, I’m not sure it could have happened to a more deserving MC. I know it’s personal, but she’s always just rubbed me the wrong way, and I’ve never liked the radical sound of her rhetoric. I think that those with the radical-sounding rhetoric are, underneath it all, just as caught up in the sense of elitist entitlement that afflicts too many of our politicians.

    I’ve always liked Rangel and understand why so many others do, but when the party’s in such a tough fight, I cannot understand why so many politicians insist on the spectacle of a public trial which will do nothing to enhance the party’s image or help their chances in November. Just like “Wide Stance” Craig, they put their own interests ahead of those of nation and party. The fact that so many people who are so out of touch with reality are involved in formulating the policies that will guide our great nation is frightening.

    Hey, have a frabjous weekend and may God bless us all!


    • July 31, 2010 4:25 pm

      I’m with you, Yank. Couldn’t happen to a “nicer”, more deserving gal. Callooh, callay!


    • August 1, 2010 10:39 am

      In the end I believe that Maxine Water’s alleged violations are probably less severe tham are Charlie Rangels’s. She seems to have not properly disclosed information– either purposely or not– where Rangel has been scamming the tax laws that he writes for years.


  2. barbara paolucci permalink
    July 31, 2010 10:30 am

    Its about time!


  3. July 31, 2010 1:35 pm

    So let me see if I have this correct. They want to diminish the power of the office that is the watchdog of their ethical behavior while in office. Wow. Have they no shame?


  4. Margaret permalink
    July 31, 2010 5:35 pm

    Maxine Waters fighting against regulations for Fannie and Freddie


  5. July 31, 2010 6:13 pm

    Ya know, this just isn’t looking good for the Dems, but I’m fairly certain that if they did ANY serious digging at all, they would find grounds to place at least 75% of the House on trial for ethics violations.


  6. LD Jackson permalink
    August 1, 2010 3:48 pm

    I haven’t been keeping up with the allegations against Rangel and Waters, except only in passing. I will say this, however. Does it surprise anyone that the Congressional Black Caucus is claiming they are being “unfairly targeted”? That is a tactic they use any time they want to deflect the criticism that comes their way. I am shocked they haven’t called it racism by now.

    As a conservative and a Republican, I have been rather hard on some in our party for being so lax with their own ethics. We should be nothing less when it comes to the ethics of the Democrats.


    • August 1, 2010 9:40 pm

      They haven’t come right out and cried racism, but that is exactly what they are alluding to.


      • Deb permalink
        August 2, 2010 9:09 am

        Yeah, there has been cries of racism in Rangel’s case, and Obama has already given the death knell to his career with the “crazy old man” defense. I wonder if the Waters thing will get swept under the rug? I think Foxnews should play the “this liberal will be all about socializing the oil companies” clip ad nauseum…..


  7. March 12, 2012 3:52 pm

    Good post, Love it. Keep it up. Thanks again.



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