Maxine Waters (D-CA), during an inquisition of oil companies that took place in The House, uttered these prophetic words:
“And guess what this liberal would be all about. This liberal will be about socializing … uh, um. … Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies. …”
Brava, Maxine Waters. With the election of Barack Obama, your words have taken on an eerily truthful tone. Spoken back in May of 2008, as Maxine Waters traded words with John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil, we can all look back on that day and wonder aloud, “What in the world is this woman doing in an American Congress? She sounds more like she should be on Hugo Chavez’s staff.” Truly, Maxine Waters is a Democrat among Democrats, and she eclipses normal, rational thought with statements like this. Nothing against the great State of California, but I really must say that when the rest of America thinks you guys are nuts, we are referring directly to your Representatives like Maxine Waters. Just an observation, not an accusation.
Washington has long been a breeding ground for politicians getting too big for their britches, forgetting their oath to The Constitution, and falling prey to corruptions and temptations of all varieties, be they sex, money, prestige, power, or promised votes. Our news outlets exist primarily to shine a light onto these failings, and gossip tabloids thrive under such ripe pickings. As Don Henley has said, “We need dirty laundry.” In the spirit of such endeavors, I would like to take a closer and more intimate look at Maxine Waters, and some of the troubles she has faced, or created, take your pick.
Maxine has had her share of ethics issues. Politico reported back in 2009 that she and Laura Richardson (D-CA) were both facing an ethics investigation stemming from a possible leak of an internal panel document winding up in the hands of the Washington Post. Oops. We also have a 2004 investigation from the Los Angeles Times looking into why family members of Maxine earned over $1 million in the previous 8 years, from companies and causes Maxine herself had supported. Her response to the LA Times was, “They do their business, and I do mine.” Nice.
However, the Times was not done with Maxine. In 2009, she came under fire because “of her husband’s ties to a bank that received federal bailout funds.” This time around, Maxine refused to comment. It brings to mind the saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt.”
Which brings us to this point: During a meeting of the House Committee on Financial Services, Maxine asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a question that even CBS News had to comment upon. Essentially she wondered aloud that if Bernanke raised the Federal Funds rate, wouldn’t that also raise mortgage rates? After sitting on this Committee for 20 years, you’d think she would have that one down by now.
Perhaps Maxine should have paid closer attention to the silent/speak saying I mentioned earlier.
As a Democrat who represents the inner-city of LA, Maxine has some thoughts on said inner-city.
“I’ve been in this struggle for many years now. I understand racism. I understand that there are a lot of people in this country who don’t care about the problems of the inner city. We have to fight every day that we get up for every little thing that we get. And so I keep struggling.”
She keeps struggling. I wonder when the last time was that Maxine went to bed hungry, only to be awakened by the sound of gunshots in the night. Note the direct relationship between inner-city and racism. Now check this one out.
“Policy, for the most part, has been made by white people in America, not by people of color. And they have tended to take care of those things that they think are important. Whether it’s their agricultural subsidies, or other kinds of expenditures that are certainly not expenditures for poor people or for people of color. And so we have to band together and keep fighting back.”
Maxine equates agricultural subsidies with something that “people of color” cannot use. Is it that she wants us to believe all “people of color”, and poor people, live in the inner-city and white people are farmers? And lastly, allow me to leave you with this.
“I don’t see white police officers slamming the heads of little white boys into police cars.”
Oh, Maxine. You’re right. It’s all a secret plot to make sure that no white police officer ever slams the head of a little white boy. Wow. You broke the story. You exposed the evils of white police officers in LA. I’m so glad you represent them and not the police in my small town. So glad.
Michelle Malkin had this to say about Miss Maxine.
Oh, Maxine Waters. We love ya.