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DENIZENS OF THE DC SWAMP - Profiles in Corruption

 
 
Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 10:09 am
Our first profile is of a woman who has been in public service for almost 40 years and member of the House of Representatives since 1991. she is the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and is a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

She is Maxine Waters

https://bossip.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/screen-shot-2017-03-28-at-11-06-13-pm.png?w=700&h=709

The photo above is the image Ms. Waters uses for her webpage. There are a lot of photos on the internet that depict her in very unflattering ways but I'm sure you can also find horrible pics of any any famous person, even the very good looking ones, so I'm not going resort to such a low tactic. Instead, here are some photos that let the real Maxine shine through.


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Here Maxine looks like the cat who ate the canary and why shouldn't she? She lives in a $4.3 million home in one of the wealthiest and whitest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. It also happens to be located outside of the district she represents and which is one of the poorest in LA and California.

When Tucker Carlson recently asked on his show how this public servant could afford to live buy such a home and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating it, she accused him of being a racist. It's a tactic Maxine uses quite frequently and it is her go-to defense whenever anyone criticizes her or any of her friends, family members or associates. Apparently there can be no reason why a conservative pundit might wonder how a liberal congresswoman can afford a multi-million dollar home, other than racisim.

Maxine over her long and illustrious career in public service has unfortunately been the victims of numerous racist sexists whose only possible reason for questioning or raising her involvement in numerous scandals and dubious deals can be that she is a black woman.

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According to (racist sexists) Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich writing in the Los Angeles Times in 2004, Maxine Waters' relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters had helped. They claimed she and her husband helped a company get government bond business, and her daughter Karen Waters and son Edward Waters have profited from her connections. Waters replied that "They do their business and I do mine."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Waters to its list of corrupt members of Congress in its 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 reports.

She was accused of using her position to prevail upon officials to meet with OneUnited Bank without disclosing that she and her husband had significant stock holdings in the company. Since she was on the Financial Services Committee she largely had the role of determining where TARP funds would go. $12 Million in TARP funds went to OneUnited without her ever disclosing that she had a financial stake at the company.

Citizens Against Government Waste named her the June 2009 Porker of the Month due to her intention to obtain an earmark for the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center.

In 2010, Waters came under investigation for ethics violations and was accused by a House panel of at least one ethics violation related to her efforts to help OneUnited Bank receive federal aid. Waters' husband is a stockholder and former director of OneUnited Bank and the bank's executives were major contributors to her campaigns. In September 2008, Waters arranged meetings between U.S. Treasury Department officials and OneUnited Bank, so that the bank could plead for federal cash. It had been heavily invested in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and its capital was "all but wiped out" after the U.S. government took them over. The bank received $12 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money. The matter was investigated by the House Ethics Committee, which charged her with violations of the House's ethics rules in 2010.
(emphasis added)

NOTE: The preceding was taken precisely as published from a Wikipedia article. The text here needs some editing as it jumps around and out of proper sequence; probably due to the way that Wikipedia articles are constructed and enhanced with time.

Both Citizens Against Government Waste and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington are non-profit organizations and therefore supposed to be non-partisan, however it is well known that CAGW is associated with conservative groups while CREW, on the other hand, is connected to liberal groups and activists. Maxine Waters is one of the rare few Democrats that CREW has targeted for investigation and criticism Now it's no surprise that CAGW is a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamaphobic and all around scummy organization, but who knew that CREW had been taken over by racists?

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It is amazing how many photos of Waters that can be found through a simple Google Image search depict her with a gaping mouth. Don't believe me? Check out

Maxine Waters

And if you want to narrow down the focus a bit.

Maxine Waters Open Mouth


In any case, there's a reason there are so many photos of her like these: She's forever flapping her gums

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On July 29, 1994, Waters came to public attention when she repeatedly interrupted a speech by Peter King (R-NY). The presiding officer, Carrie Meek (D-FL), classed her behaviour as "unruly and turbulent", and threatened to have the Sergeant at Arms present her with the Mace of the House of Representatives (the equivalent of a formal warning to desist). As of 2017, this is the most recent instance of the mace being employed in a disciplinary sense. Waters was eventually suspended from the house for the rest of the day. Waters felt King's questioning of Maggie Williams (Hillary Clinton's chief of staff) was too harsh...


Other words of wisdom from Mad Max:

The Rodney King Riots

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Waters described the riots as a rebellion, saying "If you call it a riot it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable."

“There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes ... They are not crooks.”


Castro & Cuba

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In 1998 Waters wrote a letter to Castro citing the 1960s and 1970s as “a sad and shameful chapter of our history,” and thanked Castro for providing help to those who needed to “flee political persecution.” In 1998, Waters wrote an open letter to Fidel Castro asking him not to extradite African-American activist and convicted murderer Assata Shakur.


The Tea Party
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"And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to Hell ... and I intend to help them get there."


Trump & Co

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In a 2017 discussion with MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes, Waters said President Trump's friends and advisors who have ties to Russia or have oil and gas interests are "a bunch of scumbags"


Truly, the personification of integrity, statesmanship, and good judgment!

Primary Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxine_Waters

To be fair: https://waters.house.gov/
 
maporsche
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 10:38 am
Will you do Mitch McConnel next? Please oh please!!

Here's an article to start with:
GOP rep. says McConnell is 'head of the swamp'
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/343889-gop-rep-says-mcconnell-is-head-of-the-swamp

And there are hundreds of pictures of him looking like a turtle. I know you said you didn't want to do unflattering photos, but I figured you changed your mind on that mid-post since there are several unflattering ones of MW.
maporsche
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 10:41 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
Maxine Waters definitely is a horrible swamp-person though.

She had one of those damned silver-spoons growing up too. I wonder if she had a refrigerator, damn cushy poor people and all their advantages in life.

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Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of 13 children reared by a single mother. She began working at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment factories and at the telephone company. She attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She began her career in public service as a teacher and a volunteer coordinator in the Head Start program.
maporsche
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 10:53 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
But really Finn....you know house prices in CA have skyrocketed over the last 40 years, that in part explains how she could afford a 4.3MM home.

Also, most people with an upper middle class dual income for over 40 years should be able to afford a 4.3MM home by the time they're almost 80's. I make low six-figures and my targets have me in line for more than that. Maxine Waters and her husband make significantly more than I do.

I'd actually be much more worried if she wasn't better at her personal finances. In fact, I've criticized Bernie Sanders for not being able to save more wealth than he has, given his decades of high income jobs.
layman
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 12:57 pm
Not sure why, but any time I see or think of Maxine Waters, I think of James Brown.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 01:58 pm
@maporsche,
maporsche wrote:

Will you do Mitch McConnel next? Please oh please!!

Here's an article to start with:
GOP rep. says McConnell is 'head of the swamp'
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/343889-gop-rep-says-mcconnell-is-head-of-the-swamp

And there are hundreds of pictures of him looking like a turtle. I know you said you didn't want to do unflattering photos, but I figured you changed your mind on that mid-post since there are several unflattering ones of MW.


You're more than welcome to contribute your own profile. McConnell would be a good one.

The photos of Maxine with her mouth wide open are, admittedly, not flattering, but there are much worse ones of her on the web. Half of her photos have her bellowing so it would have not been accurate to include these.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 02:01 pm
@maporsche,
maporsche wrote:

Maxine Waters definitely is a horrible swamp-person though.

She had one of those damned silver-spoons growing up too. I wonder if she had a refrigerator, damn cushy poor people and all their advantages in life.

Quote:
Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of 13 children reared by a single mother. She began working at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment factories and at the telephone company. She attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She began her career in public service as a teacher and a volunteer coordinator in the Head Start program.





Believe it or not I meant to include this her profile, not only because it reflects an admirable couple of qualities (no one is 100% Swamp Creature) but because it might provide insight on why she has shamelessly used her career to enrich herself.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 02:02 pm
@maporsche,
Fairly lame excuse for corruption.
maporsche
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 02:34 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
I'm not saying she isn't corrupt, I was just providing a perfectly logical possible reason (you can call it an excuse, if you prefer) that she could afford such an expensive home. It certainly sounds expensive and unjustified, but the devil is in the details.

The details show that her net worth is pretty paltry compared to other members of the house.
https://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/summary.php?cid=N00006690&year=2014

She could of course be corrupt for all I know. I don't really know anything about this woman.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Tue 1 Aug, 2017 02:52 pm
@maporsche,
I agree that I may end up thinking her corrupt in a variety of ways and I'll have to consider it. As a Los Angelina, I was aware of her, but not knowledgeable. I guess I'd use the word outspoken.

What I do know is the ramping up of real estate prices. My parents bought our house for $16,000 in '58 in west LA, just down from Sunset Boulevard. Later I had to sell it in order to pay for my mother's stay in a locked facility for patients with Alzheimers, both awful and very expensive. That did pay for the care. My mother was a wanderer, would walk to the airport or downtown... That house is now likely worth 3 million.

I've similar stories but they also make me sad, so one is enough.
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