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Maxine's Troubled Waters

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By Douglas V. Gibbs —— Bio and Archives--January 12, 2018

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Maxine Waters has represented, in the U.S. House of Representatives, a region of communities on the southside of Los Angeles since 1991. She is criticized for not even living in her district, one of four members of Congress in California to make the claim. However, truth be told, her lavish mansion in South Los Angeles used to be in her district, but redistricting shifted Waters and a few of her neighbors, into the 37th District now represented by Democratic Rep. Karen Bass. Waters now resides .1 mile outside the boundary of the district she represents.

Waters has spent many of those 37 years in Congress as head of the Black Congressional Caucus. Now, she’s also seen as a rockstar in the #resist movement. But, like the boundaries of her district, times have changed.

She’s always been somewhere out in left field. In 1992, she said of the L.A. Riots, “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. So I call it a rebellion.” In 1996, she falsely accused the CIA of bringing drugs into Los Angeles. In 2008 she talked about “socializing” oil companies (putting them under government control like they did in Venezuela). She has told the Tea Party to go “straight to hell.” Maxine Waters has called the Trump administration “a bunch of scumbags.” And, when Congressman John Conyers came under fire for his sexual improprieties, Maxine Waters rushed to his aid, calling him a man with “impeccable integrity.”

In 2010, the Maxine Waters’ ethics trial case revealed a story of the government bailing out a corrupt Boston bank that Waters’ husband owned stock in and sat on the board of. Is that how she became one of the richest members of Congress? By using her political power to protect her husband’s investments (and her own)?

It has also come to light that Maxine Waters paid her daughter, Karen Waters, $750,000 out of taxpayer funds to mail campaign flyers. While she falsely accuses Republicans of trying to become rich on the backs of poverty-stricken blacks, it turns out that it is Maxine, and her family members, who are actually becoming rich on the........

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