Democratic California Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, has been charged with violating ethics rules by a House panel. The charges against Waters, a 10-term representative, focuses on whether she broke rules in requesting federal help for a bank where her husband was a board member and owned stock. The house ethics committee’s announcement comes just days after it outlined 13 charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). Congresswoman Waters has released a statement claiming, “I have not violated any House rules. Therefore, I simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do.”
MOMism: “Don’t get caught with your hand in the cookie jar.” We teach our KID-Os not to get caught with their hand in the cookie jar, because it just doesn’t look good. Whether they are truly guilty of pilfering a pre-dinner snack or not, we don’t want our kids taking snacks without asking…and it may just ruin their appetite.
The same goes for the American people. We don’t want our representatives taking nibbles out of our trust. They are supposed to be representing our best interests, not looking out for their own personal gain. If there is any inkling that a decision may be construed as ethically questionable, full disclosure is key. So, regardless if our politicians break the rules or not, it can still look bad…and will surely cause a tummy ache.