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STILL WATERS: Maxine Waters Ethics Charge

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.

3 Responses to STILL WATERS: Maxine Waters Ethics Charge

  1. Anonymous August 3, 2010 at 8:32 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    Why have you convicted her already and used her as an example of 'taking cookies from the cookie jar'? Her quote plainly denies the charges and the house ethics committee has not met on the issue. If you are going to report stories, YOU need to follow standard ethics in journalism.

    • Anonymous August 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm #
      Opinionated MAMA

      Personally, I think Maxine Waters is a great rep. However, I totally get the lesson…TARP is the cookie jar and her husband's bank got some cookies. And, she needed to stay far, far away from the kitchen, just to avoid the look of impropriety. There is so much skepticism and shadiness in politics today and even those who are doing good work, need to steer clear of controversy. I hope Maxine's ethics trial clears her of any muddy waters!

  2. Anonymous August 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    Accountibility is also key!

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