By Gabrielle Seunagal
Maxine Waters was elected to Congress in the year of 1990. During her time in Congress, her family has made over a million dollars in revenue from Waters’ government connections. Throughout Waters’ 27 years in Congress, she only managed to pass three bills: a Haiti relief bill, the renaming of a post office, and a modification of the national flood insurance program. Additionally, Waters failed to gain much popularity in Congress. Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington labeled her as the most corrupt member in Congress during the years of 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2011.
Maxine Waters now on MSNBC arguing that if Clinton had been elected, she should have fired Comey, but that Trump shouldn't.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) May 10, 2017
A few years ago, Waters was charged by the House ethics committee for allegedly securing bailout funds for a bank in which her husband owned stock. She received three counts of violating House rules in addition to the federal ethics code. These charges were linked to her moves to establish a meeting between OneUnited bank representatives and Treasury officials in 2008. The committee stated that Waters’ moves to benefit OneUnited bank would serve as personally beneficial to her own interests due to her husband’s ownership of stock. The Congresswoman and her attorney filed a motion to have the charges dismissed, but unsurprisingly, the ethics panel denied it.
Maxine Waters is a prime example of how power corrupts. The woman has been in office for nearly three decades and her reputation as a Congresswoman is abysmal. Waters’ situation is bigger than Democrats vs. Republicans. It speaks to a system which allows the elites to get away with scandals, corruption, and dishonesty. There must be serious changes put in place if we are to ever evolve as a nation.