Maxine waters blames Bush admin/Racism for her ethics problems

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Hello, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Hello

    Hello

    More ridiculous liberal logic trying to justify criminal behaviour. I guess when the entire democratic platform is based on blaming someone else for your problems why would anyone expect this time to be any different.


    Facing Ethics Charges, Rep. Waters Points Finger at Bush Administration

    Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday blamed the Bush administration for her ethics problems -- saying she had to intervene with the Treasury Department on behalf of minority-owned banks seeking federal bailout funds -- including one tied to her husband -- because the Treasury Department wouldn't schedule its own appointments.

    The California Democrat said in a Capitol Hill news conference -- an event rarely held during a congressional recess -- that she reached out to then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in late 2008 when his department failed to respond to the National Bank Association's request for a meeting.

    "The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to," she said. "The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis."

    But the House ethics committee, which is investigating Waters for allegedly improperly using her position for personal gain, says in its report of charges that when the meeting was held, the officers of only one bank came -- OneUnited.

    That's a problem for Waters since her husband, Sidney Williams, served as a member of OneUnited's board of directors from January 2004 until April 2008, and was a stockholder in the bank.

    OneUnited eventually got $12 million of the $50 million in bailout money it requested, enough to keep the bank afloat. The ethics panel says that kept Waters' family stock from becoming worthless, which the committee says shows that she personally benefited by using her office.

    Waters said she wasn't concerned about her husband's stocks in the bank, which were worth about $350,000 at the time and which her husband still owns, if only because he can't unload them.

    "No one wants to buy them," she said.

    Waters said the media need to distinguish between making a call on behalf of one bank and making a call for an entire trade association. She added that even Paulson told the ethics committee that she never approached his office to speak about only one bank.

    "When Paulson responded as a witness, he didn't tell anybody I called him and asked for a meeting with OneUnited," she said.

    The 10-term representative from Los Angeles, insisted that she hasn't done anything to violate House rules, and she "will not cut a deal."

    "I am teetering on a border here. What I am doing here is rare and unprecedented. I won't go behind closed doors," she said.

    Waters pushed for a speedy trial, slamming the ethics committee for not setting a date for the hearing.

    "Such a delay is unacceptable, considering that the investigation has dragged on for almost one year," she said. "It does not provide due process."

    She added that neither her staff nor she "engaged in any improper behavior."

    "We did not influence anyone and we did not gain any benefit," she said, reading from a written statement.

    Waters, who holds a senior position on the Financial Services Committee, is the second prominent Democrat lawmaker facing ethics charges during a fiery election season. New York Rep. Charles Rangel of New York is facing 13 charges, including failing to disclose assets and income and delayed payment of federal taxes.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/13/rep-waters-violated-house-rules/?test=latestnews
     
  2. bpcnabe

    bpcnabe

    I also hear Bush is responsible for that cancer thingy too.
     
  3. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    bush made me late to work today.
     
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  5. Hello

    Hello

    What day did this video air on, and who else is in it, i want to watch it but im visiting family in toronto right now, and the player only works for U.S. IP addresses.

    edit: nevermind I found it

     
  6. Hello

    Hello

  7. August 08, 2010
    Newsweek columnist says US funding mosque construction
    Lee DeCovnick

    Truth, even in the tightly controlled prison of the Obama media complex, occasionally bursts forth like a swordfish cavorting on the waves of a golden August afternoon.


    Newsweek, the Washington Post's former progressive stepchild, published an op-ed by Fareed Zakaria, the in-house lapdog for the Administration, extolling the virtues of building the Ground Zero Mosque. A couple of sentences demand a great deal more explanation.


    To that end, early in its tenure the Bush administration began a serious effort to seek out and support moderate Islam. Since then, Washington has funded mosques, schools, institutes, and community centers that are trying to modernize Islam around the world.


    We should be encouraging groups like the one behind this project, not demonizing them. Were this mosque being built in a foreign city, chances are that the U.S. government would be funding it.


    Perhaps we all missed the memo where US taxpayers are gleefully funding Islamic "mosques, schools, institutes, and community centers" around the globe. Of course, US troops have restored hundreds of schools and community centers in Iraq and Afghanistan, but mosques and Islamic institutes? This seems very difficult to believe.


    So, as an enraged and curious taxpaying citizen, I have a few questions for Mr. Zakaria, our Congress and this Administration. What are the locations, costs, and dates of construction of these US taxpayer-funded mosques and Islamic institutes? If some of these mosques were built in the America, didn't anyone contact the ACLU? (I would pay real money to be in "the room" during that discussion.) What particular piece of Congressional legislation authorized US taxpayer dollars to be spent on these mosques and Islamic institutes? Did our government apportion these funds fairly and equally between the Shi'a, Sunni, and Sufi sects of Islam?



    The Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" I'm damn sure spending US taxpayer dollars on constructing mosques was not envisioned by the Founding Fathers nor by the overwhelming majority of American citizens.