Maxine Waters is to me the poster child for ineffective government and the corruption of the leftwing political class. HERE is her latest attack on the Tea Party, to, in my view, jinn up her Congressional base and divert attention from her personal corruption. This is her tried and true pattern she has used for many years. Her district Congressional 35, a gerrymandered district par excellence, has voted for democrats at a 75% clip in living memory. It is 100% urban and contains about 55 square miles of Los Angeles. The median income is about $41,000 (state median for a family of four is about $78,000). Her district has the second highest child poverty rate in California Congressional Districts, 21.9% and it has been that way almost all of the time she has been in office (since 1976).
Lately Waters has had her share of troubles with ethics and what I consider inflammatory language. She has attacked the Tea Party, she attacked fellow Congressman Alan West for urging blacks to stop voting for the same old liberals who he compared with plantation owners. West is also the only black Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus. He must be pretty lonely since the CBC is all liberals.
But Maxine Waters is being investigated by the Ethics Committee of Congress which started in the last session. Her husband was a board member of a bank which got TARP funds on which she voted. She denies any ethical or criminal action and is in a fight for her career. Of course, after the results of her fellow criminal, er, Congressman, Charles Rangel, we probably will see another whitewash and her re-election will be assured, just as Rangel's was. Waters has even threatened to sue the Ethics Committee! Hubris!
I have wondered how someone so ineffective could be re-elected time after time for so long. I still don't know. She seems to have done pretty well economically and her husband as well. Since she was elected in 1976 to the California Assembly on a "divestiture" mantra against South Africa, she has been promoted by the poor folks in her districts. (29th then 35th). Though it is one of the poorest economically in California, and it used to contain the area of Watts, (which I saw up close about 8 years after the riots), I am unable to understand why she keeps winning huge. Oh, maybe because it is a huge democrat majority there and we know democrats are ethically challenged.
If the people listen to her they will hear a self serving person who in my view is a typical democrat whiner who blames their ills on those evil conservatives. She never takes personal responsibility that I can find. She is a liberal. Blame others then cry "racism" as the icing on the excuse cake. She is truly what West called a "plantation" owner Congressperson. Nothing changes for the people of the district and they are dependent on her to bring home the bacon. Typical "Chicago" style political lessons. Tammany Hall in New York would be envious.
So, I hope Maxine will finally realize she has stayed past her useful years and gives up her seat to others. I hope there is a bit more competition in the 35th District after the recent reapportionment (probably not though). But these old politicians like Waters, Rangel, Pete Stark and Pelosi will never give up their "lottery ticket" of personal success. In Waters case, in the poor district she represents she is a big fish. But, hope springs eternal and maybe someday the voters in the 35th will send her packing and get someone who actually does help them. Someone who will keep them off the plantation, as Allan West has stated.