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Maxine Waters
Maxine Waters
Congressional punchline from California.
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Speaking at a press conference, Congresswoman Maxine Waters claimed sequestration would result in the loss of 170 million jobs, a number greater than the entire US workforce.
“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these jobs losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost.”
Maxine Waters, February 28, 2013 Audio and/or video clip available

Speaking to constituents in Inglewood, California, Congresswoman Maxine Waters said the Tea Party can go to hell.
“I'm not afraid of the big bad wolf. I’m not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. As far as I’m concerned, the tea party can go straight to hell. And, and I intend to help them get there.”
Maxine Waters, August 20, 2011 Audio and/or video clip available

Speaking at a job fair in Atlanta, Maxine Waters voiced frustration with the debt ceiling outcome.
“We were basically held up in raising the debt ceiling, until they got all of those budget cuts they demanded. We didn’t raise any revenue and they didn’t close any tax loopholes. I believe the Democratic Party and the president of the United States should not have backed down. We should have made them walk the plank.”
Maxine Waters, August 18, 2011

Congresswoman Maxine Waters admitted to asking Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to meet with the National Bankers Association. At the meeting, BankOne, which her husband was involved in, was discussed. A susequent ethics committee investigation was launched.
“I followed up on the association’s request by asking then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to schedule such a meeting, as did other members of Congress.”
Maxine Waters, August 2, 2010

In lecturing a Shell Oil executive during a House hearing, Congresswoman Maxine Waters mistakenly revealed she was in favor of socializing oil companies.
“And guess what this liberal will be all about, this liberal will be all about socializing, uh, um, will be about basically taking over and the government running all your companies.”
Maxine Waters, May 22, 2008 Audio and/or video clip available

Speaking at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Congresswoman Maxine Waters claimed no fix was needed for government sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and praised Franklin Raines (who would later be accused of questionable accounting practices).
“Mr. Chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines. Everything in the 1992 act has worked just fine. In fact, the GSEs have exceeded their housing goals.”
Maxine Waters, September 25, 2003

Speaking at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Congresswoman Maxine Waters claimed no fix was needed for government sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
“Secretary Martinez, if it ain't broke, why do you want to fix it? Have the GSEs ever missed their housing goals?”
Maxine Waters, September 10, 2003

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Congresswoman Maxine Waters criticized Bill Clinton for spending his time on middle class issues.
“ It's no secret, Bill Clinton did not campaign on a war-on-poverty idea. He talked a lot about the middle class, which a lot of us didn't like. But we didn't have a lot of choices did we?”
Maxine Waters, May 16, 1993

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Congresswoman Maxine Waters implied that most subsidies are racists and that agriculture doesn't help people of color.
“Policy, for the most part, has been made by white people in America, not by people of color. And they have tended to take care of those things that they think are important. Whether it's their agricultural subsidies, or other kinds of expenditures that are certainly not expenditures for poor people or for people of color.”
Maxine Waters, May 16, 1993

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