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[–] Master_Foo 2 points 6 points (+8|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Before anyone downvoats this, I don't like Maxine Waters. But, in the spirit of fair play I guess I need to play devil's advocate. For the sake of argument, this could apply to anyone not just Maxine Waters. So, this isn't necessarily a defense of Maxine Waters.

Take into account that she's been in office for 28 years now. So, that's not just $170,000 magically turning into $10,000,000 That's a total of at least $2,800,000 turning into $10,000,000 over a course of 28 years. That's not an impossible feat. Simply investing a fraction of her salary into low interest bonds will turn $50,000 compounded annually into $3,000,000 and if she has a diverse portfolio with a combination of high and low risk investments, she could easily have $10,000,000 by the end of 28 years. All without ever making a single shady deal ever.

I'm not saying she isn't making shady deals, but, if she is, she's doing a shit job at it because from my perspective, a shady deal should at least put you ahead of where you'd expect an honest person to be.

$10 million dollars isn't a lot of money any more. An honest person can easily make $10 million dollars if he is wise with his money. So, casting doubt on Maxine Waters just because she has that much money is the same as casting doubt on the honest person who has that kind of money.

If someone suspects Maxine Waters is up to something, simply pointing at the money isn't enough. All it does is make you look jealous. It's a bad angle to attack from. If you want to move forward, you need to point to the actual crime she committed to obtain that money. And if you can't? Well, then all you have is a flimsy conspiracy theory.

[–] srgmpdns 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This was my thought too. In Congress for 28 years and 10 million is all she has to show?

If she’s one of the most notoriously corrupt congresspeople, she’s also got to be one of the least competent.

[–] Master_Foo 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yeah, and the funny thing is, EVEN I suspect her of being corrupt. It's just that this particular piece of information isn't the smoking gun.

[–] MaxVieuxlieu 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well keep in mind that the 10 million is the number she reports publicly. It's entirely possible that a hypothetical person is able to show on paper that they legitimately earned $10 million, but they have a storage locker filled with a pallet of cash they haven't been able to launder yet. Think of Walter White's car makes $2 million a year and it's the most profitable car wash in the world, but he's still bringing in $2 million a month and just can't launder it all.

But I totally agree just pointing at money isn't incriminating. It is a good place to start asking questions though.

[–] thisistotallynotme [S] 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Q is definitely on the "These People Are Stupid" side.

[–] notYOURfriend 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

If you "play the Devil's advocate" then you're not being honest.

[–] thisistotallynotme [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes, but playing Devil's Advocate is an acceptable form of dishonesty, especially because it's explicitly stated beforehand. Now, without the preface, it'd likely have been considered a pure troll post like all the -1's in here.

[–] thisistotallynotme [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You. I like you. Have an upvoat.