Why I love Elizabeth Warren

I’ve been posting a lot of doom and gloom stuff recently, but, truth is, there are some good things happening in the United States for the middle class. For one, we were able to launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in spite of a well-orchestrated and well-financed campaign by big business. While we’re still unsure as to what power the entity will ultimately have over the financial industry, the fact that it has made it this far gives me reason to be cautiously optimistic. And I think we should all be thankful that we have someone like Elizabeth Warren in D.C., fighting on behalf of the 98% of us that aren’t at the top. Without her, none of this would have been possible.

My favorite quote of Warren’s from this interview:

“The Wall Street lobbyists said they would kill it before it was ever born. They lost. And they lost because this is an agency that really is there for middle class families.”

One last thing. This new agency just barely came into being, in spite of the fact that its mission was approved of by some 96% of Americans polled. That, to me, shows how incredibly powerful corporate America is at the moment. When 96% of people want something, and we’re still having to fight and claw to make it happen, that tells me that we’ve got a serious problem at the foundation of our democracy.

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8 Comments

  1. Edward
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    The only hesitation I have about Warren is that she might, like John Edwards, break may heart. So I don’t allow myself to fall in love. I wish I could, but there’s this little voice in the back of my head cautioning me against it, telling me that she could have a love child somewhere with a ditsy new age groupie.

  2. Knox
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    For some reason, I can’t picture her hiding in a mens room stall, sobbing and refusing to come out, when cornered by National Enquirer reporters.

  3. TR%
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    But yet the middle class wouldn’t elect her in a million years. They’d rather elect Rand Paul, who wants to dismantle everything we’ve built as a culture over the past 80 years to protect them. The middle class, I’m sad to say, is getting what it deserves.

  4. lorie thom
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I think she’s the real deal including a level of naivety about how this all will work but I’m for letting her try – go for it.

  5. T Timmons
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    But do you love her this much?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Tanzler

  6. Alice Krum
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Now that’s what I can devotion. I wish someone loved me like that. Very romantic.

  7. Meta
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    The Republicans are coming after her and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559504575631082414598868.html

  8. Meta
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    The forces are aligning against her.

    http://www.alternet.org/story/150451/why_is_obama%27s_treasury_dept._perversely_siding_with_big_banks_against_elizabeth_warren_and_the_state_ags_?akid=6782.231843.1T1HiE&rd=1&t=6

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