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Warren writes: "So far in this new Congress, Republicans have spent weeks debating a pipeline that will mostly benefit a giant foreign oil company - and weeks more threatening a government shutdown of the Homeland Security Department."

Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Timothy D. Easley/AP)
Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Timothy D. Easley/AP)


I'll Believe the GOP Cares About the Middle Class When I See It

By Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth Warren for Senate

28 February 15

 

o far in this new Congress, Republicans have spent weeks debating a pipeline that will mostly benefit a giant foreign oil company – and weeks more threatening a government shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. Meanwhile, millions of people who work hard and play by the rules are still getting squeezed to the breaking point.

The Republicans prove once again how Washington works just fine for giant corporations, but not so much for working people.

It’s time to make different choices – to stand up to the armies of lobbyists and lawyers to begin to make the government work for the middle class once again. That's why this week, Rep. Elijah Cummings and I have launched the new Middle Class Prosperity Project: to push this new Congress to take action to help working people.

Recently, Republicans seem to have discovered the struggles of America’s middle class. Out of nowhere, they’re talking about this problem.

That’s great, but talk is cheap. And when it comes to action, these Republicans seem to have amnesia about what they have actually done to hard-working Americans.

Republican trickle-down policies created tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy while leaving working families to pick up the pieces. I’ll believe Republicans care about what’s happening to America’s middle class when they stop blocking legislation that would require billionaires to pay taxes at the same rate as teachers and firefighters.

Republican trickle-down economics blocked increases in the minimum wage that would have lifted 14 million people out of poverty. I’ll believe Republicans care about what’s happening to America’s working families when they stop blocking minimum wage increases and agree that no should work full time and still live in poverty.

Republican trickle-down economics squeezed billions of dollars of profit out of people who had to borrow money to go to college. I’ll believe Republicans care about what’s happening to America’s future when they agree to refinance student loans.

I could go on, but the point is the same: talk is cheap.

We know how to build a strong middle class. We’ve done it. And we know that the policies we put together here in Washington can make a big difference. That’s what our new Middle Class Prosperity Project is all about: bringing together leaders in Washington, economists and policy experts, and millions of voices of people across the country to get to work.

It’s time for action that will strengthen middle class families and build a strong future. It’s time to put up or shut up.

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+32 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-02-28 22:51
Senator Warren. we love you. Yet, until I see you and other Progressive leaders leading pickets within the legal distance allowed, Supreme Court, denouncing Citizens United, I'll still believe that the U.S. is evolving into a money driven political dictatorship. Yes, I'll financially support you when I can and have the funds available. Which, I usually have those funds available for honorable, terrifically smart citizens such as yourself. We need to make citizens aware that the IRS is merely a protection racket for the wealthy. And that message can be visual, picketing the IRS.
 
 
+14 # babalu 2015-03-01 06:19
Kindly pay attention - she's doing what you request. Putting all those topics in this report would have actually watered it down.

Remember Bloedorn, setting up pickets is cheap and you can do it without a windfall!
 
 
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-03-01 09:09
I will be picketing the IRS, My sign, "The IRS is A Protection Racket For The 1%." Excuse me. I am paying attention. I do not observe any pickets by "others," OK?
 
 
+3 # REDPILLED 2015-03-01 10:39
Too late. The U.S. long ago devolved into a plutocracy run by and for the Plundering Class elite.
 
 
-36 # FDRva 2015-03-01 00:16
Of course the GOP adores the'middle class.'

Just like Barry Obama.

Liz Warren knows better.

President Obama's sainthood is very much in doubt.

I recall why I backed Hillary in 2008--Barry had more Wall Street money and media backers.

Those folks still own Barry--which is why he reminds me so much of Jeb Bush.
 
 
-29 # FDRva 2015-03-01 00:36
Perhaps,the President will step down--and give the anti-Bush Dems a fighting chance?

Or the Bush organization made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
 
 
+1 # NAVYVET 2015-03-02 10:51
I see you favor FDR, with his 4 terms, but Obama HAS to step down.
 
 
+16 # Tigre1 2015-03-01 00:47
Feels validating to read Senator Warren's comments...call ing the oppressors out.

It's been a LONG time since I found anybody in public office who is willing to put it out like that. Now we need someone of another gender (?) whose similar message will underscore and drive the point deeper into the thick, unfeeling hide of the corporate elephant...

Maybe we are at a real tipping point...and "times will get better for ordinary, bedrock Americans again..."

Maybe.And let's not get fooled again. Remember: Guillotines mean never having to say you're sorry. And you won't have to waterboard later, either.
 
 
-13 # FDRva 2015-03-01 00:57
A lot of Dems in the oppo research area really want Jeb to run.

Must be that Bush/Gay thing.
 
 
-14 # FDRva 2015-03-01 01:40
Bush and gay--those words have been linked for several decades.

And they are the only reason Scott Walker is running. We call it a fall-back option in the intell community.
 
 
-9 # FDRva 2015-03-01 01:51
This Bush-Koch operation is about as conservative as Soros.
 
 
+1 # NAVYVET 2015-03-02 10:55
The Repubs are no more "conservative" than the BlueDog Dems are "liberal" or Obama is a "socialist". Basically I'd classify the Repubs and BlueDogs as extremist fanatics, Obama as an opportunist.
 
 
+15 # John Puma 2015-03-01 07:48
I'll paraphrase what I had to say to a Dem state rep who said republicans don't care about education. ............

Ms Warren, the GOP certainly CARES about the middle class: they care to DESTROY it and have been making great strides at successfully doing so for 3.5 decades now ... too effing' often with the unabashed help of slime bag Democrats!
 
 
+3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-03-01 09:26
Watched and listened to a report on HBO a few days ago. Particularly the comment, that foreign governments have contributed millions to a certain fund set up by Hilary Clinton and husband. Politics, "the science of perception." Well, nothing like a "good" mutual" fund. A good "mutual" fund in the financial markets consists usually of several entities. Why can not politicians have their own "mutual" fund? LOL!
 
 
+13 # REDPILLED 2015-03-01 10:46
Wall Street banksters/fraud sters contributed heavily to Obama in 2008, and also in 2012, as Open Secrets has documented.

Fossil fuel corporations are contributing heavily to the Clinton Foundation right now (http://grist.org/news/fossil-fuel-interests-donated-millions-to-clinton-charities-is-this-a-problem/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily%2520Feb%252027&utm_campaign=daily).

GOP Regressives always depend on Wall Street & corporations to finance their campaigns.

We have an auction, not a republic, and certainly not a democracy.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2015-03-01 16:47
[quote name="REDPILLED "]Fossil fuel corporations are contributing heavily to the Clinton Foundation right now (http://grist.org/news/fossil-fuel-interests-donated-millions-to-clinton-charities-is-this-a-problem/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily%2520Feb%252027&utm_campaign=daily).


Aha - That's way he's been shilling for Keystone XL on TV with W.
 
 
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-03-01 19:32
I found it interesting that C02 absorbs infra-red radiation reflected from Earth creating global warming and yet allows the much higher frequency sun light to pass through without the warming effect. Also appears that C02 acts like a mirror which reflects infra-red back to earth unlike other atmospheric gases. I don't know why Democrats do not use verifiable scientific information like this to promote a healthy clean planet Earth.
 
 
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-03-01 19:22
Thanks! I was not aware of "open Secrets."
 
 
+13 # Jim Young 2015-03-01 07:54
We are not where we should be by this time in our history, and have been going backwards towards the anarchical capitalism (Herbert Hoover's term for the unsustainably greedy ultra "capitalists", that he blamed for the Great Depression). The extreme differential accumulation of wealth (and power) has shut out all but the tax advantaged rentiers, and destroyed the Velocity of Money (a good indicator of a truly healthy economy), taking it back to lower levels than when they first started measuring it in the early parts of the Great Depression.

P.S. It seems greedy hoarders with too much power eventually lead to wars, revolutions, and laying waste to what could be far more productive (and important) resources (water, air, environment).
 
 
+8 # walt 2015-03-01 08:27
We'll all be waiting forever to see the Republican Party represent the people. The GOP has been bought out and is owned completely by big corporate money power, so let's not even think they might change, especially as they see how easily they can badger ignorant and uneducated voters into thinking they are loyal Americans.
 
 
+4 # Georgist 2015-03-01 09:34
Jim Young: Well said IMO. Greed has us by the grip! Money is to modern hearts like crack cocaine. But can the balance of the human family stage and intervention? Yes. Of Course. By working with nature rather than against it. Natural law prescribes an economic structure that will in one simple shift of policy reverse not greed itself but the outcome and result of greed. Economic justice can be instituted at the root level of our civilization. The profit motive can be domesticated to be more constructive and much less destructive. A system of checks and balances can work to keep economic power dispersed and diversified the same way the Constitution employs checks and balances to keep political power from becoming too concentrated. Learn about this in Progress and Poverty, Why There Are Recessions And Poverty Amid Plenty And What To Do About It. The abridgment by Bob Drake is a free download in PDF or audiobook. Originally published in 1879 by Henry George, it has been called one of the most important documents ever. Greed can be curbed. Smart, cunning, ruthless, psychopaths are not going to go away. But that does not mean natural forces of altruism and love cannot hold them in a healthy balance. Perhaps humans are not really loving and altruistic enough to build policy around economic justice. Soon it will be known.
 
 
+8 # Bruce Gruber 2015-03-01 09:57
Profit is not a product Wealth is not an achievement. Greed is not 'good'. Money is not a commodity. Power is not accomplishment.

Health, education, welfare, generosity, humanity and consideration or empathy are unrelated to any of the above.

Where are we headed? How did we get here?
 
 
+6 # reiverpacific 2015-03-01 10:54
Quoting Bruce Gruber:
Profit is not a product Wealth is not an achievement. Greed is not 'good'. Money is not a commodity. Power is not accomplishment.

Health, education, welfare, generosity, humanity and consideration or empathy are unrelated to any of the above.

Where are we headed? How did we get here?


Welcome to the corporate/milit ary commodification of everything world now firmly in place, in a country that really was a land of opportunity when I first came here in the 1970's.
 
 
+1 # NAVYVET 2015-03-02 11:11
Yes, there was more opportunity then, but it was temporary and very few noticed. We started going the wrong direction in the postwar 40s with junk laws like Taft-Hartley, turning right when we shoulda turned left. I'm almost 79. I remember the 50s, when my parents moved South, as the crappy days of Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy and Cold War, the 60s as far more promising and honest but still the sappy days of "drop out" and drugs and Hot War with 40,000 US troops and maybe a million southeast Asians dead, the 70s as the flabby days of burgeoning New Age nonsense and Noxious Nixonism and televangelism, and the 80s as the Me Generation culmination of the previous decades, not as something new.
 
 
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-03-01 15:07
Hmm? Not all "items" belong in the same stew pot.
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2015-03-01 10:08
Quoting FDRva:
Bush and gay--those words have been linked for several decades.

And they are the only reason Scott Walker is running. We call it a fall-back option in the intell community.


For Chrissake, shut the fuckski up about "Bush and gay", give us an example -and even if it were true -so what anyway.
You're like a worn-out old 78 record with y'r needle stuck in the groove and being from Va is no excuse. Homophobia is way out of fashion and becoming more so every week.
And stop besmirching the good name of FDR in y'r nom-de-plume, try HOMOva.
In the name of my beloved Lesbian daughter, our many gay friends and the LGBT community:
"Avaunt, and quit our sight! Let the earth hide thee.
Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold.
Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
Which thou dost glare with!".
 
 
+8 # fredboy 2015-03-01 11:23
The GOP cares about the middle class like you and I care about the wart on a pig's ass.
 
 
0 # cymricmorty 2015-03-01 11:36
Deleted.
 
 
+4 # angelfish 2015-03-01 14:33
Quoting fredboy:
The GOP cares about the middle class like you and I care about the wart on a pig's ass.

Well said, Fredboy, well said, indeed! LOL!
 
 
-4 # Firebird 2015-03-01 21:21
Get real, you think Democrats care about you. Not one bit more than any Republican or obama. Take care of the party and the party will take care of you.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2015-03-01 14:10
I'll Believe the GOP Cares About the Middle Class When I See It - is a progressive rallying cry that dems and independents can endorse

gop is the only party that faces an existential crisis - gop congress talks the talk but cannot walk the walk - every female gop senator voted against equal pay for women, the house won't bring minimum wage to a vote, the federal government turns a profit on its student loan program, rich folks pay half the tax rate of wage earners, our economy only trickles up, not down, bush tax cuts created no jobs, so on
 
 
+5 # angelfish 2015-03-01 14:31
Right ON, Elizabeth! The ReTHUGlicans NEVER fight for working Americans. They fight and fuss ONLY for their Mega-wealthy Handlers or Foreign entities that can line their pockets while financially and ecologically raping the powerless citizens of this country! WHAT is wrong with them? I remember a RePublican Party from my childhood that USED to care about this country and ALL her citizens. Sadly, they have morphed into this toxic disease that has consumed them with Greed and ME Firsterism! It is up to the rest of us to get the word out about how UN-American they are and how Self-Serving they have become. Too many Americans are too tired or heart sick to take any real interest in the Politics of this country, hence the debacle we saw in the last election. NEVER again must they EVER be given a Majority in either House until they can PROVE that their disease has been cured!
 
 
0 # Eliza D 2015-03-01 15:13
Thanks for being out there and keeping on, Ms. Warren. I hope you are considering running for president in 2016. I know many people who are ardently wishing for this and will walk our heels off for you. We just cannot continue on this planet-destroyi ng,avaricious, me-first course that we are on for another second. I really believe that you will do great things, and like Lincoln, steer the ship of our country on a new and courageous course.
 
 
-5 # Johnny 2015-03-01 16:24
I'll believe Warren cares about the middle class when she votes to spend our tax money for universal health care and free education instead of endless wars to fatten war profiteers, save the petrodollar, and exterminate the victims of Israeli expansionism.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2015-03-01 20:28
in fairness to senator warren, she has proposed not free ed but college paid by rescinding some tax laws that tax rich folks at lower rates than wage earners, congress has not let warren or anyone else vote on it

since obama's proposed universal single-payer health care fell six blue dog deems short of enactment, the conversation has shifted to keeping or repealing obamneycare, congress has not let warren or anyone else vote on it
 
 
0 # Firebird 2015-03-01 21:20
I'll believe anybody in Congress, the Senate or the White House want to do anything for anybody but their party or their own greedy selves when I see it. That includes Elisabeth Warren. Their slogan should be, first you take care of the party, then the party will take care of you.
 
 
+2 # NAVYVET 2015-03-02 11:15
Liz, I hope you run for Vice President, on the ticket with Bernie Sanders for President. He's the only one honest enough to call himself a Socialist, and they are the only ones I trust any more.
 

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