Senator Elizabeth Warren refuses to quietly endure the kind of political favoritism that’s broadening America’s wealth gap wide enough to swallow the middle class whole. She’s angry at the bias and wants more Americans to be “mad as hell” about what’s going on in Washington D.C. Don’t worry Elizabeth, I am. And so are my readers, I’m guessing.
On Tuesday evening, Warren gave a stirring commentary at the Re/code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Someone reportedly asked the Massachusetts Democrat why the U.S. government refuses to borrow money to invest in and repair our long-neglected infrastructure, even though interest rates are so low.
Warren answered, “We are not doing it because people in Washington do not represent the folks who elected them.” She added, “They represent the rich and the powerful, who don’t want their taxes raised.”
With the corporate oligarchy solidly in place, Senator Warren doesn’t see any hope of change without greater involvement from us average Americans.
“[The wealthy] are perfectly happy with things where they are, indeed they’re doing great with things where they are,” she said. “And they stay in the ear of enough of the folks in Washington that it has made it impossible to get any kind of change.”
Warren has never shied from confronting the stranglehold of corporate interests on American politics. She admitted to WBZ News that she got into politics in the first place to fight against policies that favor the wealthy and ignore the rest of us. And that’s why she’s my hero.
Indeed, Washington’s bias toward the uber-rich is disheartening, to say the least. Think Progress reported that a dozen big businesses poured a $1 billion into lobbying over the last decade. That money led to a tax code draft that enables powerful companies to pay very little in tax dollars. Among these businesses are huge names: FedEx, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Verizon just to name a few.
The New York Times has also pointed out that government spending is highly beneficial to the wealthy (read: corporate welfare reigns). For instance, of the $340 billion in tax subsidies for housing, $90 million wound up in the pockets of top 1 % in 2013. Now why would the government give nearly one-fourth of that money to the people who need it the least?
Facts like this should make Americans angry. But instead, too many people get caught up in “bigotry politics,” convinced that causes like same-sex marriage or healthcare for financially struggling Americans are the greater threats.
While Americans are distracted by fear, hate, and ignorance, the wealth gap continues to grow. As it grows, so does the blatant indifference that Washington politicians show toward the fate of the average American.
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