On Face The Nation, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) slammed Republicans for avoiding the real issues. She said that the way Republicans are doing things in the House is not how you run a country.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you a little bit about politics. You’ve got midterm elections coming up here. My sense is that there’s a very good chance that Republicans are going to take back the senate.
SEN. WARREN: Well, I’m going to be out there fighting that. I’ll tell you that because I know which side, which party stands with American families, stands with America’s middle class, who wants to give the middle class a fair shot. And so I’m going to be out there doing everything I can for the Democratic candidates. We’ve got good people in the United States Senate. We’ve tried to move something forward. Take a look at the House if you want to see what happens when Republicans take over. What are they on now, is this their fiftieth vote to repeal Obamacare? That’s not how you run a country. We have real issues we need to deal with. Minimum wage, student loan debt, equal pay for equal work, a little accountability for the big financial institutions.
BOB SCHIEFFER: You know, your fans say you’re a populist, but your critics say you’re just basically a socialist.
SEN. WARREN: (LAUGHS) I just don’t know where they get that. You know, look at the issues. I mean this, really. Let’s take a look at them. Minimum wage? I just believe nobody should work full time and live in poverty. And you know what? Most of America agrees. Student loans, I don’t think the U.S. government should be making tens of billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students, which is what the current student loan system is doing. And I think most Americans agree with me on that.
Sen. Warren was issuing a warning that if you want to see what the Republican controlled Senate would look like, just watch the dysfunctional circus that is the Boehner run House. Warren was right. Endless votes to repeal the ACA, and millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on trumped-up investigations is not the way to run the country.
The problem is that Republicans are only responsive to the needs of their big donors and special interests. Taking that mentality, and transferring it to the majority in the Senate is only going to make things worse for average Americans.
Elizabeth Warren is fighting for fairness, not socialism. A symptom of the ideological mental illness that has run amuck on the right is that Republicans now confuse fairness with socialism. Democrats like Elizabeth Warren aren’t socialists. Wanting the American people to have a fair chance, and opportunity to succeed is part of the ethics that built this nation.
The Republican way is no way to run the country, but it makes for one heck of an oligarchy.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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