Senator Elizabeth Warren has been like a progressive sledgehammer in the Senate, tearing down corporate corruption and injustice with her fierce passion and intellect.
Many people would be shocked to learn that Warren wasn’t always a Democrat. In fact, for a few years, she was a registered Republican. Here’s what she had to say to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos concerning her dark past in the GOP.
I was an independent. I was with the GOP for a while because I really thought that it was a party that was principled in its conservative approach to economics and to markets. And I feel like the GOP party just left that. They moved to a party that said, ‘No, it’s not about a level playing field. It’s now about a field that’s gotten tilted.’ And they really stood up for the big financial institutions when the big financial institutions are just hammering middle class American families. I just feel like that’s a party that moved way, way away.
Here’s a video of that interview.
Just a few years ago Senator Warren was Professor Warren teaching bankruptcy law at Harvard Law School. Warren’s also a tireless consumer protection advocate who’s directly responsible for the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
After the 2008 financial meltdown, Warren started her political career as chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to supervise the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
In 2010, President Obama established the position of Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau specifically for Warren.
In 2012, Warren made an appearance on the Daily Show. She told Jon Stewart:
There is a study in which it comes out that that thirty of the largest comapnies in the United States are now spending more on lobbying than they pay in federal taxes. Who really pays for that? And the answer is America’s middle class They’re the ones who are left to pickup all the pieces, to pay the taxes to keep the country running. And, more to the point, they’re the ones who are paying for the fact that there’s not enough money left to invest in our kid’s future.
In 2013, Warren was sworn in as a Massachusetts U.S. Senator. Since then, Warren’s legendary verbal takedowns of corporate big wigs and Republican political hacks have forever endeared her in the hearts of millions of liberals worldwide.
Many believe Warren would be an unbeatable candidate if she ever decides to run for president. Unfortunately, to this day, Warren has expressed no interest in occupying the Oval Office. Fortunately, tomorrow’s always another day, right?
Here’s the video.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HQJrqfcDr0&w=853&h=480]
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