Elizabeth Warren: The Woman Who Would Throw RocksPosted: October 14, 2011
What is it about Elizabeth Warren that makes Republicans foam at the mouth and turn apoplectic? Surely her tenure as a presidential adviser and creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought her into direct fire and criticism for anyone singing the corporate/banker tune. Though the Bureau was presumably a joint venture with Treasury, it soon became apparent that Timothy Geithner was a less than enthusiastic partner in Warren’s brainchild, an agency to protect consumer interests from confusing, often unfair financial contracts.
To many in the public, Elizabeth Warren was and has been a vocal advocate of the 99% before the 99ers were a twinkle in anyone’s eye. She had famously said she would fight for the Bureau’s legitimacy and was willing to leave “blood and teeth on the floor” to make that happen. That attitude and her frank support for middle-class, every-day concerns made her wildly popular in the public arena.
Well, that was then and this is now. Warren would not receive a permanent position to head the Bureau she created and breathed into life. That would have entailed a fight from this Administration, something for which President Obama has shown little talent or willingness.
Instead, as we all know Elizabeth Warren is running for the US Senate in Massachusetts, the seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly 47 years, now occupied by Scott Brown, who was swept into office primarily over Obama’s botched healthcare plan.
I suspect that the GOP’s real problem with Ms. Warren is she did not go quietly into that good night, otherwise known as: back off and shut up. Not only is she running for the Senate but she’s giving talking tours, explaining the current financial crisis and serving up some very inconvenient truths about what Bush’s eight-year stint of failed economic policy actually did to the country. Remember? Cut taxes; run two, hideously expensive, unfunded wars; and create a Medicare drug program out of thin air and magic money.
Ms. Warren’s unforgiveable sin is simply this:. Tell the truth. Not only that, but then suggest the rich have an obligation to pay their fair share, to give back to the society that made their success possible. Known as pay it forward. And if you’re going to go to Hell, why not go out in true glory? Warren went on to suggest that no one who has become rich did it all on their own. Her statements went viral.
Republican and Libertarian heads exploded in short order. Blasphemy must be punished, they screamed. Bring the woman to heel.
The new Republican assault is as predictable as it is laughable. Elizabeth Warren is now charged with a ‘collectivist agenda.’ She is an enemy of free enterprise, a threat to capitalism [which needs redefining because as I recall Banana Republic economies are hardly free, nor dedicated to capitalism]. And so we come to the rather pathetic campaign ad that declares Ms. Warren is calling for violence, the overthrow of the State itself.
She is the Woman Who Would Throw Rocks.
Personally? I hope her aim is deadly.