• Getting ready for Warren
    July 26,2014
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    The return address says: “Ready for Hillary 2016.” Over y my name and address it says: “Show Hillary YOU are ready!”

    Well, yes, Hillary, I’m ready — for Elizabeth Warren. Here’s a lady with enough fire and financial schmartz to set crooked bankers on their ears by establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She took on and beat Scott Brown and his billionaire backers out of his Massachusetts seat in the U.S. Senate because she got so disgusted by Washington’s dysfunctional ways during her 10 years trying and failing to reform bankruptcy law. She taught it at Harvard Law for 20 years and knew exactly how bad it was for working Americans.

    If Democrats nominate Hillary, they’ll get a Wall Street Democrat with little or no fire in her belly. If they nominate Elizabeth (it’ll be like pulling teeth getting her to run), they’ll get a Main Street Democrat who knows how to fight power with integrity and grit and grace. Elizabeth’s working class parents were so proud of her for going to college to become a teacher and then to law school. She has just enough Oklahoma Indian blood in her to send the Koch brothers and their $80 billion of personal worth flying to the Cayman Islands where they can join Mitt Romney and the rest of the 1 percent who don’t give a damn about their fellow Americans.

    If you want a good read, get a copy of Warren’s “A Fighting Chance.” The title refers to America’s fast-disappearing middle class and what needs to be done to prevent its demise. At a deeper level, it refers to America herself — a greatly weakened democracy fast slipping into an oligarchy run by a few billionaires like the Koch brothers, whose puppets ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and Americans for Prosperity do things like the ugly anti-Shaheen ads you are seeing on TV.

    It’s not too late. We can still have an America that works for all Americans, and not just the 1 percent. But we have to be picky about our president, as well as about our House and Senate picks. If anyone can revive Washington, it’s ladies like Jeanne Shaheen, Elizabeth Warren and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running to unseat Mitch McConnell (“Mr. Gridlock”) in Kentucky.

    PHIL STEPHAN

    Clarendon
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