Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has staked out her position on the far left of the Democrat Party as a true-blue progressive in favor of transforming America into democratic socialism instead of the constitutional republic our nation was founded as.
Thus it came as somewhat of a surprise when Warren recently issued an endorsement of presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, considering that Warren has had some pretty nasty things to say about Clinton in the past, what with her being an establishment politician in the pocket of the big banks and capitalism and such.
Take for example Warren’s interview in 2004 with noted political commentator Bill Moyers, during which she initially seemed to heap praise upon Clinton by sharing a story from the Clinton administration years, in which the then-first lady helped convince President Bill Clinton to veto a bill regarding bankruptcy laws that Warren viewed as favorable to big banks and credit card companies.
However, that all changed just a short time later, as Warren noted that one of the first bills then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton voted on was a resurrected version of the same bankruptcy bill that had been previously defeated.
Pointing out that Clinton had voted in favor of the bill, Warren explained to a questioning Moyers, “As Sen. Clinton, the pressures are very different. It’s a well-financed industry.”
“A lot of people don’t realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, it’s not pharmaceuticals, it was consumer credit products,” Warren revealed. “Those are the people, the credit card companies, that have been giving money and they have influence.”
“She has taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency,” stated Warren.
Moyers then asked what it means for politicians to claim they are supporting the middle class while taking money from special interest lobbyists.
Warren didn’t hold back in her reply.
“You know, this is the scary part about democracy today. We’re talking again about the impact of money,” Warren proclaimed. “The credit industry, on this bankruptcy bill, has spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying, and as their profits grow, they just throw more into lobbying for how they can get laws that make it easier, and easier, and easier to drain money out of the pockets of middle class families.”
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He comments came across as much more of an indictment of Clinton as a bought-and-paid-for politician than a ringing endorsement of someone who would stand up in defense of the middle class.
One must wonder if, as Warren stated herself in the interview, the pressures on her have changed as well, now that she is also a senator dealing with donors and special interests and is no longer a university professor.
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