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Elizabeth Warren Is Right: America’s Middle Class Needs A Boost

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Elizabeth Warren Is Right: America’s Middle Class Needs A Boost

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By Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register (MCT)

Her father was a janitor in Oklahoma City and her mother stayed home and cared for the four kids. When the youngest and the only girl came along unplanned in 1949, some belt tightening was needed. It would be needed again, when her father had a heart attack and her mother, vowing not to lose the house, took a minimum-wage job at Sears.

No one in the family had been to college. Her three brothers joined the military. But Elizabeth Warren won a debate scholarship to George Washington University. And though she let an early marriage derail it two years along, she got back on track and rose to become a Harvard law professor specializing in bankruptcy, a prominent White House official and now a U.S. senator. She’s been described as the nation’s top authority on the beleaguered American middle class.

It’s one of those rags to riches stories that have long earned America bragging rights as a place of opportunity for anyone who works hard enough and shows enough drive. That is why Elizabeth Warren is worked up now, why she gets indignant at the paucity of rules to ensure “nobody steals your purse on Main Street or your pension on Wall Street.” Why she decries the lack of public investment in education and infrastructure, the hostility to a minimum wage, the disappearing power of unions to ensure a decent pension and a balance between worker and employer clout.

And it is why Warren draws large, cheering crowds when she speaks, as she did Sunday at a Des Moines, Iowa, campaign event for Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Enough people seem hungry to hear from someone who gets it, has lived it and is passionately and unabashedly willing to name it. The 65-year-old Democratic senator from Massachusetts has a striking ability to tell a personal story about how government can help build opportunity, by supporting a decent minimum wage, investing in public education, safeguarding social security and backing college loans. The America that gave her a fighting chance also invested in roads, highways and electrical grids and in an educated workforce that would allow small businesses to get launched and repay the debt in good jobs. It invested in scientific research.

“I’m the daughter of a janitor who ended up in the U.S. Senate because I was in an America that was building a future for all its children,” declared the former Republican.

But then came the ’80s, disdain for public investments, and deregulation. Instead of shared wealth, we got “trickle-down” economics. The cops on Wall Street were fired, allowing banks to feed off consumers through sub-prime mortgages, inflated hidden fees and penalties on banking, and solicitations to high risk investments. Yet while people who invested and lost their life savings went into free fall, the government made sure the banks couldn’t fail, no matter how much wrong they did.

In 2008, Warren was named to head a Senate congressional panel overseeing the $700 billion bank bailout. She took the job seriously enough to investigate the bank failures and demand accountability from Treasury Department officials who had been doling out the TARP money without monitoring how it was used, or taking action against those that misused it. Warren helped the Obama administration create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to guard consumers against abusive lending practices. But industry lobbyists, with the backing of members of Congress, opposed her heading it, and she was bypassed. “It would be her immense knowledge of banking practices that would make her such a dangerous and natural foe to Wall Street,” wrote Suzanna Andrews’ in the November 2011 Vanity Fair.

But it was people, not banks, at whom Republican Joni Ernst, Braley’s Senate opponent, aimed her derision in recently disclosed remarks. She decried “a generation of people that rely on the government to provide absolutely everything for them.” She said it would take “painful” education to wean people away from their dependency, while government “will just give away anything,” rather than let the poor eat from food pantries.

“No one should work full time and still live in poverty,” Warren told the hundreds who came to see her in Des Moines. It’s a message I would urge my libertarian-leaning friends to take to heart. Whatever might aptly be said about the overreach of government into people’s personal business, governments have a responsibility to at least make sure the deck is not stacked in favor of big business, and that those in poverty have a chance.

We can discuss later the dilemma many Democrats will find themselves in should Elizabeth Warren heed calls to enter the presidential race and end up facing Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary. For now, let’s just heed her reminder that it matters who gets elected, and every vote counts. Minnesota’s Al Franken, as she pointed out, won his Senate seat by 312 votes.

Rekha Basu is a columnist for the Des Moines Register. Readers may send her email at rbasu@dmreg.com.

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  1. Dominick Vila October 22, 2014

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rags to riches story may have earned the USA bragging rights in countries where social class trumps all other social issues, but it also served as a catalyst for savage attacks by those determined to turn the USA into a plutocracy. The constant criticisms she has encountered since she became a Senator are identical to what Presidents Clinton and Obama endured from the day they were inaugurated. They are all outsiders in an exclusive club trying to change things that should have never existed, trying to do everything they can to help our most vulnerable citizens, and trying to preserve what remains of our middle class.

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    1. trm October 22, 2014

      Some room you have to talk, the liberals backed by the Hollywood uber rich lefts. What is their interest in us? Nothing! Its power and control and parties. As I recall Obuma just got a house out there didnt they. Wonder who bought that for him. Compared to businesses trying to stay in business and to save us and them selves from being taxed out of business. And my teeth still ache from when I think about when Hillary was scouring Bush over the war. Seems all her talking for her 4 years as secritary of state overseas didn’t help the wars much. Shouldnt we have world piece by now? Neither Clinton nor Obuno ever shut up when in the senate. As I recall one of them even got the piece prize for doing nothing. Guess its easy to criticize but different when in the drivers seat. They set the tone. Live with it.

      1. Independent1 October 22, 2014

        Wow!! And some nonsensical rantings from a Faux News sheeple!!

        Say there!! You seem to like to run people down; tell me, exactly what do you have to brag about – every GOP president in office since Teddy Roosevelt HAS BEEN MEDIOCRE OR AN OUTRIGHT LOSER!!

        And that includes arguably the best GOP president since Teddy, Eisenhower. Even Ike was mediocre – the American economy went absolutely NO WHERE under Ike. Ike actually leads all presidents since Teddy in presiding over RECESSIONS – 3 of them. And GOP presidents since Teddy, dominate in being nothing more than RECESSION MACHINES!!

        Here are some excerpts from the Washington Post on the total ineptitude of the last GOP president. After reading that, maybe you can enlighten us as to what you’re so proud of with respect to the modern day GOP LOSERS, that you feel justified in sitting back downgrading others on issues YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT!!!

        President Bush has presided over the weakest eight-year span for the U.S. economy in decades, according to an analysis of key data, and economists across the ideological spectrum increasingly view his two terms as a
        time of little progress on the nation’s thorniest fiscal challenges.

        And this:

        The number of jobs in the nation increased by about 2 percent during Bush’s tenure, the most tepid growth over any eight-year span since data collection began seven decades ago. Gross domestic product, a broad measure of economic output, grew at the slowest pace for a period of that length since the Truman administration. And Americans’ incomes grew more slowly than in any presidency since the 1960s, other than that of Bush’s father.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/01/12/ST2009011200359.html

        And while you’re at it, maybe you should spend a little time perusing this article too from Forbes:

        Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2014/09/05/obama-outperforms-reagan-on-jobs-growth-and-investing/

        1. trm October 27, 2014

          No, Carter was awesome I supose? double digit inflation, unemployment and interest rates. Obuma had a minor glitch in the economy relative to what Carter left Reagan. Reagan won 49 states and nearly 60% of the vote. I use dept of labor, Wikipedia, Census, to name a few. I run a business, have two degrees, make a decent living and see liberals erode the american dream while you are eating up their rhetoric. You don’t need to be a math genius to understand why raising minimum wage is a bad idea, when you raise the bottom you just end up with more people at the bottom. it was done in 2009 in case you need a reference.
          Whats a burger at McD’s these days? But they have you all sold on it. Tax businesses till they have to leave the country to stay in business, then want to tax them for leaving. You cant tax america into prosperity. You cant multiply wealth by dividing it. The consumer has to pay the tax regardless of where they hide it companies dont just donate the money to Washington.

          1. Independent1 October 28, 2014

            Every word a flat out lie!!! You’re a pathological lying machine just like Faux News!!!! Not only that but you’re also mentally retarded. To even suggest that the very mild recession caused by an oil shortage in the early 80s that Reagan inherited even comes close to be as devastating to America as the Great Recession – the worst financial disaster to ever inflict America and the world – far worse than the Great Depression is so absurd it borders on total IDIOCY!!!!!!

          2. trm October 28, 2014

            Theres no argument, Refering to the double digit inflation/ unemployment/interst rates everyone knew what caused it. Oil embargo (Carter/Reagan) was worse then this banking bubble, (Bush/Obumo) caused by selling “sub -prime baloon” morgages (Clinton) to underquaified individuales with “predictable” defaults on those mortgages. Your comeback was so far from what I stated I cant even come up with a responce. Its all history so not sure where you have an argument. The diference between these two resessions is polocies and taxes. Reagan cut taxes from a top rate of 90% down to the 30’s and Obuma added AFA Tax. One stimulated the economy, the other slowed it. Not rocket sciences.

          3. Independent1 October 28, 2014

            You’re right, history has shown that Carter was a much better president that Reagan ever was; just because the An !0 million jobs were created in his 4 years American people were too stupid to ever realize it doesn’t change that. It’s especially touch when you’re running against someone as evil and nefarious as Reagan was: a guy who would make a deal with the enemy (like the Iran religious leaders) just so he could negatively influence an election.

            Carter presided over the lowest American debt to GDP ratio since the Big Depression at 35%. More than 10 million jobs were created in his 4 years in office. And those high unemployment and mortgage interest rates like 10.8% unemployed and 21% mortgage rates didn’t occur any where near Carter’s time in office – they were all of Reagan’s blundering governance like drastically cutting tax rates into a recession.

            Reagan came into office at the beginning of the Computer revolution and the economy should have skyrocketed. It didn’t do anywhere near as well as it should have BECAUSE REAGAN KILLED IT. Clinton created 1 million more jobs/year in his 8 years than a fake like Reagan could ever create.

            I’m just going to list about 30 some firsts for Reagan, none of which are good. I defy you to list even 5 things he ever did that have ended up to be positive for America:

            1. First to turn America into a DEBTOR nation.

            2. First to increase DEBT faster than growth of national income in eight years.

            3. First to increase DEBT faster than growth of GDP over eight years.

            4. First to double the deficit in just eight years.

            5. First to “almost”: triple the national DEBT in just eight years.

            6. First to increase SPENDING by 80%–over 8 years.

            7. First to have a popularity rating of 35% after his 1st two years in office

            8. First to have unemployment at 10.8% since big depression

            10. First to SPEND more in eight years than was spent in prior 50 years.

            11. First to have “real” INTEREST RATES of 8% after averaging 1% over 35 years.

            12. First to keep PRIME INTEREST RATES at 20%.

            13. First to over value the dollar to the Yen at rate of 262 yen to $1

            14. First to have served as Governor and increased spending by 112%

            15. First to have home loan interest rates as high as 16%

            16. First to cut taxes by 60% for his rich pals

            17. First to “deal” with terrorists.

            18. First to bust a union and then appoint union haters to run the department of labor

            19. First to set a record for the largest one day percentage decline of the Dow – 10-19-87

            20. First to have increased his wealth by over $10,000,000 from serving for 8 years as president

            21. First in having servicemen killed during peacetime (241 killed while they slept in their barracks)

            22. First in Farm Foreclosures

            23. First in Savings & Loan Failures

            24. First in percent of increase in personal bankruptcies

            25. First to have an Assistant Secretary of State indicted

            26. First to have an Assistant Secretary of Defense sent to prison

            27. First to have 100 Members of an Administration Charged with Crimes

            28. First to have more members of his administration charged with crimes than the cumulative total of all previous presidents in the 20th Century

            29. First to testify under oath 130 times “ I don’t
            Remember”17. First to have an Admiral plead the “fifth amendment”

            30. First to have an Admiral with a photographic memory testify 128 times “I don’t remember”

            31. First to honor “Nazi Storm Troopers” by calling them “innocent victims”

            32. First governor to increase personal income tax by 60%, increase taxes on cigarettes by 200% and state tax collections by 152%

            33. First president to have been divorced17. First to have an Admiral plead the “fifth amendment”

          4. trm October 31, 2014

            Not sure how you figure you information. I lived it. That was right when I was graduating from college and entered the work force. The company i worked for laid off almost 1/3. The oil embargo, gas rationing, Reagan took office handed that mess. That was why he took 49 of the 50 states and only lost that one because it was his opponents home state. He won with nearly 60% of the popular vote. He came from California, He joked about being a reformed Democrat. If you want to continue to insult the majority of America that voted for him at that time by lying about what took place trying to re-write history keep at it. Its the liberal way I guess. You are the one that is clueless.

          5. Independent1 October 31, 2014

            He took the election because he bribed the Iranians to continue to hold the hostages until he was elected; and then he hoodwinked the American people by harping on how incompetent Carter was supposed to be by not even being able to get them released: when it was HIM that was keeping that from happening. Reagan was the most devious person that ever sat in the White House. He lied and cheated and even supported Saddam in using chemical weapons against the Iranians during their war. He was absolutely corrupt individual and Americas worst president ever.

            It was Reagan’s devious doings that are why we have the income inequality we do today; he cut tax rates more than in half for him and his wealthy buddies; by deliberately hoodwinking and destroying the Air Traffic Controllers union and appointing 2 union haters to the NLRB which started the demise of unions in America and the decline of the middle class.

            Any imbecilic president could spur the economy like Reagan did in his 2nd term by spending more money in 8 years (virtually triple our debt) than all the presidents between him and Teddy Roosevelt combined. Sure, he was governor of California – and he did the same thing there – tripled California’s debt in 8 years.

            And just one example of how devious he was even before he became president – he conned the Screen Actors Guild (a union) into electing him as their president until they discovered that he hated unions – they fired him immediately.

            And there were no major layoffs during Carter’s 8 years; more than 10 million jobs were created in his 4 years. It was under Reagan when companies began laying off people – NOT BECAUSE THEY NEEDED TO, but because Reagan convinced them that it was more important to beef up the bottom line, rather than honor a company’s commitment to its employees.

            So it was toward the end of Reagan’s 1st term when companies started laying off their older more experienced, higher paid workers JUST SO they could replace them with younger people who would work for less money. It was Reagan’s idiot politics that started the trends that we’re seeing today where companies do everything they can to beef up the bottom line for their sacred stockholders, and punish the people who are working for them.

            Sorry, any way you look at it Ronald Reagan has proven to be America’s worst president EVER!!!!!!

          6. trm October 31, 2014

            I cant begin to educate you on all your errors. Start with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_1980s_recession
            Take some classes in business, and economics. Then remember Reagan won by a landslide. You know why? Carter was that bad! He also saw the error of his ways. He was a California Democrat that realized the party had been overrun by the progressives/socialist, as they couldn’t get more then 2% running that way. He represented the NEW democratic party. The republican party does represent working class people despite all the misinformation. Liberals have no real interest in getting people off assistance, that would make them independent of government, and in a lot of cases a Republican. think about that !

          7. Independent1 November 1, 2014

            More total hogwash. It’s not Democrats that are keeping people on assistance. It’s not Democrats who are refusing to create jobs by not passing 2 of Obama’s jobs bills that the CBO said would have created more than 2 million more jobs. It’s not the Democrats who are refusing to pass a $10.10 min wage that the CBO says would lift millions of Americans out of poverty and save 46 billion of SNAP payments over 10 years. it’s not the Democrats that were so stupid to have cut state budgets and services during a recession which resulted in throwing millions of RED STATE residents onto unemployment and welfare such that 13 of the 15 states that suck the most welfare including food stamps are RED STATES. And where 421 of the counties in America, including some in Blue States that suck the most welfare voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 showing that even the leaders of counties in blue states that have Republicans dominate in sucking FEDERAL ASSTANCE.

            And it’s Democrats that lead by far in leading the nation in prosperous economic times, It’s Republicans who cause the most recessions, it’s Eisenhower who leads all presidents since 1900 in presiding over 3 recessions during his 8 years; America muddled in recession for almost 1/2 of his 8 years in office. And it’s Republicans whose governance results in abysmal returns in the stock market: Since the 1929 market crash WHICH THE GOP CAUSED, stock market returns during GOP presidencies has averaged less than 1%/yr; whereas under Democrats it’s averaged over 10 %.

            It’s YOU that needs to wake up to THE DISASTER THAT IS GOP GOVERNANCE.

            And here are some stats on RED STATES to prove it!!!!!!

            9 of the 10 States with
            the worst quality of life are Red States
            Analysis by 24/7 Wall Street
            Disposable income/Percent in poverty/
            Homicide Rate per 100,000/% that vote

            MS-23,957/24/7.3/74.5
            AL-25,584/19/6.4/61.9
            AR-24150/20/5.3/53.3
            WV-25,199/19/3.9/47.8
            TN-27,734/17/5.9/55.7
            OK/27,384/16/5.5/62.4
            SC-25,055/19/6.5/64.7
            LA/28,418/20/10.9/66.3
            NM-25,183/21/6.7/61.6
            GA-26,426/19/5.7/61.9

            9 of the 10 States with the most gun related violence are Red States
            Analysis by 24/7 Wall Street – 2012
            Homicides/Assaults/Violent Crime

            LA-9.53/99.51/555.3
            AK-4.22/80.47/606.5
            AL-5.92/40.50/420.1
            AZ-4.24/57.36/405.9
            MS-6.91/51.69/269.8
            SC-4.95/127.88/571.9
            NM-3.69/87.26/567.5
            MO-5.59/88.90/447.4
            GA-4.57/58.64/373.2
            AR-4.53/100.56/480.9

            -11 of the 12 states that have the highest infant
            mortality rates in the nation are RED STATES? With Mississippi having the highest infant mortality followed by Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, S. Carolina, Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana & Ohio.

            -20 of the 24 states that have more than 12% of their population struggling with incomes below the poverty level (the states that need the most welfare assistance) are RED STATES. The only Blue States in the top 23 are California, New Mexico, and New York. While for 2013, the 8 states with the highest average incomes, including the 3 with the highest minimum wage
            standard, are all Blue States.

            8 of the 10 most corrupt states are RED STATES: Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee,
            Illinois, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Alaska, South Dakota, Kentucky and Florida.

            9 of the 10 most miserable cities in America are in RED STATES: Huntington/Ashland, WVA, Charleston, WVA, Redding, CA, Spartansburg, SC, Hickory–Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX. Columbus, GA/AL,
            Shreveport/Bossier City, LA, Mobile, AL, Evansville, In/KY.

            All 10 of America’s poorest cities are in RED STATES: Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas, Dalton, Ga., McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, Gadsden,
            Ala., Lake Havasu City-Kingman, Ariz., Albany, Ga., Monroe, La., Cumberland.W.Va., Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla, Pine Bluff, Ark;

            While 9 of the 10 richest cities are in Blue States: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.,
            Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., San
            Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif., Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H. , Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif., Anchorage, Alaska, Honolulu, Hawaii, Manchester-Nashua, N.H., Napa, Calif.

            All 10 of America’s most miserable states, those with the least “well-being factor” for their residents are RED STATES with the worst being
            West Virginia and then: Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas,Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma and last but not least – Louisiana.

          8. trm November 4, 2014

            There are similar stats used to make my points as well if I wanted to waste more time explaining econ 101 to you.
            Democrats have controlled both houses most of the last 60 years. “Not disputable”. More people are living in poverty then ever. “Not Disputable”. The economy doesn’t turn on a dime “Not Disputable” as you seem to believe looking at your STATS. I can nit pick stats to show 100% the opposite of your conclusions, just as easily. thats how the spin Dr’s distort the truth around election time.
            You can argue raising the minimum wage will raise people out of poverty , I argue it forces more companies out of the country or out of business. No job is worse than a minimum wage don’t you think? Just because you cant draw a direct connection between two separate statistics doesn’t mean its not there. The economy is more complicated than your basic stats and its not STATIC so you cant just raise the cost of doing business without changing the business. If you price your product too high it wont sell is pretty simple. Except for liberals that tax it out of you if you dont want to buy what they are selling, and send the IRS if you refuse. Like oh lets say the AFA.

          9. Independent1 November 4, 2014

            You are clearly mentally deficient. The Dems have had control of both houses of Congress for less that 1 year in the past 18 years – part of 2009. They gained control of both houses on 1/1/2009 and lost control when Ted Kennedy died on 8/15/09. Scott Brown was elected in Mass to replace Ted and that was the end of the Dem’s control of Congress- less than 1 year in the past 19 years now.

            And with respect to poverty – we have high poverty in the U.S. because of the GOP’s disastrous governance. 20 of the 24 states today with 12% and over of people living in poverty are all GOP governed states. All the states with more than 18% living in poverty, 10 of them are all RED STATES.

            Your posts are complete nonsense!!!!

          10. trm November 5, 2014

            See for yourself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_divisions_of_United_States_Congresses . And at that only 2 years with a Rep. president and both houses.

          11. Independent1 November 6, 2014

            I’m not interested in what wikipedia says – since the GOP took a majority in the Senate back in 1995 and all decency rules in the Senate went out the window – having a majority in the Senate IS NOT HAVING CONTROL OF THE SENATE!!

            TODAY, the only time a party has “CONTROL” of the Senate is when it has enough votes to override a filibuster (60 VOTES). If the GOP really thinks it has ‘CONTROL’ of the Senate today, its SADLY MISTAKEN!!! Mitch McConnell proved that IN SPADES more than 425 times over the passed 6 years – even though the Dems had a majority THEY DID NOT HAVE CONTROL!!!!!!

            THE DEMS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET SOMETHING DONE THAT WAS ON THEIR AGENDA FOR ONLY ABOUT 9 MOS OUT OF THE PAST 19 YEARS!!!!!!!!

          12. Independent1 November 1, 2014

            And one last thing: if Democrats are so incompetent in governance as your demented mind seems to
            believe, why is it that of the 17 states that get less than $1 back in federal assistance for each $1 of taxes that they send to Washington, the measly 3 Red States in that list get back between 96 and 99 cents/dollar in Federal Assistance, while all 14 of the Blue States in that list get back less than 85 cents on the dollar, some of them less than 60 cents showing clearly THAT IT’S THOSE 14 BLUE STATES THAT ARE ACTUALLY SUPPORTING AMERICA!!!!!!

            AND IT’S THE RED STATES THAT ARE TRYING TO DRIVE AMERICA INTO POVERTY!!!!!

          13. trm October 31, 2014

            Thought you were more engaged than this? Sound more now like ramblings of a conspiracy theorist. So many bits taken out of context. Think the cool-aid has effected your judgment. Revenues rose significantly from tax reform, but congress spent it. those were still Democratic controlled at that time.

          14. Independent1 October 31, 2014

            And by the way: Reagan was very inept at “handling the mess”. It was June 1982 when the unemployment rate hit 10.8% the highest unemployment rate since the Big Depression. Reagan DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR A YEAR AND A HALF TO STOP THE JOB SLIDE. Most of the job loses you’re talking about happened under Reagan. And also the huge interest rate increases HAPPENED UNDER REAGAN. If you read the Forbes article in shows you that even 5 years later the unemployment rate was over 7%. In 5 years Obama had it under 6% from 10.1% about 8 months into 2009. Obama stopped the job slide MUCH MUCH FASTER THAN REAGAN!!!

          15. Independent1 October 28, 2014

            And also this:

            2008-2009 Recession

            The worst recession since the Depression. The economy shrank in five quarters, including four quarters in a row. Two quarters shrank more than 5%, including Q2 2008 which fell a whopping 8.9%, more than any other recession since the Great Depression. The recession ended in Q3 2009, when GDP turned positive, thanks to economic stimulus spending. The recession was also the longest since the Depression, lasting 18 months.

      2. Dominick Vila October 22, 2014

        I didn’t know that President Obama owns a house in Hollywood, but if he does, so what? Do you have a problem with people who become successful? BTW, the house where the Obamas stayed during the last fundraiser in Hollywood belongs to Gwyneth Paltrow.
        FYI, Democrats don’t have a problem with people who are rich or with successful corporations, we have a problem with people like Romney, who use foreign tax shelters to avoid paying taxes, with profitable corporations that get subsidies, with businesses that exploit their employees, and with Wall Street wheelers and dealers who make millions gambling with our money.
        Regarding Hillary’s tenure, she presided over a major transformation towards freedom and democracy in parts of the world where such principles were not even a dream, and she – and President Obama – finally got us out of Iraq, reduced our presence in Afghanistan, dealt with the Ukrainian crisis without getting us involved in another war, was involved in the decision to order the raids that resulted in the end of Osama bin Laden and the capture of al-Libby. Last, but not least, she restored our international credibility by getting actively engaged in causes such as equal rights for women in countries where women are nothing more than a commodity, fighting poverty, malnutrition, and preventable diseases in countries where effective healthcare systems are not existent, and promoting peaceful solutions to complex international problems.
        The civil unrest that is evident in so many countries in nothing new. Don’t forget what happened in Lebanon when President Reagan was in office and 272 U.S. Marines were slaughtered at the Beirut airport, or what happened in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and in many African and Latin American countries.
        What is different now is that instead of shooting from the hip and getting us involved in unfunded crusades, sacrificing our young to ensure some corporations profited from sole source contracts, and putting puppets who do not enjoy popular support in charge, we now treat others with the respect they deserve.

      3. Sand_Cat October 22, 2014

        You’re a moron.

        1. trm October 27, 2014

          Realy? look at the number of people in poverty since welfare was started, tax increase, SS from 2% to 14%, how raising minimum wage correlates to the loss of jobs and companies leaving the US. You have to be able to take data from multiple locations. Wikipedia, Dept of labor, Census. And have some knowledge of how business works. You cant raise prices on products indefinitely or people stop buying the product. Why do you think the average person cant buy a new car made in the US, The average house. Why does it take two incomes to make ends meet where it used to be just one. I cant pour 20 years of information into your head though it sounds like you have plenty of room.

          1. Sand_Cat October 27, 2014

            You’re still a moron.

          2. trm October 27, 2014

            Yea and you gullible, trusting in a lawyer, its their job to manipulate people. I have documentation showing Im not a moron, and would bet my IQ is at least 20 points higher than yours. We will keep fighting for your right to be stupid though for the most part its a waste of time.

  2. joe schmo October 23, 2014

    Warren may claim she is the right person for the job but it is the same old same old. Daughter of a janitor who made it big….an American success story. Aren’t many former Americans in this same position. Problem is when you get to that high place in life oftentimes you forget where you came from.

    Elizabeth Warren is just another progressive with the same Communist agenda as Obama and seeing how popular Obama is at the moment, I kind of doubt that she will get in. If she does, this country is already too far gone and in a direction that has never been seen before in this country.

    “Why she decries the lack of public investment in education and
    infrastructure, the hostility to a minimum wage, the disappearing power
    of unions to ensure a decent pension and a balance between worker and
    employer clout.”

    1)Education is already run by secular humanists and we can see what a GREAT job they are doing….. LOL Probably worse than when I was in school.
    2) Infrastructure – why were we always able to pay for this in the past? Could it be because of the dollars value and the fact that we are over taxed enough already.
    3) Minimum Wage- this is suicide since Corps will find new and innovative ways to still pay a low wage either through cutting employment or outsourcing.
    4) Decent pension? Wow….don’t union people already get 75% of their salaries. I know my brother in law a former police officer does. This is sacrilage.
    5) Balance between worker and employer clout….What’s this, distribution of wealth. Forget it! If you start thinking like that we are not far from adopting Marxism.

    No real solutions….as usual. I would much rather see the better of the two evils in office….namely, Hillary

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