Elizabeth Warren Absolutely Hammers Right-Wing Partisan Games and Blatant Obstruction

elizabeth-warrenMassachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is already well known to anybody who follows politics, but sometimes I wonder how known she is to the average American voter.  Perhaps they’ve heard of her, but do they really know how awesome she is?

And she is absolutely awesome.  I know that’s sort of a juvenile word to use to describe someone, but she is one of the few politicians who I feel that when she says something, it’s what she truly believes.

Though she’s only been in office for about a year, she’s made headlines for her bold stances against Wall Street and fiercely opposing the many archaic ideologies of the Republican party.

Heck, there are a good amount of people who hope she runs for president in 2016. And even though I’m a staunch Hillary supporter, I wouldn’t be upset if Warren ended up being the Democratic candidate — although she has said she won’t be running.

Well, recently on Now with Alex Wagner, she took aim at Republican nonsense once again by hammering basically the entire “GOP strategy” since President Obama was elected in 2008.

Warren asked of Republicans about extending unemployment benefits, “You’re willing to do this over politics?  You’re really willing to cut these people off, to leave them with no money to put food on the table, to put a roof over their heads, to take care of their children?”

Then she really tore into the core of what Republicans have been doing for years:

“The Republicans are so caught in playing political games at every single turn.  This is about America saying to the Republican Party, you can’t keep blocking everything that moves this country forward.  This has to stop.”

And she’s absolutely right.  All we’ve seen since 2010 (and even before that) is Republicans try to block and oppose anything and everything proposed by President Obama and Democrats.

Their blatant obstruction has gotten so bad that many liberals have joked that if President Obama came out in favor of oxygen, Republicans would suffocate.

It literally seems that every single thing in Washington is suddenly a political battle.  Even simple procedural votes like raising our debt ceiling (something Congress did with willing Republican approval seven times during President G.W. Bush’s eight years) have turned into political gridlock.  We even saw our first government shutdown in nearly two decades this past October.

I’m just glad we have Democrats like Elizabeth Warren in the Senate who aren’t afraid to stand there and call out this constant blatant Republican obstruction.

Let’s just hope the American people are listening — and paying attention.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    Republicans should know by now that the role of the Democratic party is to spend money and that finding the money to spend is someone else’s problem – except that they (Dems) retain exclusive right to say where it CANNOT come from. Hopefully, Warren has made that clear.

    • Lower salaries for members of both political parties would be a great place to start. Cut off the exorbitant life-time pensions too. Let ’em all live a lower-middle-class life once out of office. They’d STILL be living better than the majority of the People.

      • Jim Bean

        With you, I agree. I’d put in some term limits too. Or better yet, a vote of confidence requirement for election to second and subsequent terms. Say, for example, the incumbent must capture 80% of the vote to get reelected. That would stop this pandering to little special interest groups and force the pols to keep their focus on the key issues and the public as a whole. It would end this divide and conquer political strategy.

      • DEFINITELY term limits!!! Everyone’s all over the Constitutution and what “the Founding Fathers wanted”, but they all skim over the part where the Fathers intended people to serve *short term*; do your duty as a citizen, then vacate the seat so someone ELSE may do the same.
        Nothin’ but cricket song on THAT part…

    • The Green Devilish One

      Please, it was that “great” conservative Ronbo who quintupled our national debt and the Idiot Son President left Obama with $5 trillion in bills from his tax cut, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the prescription drug “benefit” that all finally had to go on tbe books. A $2 billion dam project in KY was demanded by McConnell as payment to allow the government to reopen and not a peep from the teatard deficit hawks about that. Yet $4 billion for the unemployed in the dead of winter becomes another mind-melting crisis for the sociopathic teatards.

      • Jim Bean

        And it was under Obama that more debt was added than under all 43 presidents before him COMBINED. And he ain’t finished yet. (I despise the dam kickback deal, btw, but I also despise the smorgasbord of special Obamacare deals and exemptions just as much. You don’t hear anyone on the left crying ‘foul’ over those.

      • Shareena

        “And it was under Obama that more debt was added than under all 43 presidents before him COMBINED’

        That
        has been proven false. Check politifacts or snopes. Don’t you tire having to
        repeat the most times false party lines? Try doing some research.

      • surfjac

        See my reply above. It’s a bad analogy.
        More debt being added was the fault of the previous administration, mostly their excessive tax cuts and as the deficit continued to grown during the ’00’s there was no plan to reverse that, keeping the wars out of the budget and then when the economy collapses, no tax increases, no job creation, nada

        I don’t hear the left crying foul over that much as they are more interested in getting America moving again. It’s a shame they have to fight the other party’s relentless obstruction.
        We ALWAYS do better economically with a democratic President.

      • Jim Bean

        Yes. Every failure of this administration is someone else’s fault. Even the CEO (Obama) well tell you that. Over and over and over.

      • surfjac

        Sorry, but if the frat boy didn’t give up all those tax cuts, hadn’t redistributed the surplus, had put the wars in the budget, maintained the clinton era tax rates, not launched medicare plan D, I can’t really blame deregulating the banks to him but they failed during his administration. Obama’s made some problems mostly by being too republican’t but everything bush handed off to Obama was crap.
        How much debt did we have the day Obama took office? When Mr. Obama became president in January 2009, the total federal debt stood at $10.6 trillion. That was on the first day of his Presidency; he had nothing to do with that. Limited revenue from the tax cuts, the wars, more reduction of revenue as people lost their jobs, banks not making loans, all contributed to the mess he inherited.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        jimbo will not reply to your facts,,,,,,,

      • Betty Caron

        Because it’s the truth.

      • Betty Caron

        Obama gets blamed and yet it was Bush’s two wars, prescription drug benefits, and 750,000 jobs lost every month that got put on the books and the bailouts when Obama took office.

      • Jim Bean

        The lost jobs were the result of a housing bubble burst. That housing bubble should never have been allowed to ‘bubble up’ but Liberal Democrats were sure they’d finally figured out how to make water flow up hill.

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        jim beans only purpose on this board is to distract. Do not engage him. Do not try to argue or convince him. He will ignore all real facts in favor of FOX “News” talking points. He will ignore the fact that all his talking points have been debunked, some of them repeatedly, which proves that he is not here for any other reason than to distract.
        Don’t Feed The Trolls.

      • Pipercat

        Can I taunt him and the rest of his English Kniggets?

        (audible raspberry)

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        Okay, well….only for entertainment purposes, and only because his mother was a hamster and his father smelt of elderberries….. 😉

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        his mom is a coelacanth- that’s how he learned to walk on land

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I like annoying him,,,,,,,,, he cries a lot & pouts and calls me names: ergo I am under his thin skin

      • janinec

        As always…leftists (or should I say “leftards” since that is the only kind of juvenile word they might understand) take everything out of context (especially when it comes to economics) because they want to create false perception. Take some econ and history courses please… You really do not know what you are talking about. Think about what was happening at the time…we were coming out of the Carter mess as well as finally making the last move to win the Cold War once and for all.

    • Pipercat

      I hope she can, because you sure didn’t…

    • surfjac

      Stop projecting the last the last three republican’t administrations into the first term of President Obama. It don’t work. Obama inherited a budget and an economy on the brink of utter disaster. It threw millions into poverty virtually overnight. Now I know republican’ts think those impacted the worst should’ve stole food, gas, oil and other essentials from their neighbors but that’s why we have these programs in place, so they don’t have to. It would have been better without obstruction from the right. They did crash the damn thing; they shouldn’t have a say in fixing it. AND, they way they fix it can’t be to make the situation worse.

      • Pipercat

        What gets lost in all of this excitement, is the general economy is not geared for wealth creation. It is geared for wealth extraction. Wealth gets created when money percolates throughout the economy. Under this supply side monstrosity, wealth is supplied to the speculators at the top by starving the general economy of needed capital. What’s concerning, is that QE3 basically fed the beast so the general economy might have a chance to recover. It failed on that measure and only inflated the already over-inflated speculative markets.

      • strayaway

        Warren Harding also inherited a bad economy. Unemployment quickly shot up to over 11% after he entered office. He did what any reasonable president would do. He cut taxes and spending. Two years later, he had unemployment down to 3.6%. Reagan and Bush cut taxes while increasing spending. Harding’s idea worked better.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        harding—for all the scandals which plagued his administration-was a very underrated president

      • strayaway

        Harding’s scandals don’t match up Bush or Obama’s scandals but I agree that Harding was underrated. He even let Woodrow Wilson’s political prisoners, including Eugene Debs, out of jail. Calving Coolidge cleaned up the sandals and continued Hardings reign of growth, peace, and prosperity.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      please explain to me where the regressive republicans ( lets look at reagan and bush 1 /bush 2) got the money they spent on little items such as 2 wars and all the other crap they spend on? lemme know jimmy boy– lemme know——————- where do republicans get the money they OVER spend on?

  • Can’tStandTheIdocyAnymore

    Really Jim – so the simple fact that the last Republican President to balance the budget was Eisenhower and every Republican President and Congress has increased our debt. Reagan, and both Bush’s with W wiping out a surplus and driving the country to the brink of financial collapse. You have a very selective memory.

  • Sam

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that a women is the one talking sensibly and talking the truth! Go Elizabeth, and Hillary, and Wendy Davis, etc. You do your sisters proud! The time is more than right for a female President!

    • janinec

      Those dimbulb leftist hags are NOT my sisters…

  • strayaway

    Providing unemployment compensation is a state decision and not a power delegated to the federal government. However, since the federal government allows 8M illegal foreign workers to live here displacing more than the 1.3M Americans on extended unemployment, pass trade laws that make it profitable to send jobs overseas, and is secretly planning to hand over a measure of governance to corporations under the TPP, perhaps the Federal government should take care of the people it has destroyed. In that context, I’m with Elizabeth Warren.

  • The Truth

    Harry Reid has blocked EVERY single Republican bill sent. Democrats are America’s Cancer. Vote them all out and this country will move forward.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      forward into Christian scumbaggery,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and keeping women and gays and non white subjugated as always