Lindsey Graham: Elizabeth Warren Is ‘The Problem’ With Our Government

lindsey_graham3If there’s one issue on which Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has focused tirelessly on, it’s her belief that Wall Street and our big banking industry is destroying this country. And one would think that after the 2008 financial collapse that nearly torpedoed our entire economy, this would be an issue on which nearly every American regardless of political affiliation could agree.

Sadly, however, that is not the case.

Even in 2014, not that far removed from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, far too many Americans still seem to have no issue with continuing to deregulate Wall Street and some of the very same financial institutions that not too long ago pushed our entire economy to the brink of collapse.

Thankfully for all of us who still maintain our reason and sanity when it comes to our economy, we have Sen. Warren as one of the voices of reason in our government when it comes to these issues.

“Think about this kind of power,” Warren said. “A financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is a reason enough for us to break them up. Enough is enough. Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but that everybody comes to regret. Enough is enough.”

She was referring to controversial language inserted at the last minute into a budget proposal the House recently passed that would continue to help make it easier for these financial institutions to treat our economy like it’s a game in a Las Vegas casino. Only when they lose, they don’t suffer the losses – we do. 

Well, it seems Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doesn’t quite agree with Warren. After all, why would he? Republicans are trying their damnedest to deregulate everything in this country – except the government’s control over what women do with their own bodies, marriage, religion, the rights of homosexuals and several other social issues where they suddenly become huge fans of big government.

Graham followed Warren’s comments by declaring the Massachusetts senator is “the problem.”

“If you follow the lead of the senator of Massachusetts, people are not going to believe you are mature enough to run the place,” Graham said. “Don’t follow her lead. She’s the problem.”

But of course she is – she’s “the problem” for senators like Graham who are nothing but shills for these corrupt financial institutions. These are the people who are directly responsible for our economic crash, yet jackasses like Graham are desperately doing anything and everything they can to help ensure that they’re allowed to do it again.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m not just blaming Republicans. There were several Democrats who supported this budget that included these provisions that make it easier for big banks to once again screw over the American people. Though it’s undeniable that Republicans are the ones pushing for this kind of reckless legislation the most.

Graham’s comments, while absurd, are completely predictable – though they do bring with them a bit of irony. Because while he tried to paint Warren as “the problem,” he, in fact, is a huge part of what’s wrong with Washington. He’s nothing but a partisan hack who does nothing but toe the party line, selling out to big business and political rhetoric instead of serving the American people.

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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  • forpeace

    It seems like Elizabeth Warren hit a nerve.

    Poor warmonger Lindsey Graham’s feelings are hurt.
    Where is John McCain to calm him down?

    No, Lindsey, Elizabeth Warren is not the problem with our government, you are the problem.

    What happens to American people is neither your priority nor your concern, as long as you collect your contributions.

    The sneaky Lindsey Graham is also killing two birds with one stone by attacking Elizabeth Warren because he is also worried about if Elizabeth Warren decides to run in 2016 presidential election.

    I really like and admire Elizabeth Warren, and she is doing a fantastic job as a Senator, I want her to stay in U.S. Congress to fight the despicable members of U.S. Congress such as Lindsey Graham, other GOTPers, all the new Koch Brothers and Tea Party crazy nuts who were elected in 2014 November election with only one mission to distract and destroy everything.

    • strayaway

      40 Senators voted against the Obama/Republican establishment $1.1T budget bill. They included Senators Cruz, Franken, Lee, Paul, Sanders, Sessions, and Elizabeth Warren. Credit should be given where credit is due. Elizabeth Warren got that vote right. While Lindsey Graham voted for the budget, McCain, oddly, did not.

  • Jim Bean

    I’m pleased to see the far Left’s enthusiasm for Warren growing. Voters made it plain last month that they want to see the needle move from Left to Right so it is encouraging to see Liberals making it their ambition to nominate a candidate intent on pegging the needle on the far Left. Pubs controlling all three branches after November 2016 may be a stronger possibility than I had earlier suspected.

    • The Kilted Yaksman

      Another bored, pinhead, republican troll. The “Voters” you refer to are actually a tiny percentage of the electorate, so please tell me more about the mandate the right seems to think they have.

      • Jim Bean

        Good point. Just as good a point as the one that goes ‘ only a little more than a third of eligible voters ever voiced their support for Obama in either Presidential election when allowances are made for the fact that a third of the voters weren’t impressed enough with either candidate to vote their support.’

        Oddly, stimulated, cerebral, democratic, authors drew the exact opposite conclusion from that.

    • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

      What the election this year proved is that holding elections in the middle of a week when low income people are at work means that poor people don’t vote. It did nothing to show how Americans feel about anything. You may have an actual argument if voting was compulsory and mandatory. But it’s not so you don’t.

  • GenerallyConfused

    Generally speaking, those that point fingers are the ones that are doing the thing they accuse others of.

  • sherry06053

    I would love to see a Hillary/Warren ticket in 2016!!!! Time to let the women clean up our country’s problems – we’ve had enough practice.

    • Conssuckballs

      Don’t you mean a Warren/Sanders ticket? Hil-Rod is in too deep with the Banksters of Ball St.

      • sherry06053

        I would be happy with that, too, but the Dems REALLY have to get their crap in order. It should be easy to beat the republicans and we just can’t seem to do it.

      • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

        What we can’t seem to do is vote. Probably because most of us are low income and have to work every Tuesday.

    • JOGO

      Hillary is part of the problem…her friends don’t associate with Elizabeth.

  • Pipercat

    Really Lindsey, all you have are ad hominems?

  • Paul Robinson

    That boy needs to be put back on the farm.

    • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

      I don’t know about you buy I wouldn’t trust him to grow my food.

  • Mike Hitchcock

    Senator Warren IS the problem – the problem being, she’s not running the country.

    America needs to fix that soon – Nov 2016 should do nicely.

    • cecilia

      we need at least 100 MORE Elizabeth Warren’s in CONGRESS NOW. and THAT’S the real problem with America

  • bobmoon

    When I read the headline on this story my gag reflex was tested to it’s limit. A jackass like Miss Lindsey standing there with a straight face saying that Warren is the problem with the country. Just what the fuck planet has that jackass been residing on for the last 30 years. From where I stand Lindsey, McLame, Boner, Ryan and the rest of those Reich wing ass kissers to Wall Street and the MIC have had a lot more to do with the demise of the country than anything that Elizabeth Warren has done. She is trying her damnedest to draw attention the the fuck ups that you assholes have created.

    • Macdoodle

      Wow what a bitter post.The name calling is really classy.Still butthurt from the mid term election results?

      • John McClure

        Nothing like the butthurt you’re gonna get the NEXT time the economy goes in the toilet, because you and I are going to have to stand for the big banks screwups with risky bets. There won’t be enough lube in the whole COUNTRY to ease that impact! Name calling suits domestic terrorists…

    • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

      Nice sexism there. We don’t want HIM. He’s 100% MAN

  • Jody L. Liebmann

    Elizabeth Warren is only the problem if you are a corrupt politician and have your own agenda.
    Lindsey Graham, do you really care about your constituents and the systemic poverty that so many are living under or is it all about making sure that the wealthy keep and maintain their wealth by not paying their fair share of taxes.

  • Haligonex

    Of all the people your country could be relegating to the pit and you miss these idiots.

  • Claudine E. Capriotti

    Lindsey, chill out dude….. Don’t get your panties in a wad…… Your big bro needs to reel you in dude! With everything the middle class has had to pay for because of you and your ilk. I think your best bet is to sit down and stfu.

  • Conssuckballs

    I saw that speech and it was the most awesome thing since Bernie Sanders outed banking motherfuckers who were speculating on gas futures which was one of the reasons that drove up prices close to $5 bucks back in 2012. It really pisses me off that she’s adamant about not running. Her policies should be put on front street for all of us to hear

  • Rhonda Warmack Houston

    Graham is highly tied to the industrial-military complex which is so close to Wall Street, Elizabeth Warren will be his problem. Graham is one of those who helped with the 2008 economy crash…did you lose any of your pension or you home…and this Republican party was ready to allow this to happen again….Warren saved the American people’s bacon at the lowest economic level with saying no to Citibank killing of protection of Dodd Frank was another Wall Street take over…I was surprised to see the list of all those who Obama had placed in governmental offices who had all come from Citibank, which Elizabeth Warren listed within her speech which supported her reason why Citibank was considered too big to fail…IT was literally taking over the government and losing the rules which protected the people at the bottom of the economic scale…which could very well have sent us into another economic crash. So, Yes, Elizabeth Warren was the large part of his Republican problem for making more money.

    • Susan

      Please remember the President lobbied to pass this bill. This is power driven, not party. If you are bought….you voted for it. Dems and Republicans.

  • Mark Hutchings

    Warren has my vote for President in 2016, even if it’s a write in!

  • Angela Monger

    Naturally someone who points out the truth is a problem. And corrupt politicians sure don’t like problems.

  • scriptspring

    Elizabeth Warren is one of the few people who gives a damn about the middle-class anymore.