If 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.
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