Sunday, April 27, 2014

Why Elizabeth Warren is My Hero

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, is my new hero. Walter Bagehot, an English political philosopher and the co-editor of the Economist in the 19th century, believed you could understand much about a nation by the people it admired, and I want to make sure I'm standing in the right line.
She grew up in a lower middle class family, where things were tough when her dad lost his job selling carpet at Montgomery Ward. She married young and was divorced before  she went to college and ended up a law school professor at Harvard.
She had revealing interactions with Larry Summers and Tim Geithner, who seemingly never met a banker they didn't love. And so she isn't surprised that in the end Obama gave in to Wall Street and let the bankers walk away without accepting responsibility for nearly bringing our nation to its knees.
She fought hard for the creation of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, and says things like "America's middle class is under attack," or "the game is deliberately rigged."
She is part of my generation, except she's a lot smarter than I am. In short, a great choice for a personal hero.

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