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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:05 PM
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White House Calls On Big Progressive Gun: Elizabeth Warren
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 03:08 PM by berni_mccoy
Or, in other words: Message from Mass. Voters Received, loud and clear.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/ope... /

ON THE day after Tuesdays electoral loss, the Obama administration brought an unfamiliar face to the White House - Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor noted for her staunch advocacy on behalf the middle class and fierce criticism of the bank bailouts. Perhaps the administration will take a more aggressive approach to Wall Street, along the lines of what Warren wants. But for Democrats to truly take ownership of the economic crisis, Warren will need to play a more prominent role. Not just her ideas, but the force of her personality is needed.

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Warren has spent her career laying the groundwork for what might be called progressive populism. From her perch in Cambridge, shes excoriated the unfair credit and lending practices that, in part, gave rise to the current crisis. She was the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which, if created, would regulate credit cards and mortgages in the same way home appliances are regulated now. (Full disclosure: Warren once wrote about the agency in the publication I help edit.) And well before the bubble broke in the summer of 2007, when America was still riding high on George W. Bushs economy, Warren was speaking out against the incredible pressure the 21st century economy was putting on the middle class. She was derided as a Cassandra, but she was right.



If anyone can help the Obama Administration, it is her. If Democrats in Congress listen to her on the economy and health care reform, it may just put an end to worries about the 2010 election. It's also follow-through on the Obama Administration's take-away statements from the Mass. Senate Election that they were going to take a strong left turn as a result of it.
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DarthDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:07 PM
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1. Thanks!

Excellent news I might otherwise have missed. Much appreciated!
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:09 PM
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2. Best wishes to Elizabeth.
May all ears be open to her words. We are just about at the end of our rope and if we are ever going to listen to the voice of reason, now is the time.
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:09 PM
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3. She was great on The Daily Show. I have confidence in her -- not because of
"progressive populism" but because she doesn't have bullshit oozing out of every pore when she speaks. Hmm, maybe that is related to the progressive populism...
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:09 PM
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4. I knew it
when I saw the headline earlier today about the middle class being squeezed... I knew whoever was feeding him his lines had finally taken the time to watch Warren's "Collapse of the Middle Class" presentation.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:12 PM
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7. She will likely have a hand in his SOTU address.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:13 PM
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8. What we really need
is for her to have an actual influence on policy.

She would make an excellent Treasury Secretary.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:09 PM
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17. Pure speculation, but...
I wonder if it's a signal to Geithner his days are numbered? Even if he is liked internally at the Administration, he's become a political liability.
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:12 PM
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20. Oh please, oh please, oh please let this happen!
I would LOVE to see her at Treasury.
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:11 PM
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5. Her influence and outside the beltway knowledge is a great thing
Now, lets act on it rather than giving lip service.
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tallahasseedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:11 PM
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6. She is amazing!
Especially in "Capitalism: A Love Story."
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:15 PM
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9. K & R nt
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Zenlitened Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:28 PM
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10. Sweet. K&R - n/t
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:30 PM
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11. I have enourmous respect for Elizabeth Warren
It's about time we bring back good common sense to the White House.

I'm hoping the president keeps her around, truly listens, and heeds her advice. Not just use her to make a great SOTU address, then drop her like a hot potato because the republicans whine the president is too socialist/fascist. Sometimes I think we wasted a whole year playing bipartisanship, and doing the fuckyou-healthcare dance. I don't want to waste any more time. We can't afford it.

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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:31 PM
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12. Good news. Lets hope her influence with the Administration grows
and bears us good results as well.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:32 PM
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13. That would be nice.
A visit, however, is not a policy change. So I'll believe it when I see it.
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:32 PM
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14. No, no, no, no, NO!!! Not her!!!
She'll criticize everything the Obama administration has done so far! She'll say Obama isn't perfect! She'll just give the GOP all kinds of ammunition to use against Dems in November! No! Anyone but Elizabeth Warren! We can't let anyone say anything bad!



:sarcasm: just in case.





Tansy Gold, who thinks Elizabeth Warren would be a great REPLACEMENT FOR THAT FUCKWIT TIM GEITHNER
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:44 PM
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23. Me too, Tansy_Gold.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:36 PM
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15. This is good!
She is terrific, and her ideas are what's needed to help turn the country around.
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whatchamacallit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:42 PM
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16. As long as her involvement is more than window dressing, I consider it a positive sign (n/t)
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marlakay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:10 PM
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18. I love her, she has been on Daily show a few times
and she makes the most sense of anyone out there.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:39 PM
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22. Yes, I saw here on once. Not only is she incredibly intelligent, but she is charming and a great
talker.
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:11 PM
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19. Go get 'em, girl!!
K&R

:loveya:
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philly_bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:20 PM
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21. Effective communicator, specialist in consumer finance, GREAT! /nt
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 04:20 PM by philly_bob
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:54 PM
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24. She should be Fed Chair
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:00 PM
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25. Makes for a good Photo-Op anyway.
Until I see a CHANGE in the current POLICIES, I'm not buying anymore Populist Sweet Talk and Promises.


"I did not campaign on a Public Option".
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DisgustedInMN Donating Member (956 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:12 AM
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26. A ray of hope...
.. after last week's blow after blow, is welcome. However, I'll remain in the "Don't tell me, show me" camp until I see some SERIOUS course correction out of Obama.

Fool me once...
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