Elizabeth Warren Calls Out the “Anarchists” in Congress

…so about that government shutdown…

Progressive hero and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave an epic speech on the Senate floor a few days ago in which she called out the far-right in the House for its extremism. House Republicans, hijacked by the fringe Tea Party, literally championed a government shutdown and many of them campaigned on it (“If we don’t get our way, we’ll shut it down!”). To them, Elizabeth Warren had this to say:

“You can do your best to make government look like it doesn’t work when you stop it from working. You can do your best to make government look paralyzed when you paralyze it. You can do your best to make government look incompetent through your incompetence and ineffective through your ineffectiveness. But sooner or later, the government will reopen because this is a democracy and this democracy has already rejected your views. We have already chosen to do these things together because we all know that we are stronger when we come together.

“When this government reopens, when our markets are safe again, when our scientists can return to their research, when our small businesses can borrow, when our veterans can be respected for their service, when our flu shots resume and our Head Start programs get back to teaching our kids, we will have rejected your views once again.

“We are not a country of anarchists. We are not a country of pessimists and ideologues whose motto is ‘I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.’ We are not a country that tolerates dangerous drugs, unsafe meat, dirty air, or toxic mortgages. We are not that nation. We have never been that nation and we will never be that nation”

 

 

Here’s a video of the awesome smack-down – it’s a must-watch:

 

Elizabeth Warren on Taxes

Elizabeth Warren, who is now in the race to unseat Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, had this to say about the basic concept of taxes…

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you.

But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads that the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory…

Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea – God bless! Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

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Girl Power That Rocks the World

Forbes has relased their list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”

Since I love strong women who challenge common wisdom and push for equality, I was very excited to read the list.

Among the one hundred listed, the following stood out the most to me…

1. Michelle Obama – First Lady of the United States and champion of healthy lifestyles for America’s students (Facebook)

First Lady Michelle Obama

3. Oprah Winfrey – enormously famous talk show host and all-around charitable media mogul (Facebook, Twitter)

Oprah

5. Hillary Rodham Clinton – brilliant Secretary of State and former First Lady

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

7. Lady GaGa – mega superstar, entertainer, artist, activist and trendsetter (who, let’s face it, is trying to outdo the original mega superstar, Madonna) (Facebook, Twitter)

Lady GaGa

10. Ellen Degeneres – talk show host, comedian and compassionate activist (Facebook, Twitter)

Ellen Degeneres

16. Sarah Palin – Former Vice Presidential candidate, Former Alaska governor, activist, Tea Party darling and media sensation (Facebook, Twitter)

Sarah Palin

21. Angelina Jolie – actress, activist and UN Goodwill Ambassador with a heart for the most vulnerable in the world

Angelina Jolie

29. Madonna – Queen of Pop, mega superstar, entertainer, artist, actress, activist, author and just plain amazing 🙂 (Facebook)

Madonna

33. Chelsea Handler – hilarious comedian, Talk show host and author (Facebook, Twitter)

Chelsea Handler

37. Elizabeth Warren – intelligent, Special Advisor to the President for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, attorney and Harvard Law Professor (Facebook)

Presidential Advisor Elizabeth Warren

47. Meg Whitman – Harvard-educated, former CEO of EBay and candidate for California governor 2010 (Facebook, Twitter)

Meg Whitman

50. Rachel Maddow – talk show host and brilliant political commentator (Facebook, Twitter)

Rachel Maddow

51. Carly Fiorina – former HP CEO and candidate for US Senator in California…and breast cancer survivor (Facebook, Twitter)

Carly Fiorina

61. Suze Orman – famous personal finance mentor, talk show host and author (Facebook, Twitter)

Suze Orman

From politics to comedy shows, the women on this list and countless others like them are changing the world and shattering antiquated stereotypes. We should all be thankful for their views, talents, abilities, compassion, power and vision.