Elizabeth Warren Quotes
...Trump’s words and deeds are merely the latest — and loudest — examples in a long line of Republican tactics that are poisoning our political system.
For years, Republican leaders have pushed the lie that voter fraud is a huge issue. In such states as Kansas and North Carolina, and across the airwaves of right-wing talk radio and Fox News, Republican voters have been fed exaggerated and imagined stories about fraud.
These giant banks have signed off on huge settlements and in some cases have admitted to wrongdoing, and yet not a single executive is held responsible.
In the financial crisis of 2008, it was fraud right down at the heart of that crisis, and yet not one major bank executive was even charged, much less prosecuted and taken to trial - not one.
In a time when literally thousands of people are being locked up every year for non-violent drug offenses or stealing a car, the CEO of a giant bank can help engineer the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars - and he gets a raise.
Here we are, seven years after the crisis and these guys still don't get it. Seven years. That crisis cost an estimated $14 trillion, it cost jobs, it cost homes, it cost retirement funds. And Lloyd Blankfein [Goldman Sachs CEO] stands up and says 'Don't even criticize me, I ran a company that was right at the heart of some of the biggest financial frauds in history and made money off it, but don't you dare criticize me.' That's his position? That's why we need voters to get really engaged.
Anyone who shrugs and claims that change is just too hard, has crawled into bed with the billionaires who want to run this country like some private club.
This congress doesn't lack for workable ideas for how to root out the influence of money in politics; this congress just lacks a spine to do it.
We need to defend our great democracy against those who would see it perverted into one more rigged game where the rich and the powerful always win.
Washington works great for a handful of wealth individuals and powerful corporations that manipulate the system to benefit themselves.
Wall Street businesses pay barely disguised bribes, offering millions of dollars to trusted employees to go to Washington for a few years to make policies that will benefit exactly those same Wall Street businesses.
Just look at what has happened in Washington. Armies of lawyers and lobbyists flood the hallways of congress and regulatory agencies, urging just a little tilt for every law and every rule - A sentence here, and exception there - and always tilting in favour of the rich and the powerful.
Our system of elections is riddled with corruption. Money floods our political system. Money that lets a handful of billionaires shape who gets into congress and may decide who sits in the White House.
Even though not one federal dollar goes to pay for abortions through Planned Parenthood, the Republicans want to find one more way to make it harder - to make it impossible, for a woman who is facing one of the most difficult decisions of her life, they want to find a way to make it harder on her to get the health care she needs. And all I can say is, we've been in that world before. When I talk about 1955, I'm talking about a world where women die; I'm talking about a world where women committed suicide rather than go forward with a pregnancy they could not handle. And what the Republicans are saying is they want to go back and want to make it clear we are not going back. Not now, not ever.
Planned Parenthood, what does it mostly do? 97% of what Planned Parenthood does is about cancer screenings, about screenings for STDs, about birth control.
Billionaires should not be paying taxes at a lower rate than teachers and fire fighters. And that has even seeped through to some of the rich guys on the other side. Stunner!