This edition: Elizabeth Warren, Fighting Back against the Wall Street GiantsTweet
Original tape date: September 5, 2014.
First aired: September 15, 2014.
In Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren and her brothers grew up in “an America that invested in kids like us and helped build a future where we could flourish.” But she writes in her book, A Fighting Chance, “Today the game is rigged – rigged to work for those who have money and power… The optimism that defines us as a people has been beaten and bruised. It doesn’t have to be this way.”
Now the senior US senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren speaks with Bill Moyers on this week’s edition of Moyers & Company. The former Harvard Law School professor is an expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class and has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill. Senator Warren has rapidly become the most authoritative and articulate voice of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Many are urging her to run for president.
“This is a fight over economics, a fight over privilege, a fight over power,” she told the Netroots Nation conference in July. “But deep down it is a fight over values. Conservatives and their powerful friends will continue to be guided by their internal motto, ‘I’ve got mine. The rest of you are on your own.’ Well, we’re guided by principle, and it’s a pretty simple idea. We all do better when we work together and invest in building a future.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren has authored or co-authored ten books and is credited with envisioning and developing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which came into being with the passage of the Dodd-Frank banking reform bill. She was chair of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel during the recent financial meltdown and senior advisor to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission.
Elizabeth Warren Senator (D-MA)