In Oklahoma, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her brothers grew up in “an America that invested in kids like us and helped build a future where we could flourish.” But, as she writes in her memoir, 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.”
Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, is an expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class. She’s put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president.
Before returning to Washington for the start of Congress, Sen. Warren talks to Bill this week about the problems facing middle class Americans. “The rich and powerful have lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress; everybody else, not so much,” she told the Netroots Nation conference in July. “So the way I see this, is we can whine about it. We can whimper about it. Or we can fight back. I’m fighting back.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren has authored or co-authored 10 books and is credited with envisioning and developing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 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.
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