The Curious Autodidact

June 13, 2010

The Warren Watch

Filed under: media related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 10:09 am

Sheriffs indeed...

Elizabeth Warren, born in Oklahoma, the daughter of a janitor, has become the consumer’s champion in Washington DC. She has been called the “Sheriff of Wall Street” and told that her critiques are too public. She tells it like it is. She is a Harvard professor and one student, when asked about Ms. Warren’s teaching style, described it as “Socratic with a machine gun.” What’s not to love about this hero?

Professor Warren, overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, was recently in Boston for an appearance that was broadcast for “On Point Radio” on which she described the middle class as “turkey on the Thanksgiving Table” and tells us that “lobbyists travel in packs.”

When host Tom Ashbrook mentions the outstanding women who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, in leadership positions in government; Shelia Bair the chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Insurance Corportation (FDIC), Mary Shapiro chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Elizabeth Warren sho is overseeing Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bank bailout and the chief advocate for new consumer-finance regulations Warren doesn’t miss a beat by dismissing this by saying there’s “still no line in the Ladies Room.”

Michele Asselin for TIME

At one point he asked her something about what it was like to be in her position and she says it is “get tough or die.” What’s not to love about her dedication to defending the average American in the face of all this corporate control?

Brave enough to challenge the big wigs to “call me any time.” To the banks and derivative wizards she says “You are not in control any more.” Upbeat in the face of it all she says the odds are good that “we will make real change.”

We salute you Ms. Warren for your dedication and willingness to stand up and speak out, bravo. Count me in the Elizabeth Warren Fan Club.


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