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Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism

Finally, someone willing to express what a liberal believes. At least someone on the left has some guts.

For someone not willing to run for president, she sure is getting a lot of face time in the press. That's nothing new to the left. They pick unknowns and project them into the center of the political struggle with a plan to anoint them for the job. They did it with Clinton, an obscure governor of a state with a population less than Chicago. They did it with Carter, the same. They did it with Obama, an even more obscure, unremarkable, state senator.

Believe it or not, her first commandment is something I can agree with. Wall street does need stronger rules. I wish E. Warren would elaborate on what she intends. Somehow I don't think it would be to eliminate the wild fluctuations in the market based on speculation. I also don't think she has any ambition toward eliminating corporate person hood, or addressing the inability of state legislatures to define the scope of a corporation's practices.

Shock and awe, folks! I agree with her second commandment! I also believe in science. I also believe we have a responsibility to protect the planet. But, those two don't necessarily relate to each other. Protecting the planet isn't science, it's common sense. Science isn't protecting the planet, it's a procedure used to discover facts. There's a big difference between science and the religion of man-made global warming.

Holy cow! I'm scaring even myself! I agree with her third commandment! The internet should be priced according to your consumption, just as the laws of supply and demand dictate. If an internet company has a certain amount of activity it can support, it should charge equally for it's use. It's not that complicated. If a person uses more of a product he should be charged an equal amount for that product and his gross charge should be based on his gross consumption. It doesn't matter what he's using it for. Why isn't it that simple? Could it be that net neutrality is another way of regulating internet providers? Could it be propaganda that results in the same thing, rigging it for big corporations?

I disagree with her fourth commandment. Raising the minimum wage is a useless endeavor. It's been done before, many times, and it hasn't solved anything. Low wages are not the problem, inflation is. I would like to know what Senator Warren's position concerning the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 is.

She's in the weeds when she starts trying to set wages for individual industries. Is she going to go from industry to industry and dictate what they should pay their employees? I'm not a big fan of Elizabeth Warren right now.

Yep, the rest of her 11 commandments are simple pandering. She's saying what her base wants to hear. Maybe she should have stopped at 4. Elizabeth Warren's 4 commandments. It's not like she's trying to relate to some best seller of something, right?

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Posted by: guseryrersd at July 20, 2014 7:48 AM
Comment #381004

Good article, although I am not sure why progressives would consider these tenets ‘commandments.’ Religious fervor is usually associated with the right wing social conservatives. Those are the people who want to post commandments in courtrooms & push the Christian/Judeo religion on everyone else, while liberals & progressives oppose such things.

As for Warren’s 11 points:
1. Regulate Wall Street

2. Belief in science and protection of the Earth

3. Net neutrality

4. Raise minimum wage
Agreed. Virtually every credible economist also agrees. Progressives support this, Democrats support this, Obama supports this, and according to polls, the vast majority of Americans support this.

5. This point really seems more like a subset of the previous point. I suppose it means supporting unions.

6. Address the issue of student debt for education

7. Protect Social Security, Medicare, and pensions

8. Equal pay for equal work

9. Marriage equality
Agreed. This is really more of an extension of the previous point. Discrimination is not acceptable.

10. Immigration reform.
Agreed. Seems obvious. Obama wants it. The Senate Republicans and Democrats passed a bill and sent it to the House. The House Republicans refused to address it.

11. Corporations are not people, and the Hobby Lobby decision needs to be overturned.

Most Americans will agree with these progressive positions. Liberals are ascending.

Posted by: phx8 at July 20, 2014 2:38 PM
Comment #381332

Actually, Warren has an extensive background on the subject of speculation and finance.

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau was her brainchild.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at July 23, 2014 1:11 PM
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