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Government performance, not size that matters says Elizabeth Warren

Why should Americans pay attention to Elizabeth Warren? For one thing, she is an exceptionally bright woman who possesses strong credentials in law, academia, and government. She is a US Senator from Massachusetts. At a time when increasing women's representation in government is an imperative, she is important by position and her leadership. The fact that she is a Democrat who was once a Republican matters too. Her reason for changing parties is because she once believed that Republicans were best for the economy, but evidence has shown that is no longer true. She is also astonished by the lack of compassion that Republicans have shown for social and environmental responsibility. While Republicans harp about the size of government, size is a consequence of need and capacity to govern. At issue is government performance. A legislature that has not performed well for years is a problem. A party that disrespects the American political system and dishonors the elected President is an enormous problem. Pay attention while she leads the attack to change that.

Elizabeth Warren, political leader for women
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“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. ... You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

"We can't bury our heads in the sand and pretend that if 'big government' disappears, so will society's toughest problems. That's just magical thinking -- and it's also dangerous thinking," Warren writes. "Our problems are getting bigger by the day and we need to develop some hardheaded, realistic responses. Instead of trying to starve the government or drown it in the bathtub, we need to tackle our problems head-on, and that will require better government."

“Elizabeth Warren

United States Senator from Massachusetts

Incumbent Assumed office January 3, 2013

Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

In office September 17, 2010 – August 1, 2011

Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Panel

In office November 25, 2008 – November 15, 2010

Personal details

Born Elizabeth Ann Herring
June 22, 1949 (age 64)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US.
Political party Democratic (1996–present)
Republican (Until 1996)[1]
Jim Warren (1968–1978)
Bruce Mann (1980–present)
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Alma mater
George Washington University
University of Houston (B.S.)
Rutgers University, Newark (J.D.)
Religion United Methodist Church”

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