On the Senate floor Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren argued for the need to strengthen Social Security benefits, now that cuts to the program seem more likely.
“With tens of millions of people more financially stressed as they approach retirement, with more and more people left out of the private retirement security system, and with the economic security of our families unraveling, Social Security is rapidly becoming the only lifeline that millions of seniors have to keep their heads above water,” Warren said. “And yet, instead of taking on the retirement crisis, instead of strengthening Social Security, some in Washington are actually fighting to cut benefits.”
Maybe I am falling into the same trap as I did in 2007 but I don’t think so. I see the words and actions of Elizabeth Warren as inspiring. She seems to be very much aligned with my socially progressive but fiscally conservative views. She just seems to see the world as I do.
The last thirteen years have spun retirement reality 180 degrees and a lot of that had to do with ultra-poor decisions by your leaders in both government and private industry. Greed seems to be the underlying factor in both cases. I loved it when Elizabeth put those banking leader on the hot-seat before her senatorial committee. She grilled them unmercifully. I think if she had been president in 2008 things would have been quite different.
Thirteen years ago the country was in a euphoric mood. The stock markets were booming. Retirement portfolios were bursting at the seams. Everyone was talking about early retirement. Yes, I understand that much of that time was built on a bubble but I think how we dealt with that bubble could have been ameliorated quite differently.
I think it is time for us to have a woman’s touch in the White House and even with the inherent fear of many as our “commander-in-chief”. Guys just don’t seem to put as much value of human life as women do and we certainly need that quality when deciding to put our young men and women in harm’s way.
I am keeping my eyes on Senator Warren during these intervening years till 2016. While Hillary would probably do a good job I kind of think Elizabeth might do it much better.
But I’m just simple “guy” so what do I know…