Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has recently called out Republicans who claim they want to help the middle class. Her remarks were made during a forum on Tuesday, where she was launching the “Middle Class Prosperity Project” alongside Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland).
According to the Huffington Post, her remarks have already been viewed over 1 million times on a video on Facebook. Here is what she had to say:
“Recently Republicans seem to have discovered the struggles of America's middle class. Out of nowhere, they're suddenly talking about this problem. Well that's great, but talk is cheap and when it comes to action, these Republicans seem to have amnesia about what they've actually done to hard-working Americans. Republican trickle-down policies created tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy while leaving working families to pick up the pieces. I'll believe Republicans care about what's happening to America's middle class when they stop blocking legislation that would require billionaires to pay taxes at least at the same rate that teachers and firefighters do. Republican trickle-down economics blocked increases in the minimum wage that would have lifted 14 million people out of poverty.
I'll believe that Republicans care about what's happening to America's working families when they stop blocking minimum wage increases and agree that no one, no one in this country should work full time and still live in poverty. Republican trickle-down economics squeezed billions of dollars of profits out of people who had to borrow money to go to college. I'll believe Republicans care about what's happening to America's future when they agree to refinance student loans.
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I could go on, but the point is the same: Talk is cheap. It's time for action -- action that will strengthen America's middle-class families and build a strong future, action that will produce good jobs now and in the future. It is time to put up or shut up. I have a message for my Republican colleagues: You control Congress. Stop talking about helping the middle class, and start doing it.”
Warren is not one to shy away from expressing her frustrations with the Republican-led Congress. Warren wrote an article for the USA Today explaining the mission of the Middle Class Prosperity Project.
“That's why this week we're launching a new Middle Class Prosperity Project to give a voice in Washington to those who need it most — hard-working people across this country," Warren and Cummings wrote. "On Tuesday, we will hold the first in a series of forums to examine economic policies threatening the middle class, and we'll hear from leading economists about how to help families rebuild economic security.
"After the Great Depression, Congress enacted progressive policies to build and expand the middle class. But Washington became captive to powerful interests that game the system at the expense of the middle class. This is one of the most urgent issues this generation faces. So we'll work together to do what Congress should be doing — promoting policies to ensure that the best days of America's middle class are still ahead.”
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Warren and Cummings expressed their optimism about the future of the economy, explaining that we are moving in the right direction but still have much room for improvement.
“The stock market and corporate profits are at all-time highs," they wrote. "Worker productivity is skyrocketing. Unemployment is falling. Inflation remains low. The deficit is shrinking and many families have health insurance for the first time. Good news — but not the whole story.”
Warren and Cummings called for a reform of our tax code that they claim is “riddled with loopholes” and is designed in a way to help the rich get richer.
“It's time to change that system," they wrote. "We must free our government from the grip of armies of lobbyists and the corruption of corporate influence.”