Today in Washington a great battle is unfolding between Republicans preparing to filibuster the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the new consumer protection agency and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is battling to save the agency from these Republican attacks.
I have seen many Senators come and go and I have no doubt that if elected Elizabeth Warren would be the conscience of the Senate. Because she speaks for the best in you -- and me -- and Massachusetts -- and America.
Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.
With the narrow-minded and heartless ideas of Romney and Cain we will not only drift back to a reconfigured form of 19th century economic royalism, but also return to the ideology of Social Darwinism. Such a return will tear our society apart.
It's strange that President Obama doesn't show any indignation about our long slide into economic oblivion. He's certainly not "fighting mad" about it. He draws a line in the sand, the Republicans cross it, then he steps back and draws another line in the sand.
The point which both political parties miss is that poor people are not a homogeneous group. They don't all require coddling, nor do they all deserve a kick in the backside. People are poor for different reasons.
Millions of America's poor are not counted in the official statistics. Variables -- like geography, non-cash benefits, and actual cost-of-living expenses -- make it difficult to gauge the number of people who subsist in our society with inadequate resources to meet essential daily needs.