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Sun May 12, 2019, 03:17 PM

'I Have A Plan For That': Happy Mother's Day, Senator Warren!

'I Have a Plan for That.' Elizabeth Warren Is Betting That Americans Are Ready for Her Big Ideas. By Haley Sweetland Edwards, TIME, May 9, 2019. *Excerpts:

Voters encountering Elizabeth Warren on the presidential campaign trail these days often seem surprised. After a packed gathering at an elementary school in Concord, N.H., in April, a 40-something woman told me she had expected Warren to be more like Hillary Clinton but found them miles apart. A college student who caught Warren’s speech in Hanover said he was perplexed to learn that a woman once described by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s political director as a “threat to free enterprise” in fact believes in entrepreneurship and markets.

Warren first rose to fame for her withering interrogations of miscreant bankers and evasive government officials during the financial crisis 10 years ago. Since then, powerful critics in the Republican Party, as well as her own, have painted her as too liberal, too divisive, too wonky, too “strident”—that freighted euphemism so often applied to assertive women. So when I sat down with the Massachusetts Senator on a recent Tuesday, in a windowless office in Washington, I shared those voters’ surprise.

She has set herself apart in a Democratic field of more than 20 candidates by offering more than a dozen complex policy proposals designed to address an array of problems, from unaffordable housing and child care to the overwhelming burden of student debt. Her anticorruption initiative would target the Washington swamp, and her anti­trust measures would transform Silicon Valley. On May 8 she unveiled a $100 billion plan to fight the opioid crisis.

Warren’s policy proposals have become her brand. On the campaign trail, her off-the-cuff phrase “I have a plan for that!” became so ubiquitous that it morphed into a viral applause line; in Iowa, supporters printed the accidental slogan on T-shirts. Her campaign, staffers say, is built on the conviction that voters want substance, not theatrics, and will throw in for the candidate who puts forth serious ideas to create change.
Warren’s investment in substance over style is not her only gamble. Over the past few months, she has fired her finance director, eschewed high-­dollar donors and hired as much as 10 times as many staffers in early voting states as most of her competitors. While others focus on big money and flashy rallies, she’s building a campaign designed to maximize the amount of time she spends in living rooms and community centers talking about what she would do as President...More.

Read More, http://time.com/longform/elizabeth-warren-2020/

Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 19, 2019.

Sen. Warren at a campaign rally in Kermit, WV, May 10, 2019.

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Reply 'I Have A Plan For That': Happy Mother's Day, Senator Warren! (Original post)
appalachiablue May 2019 OP
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More_Cowbell May 2019 #3
appalachiablue May 2019 #4

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Sun May 12, 2019, 06:04 PM

1. She seems to be getting stronger as the campaign begins in earnest.

She has plans, details, stamina AND joy.

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Sun May 12, 2019, 06:52 PM

2. Yes, admirable and inspiring. Her energy, commitment

courage and warmth are real assets among many other qualities. And the proposals she's brought out are just what we need to consider in these troubled times.

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Mon May 13, 2019, 02:37 PM

3. I hope she'll keep talking about the effect of student loans on EVERYONE, not just students

So many parents are supporting their kids by having them at home, or helping them out with the loans or other bills, at the cost of saving for their own retirements.

I love the picture of her with her baby; I've never seen it before.

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #3)

Mon May 13, 2019, 03:21 PM

4. Parents and students are struggling with student loan debt and it's

awful. This wasn't the case 35 years ago. Warren is right to emphasize solutions to predatory student loan debt.
(PHOTO, Warren with daughter Amelia, early 1970s from TIME article above).

It all began in the 1980s under Reagan, maybe you know the history. Since 1966, 'Dutch' was governor of CA and hated and wanted to punish CA college students who protested the Vietnam War, 'hippies'! esp. Berkeley. He did so by increasing tuition costs.

In the 1980s college tuition began to increase dramatically in cost. Prior to then, public colleges received about 80% funding from tax revenue and 20% from students. Getting a college degree was affordable for young people, especially if they worked a summer or part time job for additional money.

Since Reagan the ratio has flipped, reversed to 20% cost from tax revenue, 80% from students. Prior to this change attending college never left most students in debt. I know since in my group of 5, all graduated college, 1969-1981, with no loan debt. My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles attended college, 1915-1950 and had no debt. Advanced societies encourage, not punish! their young generations who are the future of the country.

Huff Post, What Happened To College-Free Tuition? 2017

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