Elizabeth Warren – “One In A Million” – Rare Opportunity
This is the first time, in my blogging, I’ve singled out an individual for high praise except in ‘retrospect’. The ‘praisee’ is not looking for praise, not looking for fame, not looking for popularity. Elizabeth Warren sticks to her business. And she’s extraordinarily skilled at her business. Her business is a comprehensive understanding of economic history and dynamics affecting all ordinary citizens, all ordinary smaller businesses.
I have never before taken time to post specific urgency toward a single person as bringing what has been lacking to the table. This post favoring Elizabeth Warren is a first for me. I’ve tracked her for at least three years and have found no inconsistencies or “questions” of the assessment of her I lay out here. The urgency is that the appointment is likely tomorrow, if not, this week!
Even though I voted for Obama, I had reservations. I hoped his having a Kansas mother, (I have one of those myself!), and his reputed deep admiration for Gandhi, (me too!), were indicators of deep values he would want to bring to the “change” he spoke of. I caught wind of his involvement with what I think is called “The Chicago School of economics”, and that troubled me. I think he mentioned ‘merit pay’ during campaigns, and that troubled me. (Merit pay is ‘tricky’ and also cynical. On the tricky side, as things have unfolded, wonder if Obama would choose ‘merit pay’ as valid for elected officials .. or perhaps, in some situations, ‘de’-merit pay?!) Every time I told anyone I supported Obama, I added: “We will have to ‘bird-dog’ him, make sure he sticks to what he says he will do; he’ll need watching and firm reminding.”
I suppose one thing Warren has going for her is that she’s not running for office. I’m not sure she ever will. That’s not what she’s oriented toward, (so far as I know.) I’d be happy to vote for her if she were. I’d also be happy to see her as a Supreme Court nominee. Warren is among the best of what is often known as “good folk” – with extreme high quality training, interest, skill and competency at the same time.
I find it difficult to imagine any sincere thinker who wishes the best in sound and honest reasoning could find anything but trust in Elizabeth Warren – no matter the thinker’s political persuasion.
She represents a ‘type’ badly needed in this nation. When I watch interviews of her, hear speeches by her, I do not think of political labels. I “see/hear” a person who does not preach values, but reveals them. And the values are: honesty, decency, modesty, clarity, comprehensive study and understanding. She reveals focus and determination to work on behalf of these values in economic truth, understanding, and policy.
She is some kind of mix between Harry Truman and Eisenhower? A throwback, not to a dreamy ‘lost’ 1950’s culture, but a throwback to what we almost believe forever lost in policy shapers. The values are worth repeating: honesty, decency, modesty, clarity, comprehensive study and understanding.
Many raised post ‘1950’s’ may not even realize these values were once as common as they were! Elizabeth Warren, I hasten to add, is not bent on some “old fashioned” set of ideas. Again the values: honesty, decency, modesty, clarity, comprehensive study and understanding. These are not ‘old fashioned’, but have been lost in the clamor of “bright, shiny, shrieking enthusiasm, for fame/wealth – wealth/fame as measure of “success”.
Elizabeth Warren is not trying to be a “great big loud success story”.
She is – as already said here – focused on her work. Her work is thorough comprehension of economic practices and policy as it affects ordinary citizens and ordinary businesses across this land.
I worry a bit that we are so inexperienced with values represented by Elizabeth Warren, that combined influences of Big Economic Power (very nervous at her potential), and our own insistence that life be “exciting, fun, and dramatically personally ‘successful’,” will squelch the Warren gift coming to the table.
Many raised in the 1950’s at least had personal familial connection to the deep wisdom of rural experience. Many raised since then have not a clue.
Elizabeth Warren, from rural up-bringing in Oklahoma, has brought that wisdom, those values, with her into this post-industrial time. She is not “living in the past”. Don’t make that mistake from my enthusiastic connection between her rural roots and her current capacity and skill.
Judge for yourself. Run browser searches for her; follow up by reading her ‘voice’, and by google video and You Tube video of her direct speech.
If you believe, as I do, that she is “one in a million”, raise your voice immediately and strongly in support of her appointment. Geitner would have you stay silent, as would others. Dis-belief in personification of these ‘dreamed of’ values has kept too many of us too silent for too long. These values do exist, are personified in real people, and Elizabeth Warren is among the proofs!
“The banks have made no secret as to where they will find this increase in cash flow. They intend to soak their small retail customers, their consumer and small business borrowers, their credit card holders and their small depositors with increased costs and fees and are continuing many of the bad mortgage practices that led to the crisis (ARM’s, option pay deals, zero down payments, second mortgages, teaser rates, etc). American and Banking Market News reports this week that the rule changes in the financial reform bill may lead banks to start implementing fees that had essentially disappeared from the industry early in the new millennium, such as fees for not meeting minimum balance requirements on a checking account, or reinstituting fees for certain online banking transactions that are currently free or charging to receive a paper statement or to talk to a live teller as Bank of America’s CEO has recently proposed.
It is exactly these types of unwarranted fees on small consumers and poorly designed products that Elizabeth Warren will fight against as head of the new consumer finance protection group….”