All along, we have been able to see how blessed we are in Massachusetts to have a United States senator like Elizabeth Warren. But this week, she out did herself.
With a two TRILLION dollar rescue package looming, earlier in the week it appeared that the bill might be muscled through by Mitch McConnell loaded with billions of dollars of goodies not only for large corporations, but also in a way that would allow $500 billion of that money to be controlled fully by one man. Donald Trump. He even opined at one point this week in his oily Queens accent, “I will be the oversight” of that $500 billion. It was Elizabeth Warren, more than any other senator, who went into action to shed light on this banana republic move.
In conjunction with the Democratic Senate leadership and her colleagues, it was Elizabeth Warren who dug her heels in, and then dug into the bill with her staff, and unearthed the provisions that most closely resembled a no-strings corporate raid on the treasury.
We have seen her brilliant questioning of witnesses, we have seen her dogged determination to defend the consumer protection bureau that was her brainchild, and we have seen her tireless energy on the campaign trail, but this week, she showed what an active and, perhaps even currently irreplaceable asset she is in the United States Senate.
I only briefly worked as a legal fellow in Senator Ted Kennedy’s Labor Committee in 1993, but I was there long enough to learn of the tremendous respect other senate offices had for Kennedy’s senate and committee staffs. Even were she not sitting in the very seat of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, she would be reminding senate staffers of old of the Liberal Lion, Ted Kennedy, in her workhorse wont.
She is not only honoring his seat, she honors all of us. How often can we say that of our elected officials today?