All along the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly made reference to the fact Hillary Clinton (and by association all other politicians) had been in and around Washington for decades talking about what they’re going to do. So, why hasn’t it been done?
Its a good question, one so good that given the opportunity even a host at liberal MSNBC roasted liberal Elizabeth Warren with questions about the obvious: Democrats were in power for eight years yet average Americans are worse off today, why didn’t you do anything to help them while you had the chance? Of course Warren simply pulled out the ol’ reliable, “Its all the Republican’s fault.”
The extraordinary exchange took place between Warren (D-MA) and MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. In a live interview Ruhle asked Senator Warren, “You guys were in power for the last eight years. Why is it that it didn’t work for those good Americans you were working for?” Warren momentarily channeled Bernie Sanders and gave a reply to the question that only reaffirmed the question, “Our problem is not that Washington doesn’t work well enough for the billionaires and the bankers, it’s working just great for them. Our problem is it’s not working for working families.”
Ah, yeah Liz, that’s sort of the point. Warren (and Sanders) couldn’t possibly be more right. During the Obama years the numbers of wealthy and super-wealthy grew in leaps and bounds. America has never added more millionaires and billionaire in any eight-year stretch than we did during the Obama years. At the same time we also grew record numbers of impoverished, people out of the workforce, and those on means-tested welfare.
Her question left unanswered, Ruhle then doubled back, “Why? Why has income inequality failed to get significantly better in the last eight years?”Still not getting it, and desperately searching for an escape hatch, Warren reverted to Democrat Talking Points 101, “You know, that’s a big part of what’s going on here, is that, it’s policy set right here in Washington that, over and over and over, help those who can hire armies of lobbyists and those who can hire armies of lawyers. The policies here are for the billionaires. They’re for the bankers. They’re for the giant corporations. They get the tax breaks. They get the regulatory boosts. They get the great deals in Washington. And, regular families, just people who are trying to put it together day by day by day, they’re the ones who get left behind.” Ruhle decided to take one more stab, “But Senator, you guys were in power for the last eight years. Why is it that it didn’t work for those good Americans you were working for?”
That’s when Warren played the only card left in Democrat’s hands: blame Republicans.
“You know, let’s be clear about what it means to be in power. The Republicans had a blocking position. When they didn’t have a blocking position, we got the Affordable Care Act through, and when they didn’t have a blocking position, we got through the Wall Street reforms…But let’s be very clear. The Republicans have made their part of the agenda 100% obvious. They are here to make sure that Washington works for those at the very, very top, and they have done a great job of that.”
Blame Republicans. Blame Republicans. Blame Republicans. Talk about tone deaf. When you were in power the rich got richer, and the poor got poorer, Senator! Though you haven’t, the American people have figured this out and that’s why your party has been wiped out and Donald Trump is sleeping in the White House.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]