Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts SCOTUS, 'powerful interests'
September 9th, 2013
10:18 AM ET
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts SCOTUS, 'powerful interests'

(CNN) – Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted conservative and business elements Sunday night at the AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, singling out the conservative members of the U.S Supreme Court and Republicans whom she accused of a concerted attack on labor.

In her prepared remarks, the Massachusetts Democrat took multiple opportunities to lambast "powerful interests" that "have done everything they can to block reform," she said.

Key among the targets of Warren's ire were the conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court, whom she said vote overwhelmingly in favor of big business. "Follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you'll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business," she said.

Warren also targeted Republican efforts to diminish the power of organized labor, particularly Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who she said has "declared war on working families by ripping the guts out of collective bargaining agreements."

Elected in November of last year over Republican Sen. Scott Brown, Warren has developed a reputation as one of the sharpest critics of Wall Street.

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Sunday night, Warren stood strong with organized labor, alluding repeatedly to her own contributions to the labor movement as one of the key architects of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

President Barack Obama had also been scheduled to speak at the convention until a last minute cancellation so that he could keep pushing for Congressional approval of a military strike against Syria.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Good for Warren. I just wish the Democratic Party felt the same.

    September 9, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    She needs to know USA is a capitalistic nation–should stay THAT way.

    September 9, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Ya know in less then ten years the Unions will come roaring back with a vengeance. Why? Because if everything is left up too the employers we will become a fiefdom. Job creators, you bet, as long as they only have to pay a quarter an hour, why do you think they moved so many companies to third world nations? You really think you can look to CEO's to play fair with labor? Enjoy your unfettered capitalism. Pinto beans can be doctored up many different ways. Eat up.

    September 9, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In her prepared remarks, the Massachusetts Democrat took multiple opportunities to lambast "powerful interests" that "have done everything they can to block reform," she said."

    Indeed they have, Senator. Indeed they have.

    September 9, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Data Driven

    @don in Albuquerque,

    "Pinto beans can be doctored up many different ways. Eat up."

    Literally laughing out loud. My own Appalachian forbears would add a hamhock to the slowly cooking pot ... when they could get it.

    September 9, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. kirk

    Gurgyl, she criticism I'd big businesses that avoid paying a decent wage At all costs, if we've learned one thing its that extreme inequality is a bad thing, we are not that different than Haiti, and many other countries that have that problem, its no accident, years of lobbying has killed our country.when is the last time the politicians did anything meaningful to for the working class. The last decent thing was changing 401 k plans to keep mitt Romney from stealing more retirement funds

    September 9, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    "Follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you'll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business," she said.
    We're already more than halfway there, Senator. Welcome to the United Corporate States of America.

    September 9, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I love Sen. Warren's spunk and lack of allegiance to anyone but the voters.
    God bless and preserve you Sen. Warren.

    September 9, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Deb in MT

    Can I just say "BRAVA, Senator!", and add how happy I am that the good citizens of Massachusetts were smart and elected her? Now we just need 59 more Senators who understand that the USSC is nothing more than a corporate whore...

    September 9, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    @Data Driven–Your reply gave me a chuckle too. Except I don't have to look to my forbears. I already do that.

    September 9, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Hector Slagg

    Well gee Lizzy. You are talking about Obama Care aren't you? Why Pray Tell is Time Warner and IBM passing their Retiring Health Care Programs to Obama Care? Bad Conservative Politics? You know Lizzy, I always say, WHEN DOUBT, RUN IN CIRCLES, SCREAM AND SHOUT. Why are you shouting Lizzy? All your big Liberal plans starting to look like the Titanic?

    September 9, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Winston Smith

    Here's a person that tries to get the job done, and done in a proper way. Why is that when her likeness is used, why does the media do all they can to print or show the likeness that's the most unflattering? The picture above would give a non reading person the impression that she's a raving loon. Nothing could be further from the truth. Matter of fact, we'd be better served by our government if there were more like her in office.

    September 9, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Gunderson

    Old Gunderson no understand. You no like reforms of last 80 plus years? but your side done all of them. Now you no like? Hey, welcome to club.

    September 9, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Boomer in Mo

    Lawless capitalism is not good. Just look at the 1870-to 1910 era in the U.S. If Chester fell into the meat grinding equipment, only the big parts were fished out. The rest of Chester was fed to an unsuspecting public. But capitalists like Carnege, Roosevelt and the like made lots and lots of money. Sensible regulations (they often are not sensible) and paying workers enough to feed and house themselves will not hurt capitalism. It might keep the business aristocracy from profiting too much off the labor of their workers.

    September 9, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    Well you can"doctor" the pinto beans up and make them taste very good......

    She's right though. I also believe people are going to miss the unions when they are gone once everyone is barely making minimum wage. Case in point. I work for an engineering firm that employs close to 1000 people with about 350 contracted out to GM. We do automotive and aerospace work. The owners have a huge compound out on one of the ritziest islands in Michigan. The entire family works for the company. They just had a company picnic that cost well over $60,000. Next up the Christmas party (3) to be exact at one of the most expensive Italian restaurants in the area. Yet the majority of the workers barely make $10 per hour, unless you're a family member. They haven't given raises in more than 4 years. Many of us can barely afford to put food on our tables and gas in our cars, unless you have one of 3 magical last names.....
    I know I wish WE had a Union.

    September 9, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. barryinlasvegas

    Does she mean powerful interest like the Unions who have such faith in our system of secret ballots when voting that they want to deny elections by employees from having one, or a president who disregards the law and issues executive orders to circumvent what congress has passed and prior presidents have signed?

    September 9, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |