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2012
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Warren’s Response to Christie’s RNC Speech? Sorry, Chris, but Wages, Pensions, Health Care and Unions Defined the Greatest Generation



As Mike Elk points out in his latest article, top Democratic officials are sometimes reluctant to speak openly about their stance on unions. Such is not the case, however, with Elizabeth Warren, a universally loved party favorite.

Last night, after Chris Christie’s misleading keynote, Warren rebutted the New Jersey Governor’s suggestion that policies like those conservatives advocate for today had something to do with the prosperity the nation experienced following the Great Depression.

On the contrary, Warren insists, progressive values buoyed that slow climb back to national richesse:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a speech tonight at the Republican National Convention about the Greatest Generation.

Let’s talk about what really made the Greatest Generation so great.

Coming out of the Great Depression, America was at a crossroads. The future of our economy — and our democracy — was at stake.

We made a decision together as a country: To invest in ourselves, in our kids, and in our future. For nearly half a century, that’s just what we did.

And it worked. For nearly 50 years, as our country got richer, our families got richer — and as our families got richer, our country got richer.

And then about 30 years ago, our country moved in a different direction. New leadership attacked wages. They attacked pensions. They attacked health care. They attacked unions. And now we find ourselves in a very different world from the one our parents and grandparents built. We are now in a world in which the rich skim more off the top in taxes and special deals, and they leave less and less for our schools, for roads and bridges, for medical and scientific research — less to build a future.

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