Presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren recently released her broad and sweeping plan to get government corruption under control. She says her meticulously detailed policy is prepared to withstand the battle that she believes is at the heart of her campaign.
Warren unveiled her plan in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, close to Triangle Shirtwaist Co., which was the site of a tragic 1911 fire that killed over 140 of its workers. The location was picked to bring attention to the fact that many of those deaths would later be revealed to have been the result of negligent safety features, like doors that remained locked INSIDE the factory, failing to allow a safe escape for the occupants.
Warren’s plan would inflict a ban on lobbyist from many fundraising activities and also limit then from serving as campaign bundlers, thus limiting their hold on politicians. The plan also proposes more limits on politicians, with stricter guidelines on accepting gifts or payments. It would also prevent members of Congress and senior officials from serving on nonprofit boards, thus limiting their scope of power and potential for corruption as well. Warren says her plan would “padlock the revolving door between government and industry.”
Notably, the plan would make it impossible for federal judges to avoid misconduct investigations, keep public health and safety case settlements from being sealed, and it would impose a ban on class action waivers for any and all cases in which employment, consumer protection, antitrust, and civil rights are involved.
Warren announced the plan online saying,
“Make no mistake about it: The Trump Administration is the most corrupt administration of our lifetimes. But these problems did not start with Donald Trump. They are much bigger than him — and solving them will require big, structural change to fundamentally transform our government.”Elizabeth Warren
Warren has been a longtime advocate for the argument that the current government in the country only really works for “the wealthy and the well-connected,” believing that big energy companies, along with health care and insurance well being and best interest of ordinary citizens into consideration.
Warren says that many of the progressive Democratic-championed policies, such universal child care, a criminal justice system overhaul, gun reform, and affordable housing, have been “stymied because giant corporations and billionaires who don’t want to pay taxes or follow any rules use their money and influence to stand in the way.”
Warren had previously proposed a string of anti-corruption measures to Congress, but her campaign notes that this plan goes much farther.
Warren isn’t the only one calling for a drastic makeover of our current government. Presidential campaign and fierce competitor Senator Bernie Sanders agrees, but pushes even more by saying we need a complete political revolution. Sanders said recently, “Real change in America never takes place from the top down… It takes place from the bottom up.”