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Note: Public Citizen honored Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with the “Golden Boot” award on May 14 at Public Citizen’s 2014 gala.
“In every fight to build opportunity in this country, in every fight to level the playing field, in every fight for working families, the path has been steep.
“Throughout our history, powerful interests have tried to capture Washington and rig the system in their favor. From tax policy to retirement security, the voices of hardworking people get drowned out by powerful industries and well-financed front groups, those who have the power to fight to make sure that every rule tilts in their favor and everyone else gets left behind.
“Just look at the Big Banks. They cheated American families, crashed the economy, got bailed out, and now the five largest financial institutions in America are 38 percent bigger than they were in 2008, at the time of the crash. They still swagger through Washington, blocking reforms and pushing around agencies.
“Let’s be clear: a kid gets caught with a few ounces of pot goes to jail, but a big bank breaks the law on laundering drug money, and no one even gets arrested.
“The game is rigged, and it isn’t just the banks.
“The rich and powerful have lobbyists, lawyers, and plenty of friends in Congress. Everyone else, not so much.
“So we can whine about it. We can whimper about it. Or we can fight back.
“Me, I’m fighting back.”
Rick Claypool is the online director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.