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Because she is the “Darth Vader of the financial services world.”
A Republican congressman on the House Committee on Financial Services thinks Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of the most vocal advocates for Wall Street reform, needs to be “neutered.”
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) made the comments during a panel discussion at an American Bankers Association conference Wednesday. According to Politico, Luetkemeyer said people needed to “find a way to neuter” Warren, whom he called the “Darth Vader of the financial services world.”
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), who was also on the panel, criticized the comments, saying Warren “speaks for a lot of people,” according to Politico.
“Senator Warren speaks for a lot of people who are frustrated and angry with the financial system. Regardless of politics or personalities, we must treat one another with civility and respect. Words matter – particularly in today’s political climate,” Perlmutter said in a follow-up statement. “And the words used yesterday by Representative Luetkemeyer do not help find solutions but only drive wedges.”
“Look, if Wall Street and their buddies in the Republican party want to launch an assault on financial regulations and they want to say ‘let’s roll back Dodd-Frank’ all I can say is ‘let’s have that fight,’” she said. “I’m ready. You can make it with words or anything else you want, but I am not backing down.”
According to Politico, Luetkemeyer said people needed to “find a way to neuter” Warren, whom he called the "Darth Vader of the financial services world."
Latching on to the Star Wars reference, she responded:
"My first thought was Really? I've always seen myself more as a Princess Leia-type (as a senator and Resistance general who, unlike the guys, is never even remotely tempted by the dark side). Clearly the Force is not strong with Congressman Luetkemeyer (maybe he's a Trekkie)."
"This is all about money,” .... “Congressman Luetkemeyer was on a panel about the ‘changing political landscape’ in a room full of Wall Street bankers –powerful people who have been working for years to roll back financial reform.
Out of an interest in protecting Wall Street from new regulations following the 2008 financial crisis, the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity opposed the Dodd Frank Act from its inception. Once it became law in 2010, AFP then encouraged members of Congress to vote in favor of subsequent efforts to repeal the measure.
originally posted by: RadioRobert
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
And I did not mention the sexism that could be inferred from it.
D-bag mysoginist said this
Maybe I'm inferring wrong...
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
I did not spin it, at all - I used the article title and their words. But if I'm going to be accused of "spinning it" and pointing out the sexism, then well, okay - YEAH, THAT WAS THERE, TOO!!!
BUT I DID NOT BRING IT UP.
I am addressing the statements of the R-MO Lugkeknenbbauwn ahole, that anyone trying to investigate (and it could be Warren or it could be Bernie or it could be the SCOTUS or the FBI, CIA, et al) should be "neutered". That is what I am addressing.
You all turned the thread from the original point into the mysoginist thing -
YOU! You MEN did that.
I'm just trying to decide how this comment was sexist before we label it sexist.
They want to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country. Every piece of legislation!
The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers [and their conservative/Republican/Libertarian minions] is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families.
Our great nation must not be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers.
For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, we must fight back.
You all turned the thread from the original point into the mysoginist thing - YOU! You MEN did that.