Elizabeth Warren: ‘Rules That Are Made by People in Government Will Still Make the Big Difference in Your Life’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 26, 2019 | 2:48pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) said at the “She The People Presidential Forum” in Houston, Texas on Tuesday that people should remember that federal government regulation is what ultimately will make the difference in their economic status.

Warren made the point by telling a story about how her mother went to work at a minimum wage job after her father had a heart attack that prevented him from working.

“I was in middle school when it’s just my mama and my daddy and my, my, my, me," said Warren.

"The boys are gone—my three older brothers, they’ve all gone off to the military," she said. "My daddy has a heart attack. Everybody thinks he’s going to die. He comes back home, he can’t work.

“My mother has never worked outside the home. We lose our family station wagon. My mother is terrified. I hear her at night, I hear her cry," she said.

“I learn words like mortgage and foreclosure from my parents late at night while I’m supposed to be asleep," she said.

But then her mother decided to get a job.

“But the third thing I learned eventually about that story is it’s a story about government and how no matter how hard you work, the rules that are made by the people in government will still make the big difference in your life,” said Warren.

“Because when I was a girl, a full time minimum wage job in America would support a family of three—it would pay a mortgage, it would cover the utilities, and it would cover food,” said Warren.

“Today a minimum wage job in America will not keep a momma and a baby out of poverty,” she said.

“She The People,” the group says on its website, “is a national network connecting women of color to transform our democracy. We are elevating and amplifying the voice and power of women of color as leaders, political strategists, organizers and voters.”

Here is a transcript of the story Elizabeth Warren told the She The People Presidential Forum about what her mother did after her father had a heart attack:

“I was in middle school when it’s just my mama and my daddy and my, my, my, me. The boys are gone—my three older brothers, they’ve all gone off to the military. My daddy has a heart attack. Everybody thinks he’s going to die. He comes back home, he can’t work.

“My mother has never worked outside the home. We lose our family station wagon. My mother is terrified. I hear her at night, I hear her cry.

“I learn words like mortgage and foreclosure from my parents late at night while I’m supposed to be asleep.

“And I do remember the day I walk into their bedroom, I’m just a kid, and I see the dress laid out on the bed. You all know the dress—the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals and graduations.

“And my mother is standing there in her slip and her stocking feet, and she is crying. And she is pacing, and she is saying: We will not lose this house, we will not lose his house, we will not lose this house.

“She was 50 years old and she had never worked outside the home and she was terrified.

“I watched her face while she looked at that dress and she looked at me and she looked back at that dress. And finally she reached over and she pulled that dress on. She blew her nose, and she put on her high heels.

“She walked to the Sears and she got a minimum wage job answering the phones. The minimum wage job saved our home and it saved our family.

“Now, let me just say about this, that day my mama taught me three lessons. It took me a while to learn them.

“But the first one was—it doesn’t make a difference how scary it looks, how hard it is out there, you reach down, you find what you have to find, you pull it up and you take care of the people you love.

“I learned over time, that wasn’t just what my mama taught me. It’s what millions of people across this country have taught their daughters and their sons through the years. You do what has to be done to take care of the people you love.

“But the third thing I learned eventually about that story is it’s a story about government and how no matter how hard you work, the rules that are made by the people in government will still make the big difference in your life.

“Because when I was a girl, a full time minimum wage job in America would support a family of three—it would pay a mortgage, it would cover the utilities, and it would cover food. Today a minimum wage job in America will not keep a momma and a baby out of poverty.

“That is wrong, it is worth fighting for, and it’s why we are all going to stay in this.

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