‘Dream BIG’ – Windham homeowner welcomes Warren for rally

WINDHAM – One national poll released this week showed that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., now trails only former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Hoping to keep the momentum, Warren on Friday took her campaign to Windham for a house party at the home of Alexandra Barker and her family.

Barker, an immigrant from Brazil said she has watched Warren’s exploits in Massachusetts, and has seen her fight against corruption on multiple fronts.

“Elizabeth is leading the charge for a fairer and stronger economy, one where anyone who works hard has a real chance to get ahead…” Barker said during her introduction. “She’s in this fight to build an America that works for everyone.”

Warren said the prime focus of her campaign is to find a way to help working-class people.

“Why is America’s working family being hollowed out?” she asked rhetorically to the crowd. “Why is it that families today, people today who work every bit as hard as my mother did, find the road so rocky and steep – and for people of color, even rockier and even steeper?”

“The answer is, who government works for,” she answered.

Warren asserts that government now works for giant drug companies, private prison operators, global oil titans and the elite. She said the government overlooks those who need prescriptions, those who are unjustly jailed for private profit, or those who care for the environment.

“When you see a government that works great for those with money, and is not working so well for everyone else, that is corruption – pure and simple – and we need to call it out for what it is,” she said, “It’s corruption.”

Warren told the crowd she will attack corruption, restructure the American economy and change the rules to protect democracy.

By attacking the corruption directly, Warren said she has a plan, calling it the biggest anti-corruption plan since Watergate. With her plan, Warren hopes to end the use of money as a major influence within government.

“End lobbying as we know it; block the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington,” she said.

“You want to really root out corruption, make anyone who wants to run for federal office have to put their tax returns online,” she added with a subtle jab at President Donald Trump.

“We need to make it easier to join a union and we need to give the unions more power when they’re negotiating,” Warren continued. “Unions built America’s middle class. Unions will rebuild America’s middle class.”

Warren also spoke of her idea for a so-called “wealth tax,” which she said would be applied to the top one-tenth of the 1%. She said this will help the government expand services such as child care, preschool, tuition-free public college – and relieving outstanding student loan debt.

“The point is not to be punitive. The point is to say, look you built a great business, you had this fabulous idea, you worked your rear end off, or you inherited, OK, either way, but you have this great fortune.”

The final part of Warren’s fight against government corruption would be to put forth a constitutional amendment to protect voters’ rights, ensuring that every U.S. has the true and practical right to vote – and that every vote counts.

“Overturn every one of these voter suppression laws, and the gerrymandering that’s going on,” Warren said.

“Democracy is not for sale,” she exclaimed to the crowd.

Warren said her plan will benefit the majority of the U.S. population.

“We’ve got to dream big, fight hard and win,” she added.