By Luciano Gonzalez
On Nov. 7, 2019, Massachusetts Senator and Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren paid a visit to North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T).
This visit was part of a larger tour of North and South Carolina by Warren wherein she discussed education and healthcare. The senator is one of the frontrunners pursuing the Democratic nomination for the 2020 Presidential election and her campaign has put these issues front and center, gaining a reputation for having a wide range of plans ready to implement.
Warren joined prominent political commentator Angela Rye, whose bonafides include working for CNN and NPR, for a live recording of her podcast “On One.” The conversation between the two public figures ranged from rapid-fire questions with one-word answers to far more in-depth questions that aimed to tackle issues that are the sources of popular policy proposals, topics like income inequality, childcare, and healthcare and even impeachment.
Warren mentioned impeachment and didn’t limit her remarks to the Ukraine scandal either, stating her belief that the Muller Report built a case for impeachment.
“No one is above the law,” said Warren, “not even the president of the United States.”
As it relates to education, Warren had a chance to discuss the range of her policies. She discussed her tax-plan, including its two-cent tax on every dollar following someone’s fifty millionth dollar, stating that.
“Now, your first $50 million is free and clear, but on your 50-million-and-first dollar you’ve got to pitch in two cents,” said Warren. And two cents on every dollar above that.”
This policy is one of her policies that she hopes would allow for a range of initiatives to be put into place and that would support public institutions all over the country.
Some of what she supports includes working towards making colleges tuition-free, increasing teacher pay, the creation of universal childcare, increasing funding for HBCUs and cancelling at least some student debt. Warren has said in the past that such ideas would aid an entire generation of workers and enable them to transform the economy by creating small businesses.
With regards to healthcare, Warren made the topic personal. She was asked about the idea that her Medicare-for-all plan was a “pipe dream,” as some of her critics have taken to calling it. Her response started off with an anecdote from her childhood.
Warren started off by discussing what happened to her family when her father had a heart attack and stopped working. Her mother took on a second job to ensure the family made ends meet. Warren was careful to remind listeners that a single income-earning family whose income was minimum wage would not be able to escape poverty in 2019. She told the audience that what happened to her when she was a child was not reflective of modern American working class families, and urged the audience to “reduce our investment in billionaires and increase our investment in an entire generation of Americans.”
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