Reviewing Two-Income Trap

Elizabeth Warren and her daughter Amelia wrote Two-Income Trap in 2003. It was rereleased in 2015 with a new introduction. Reading the 2015 version in the context of the 2020 election was a thought-provoking experience.

Instead of recapping the premise of the book and quoting interesting passages, I’m going to focus on what I was thinking as I finished the book. There are loads of traditional reviews of Two-Income Trap. I want to focus on what it may tell us about Elizabeth Warren and how it could predict her political actions as president.

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Border Residents Don’t Want the Wall

The US-Mexico border runs through four states: Arizona; California; New Mexico; and Texas. There are nine Congressional districts on the border. In April of 2017, the Wall Street Journal polled all 17 members of Congress representing border districts and states and couldn’t find a single person who supported Trump’s wall. At the time, Trump was requesting 1.4 billion dollars to begin constructing the wall and no member of Congress representing people living on the border wanted to pay. Now, Trump wants 5.7 billion dollars for the wall and has shut down part of the government to try and get his way.

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Wrong is Wrong

I’m tired of Republicans justifying Trump’s bad ideas and cruel policies by constantly trying to create false equivalencies with things done by Barack Obama or the Clinton’s. If something was wrong when a Democrat was president that something should be wrong today. If something is worse than anything done during a Democratic administration, it should be wrong today.

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