Elizabeth Warren slams House GOP's "anarchy gang"

The Massachusetts senator delivers a rousing defense of government against "anarchists"

By Elias Isquith

Published October 4, 2013 6:50PM (EDT)

  (AP/Michael Dwyer)
(AP/Michael Dwyer)

In a speech given on Thursday from the Senate floor, Elizabeth Warren laid into what she called the House's "anarchy gang" and defended a vision of government as what "we as Americans have chosen to do together."

"The anarchy gang is quick to malign government," Warren said, "but when was the last time anyone called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children's toys, or for food inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery store is crawling with deadly bacteria, or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible deformities in little babies? We never hear that."

Warren also criticized the right's "vague" understanding of government, terming it a "bogeyman government" and claiming that, like "the bogeyman under the bed, it's not real."

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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