This Fight Is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren

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Summary

This Fight Is Our Fight focuses on the disappearing middle class, problems with the US economy, the soft treatment of corporations by the government, and the 2016 election.

Elizabeth Warren begins by describing how she spent the election night in 2016 watching saved episodes of television with her family. She wasn't on the ballot, so she didn't need to be with her team—furthermore, the possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidency made her stressed enough that watching the returns "would be agony." She says that the results were like a train wreck; Hilary Clinton (who was expected to win) kept coming in with fewer votes than expected. As Warren reflects on this, she explains that before she entered politics, she worked as a teacher and researcher who was focused on tracking America's middle class.

Warren explains that pay hasn't kept pace with inflation for forty years. While productivity, profits, and executive pay have all increased, the rest of workers weren't seeing the same salary raises. She says it was an issue she was particularly interested to tackle in Congress. She was shocked to hear the most senior Republican on the committee say that if it was up to him, there would be no minimum...

(The entire section is 402 words.)