Green, Orange, Yellow: Which is Which?
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is known for being an outspoken progressive, and a true progressive.
She is also an outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive rights, and was one of the first to advocate for the Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress.
But that is not what she is known as: A staunch advocate for corporate profits and for corporations.
The Washington Post recently interviewed her, and it seems as though her views on the issues she cares about are not what you might expect.
In fact, she was not a member of the Progressive Caucus, and even stated that she has never voted in favor of a major corporate agenda.
Wasserman Schultz is not the first congresswoman to be called out for her hypocrisy, however.
In January of 2016, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) released a report stating that she “has made it a career goal to be the most liberal member of Congress.”
And that is a laudable goal, as it is something that the Black Caucus has consistently accomplished.
However, as the Washington Post article explains, Wasserman Schultz’s liberal views on economic and social justice have been so strong that she is sometimes accused of hypocrisy by others in the Black community.
So why does Wasserman Schultz stand out from the rest of the Congressional progressive caucus?
One of the biggest reasons is that she also happens to be a former CEO of a corporation.WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, a former executive vice president of Verizon, made $5.3 million in 2015, making her the seventh highest-paid member of congress.
While Wasserman Schultz is a member and CEO of Verizon (the company she was elected to represent), the company is also heavily invested in lobbying and promoting legislation.
Wired, in an interview with The Verge, spoke with Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the company’s lobbying efforts and her past lobbying experience.
The Verge asked Wasserman Schultz about the corporate lobbying and her position as an employee of Verizon.
The first question Wasserman Schultz asked was about her experience as a Verizon employee, as she stated that her former boss was not the CEO she expected.
She also said that her boss had made her work in the Verizon IT department to “make it so we could be more responsive.”
While she has been criticized for her role at Verizon, the company has since changed its policies regarding lobbyists and has recently started to ban the practice.
According to the FCC, Verizon has also changed its rules to make it easier for employees to request their pay withheld if they work for Verizon, and this change was not made until after the controversy surrounding the CEO’s pay began.
The Verge article also asked Wasserman Schultz if she thought she would ever have to be on the record about her past political positions.
She responded, “I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to talk about my political beliefs and I don’t think that I will ever be.”
Despite her recent comments, the Washington Examiner, in a profile of Wasserman Schultz, stated that “it’s not surprising that Wasserman Schultz has become a target of political attack.”
Wassenberg has been targeted by Republican lawmakers for her progressive views, however, many in the media have taken notice of her past positions on the issue of abortion and reproductive rights.
In response, many Republican lawmakers have tried to tie Wasserman Schultz to Planned Parenthood, the abortion company that has been accused of selling aborted babies to doctors in order to profit off their bodies.
While this may seem like a big stretch, the truth is that it was a very common and well-established practice for a large portion of the medical industry to profit from the bodies of aborted babies.
Planned Parenthood was an organization that was actively lobbying for the rights of aborted children, and some of their political donations and donations to Republicans have been traced back to this practice.
In 2017, a federal judge in Pennsylvania found that the abortion corporation had made false and misleading representations about abortion services in order “to conceal the fact that its abortion program actually provided for the transfer of fetal organs.”WASSIM SCHULTz, a member, CEO, and former executive director of Verizon has been in the news lately for her political positions on reproductive rights and her ties to the company.
In January of 2017, Wasserman Schulz stated that Planned Parenthood’s decision to sell aborted babies was “horrible,” and that she had not heard anything positive about the organization since she took office.
In an interview to The Hill, she said that she was “shocked” when she learned that the group sold aborted babies for profit, and that it should have been the “fault of Planned Parenthood itself” for selling the babies.
However, Wasserman Shultz is not a hypocrite, as her previous position on abortion did not change over the years, and in 2017, she voted for a bill that would have expanded the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from going to abortion providers.
This was a controversial vote