Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) warned over the weekend that the United States Supreme Court had moved too far to the right and was on its way of becoming a “wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Business.”
Speaking to the AFL-CIO’s 2013 Convention in Los Angeles on Sunday, Warren said that unions faced an uphill battle because “powerful interests fight us on every battlefield they can.”
“Look at the increasing corporate capture of the federal courts,” she explained. “According to a recent study, the five conservative justices on the United States Supreme Court are in the top ten most pro-corporate justices in half a century. And Justices [Samuel] Alito and [John] Roberts — are you ready? — are number one and number two. The most anti-consumer justices in this entire time.”
The Massachusetts Democrat pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce was now winning 70 percent of the Supreme Court cases it supported.
“Think about this: you follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later, you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Business,” Warren concluded.
Forward to 1:22:00 to see Warren’s remarks about the Supreme Court in the following AFL-CIO video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 9, 2013.
(h/t: Talking Points Memo)