An ad hoc coalition of state lawmakers and liberal activists placed a full-page ad in The Hill's Wednesday edition urging Congress to restore the bank-regulating Glass-Steagall law.
The ad itself is a fairly run-of-the-mill thing — reinstating the law, which was partially repealed in 1999, is a popular liberal cause. At the bottom, though, there is this: "Paid for by Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee."
LaRouche, for those who don't know, is a longtime denizen of the fever-swamp far left. Although he identifies himself as a Democrat, the national party shuns him and his followers.
That said, his ad makes arguments not terribly different from those of top Democratic stars. That made the Washington Examiner wonder: Could a person pick out the LaRouche quotes from those of somebody like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., herself a major fan of Glass-Steagall?
The Examiner has placed a dozen quotes from both below — LaRouche words from The Hill ad; Warren words from various speeches and interviews. See if you can tell who said what:
1. "It is time for Congress to break with the Wall Street banksters, their stooge in the White House, and their stooges on Capitol Hill."
2. "[Glass-Steagall] would reduce 'too big' by dismantling the behemoths, so that big banks would still be big — but not too big to fail or, for that matter, too big to manage, too big to regulate, too big for trial, or too big for jail."
3. "People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here is the painful part: they're right. The system is rigged."
4. "It is the American People who are too big to fail. It is their General Welfare that must be promoted, not that of Wall Street."
5. "Americans are fighters. We're tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one — no one can stop us."
6. "Who will be today's Glass and Steagall, not just when nothing is at stake, but under political combat conditions? Who is really serious about the future of our nation?"
7. "Now, where are the patriotic Democrats and Republicans who will act to defend the U.S. population's General Welfare against Wall Street?"
8. "We should never forget the consequences of letting financial behemoths hold our economy hostage. ... We managed to avoid that grim fate, but our economy still suffered a staggering body-blow."
9. "Wall Street's parasitical speculative activity is a cancer on the body politic. It needs to be removed, not fed."
10. "Those with power fight to take care of themselves and to feed at the trough for themselves, even when it comes at the expense of working families getting a fair shot at a better future."
Answers: 1 – LaRouche, 2 – Warren, 3 – Warren, 4 – LaRouche, 5 – Warren, 6 – LaRouche, 7 – LaRouche, 8 – Warren, 9 – LaRouche, 10 – Warren.