If you ever wondered how to respond to the tax cut, Tea Party Republicans in their effort to have all of government viewed as illegitimate and confiscatory, watch this video.
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate to re-take Teddy Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat, is talking to a group of supporters in someone’s home. In this video, Ms. Warren articulates this country’s foundational social contract in a way I’ve seldom heard. She is down-to-earth, no-nonsense, and authoritative. If you don’t know who she is, you can read more about her here.
If you don’t want to deal with the video, here’s a transcript but I urge you to watch, if you can.
Walking tour transcript:
I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.
“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.
“Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
And, I’ll add this to what she said: you gained a customer base from the middle class our grand parents and great grandparents built.
- Washington Monthly: ‘The underlying social contract’
- Washington Post: ‘Class warfare, Elizabeth Warren style’
- Elizabeth Warren: pay it forward. Duh. (maureenholland.wordpress.com)
- Why government matters, cont’d: Elizabeth Warren on fair taxation (bluejaysway.wordpress.com)
- MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren video on class warfare goes viral (dailykos.com)