“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 out great — 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.”
There is so much wrong with this one doesn’t know where to start. First of all, the factory owner is included in the group she calls “the rest of us”; Second, 47% of “the rest of us” pay no taxes and so didn’t pay for any of the stuff she’s talking about; Third, roads, education, police and fire just about runs the gamut of the things government legitimately does and if it stuck to those things taxes could be cut by about 90% and we’d still have all those things; Fourth, just because the government pays for the roads we use and provides fire and police protection doesn’t mean the government owns all of our property. Fifth, what does Elizabeth Warren mean no “marauding bands?” The government has lots of “marauding bands” called SWAT teams that raid homes and businesses often by mistake or for little cause. We all pay for those marauding bands and the victims of their thuggery pay dearly; Sixth, Elizabeth Warren’s hypothetical rich guy must be in the top 5% of income earners in the country. We have all seen the statistics put out by the Internal Revenue Service that this group uses their 5% of total income to pay 70% of total tax collections. Just what more do you want from them Elizabeth Warren? Instead of berating them, abusing them, shouldn’t you be grateful to them? Shouldn’t you be thanking them for bearing such a heavy tax burden?
This can go on quite a while. Can you think of more things that are wrong with Elizabeth Warren’s brain? Should be easy.
Lets cut to the bottom line. The deeply wrongheadedness of Warren’s silly statement is that “the rest of us” will have no money and will not be buying or paying for anything, not even our own groceries, if first there is not a job and a paycheck for us, maybe in a factory or in some other type of business, to provide us with an income that the government can tax to pay for roads and bridges and education and fireman and police officers.
For any factory or business to exist someone had to first take a risk with their own capital. The hypothetical factory owner Elizabeth Warren talks about with derision bordering on sheer hatred first had to have some capital that either he or his ancestors worked hard to get, then he has to put “a big hunk” of it at the risk of losing it all. Since most new businesses fail most times Elizabeth’s Warren’s rich factory owner doesn’t get rich at all. Does she think “the rest of us” should help him cover the losses? No, I doubt it.
In Elizabeth Warren’s world nobody gets rich on their own, but they sure do get poor on their own.
Believe it or not, this idiot is a Harvard Law Professor. She’s a candidate to oppose Scott Brown for Senate in November, 2012. No wonder William F. Buckley, Jr. said he’d rather be governed by a hundred names chosen at random from the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard Law School.
Elizabeth Warren would probably like to be rich. But since she’s not, she deeply resents anyone else getting rich [She’s not exactly broke on a Harvard salary of approximately $400,000. She also made $192,000 for part time work on a TARP panel, which was originally disclosed as only $64,000 but recently revised. Hey Elizabeth, how about paying “a hunk” of that “forward.” After all, “the rest of us” paid the taxes that funded your TARP boondoggle]. Thankfully, most Americans see it differently. Most Americans see others getting rich and are glad for it because that means America is, or used to be, a country where ordinary people can get rich. If others can do it, so can we. That is, unless Elizabeth Warren and her ilk ever get the power to impose their Marxist ideology on “the rest of us.” It would be nice if everyone were rich, but that’s never been possible anywhere at anytime. It’s better that some are rich than that none are rich. Elizabeth Warren’s ideology would assure the latter.
Elizabeth Warren’s sort of non-thinking threatens the pursuit of happiness of every American who takes her seriously. The freedoms enshrined in our Declaration of Independence are what people mean when they talk of American Exceptionalism. We must remember that nothing will destroy a person’s happiness quicker and more thoroughly than envy of others. No one can pursue envy and happiness together. The pursuit of envy cancels out all possibility of happiness. For that reason, I doubt Elizabeth Warren is happy. No one can be that resentful of others and still be happy. Those who like her message and are inclined to follow it, beware. Misery awaits.
It appears she got her law degree the same year I got mine, 1976. I didn’t become a Harvard Law Professor, but I think I put my legal education to better use than she put hers. I put mine to use helping people like her fictional factory owner get rich (and create jobs for “the rest of us’).
They still did it on their own, however. I was just a hired servant.
Here is the full idiotic video of Warren’s rant:
A little advice to Elizabeth Warren from Confucius: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
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