Video: The left’s got a fever and the only prescription is Elizabeth Warren talking about tax hikes

posted at 3:29 pm on September 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

Deep thoughts from the new frontrunner for Senate in Massachusetts. Transcript via Jonah Goldberg:

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.”

What I like about this is how unbothered it is by the question of what the factory owner’s fair share of taxes might be. The implication, clearly, is that no amount would ever be fair. “We” built an entire civic infrastructure around this factory, without which it couldn’t operate, so really the factory owner can never thank us enough. It’s a blank check for tax hikes unto eternity. In essence: “I helped pay for that sidewalk, now give me your wallet.” In fact, if you had no knowledge of American tax law while listening to this shpiel, you might reasonably conclude that “factory owners” pay no taxes at all. They’re complete free riders — using the roads, relying on the police, making bank off the backs of public-educated workers, and never offering so much as a thin dime to the system in gratitude. In reality, that factory owner is paying for more of that road, public school, and cop’s salary than you or I are. Beyond that, though, I’m amazed at how easily she overlooks the wealth created by the factory as a contribution to society. Not all of it ends up in the owner’s pocket, even though he/she assumed the massive risk of starting the plant. The factory provides jobs; it generates demand for suppliers; and if it’s successful it cranks out a product that others use to generate wealth of their own. And the more wealth there is, the easier it is to pay for those roads and cops and schools. Memo from factory owners to Warren: You’re welcome.

The reason this is a viral hit on the left, of course, is because they think most of their political problems boil down to “messaging.” Their platform is foolproof — genius top to bottom — but the sheer ingenious complexity of the scheme means they have trouble explaining it to the common voting yokel. Case in point: ObamaCare. The program’s obviously brilliant, but poor O had a devil of a time explaining why in those 500 speeches he gave on it. Warren has them buzzing because, if this clip is indicative, she has a knack for explaining how rich parasites are getting fat off The People in terms average voters might understand. I don’t begrudge them a little viral excitement; lord knows, we’ve had endless fun with Chris Christie’s clips. But at least Christie’s focusing on entitlements, the long-term driver of America’s budget problems. Warren’s focusing on … this. Won’t solve much, but I’m sure it feels good.

Exit question: Does the social contract also require accountability with taxpayer money?

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If this is such an ingenious statement by one of our esteemed representatives of the National Socialist Left, why aren’t they hammering us here on it’s supreme wisdom?

This was supposed to encapsulate the wondrous ideology of the National Socialist Left, why aren’t they capitalizing on it?

Chip on September 22, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Exit answer: Yes. Warren perverted the definition of ‘social contract’ to drive home her neo-marxist drivel.

The proper application of ‘social contract’, where the govt. derives its power from the consent of the governed (who also supply all those tax dollars), makes her perverted definition even more egregious.

Even more scary; she’s a professor indoctrinating minds at Harvard with this neo-marxist drivel.

But now she’s running for Congress where she can, you know, do even more damage.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 22, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Warren and a room full of the “ones” bootlickers.

QUOTE OF THE DECADE

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president.”

Texyank on September 22, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Well, there is another person I will not care if they contract Ebola Zaire

In fact it would be comforting knowing her commie brain turned to soup

Sonosam on September 22, 2011 at 9:46 PM

For those who is putting down Scott Brown for not being pure enough, this is your alternative.

bayview on September 22, 2011 at 9:59 PM

She just wants a more secure pension and medical plan

like wieners

Sonosam on September 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president.”

Texyank on September 22, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I’m sorry … to whom do we credit this wonderful analysis?

Jaibones on September 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I’m not sure Warren could win election, even in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, however it’s much scarrier have her as a professor at Harvard and an economic advisor to the President of the United States. If you ever want to wonder why Obama is insisting on the tax scheme he proposed, just listen to her. There is little doubt, listening to him, the two of them think alike.

I have my doubts she can win the nomination to run for the Senate because this is like a real whacky position, even for Massachusetts. Scott Brown is a Massachusetts Republican, Elizabeth Warren is somewhere in between a European Socialist and a Chinese Communist, but she certainly has had little education about capitalism since, by her statement, she does not understand the system in the least. To assume that businesses do little more than make money, in the communities where they are, is a distortion of our countries relationship with industry. People like her are one of the reasons we, as a country, are losing our manufacturing base. I hope she doesn’t get to run for the Senate, I hope that parents, understanding their children are in classes where she is the professor, pull their children from those classes. Ms. Warren needs to go back to school, her ignorance is showing.

bflat879 on September 22, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Scott needs to win this election on a moral basis as much as anything else. He has to speak eloquently on the virtue of capitalism. Hope he’s up to the job.

itsspideyman on September 23, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Clearly? No. Not what she said, and not what she meant. Quite a stretch for you to extrapolate all that, probably because all you have in response is the simple-minded elitist nonsense that we all need to bow down to the factory owner and relieve him from paying taxes because we’re so fortunate that he’ll allow us to participate in the business he built all by himself. In a vacuum. Job creators! Oh please, job creators! We’ll give you whatever you want, just don’t take away our jobs!

Constantine on September 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Goverment in its can create nothing on its own. It functions by the collection of fees, whether through taxes or confiscation. Bridges and other works are obtained through such collections.

Not a penny can be collected unless someone takes initiative and builds, by investing their money and life in a goal. In order to achieve their purpose, they will hire others. These others will perform their jobs to their abilities, and based upon those abilities will be paid in kind. It is from these salaries that the basis of a taxable economy is created, and ultimately where government derives their money for the creation of roads and bridges. Note the first bridges and roads were built by private companies that sold bonds to build them, and ultimate paid tolls in order to pay for them. The merchants who used these roads paid the highest tax, for they used them the most. To this day, trucking firms pay the highest road taxes in the nation, not the average driver.

The job creator is the individual who must start the chain of progress through the risk of his own capital and effort. He takes all the risk and deserves the reward. The non-crony capitalist doesn’t ask for special favors, just a fair shake, and does not deserve your scorn.

itsspideyman on September 23, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Where does she think the money for all those things came from? Analyze her assumptions. The highways don’t benefit rich people disproportionately.

flataffect on September 23, 2011 at 1:08 AM

I’m sorry … to whom do we credit this wonderful analysis?

Jaibones on September 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Steyn has said similar, but who knows who said it first.

DFCtomm on September 23, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Her argument is so weak. Her hypothetical factory owner also pays for the roads, education, police and fire force etc . . .

geckomon on September 23, 2011 at 4:25 AM

Her argument is so weak. Her hypothetical factory owner also pays for the roads, education, police and fire force etc . . .

geckomon on September 23, 2011 at 4:25 AM

There you go, appealing to reason again. You just don’t get it./

Extrafishy on September 23, 2011 at 5:53 AM

Because of ME, you people don’t have to worry about marauding bands of Obama voters that would seize ever, er, scratch that thought.

MNHawk on September 23, 2011 at 7:15 AM

This is beyond stupid – it’s factional warfare from a communist implant. Wonder if Lizzie ever said any of the following…

1. “Guess it’s egg salad for lunch and dinner again!”
2. “We won’t exchange any gifts this year – just a few things for the kids.”
3. “Turn down the heat – put on a sweatshirt”
4. “Turn off the air”
5. “We have to give Christmas bonuses to the staff”
6. “Enjoy your vacation, see you when you get back in the office. Us? no we’re just going to stay in the area this year”
7. “Do both of them really need braces? Can we stagger them?”
8. “At some point, one of you needs to start taking a salary or you’re going to go under.”
9. “We’ll fix it later.”
10. “We’ll replace it next year.”
11. “If it doesn’t clear up, I’ll go to the doctor next week”

The risks and sacrifices made by entrepreneurs are beyond comprehension for these entitled leeches. It’s envy, pure and simple that infects these people. Fortunately for us, the story ends well; but most don’t.

Suck it lady. I didn’t succeed with the help of the government – I succeeded in spite of it.

NumberTwo on September 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

So nobody got rich on his own? Then why didn’t everybody help me to get rich? I was waiting with my hand out!
What was the difference between me and those “they” helped? Maybe the successful worked hard and accumulated some capital instead of spending it all. It’s hard to save money. I finally did manage to save a little money but I was not willing to risk it all on some business venture either, but they did!
I know many who worked 60-70 hours a week to get their business off the ground. I was not willing to make that kind sacrifice on some risky venture. Most of the successful people failed several times before they became successful while I seem to quit on the first unsuccessful try.
So what is Warren talking about when she says “they” helped make people successful. She is just dishing out Commie crap and expecting us to eat it.

bindare on September 23, 2011 at 10:14 AM

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.

No. Actually, I paid for most of the roads, in cash, even the ones I don’t use.

You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.

No, actually, I paid for the education of most of your children to begin with, and the skills they needed to work here I had to teach them myself. Even the classes at the local tech in our trade were created when I built my factory.

You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for.

I paid for those, actually. Almost all of it. You can keep the parts you 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.

You might not realize that I have to provide a robust security infrastructure for my factory, not a little of it to protect my stuff from “the work the rest of [you do].” But if you mean the military — I paid for most of that. You can keep the part you paid for.

***

So basically, you’re welcome.

… and if you don’t want to be reminded that without me you have absolutely nothing, (1) avoid anything written by that crazy midget Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged in particular, and (2) I promise not to bring up your complete dependency again if you won’t.

Want a cookie? A cafe just opened to feed my employees at lunch. Just down my road there.

Axe on September 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Elizabeth Warren also thinks the housing crisis was caused by predatory lending and that judges should be given the power to rewrite mortgages (contracts) including the power to lower the amount owed, interest, term, etc. I’ve got the video. All the other Harvard participants almost fell off their chairs understanding that would undermine faith in the enforce-ability of all contracts and thus, destroy the economy completely.

TheBigOldDog on September 23, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Now people might start looking at Scott Brown in the proper perspective. EW is one of the most dangerous women in America IMHO.

TheBigOldDog on September 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM

She is a criminal. Anybody who votes for her is not only a criminal, but anti-american. This is easy to say because no non-evil person can disagree. We will be able to identify the crooks by those who disagree.

proconstitution on September 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Luckily, the sound is not working on my computer today, but I read the text and watched her rabid delivery. Liberal lunacy at its height.

We’re not paying forward to any kid. We’re paying too many morons like this to spend the country into oblivion. If she gets appointed to anything, let’s make it NPR, where her idiotic notions will make no difference.

virgo on September 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

They got Red fever!

MCGIRV on September 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Then take the factory, woman. Take it.

Run it YOUR way. MAKE the world a better place. Take the heavy jackboot of the omniscient State and MAKE the world in your image.

You are a Stalinist, to your core. You would slit my throat and murder my whole family if it gave you an hour of unfettered power. You don’t care about the Social Contract. That is just an excuse for you to TAKE whatever you can to do what you will. You lust for power.

TAKE it, woman. Stop trying to convince people. Just put on your big girl pants and the the Stalinist that you are.

spmat on September 26, 2011 at 12:08 AM

Constantine on September 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

If you are a slave to “job creators”, then you are a slave, in soul and body, and can be nothing else.

JOBS ARE NOT CREATED.

Needs exist. Entrepreneurs identify those needs and plan the means of production to meet them. They hired others to help them meet those needs. A “job” exists only insofar as an entrepreneur successfully plans for the correct means of meeting the actual needs of consumers.

You have a job because someone BETTER than you created the opportunity for you to help THEM do something worth doing.

You don’t like that? Well then. Take it from them. Please do. Use your precious vote to tell the State to TAKE that factory, that little shop, that service job so you can have a guaranteed “job”. It’s all about you, after all. Your vote gives you the God-given right to force your will down the throats of others, after all.

spmat on September 26, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Yes, thanks to Dems, we don’t have to worry about marauding bands attacking the factory and taking away the owner’s rights. They’ve got unions for that.

DailyDanet on September 26, 2011 at 12:49 PM

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