Elizabeth Warren: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own”
posted at 11:58 am on September 22, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
Elizabeth Warren, who was passed over by Barack Obama for the job as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has announced she is running for the Senate in 2012. She will vie for the seat from Massachusetts long occupied by the late Ted Kennedy and currently held by Republican Scott Brown.
No sooner had Warren formally declared her candidacy than she jumped into the political fray with a disquisition on class warfare, which she views as mythical (h/t The Blaze):
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 [sic] 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.
Short version: No rich man is an island.
The statement is a gift to Scott Brown, who can now use it as the centerpiece of his re-election campaign, which might go something like this: Who do you want representing your interests in Congress—me or the moron who said this? [Cut to video].
Of all the dunderheaded comments to issue from the lips of an Obama appointee or staffer (and there have been some doozies), this one stands above the others in its crass stupidity.
Government-provided services are universal: They are enjoyed equally by all citizens of the United States. Some, including the protection and security afforded by a well-regulated militia (aka police force), are guaranteed by the Constitution. Others, such as the establishment of a “fire force” (!), are unspoken covenants entered into by citizens of a municipality and their local authorities.
These services, regardless of the provider, no more determine the success of a rich entrepreneur than they do the poverty currently hobbling 1 in 6 Americans (a percentage, n.b., that has risen dramatically under President Obama’s assault on the rich).
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