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Elizabeth Warren: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own”

posted at 11:58 am on September 22, 2011 by

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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Just WOW. These f**king people think they’re the gods of our destiny. They will twist whatever they have to in order to justify taking more of our money.

MadisonConservative on September 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Scotty, are you listening?

cmsinaz on September 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

And then you see those same words someplace else, and marvel at the commentary…

Er, not that anybody should be looking for political insight at Imgur, just that I coincidentally saw this quote posted over there.

Jeddite on September 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

And RIGHT NOW, Im hearing the clip on Rush. Spooky!

Jeddite on September 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Jeddite, he’s going after her big time

cmsinaz on September 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Yes Rush is giving this horrible twinkie heck! A lot of people probably haven’t heard about this till Rush brought this up. brown needs to be more of a r, but he is better that this old bag is!
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letget on September 22, 2011 at 12:53 PM

You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory

Why? Is congress not in session?

PackerBronco on September 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

This is what you get out of your educated elite. It’s just amazing the sheltered lives they’ve lived!

Vince on September 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I wonder if this is the reason she was never actually allowed to appear at a senate confirmation hearing?

Meanwhile, is this not also the woman that told a congressional oversight committee that she had a busy schedule and had to limit her time to be bothered with them?

Ignorance, arrogance, and marxist, is a bad way to go through life.

Someone should ask her about her views on personal property.

Freddy on September 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Dear Elizabeth Warren,
The developer of the business park where I work paid to build the roads that lead to the buildings in the park. Government involvement — zero, until the local government took over the roads… for a fee of zero.
The developer of the development where I live paid to build the roads that lead to the homes he built. Government involvement — zero, until the local government took over the roads… for a fee of zero.
The developer of the business park where I work pays local taxes for schools, police and fire services — a very significant dollar figure, based on the value of the property. Federal government involvement — zero.
While developing the property, the developer of the development where I live paid local taxes for schools, police and fire service — a very significant dollar figure, based on the (projected) value of the property. Federal government involvement — zero.
That’s just for starters, Elizabeth Warren.
I could destroy the rest of your comment, given enough time and space.
You, Elizabeth Warren, are a blithering idiot.

either orr on September 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM

You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory

Gibson Guitars’ CEO was unavailable for comment….

RedMindBlueState on September 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

The statement is a gift to Scott Brown, who can now use it as the centerpiece of his entire 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].

Question is if he’s smart enough to do so? Doesn’t matter to me, I’m looking to support any conservative willing to primary him. Beam Scotty back to MA

AH_C on September 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Not to mention the more money you make, the more you pay in to supporting those services. Or the fact that you pay for permits, fees, business licenses to even set up your business, to pay for those services.

PastorJon on September 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

I’m looking to support any conservative willing to primary him. Beam Scotty back to MA

AH_C on September 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

All politics is local and he’s as conservative as you are going to find in MA. Moron Warren on the other hand, you’ll find entire towns filled with that screechy liberal genotype.

roy_batty on September 22, 2011 at 2:58 PM

All politics is local and he’s as conservative as you are going to find in MA. Moron Warren on the other hand, you’ll find entire towns filled with that screechy liberal genotype.

roy_batty on September 22, 2011 at 2:58 PM

True, but why would MA vote for a semi-progressive, when they can get the full meal deal?

AH_C on September 22, 2011 at 3:25 PM

How did Harry Reid become a mufti-millionaire on a government salary?

Roy Rogers on September 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

‘God bless—keep a big hunk of it.’ Why, thank you, ma’am. If there are any people left in MA who worked hard, saved some money, paid their bills and taxes, and did all the right things through the years, why would you even consider voting for someone who wants to take as much away from you in order to pay the kid who’s coming up, as she puts it?

Kissmygrits on September 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM

You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory

You wouldn’t think she’d pick on unions like that.

TexasDan on September 22, 2011 at 11:54 PM