Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Progressive case in three paragraphs

“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever,’” she said. “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.”

Elizabeth Warren

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where all all the rest of the people with such a "progressive?" attitude.
The vast majority of Americans understand the concept and agree - why they aren't speaking is perhaps a mystery. Oh wait, fox news,etc, is the reason. Hopefully we vote according to her underlying concepts and not according to congress who is increasingly out of touch.

MCPlanck said...

Actually, they are speaking. Recent polls show that a majority of Republicans favor Obama's jobs bill.

The problem is that they're not being heard. It's not just Fox news; it's also faux libertarianism and Christian Dominionism.