Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quote for the Day... Yesterday

I meant to get this one out yesterday, but got delayed... this is one of the best in recent memory.
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.

Elizabeth Warren, former White House financial advisor and Democratic Senatorial Candidate from Massachusetts.
Not to be outdone, the head asshole director of communications for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Brian Walsh, stuck out his tongue and blew a raspberry in Warren's general direction.  Just kidding, but his verbal retort was pretty damn close:
Given the Boston Herald’s recent revelation that Professor Warren was paid almost $200,000 by a major insurance company to help in their legal battle against asbestos victims – on top of her $350,000 salary at Harvard – it sounds like she’s speaking from experience when she says ‘there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.’

Here's video of Warren at her appearance in Andover, MA as part of her senate campaign.
If more politicians spoke like that, perhaps we'd finally have some integrity return to DC.

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