Elizabeth Warren is a smart lady.
I first came across her several years ago when she was discussing her book, “The Two-Income Trap – Why Middle Class Mothers And Fathers Are Going Broke.” It explains how middle class families became increasingly pinched by the economy — and this was before the Lesser Depression.
Warren explains the heart of her book here:
Fast forward to today, and Warren has just announced that she is running for Congress in Massachusetts.
I’m not advocating for her candidacy here, but I do want to call attention to something she said while on a recent talking tour. It is a message that many people in this country seem to forget because there is a tendency to worship the rich, as if they got where they are without anyone’s help but that of Divine Providence.
This is what Warren has to say about those sentiments:
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 maurauding 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.
That’s a message we need to hear more often. It’s not about “you,” it’s about “us.”