This, in so many words, is what Democrats should say about fairness in taxation from now until the end of time. Anyone to the left of Heinrich Himmler can understand and support these sentiments as expressed by spanking new Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren:
The money quote:
“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.”
Refreshing, isn’t it? Academics who enter politics often come across as bumbling neophytes or as elitist asses. I don’t think either characterization could stick to Elizabeth Warren. Watch her, folks – she’s going places.