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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 08:54 AM
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A warrior for the working class

By Steve Benen

Its a good thing that Elizabeth Warren video went viral; its starting to have an impact on the national discourse.

In the now-famous clip, Warren explained to a group of voters, There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. In our society, success tends to be the result of cooperative action private-sector leaders move products on public roads, they hire workers educated in public* schools, their enterprises were secure thanks to public services like police and firefighters, etc.

On Monday, President Obama spoke at a LinkedIn town-hall meeting, and sounded a similar note. By yesterday, the argument worked its way into a speech Obama delivered in Denver touting the American Jobs Act. Consider this rhetoric:

This is the Land of Opportunity. Whats great about this country is that any of these young people here, if theyve got a good idea, if they go out there and theyre willing to work hard, they can start a business, they can create value, great products, great services. They can make millions, make billions. Thats great. Thats what America is all about. Anybody can make it if they try.

But whats also a quintessentially American idea is that those of us whove done well should pay our fair share to contribute to the upkeep of the nation that made our success possible because nobody did well on their own.

A teacher somewhere helped to give you the skills to succeed. Firefighters and police officers are protecting your property. Youre moving your goods and products and services on roads that somebody built. Thats how we all do well together. We got here because somebody else invested in us, and weve got to make sure this generation of students can go to college on student aid or scholarships like I did. Weve got to make sure that we keep investing in the kind of government research that helped to create the Internet, which countless private sector companies then used to create tens of millions of jobs.

Responding to Republican attacks, Obama declared himself a warrior for the working class, adding, I will wear that charge as a badge of honor. The only warfare Ive seen is the battle thats been waged against middle-class families in this country for a decade now.


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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 08:57 AM
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