“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...
“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 September, 2011
"Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own"
Barack Hussein Obama, Roanoke,Virginia July 2012
“I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.”
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help”
“You didn’t get there on your own “Somebody else made that happen.”
“There are a lot of smart people out there.”
“It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.”
“Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.”
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.”
“There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.”
“Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.”
“Somebody invested in roads and bridges.”
“If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.”
“Somebody else made that happen.”
[ed. in this case, a whole lot of “somebodies”]
“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.”
Warren, bupkis, please spare us any more of you guilt. We can’t afford it. And that goes for that other Warren too.
…and the Grand Cherokee headed off into the sunset. I wonder how that got out of the ditch? Oh, that’s right, four-wheel drive, a hemi-engine and a full tank of gas. And a new driver.