Posted by: Ken Riter | September 29, 2011

Elizabeth Warren, Progressive Heroine Extraordinaire

Elizabeth Warren is probably one of the smartest women running for political office that we will see for a long, long time. She was originally charged to head the new Consumer Financial Protections Bureau, but due to great Republican opposition, President Obama decided not to appoint her as head, but she did work in an advisory role to help make sure it was set up properly.

After a disappointing time in DC, Warren returned back home to Massachusetts and announcement her run for the US Senate, as a Democrat. Within one week she was already slightly ahead of Brown in the polls.  During her new campaign she has already made a name for herself as a tough progressive, stating in one speech, that in this country, “No one got rich on his own!”

And below is the transcript for one of the best progressive perspectives out there!

“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.”

We need more progressives like her in office, and we need current progressives in office to start growing a pair. The middle class has been trounced on for decades, it is time we start taking the necessary steps to rebuild that middle class.


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