Save Our State of Massachusetts
Not surprising, Elizabeth Warren’s long-awaited announcement that she would, in fact, run against Scott Brown finally came. With all the pre-announcement hype, it was also no surprise that she immediately surged in the pols to be in a dead heat with Brown, though early spikes can often prove to be the peak, and this video may be a major contributor.
It was no surprise that Warren’s comments in this video at a fundraiser in Andover tackled the GOP’s “class warfare” charge, or that Warren favors the tax hikes for the rich, as well as most other of Obama’s policies. No one can be surprised that Dems hail Warren for making the case for progressive economics, just as no one can be surprised that Repubs are repulsed by the comments and inferences.
The big surprise then, is that Dianne Williamson of Worcester Telegram and Gazette said THIS:
I endeavor today to defend the rich people. It’s an unpopular proposition, but somebody has to do it.
A move is underfoot in this country to take more money from the wealthy, based on the fallacy that they pay fewer taxes than the middle class. It’s not true, but no one cares. We need money. Rich people have it. Case closed.
The problem, of course, is that we live in the United States, a capitalist society that allows and encourages its citizens to work hard and make money, most of which they’re rightly entitled to keep. We reward achievement in this country. It’s why so many people want to live here.
Now comes Elizabeth Warren, new darling of the Left, who riffed about class warfare last week in a speech that’s gone viral and hailed by liberals as the best thing since John Edwards, before he cheated on his wife. For those who still value individual rights over mob entitlement, read it and weep:
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… 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.
Before this speech, I considered Warren a worthy adversary to U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Now I want to run the other way.
If we’re going to plunder the rich, we should just go ahead and do it and stop trying to rationalize our theft. It’s an insult to everyone. And Warren’s manifesto underscores an insidious, collective crawl toward victimizing the very people who create jobs.
First, to say that someone who built a factory owes me anything is ludicrous. The factory owner pays taxes, too. And he created the ability for his employees to pay for the roads, as well as their ability to support their families. When he did all those things, I was probably home watching TV.
As for an “underlying social contract,” the only one of which I’m aware calls for business owners to pay their employees a decent wage in exchange for their work. Why must these owners fork over a bigger hunk of their earnings to those who lacked the brains, initiative and determination to create what they did?
Lastly, in response to her claim that no one gets rich on their own, I present James M. Knott Sr., owner of Riverdale Mills in Northbridge. A trade school graduate with a degree from Harvard, and armed with several patents, Knott bought a run-down paper mill in Northbridge three decades ago. He re-built the dam for the millpond, re-built the hydro generators to supply electricity and began making Aquamesh, which has replaced 90 percent of the old wooden traps used by lobstermen in North America. His company employs 100.
Knott is now 81 and still shows up for work, although he no longer puts in the grueling 16-hour days that were necessary for his business to succeed. He acknowledged that he’s a multimillionaire, with homes in New Hampshire and on Cape Ann. He makes no apologies, nor should he.
“I made life good for a lot of people,” he noted. “I’m entitled … It takes power to make wealth. If people have that power, they should be compensated more than people who don’t know how to make things right.”
He credits his employees, not anonymous taxpayers, with much of his success. He donates to various charities by choice, not government coercion. And by the way, Riverdale Mills lost $3.2 million in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Under Warren’s credo, should the taxpayers have subsidized those losses?
“Stalin said the same thing about spreading the wealth,” Knott said, referring to Warren and President Barack Obama. “I love what I do and I’m good at it. To whom do I owe? Who gets the credit, besides the people who work with me?”
Good questions, especially since most rich industrialists already pay more. This year, households making more than $1 million will pay an average of 29.1 percent of their income in taxes, compared to 12.5 for households making between $50,000 and $75,000. Poor households will pay even less, according to the Tax Policy Center. The latest IRS figures reflect similar numbers.
Some will be surprised by my position. But being a social liberal doesn’t make you a socialist. Most of us can’t do what James Knott did, and we have absolutely no claims on his success. Anyone who tells you differently is a charlatan.
It’s a good time to point out that not all Democrats and liberals are the same, and that while the radical, collectivist, society-destroying folks may often have the microphones (and the headlines and the TV cameras), they do not represent the majority of Democrats.
If we don't all participate in turning this state around, the sun may very well set - forever, on this once great state that was the cradle of our country's birth.
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