Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nobody in this country got rich on his own

"I hear all this, 'well, you know, it's class warfare,...'  No! There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody."

She's absolutely right. We're social animals. We live in societies. If we thrive, some of that is due to our own efforts and some of that is due to the society in which we live, the society which protected us, which educated us, which created the opportunity for us to thrive.

We wouldn't have this opportunity in Somalia. We wouldn't have this opportunity in Haiti. We wouldn't have this opportunity in Iraq, not the kind of opportunities we have here. And we have the duty to support our society, not just take from it.

Elizabeth Warren fought long and hard for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and she should have been its first director. But Obama wouldn't stand behind her, and I'm sure Republicans would have blackballed her, anyway. (In fact, 44 Senate Republicans have vowed to prevent any nominee from getting a floor vote, holding our government hostage - again - unless they get everything they want.)

So a week ago, Warren announced that she was running for the U.S. Senate. I wish her the best of luck! I'm sure you can see why.

PS. It's kind of funny, but according to that article, Republicans in Massachusetts have "mocked her" for being born in Oklahoma - even though she's lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Yeah, I'm all for mocking Oklahoma, myself, but primarily because it's such a far-right Republican state. (Well, so is Nebraska, but we're not quite that loony.)

I'm actually glad to know that not everyone born in Oklahoma is a complete loon. Maybe there's even hope for Texas, huh? :)

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