Elizabeth Warren, candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, took a hammer to the blathering right-wingers the other day at a political event. I thought her point was the perfect duct tape for those babbling dolts. Of course, the ‘facts’ presented by Warren would never have served as a silencer for that gaggle of goons.
Warren, commenting on the need for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes-the taxes that the right-wing cheerleaders abhor-said, “I hear all this, you know, Well, this is class warfare. No it isn’t. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.” She went on:
“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.”
This is exactly what the narrowly focused right-wingers miss or deliberately ignore. It was the public investment of citizens’ tax dollars that moved the corporation forward and the CEO up to the top tier of the income bracket. Imagine if Mr. CEO had to pay for each of the services detailed by Ms. Warren. Pay-as-you go roads, ports, fire, police. And the education of the workers, not only the on-the-job education but the entire literacy and problem-solving skills of the employee.One more thing: what about health insurance? The reactionary right-wing wants to whack ‘Obamacare’ but who is going to pick up the tab for employee health? Clearly the CEO and his investors would rather not because, after all, the ‘bottom line’ and all.
Were these yokels not so serious, it might be some scene from a B Movie. Well, actually, it is!