You tell ‘em, Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren is about to become the new working class hero. A recent viral video shows the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau masterfully breaking down progressive economics to its simplest form. She rebukes the Republican notion that taxing the wealthy is “class warfare”:

“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever.’ No. 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. 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.”

Filmed in Andover, Massachusetts, the video includes a disclaimer that it was not shot by a Warren campaign staffer, but by an attendee.

A Public Policy Poll released Tuesday puts Warren ahead at 46 percent to Massachusetts incumbent Scott Brown’s 44 percent, attributing the narrow margin to Brown’s dwindling popularity among voters and the progressive community’s financial and political support. While the margin is still slim, Brown led Warren by 15 points back in June.

Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown

You tell 'em, Elizabeth Warren

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