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Elizabeth Warren: pay it forward. Duh.

Here’s the woman making sense, as only she can. Dear Elvis, I wish I could vote for her. Her election is not a given, even in Massachusetts, but at a time when it’s all about the economy, there’s no one out there with her credentials. And there’s no one out there with her skill at talking to those problems in an uncomplicated and direct way. Powerful combination.

She has another unique tool to use: after years of testifying before Congress, often to very hostile questions, Warren is remarkably adept at defending her positions. That will help. The media will be hard pressed to find her stumbling or saying dumb things.  Here’s the video. I picked up the transcript  here.

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 [had] 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.

Argue me that.