It’s something that Democrats have tried for years to articulate, and then here comes Elizabeth Goddamn Warren and she nails it.
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 maurauding 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.
Bingo. The problematic notion amongst the right is that people who built their companies didn’t benefit from the programs the government set up. Public services aren’t limited to social security and NPR, any time you eat a hunk of meat and are confident it isn’t diseased you can thank a government agency, right along with roads that aren’t wrecked and a neighborhood that’s safe.
What the GOP is suggesting is that if you’ve capitalized on the opportunities the United States has given you, that means you shouldn’t have to give anything back. Despite riding on the backs of the taxpayers your whole life, you should be allowed to keep it all and fuck everyone else.