Framing the Dialogue

Underlying Social Contract

“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.”

Much has been said about the above remarks by Elizabeth Warren, former Obama advisor, Harvard professor, and now candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.  Many more cogent thinkers that I am have weighed in, but I am struck by the fact that Elizabeth Warren, a 62 year old woman, could be so outrageously misguided.  I feel that I am being kind by alleging that she is misguided because I suspect that she is an Alinsky class warrior doing her best to stir things up and incite a revolution.  She is lying about how things work in America and is playing to the base of our society.  She and her socialist-Soros buddies need to be careful as revolutions have a way of getting away from their purveyors.

  • The roads “the rest of us paid for” were also paid for by the factory owner.  Even the 50 percent of Americans that don’t pay income taxes pay gasoline taxes that are supposed to go toward roads.  It is a BOLD LIE to assert that they didn’t pay for the roads.
  • the goods “moved” to market on those roads are goods that we need or want.  The factory owner is only successful when he provides goods that we want to buy and we also use those roads to get to the market. 
  • The “workers the rest of us paid to educate” had educations that were also paid for by the factory owner and in many public schools we paid far too much for the product.  The factory owner probably had to retrain and/or educate his workers again. 
  • As far as being safe in their factories because of the publicly funded police and firefighters, we all pay for that.  These public safety workers do a great job and are generally paid quite well by every taxpayer including the factory owner.
  • The armies do protect against marauding bands, but who protects them against socialists, anarchists, and politicians who try to accomplish the same seizures at the point of the guns of the same armies?
  • It is nice that she acknowledged that it’s great that the factory turned into something terrific, however, she didn’t seem to mention that in building the factory hundreds of workers were hired who probably paid taxes that paid for roads, police and marauder protection.
  • It is also nice that she is willing to let them keep a big chunk of their profits.  After all they had the great idea, were entrepreneurial enough to finance and build it, and maintain the profitability.  In other words they took all of the risks all the while probably paying lots and lots of taxes.

    I don't think this is what Warren meant!

  • I am not sure what a “social contract” is.  I think it is a Harvard way of stealing others people’s hard-earned money to implement Elizabeth Warren’s social programs.  A “contract” is usually entered into by two parties who agree to the terms of that contract.  Warren’s contract seems just the opposite.
  • And finally I love the “pay forward” phrase.  Is that like the government spending more money than it takes in?  Or is that like asking the 50 percent of us who actually pay income taxes to pay more and more and more and more?  I am not a factory owner but as a taxpayer I feel like I am under attack.  I’ve paid taxes for over thirty years (I guess that is paying backwards?), and I am paying now (Is that paying now?) and I anticipate “paying forward” forever.  I was not aware of any legislation that would offer tax relief to me or the factory owner by eliminating our taxes.

I have to believe that she is either really stupid or really evil and either scenario is frightening.  I have a few ideas that I’d like Lizzy to consider:

  1. I don’t think it is fair that you make way more money that I do.  I propose that any income (that includes kickbacks, power lunches, dividends, interest, capital gains, etc.) that exceeds my income should be given to the Salvation Army (I trust that they’ll do good with the cash).
  2. I’d like to recognize that any additional taxes taken from the factory owners will cause a proportional increase in the cost of their product.  This is a de facto tax increase to me.
  3. I do believe that we need to maintain roads and propose that we build no new roads until we have sufficient money to actually maintain the ones we have.  You politicians will just have to cut ribbons for maintained roads.  I know that isn’t as sexy as a new bridge.  Perhaps you can rename old bridges and hold a ceremony.
  4. Education is important.  Perhaps you could use your stature as an Obama advisor, Harvard professor and now Senate candidate to convince colleges and universities to lower their prices for tuition, room, and board.  You can start with Harvard (which they estimate to be over $61,000 per year). 
  5. Education is important.  Perhaps you can “encourage” failing schools to emulate successful schools thereby living up to the social contract government has to effectively educate the future workers of America.  I am sure the factory owner would appreciate having workers who can read, write, and rithmatic.
  6. If you beat Scott Brown I expect you to donate 75 percent of your salary back to the citizens ($50,000 should be more than enough for you to live on), you’ll accept government healthcare, you’ll accept Social Security as your only government provided retirement, you forgo a taxpayer-funded big staff, you’ll fight to close down all of the other benefit programs (we call them perks) elected official have (the gym, the limousines, the lunches, the junkets, etc.). 
  7. I’d like to see a “reality” show with you socialists to see how you would survive in a country without factory owners, entrepreneurs, business owners, etc.  We could dump you all in that country, give you windmills and solar panels, sacks of seeds, hand tools, cloth, and some horses and let you go at it.  I hear that Greece is nearly available for immediate occupation.

Survivors – The Greek Experiment!

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