Eliabeth Warren's strawmen

Friday, September 23, 2011

There is a video going around where Elizabeth Warren, who apparently is going to run against Scott Brown for his Senate seat, argues why it is fair to tax the rich more while implying they don't pull their weight. You can see it at the Legal Insurrection post Elizabeth Warren: Everything you have belongs to us. From that same post I've swiped the following excerpt:
“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever,’” she said. “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.”
There are some bloggers on the conservative side spending time debunking her points. I would argue that doing that is a waste of time as well as falling into a Progressive trap. The reason -- she's arguing straw men. Nobody outside of the lunatic fringe is arguing against taxes for supporting roads, education and police forces.

The part of her so-called "social contract" we object to is getting the bejeezus taxed out of us to support such nonsense as Reid's cowboy poetry festivals, thousands of dollars of stimulus money going to a couple of grad student's self-indulgent art project involving motion sensors and dance, bankruptcy laws being thrown out the window so GM UAW members can keep their high salaries and get bonuses on top of it all, tax payer guaranteed pay-offs to the knuckleheads who squandered their money on Solyndra, duplicate government agencies and mountains of red tape, regulations and nanny statism.

That's what we object to, not roads, education and police.

Do not let them caste the debate about big government and wasted tax money on such dishonest arguments. Ms. Warren -- where do you stand on cowboy poetry? It that a rich man's burden or an imposition on taxpayers?


OMMAG said...

Good point about the straw man argument ... but she's too stupid to know the difference... believes avery bit of the BS she is spewing.

Since the MSM are no better she will get away with it