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Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in Economy, Politics, Society | 5 comments

A Tale of Two Species

Elizabeth Warren, 62 and Michele Bachmann, 55 are American women of the same generation, but they live on different planets.

As Bachmann grows more desperate in the GOP race to fire up the fringe of the Tea Party, Warren emerges in Massachusetts to remind Americans of their traditional values.

“If there was any election when we conservatives don’t settle,” Bachmann warns about her “radical” opponents, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, ”it’s this election. This is the election where we can have it all. Don’t settle!”

By contrast, Warren starts a senatorial campaign with a rebuke of class warfare and a reminder of the social contract that has served America well for over two centuries in a video that has gone viral.

“No,” she tells a living room of people. “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.”

Warren, a Harvard professor who set up Congress’ oversight panel for financial regulation, has been on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past two years.


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  • Allen

    Warren will be eaten alive by Tea Party wackos. The rationalization of taxation will not sit well with the crazies and the crazies have control of the Republican Party.

  • ShannonLeee

    Warren is one of my favorites on the political stage. She was never given authority to do much because the powers that be knew that she was there for the American people, not corporate America.

    I like Brown… we need more Reps like him, but I hope Warren cleans his clock.

  • I like Elizabeth Warren too, but we may need Brown more than her. @Allen, you don’t know what you’re talking about. The Tea Party in Massachusetts has disowned Scott Brown, and we peaceful types in MA don’t let them eat anyone. Where are you from?

  • slamfu

    I think I have a crush on Warren.

  • JSpencer

    Slamfu, anyone with a lick of sense has a crush on Warren. 😉

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