Elizabeth Warren — mob boss *UPDATED*

I woke up this morning to find that my Leftist friends literally plastered Facebook with the above poster.  (Since I grew up and still live in the Bay Area, I have lots of Leftist friends.)  If the text on the image is unclear, this is what it says:

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.  [Bookworm note:  Warren must have made this statement before the Gibson Guitar factory raid, when marauding bands of government agents did precisely that to a factory that forgot to pay off the Democrats.]

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 so many things wrong with Warren’s statement that I really don’t know where to begin.  Tonestaple sent me an email that certainly gets the tone right (which led to my post’s title):

They [meaning the middle class Leftists who applaud the above statement] seem to think it is the ne plus ultra of common sense.  I think it sounds like a gangster saying, “Nice factory you’ve got here – be a shame if anything happened to it.”

As my interlineation about Gibson Guitar shows, Tonestaple perfectly nailed the reality behind Warren’s cutesy, nursery school-esque, “God blessy” statement that everybody should share with everybody else.”  The reality is that, in Obama world, if you don’t make nice with the government, the government is not going to make nice with you.  (The cutesy tone, incidentally, is classic Warren. She was one of my law school profs, and I found her invariably sweet in word, unintelligible in substance, and vaguely vicious in action.)

Tone aside, there are two major problems with Warren’s factory parable.  The first is the assumption that the factory owner contributed nothing to roads, education, police and fire forces, etc.  In Warren’s world, the factory owner is a pure parasite.  Warren conveniently forgets that the factory owner pays taxes (hugely more taxes than all those people whom she posits paying for roads, education, etc.); that the factory owner provides work for and pays the salary of those employees who then pay taxes; and that a successful factory owner makes a product that provides a benefit to people.

The second problem with Warren’s statement is actually a much more profound one than her “forgetting” that it’s the employers who provide the goods, services and salaries that make all those useful taxes possible.  Warren’s statement turns the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and everything else the Founders stood for upside down.

In Warren’s world, a socialist world, the government owns everything.  (And don’t you love it when well paid Harvard professors advocate socialism?)  The Founders would have been horrified by Warren’s pronouncement.  As their writings demonstrate, they believed that natural rights, the rights that ought to govern any righteous nation, mandate that ownership is vested in the individual.  The government is merely a servant of the people.  We, the people, pay its salary (taxes) so that it can provide services for us.  That’s all.

You don’t have to go very far to understand that the Founders wouldn’t have agreed with Warren that the government allows people to own things, provided that they then make nice with the government.  Our seminal document, the Declaration of Independence, spells out the master-servant relationship, and it is the people who are masters and the government the servant, not vice versa:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

These were the principles on which our nation was founded, and they provided the guiding paradigm for our Constitution.  When my children ask me what the Constitution is, I have a very simple answer:  It’s a contract under which the federal government promises to provide certain limited services for the American people and, further, promises not to abuse the power that the people hand the government to enable it to carry out those services.  Elizabeth Warren clearly has no use for our nation’s contract.

UPDATEJoshuaPundit comments too on Warren’s dangerous economic ignorance and class warfare.

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  • Zhombre

    Yeah, Book, I was struck by the us v. them mentality on display here, as if factory owners were some species of Orc who had invaded our peaceful shire to set up their infernal factories; de facto colonization. You might also add to the list that the factory owner as an employer matches the FICA and Medicare of every employee and is accountable under the law for calculating, withholding and paying over individual income and payroll taxes, with no recompense for the administrative burden this entails. But then as I am familiar with some of Warren’s other work, relating to consumer bankruptcies, I already know she takes a simplistic and myopic view of How Things Work.  

  • jj

    Remarkably stupid – but very earnest!  Very dedicated!  Very sincere! – little woman.  About par for the course for an Ivy League law teacher.  They really don’t know a goddam thing about the actual world, do they?  And proudly so.


    You were safe in your factory….

    BW, while you were writing I was reading. The marauding bands you spoke of …somehow, I don’t think it will be Marcus Welby, MD making house calls.
    Department of Labor wants to make a new rule that businesses must disclose the names and addresses of individuals that are hired during strikes to replace unionized workers, whether permanently or temporarily.

  • JKB

    My God, they sure make them ignorant at Harvard.  Does the poor professor really not know where roads came from?  That the first docks, river landings, rail stations, roads were put in by producers who needed to move their goods to market?  That these were turned over to the to local “government” formed for the purpose of managing these common resources just to avoid violence, confiscatory tolls and other bad outcomes when one or a few own the facilities to move goods to market.  That by making the roads a common good, opened up the means of movement to small participants who then could produce goods on which they paid taxes without needing the capital to install yet another road?  And that then private citizens could move about even when not moving goods to market?

    Or that military forces were/are made up of all able-bodied men who were called to arms in times to protect the communities from marauders.  But that over time the threats became such that the needs for defensive service became onerous on the producers so individuals were hired to provide routine services freeing others to continue to produce goods, which produced taxes, which funded the military, roads, etc.  

    Or that the community formed the office of sheriff to enforce laws and judges to adjudicate laws equitably, calling men to posse comitatus when more manpower was needed to keep the peace.  But as populations grew, crime became a full time job so individuals were hired to provide routine duties of law enforcement freeing up the producers to produce goods for market, generating revenue that is taxed to pay for the “professional’ police force.

    That schools were formed by producers to educate their kids but also including those not so wealthy when schools were run locally.  With universal education instituted to salve the unions upset over child labor undercutting their wages but with the promise that the education would provide higher skilled workers in the long run benefitting industry who paid the taxes even now as the public education is providing few capable workers.

    No, if anyone needs to look at paying it is those professors such as Elizabeth Warren who produces nothing that generates taxes beyond their salary paid for by the commerce that pays for the roads, the military, the police, the public education.  But especially women such as her who have no obligation to fall out for militia duty or under posse comitatus.  And if it were not for those awful factory owners where would Harvard be?  Unfunded even as today many of her students are eating off the wealth those factories created and their tuition and endowments paying Warren.

    Someday, some historian is going to find the moment when the bureaucracy became self-aware and turned on their masters deciding they knew better how to save their creators from themselves. 

  • Mike Devx

    What magical thinking!  “You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea”

    All on it’s own!  Just like magic!  “It TURNED INTO…”

    Not, “your incredible vision created, out of nothing, something terrific, with your great idea.”

    The words I want to spew at this venomous monstrous woman… are not fit for Book’s domain.

    And by the way, you sick, twisted woman: Everyone, including that factory owner, contributed in all the ways to this civilized society that you mentioned.  Everyone benefited.  That’s how it’s supposed to work.  What your hero, Obama, is doing, is picking winners and losers and rewarding his chosen winners.  And by the way, all of his chosen winners are his political friends.  That’s the world you want us to live in?  And most of those “winners” of his have turned out to be losers at best, corrupt thieves at worst.  That is the world you want us to live in?

    Not a chance.  You sickening, vomit-worthy, twisted woman.

    I will give her the one trillion on the unfunded Medicare Plan B, the two trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan.  If she will give me the currently unfunded 60 trillion on looming entitlements.  If she will give me that fact that National Tax Day is now in SEPTEMBER – It takes until September to cover all of the taxes we pay.  When it should really be sometime in APRIL or MAY, so roll back all that government spending that we pay for from MAY through SEPTEMBER, Ms. Warren.  Do that too, and maybe, just maybe, you and I can then be civil to each other.

    Until then, you can rot in hell.

  • bizcor

    I have to be very careful here.  The woman causes bad words to leap to the foreground. A smug elitist who lives in a fairy tale world Elizabeth Warren makes me ill in a Nancy Pelosi kind of way. There are very few people who draw my ire but she is one. I don’t like Obama’s polocies but he does not get my ire up the way Warren does.

    There is speculation she is going to run against Scott Brown for that Massachusetts Senate seat.

  • Charles Martel

    Before science was formally invented, the most common form of experimentation was known as “testing by destruction.” To find out how a thing worked, you tortured or dismantled it until it no longer worked.

    The Brights who are now running the federal government have reverted to this medieval thinking, which explains why our economic and governmental system is being destroyed. Elizabeth Warren is one such Bright.

    Now the even darker side to this kind of destructive experimentation is that it is also analogous to dropping straws on a camel’s back. SADIE’s comment above about the oppressive labor regulation tells me that the Brights have created a win-win situation for themselves. If businesses obey the regulation, the government now has yet another acquiesced-to means of intimidation and surveillance. However, if there is robust opposition or even disobedience—the final straw—the Brights will now have one more opportunity to make the case that we are approaching anarchy and that there is a need for tighter controls on the population.

    I would not put it past them to be hoping for the latter reaction. Either way, though, the test to destruction destroys an important Bright enemy—a free economy or a free people.

  • JKB

    Oh, i forgot.  Someone should ask Ms. Warren how the roads, canals, railroads, ports were constructed before the income tax which is less than 100 yrs old?  Could it have been tariffs on the import/export of goods?  

  • bizcor

    Correction it is not speculation but a fact that Warren is challenging Senator Scott Brown. I didn’t realize she had announced. “Obama’s policies” I do hope the good people of Massachusetts will keep their senses about them. The voted against the smug Martha Coakly. Warren and Coaly are of the same ilk.

  • suek

    >>the Brights will now have one more opportunity to make the case that we are approaching anarchy and that there is a need for tighter controls on the population. >>

    Now _that_ is an example of Cloward-Pivens in action…!

  • NavyOne

    Let’s not forget the risks business people take. Very often, but not always, the bigger the risk, the bigger the possible success. 

    Whatever profession you select, there are risks inherent to the job. In the military, you are risking (possibly) your life.

    And as for a business person, you are risking financial ruin in pumping all of your private capital into your own venture. Before you have a track record, no one is going to drop Marin dollars into an anonymous IPO.  

  • kali

    The one thing that keeps me smiling through this sort of ill-educated pomposity is a quote from PJ O’Rourke: “Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.” So when I’m listening to someone regurgitating this sort of bilge, I nod and comment on their seriousness. They always think I’m complimenting them.
    “I can see this is a serious issue for you, Prof. Warren . . . “

  • jj

    Oh, btw – Rush was talking about this earlier – so I sent you to him again.  He’s past it (the subject), probably won’t look back, but he may add you to his people’s regular reading list, which would be kind of fun! 

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I’d certainly like a Rush moment in my life!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    You already had one, Book.

    Devx, you know that the hell she will rot is in is going to be the United States of America once those like her are done ,right?

    If they are going to hell…. They’re going to make it right here where we all live. 

  • Mike Devx

    bizcor said: A smug elitist who lives in a fairy tale world

    I was trying to figure out exactly what it was about her that just grinds my gourd.  I think bizcor captured it with that phrase.  There’s something about her particular brand of leftist – the face, the expression, the tone of voice – that just triggers me.   I can tell in her ideological certainty and total blindness that she is one of those who could destroy and destroy and destroy, even murder, and not suffer a moment’s doubt, and sleep very well at night perfectly content.  I feel a certain horror about her.

  • MorowbieJukes

    Mike DevX:  Her visage reminds me of her fellow traveler and sub-moron leftist, Patty Murray.
    She and her ilk bring nothing to the table of human civilization.  They invent nothing, produce nothing of value and do not increase the sum total of human amity, only their own at the enormous expense of everyone else. 
    To say they are ungrateful parasites is both an insult to the ungrateful and parasites.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Parasites die when the host dies. E Warren creatures can be said to grow even more powerful the more they torture and kill.

  • http://phillips.blog.com phillips1938

    I wrote on my Facebook friends Warren postings: “Did she mention the incompetence, inefficiency and corruption that usually comes with government activities?

  • Mike Devx

    I thought this was Book’s Elizabeth Warren, but then I heard that this Elizabeth Warren is running for the Scott Brown seat in Massachusetts.  Book’s never been to Massachusetts, I don’t think!  So I wondered, could there be TWO flaming leftie Elizabeth Warrens?

    But as it turns out, yes, Elizabeth Warren is running for Scott Brown’s Senate Seat, but she is from out of state, not from Massachusetts.

    What, they couldn’t find a liberal in Massachusetts?  😉

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  • http://shakeypete.blogspot.com Peter

     Warren thinks that because we object to giving over a half a billion dollars to some shady “green” company in a probably illegal loan guarantee we object to roads. Warren thinks that because we object to Justice Dept. confabs with sixteen dollar (each) muffins we object to police. She thinks that because we oject to schools that graduate illiterates we object to education Sigh.
     I wouldn’t mind this so much if she had stayed in Oklahoma and become a toothless truck stop lot lizard but to be a law school prof and Senate candidate?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    E Warren is currently a bureaucrat in the Executive Branch. Her words make policy. Believe it. This is not a case of someone that “might” be in power.

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  • Dennis Elliott

    Lest you think she’s the only wingnut in this benighted organization, here is some delivered wisdom from the Secratary of Agriculture (From Gateway Pundit http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/09/obama-administration-all-your-taste-buds-are-belong-to-us/):

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association on Monday that Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat—and “we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.”

  • Libby

    Instapundit has posted the original graphic w/someone’s edits added to it – very funny & to the point (I’d link but I don’t know how to link to just one of his posts).
    As to Ms. Warrens ability to “grind one’s gourd”, in addition to her elitist certainty she has that slightly condescending tone that reminds me of how a kindergarten teacher speaks to his/her students, using “dumbed down” language so that they can get it.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    If she didn’t use those simple words, her mental capacity for holding simultaneously contradictory thoughts might be overtaxed and overloaded.

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  • JKB

    Don’t miss the reader’s response at the bottom of this Gateway Pundit post:


    a taste

    “You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.” No, you did not educate them. You babysat them for 12 years. Then I hired them, taught them how to be responsible and show up for work, taught them how to communicate in clear sentences, taught them that there are rights and wrongs and (unlike with your schools) wrongs have consequences in the workplace. Then paid for extended education for my employees so they could continue to improve themselves and better add value to what we do around here.

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