Elizabeth Warren Oct 6, 2011 17:09:49 GMT -5
Post by SFHoya99 on Oct 6, 2011 17:09:49 GMT -5
It's a philosophy, one I agree with, that living in the United States comes with inborn advantages that have been paid for by generations of people in resources, time, money and blood. Everything we do is somewhat inter-related and pretending that every person who succeeds did it on their own is ridiculous.
It makes no policy statements. It posits a philosophy. ...
Now, what does that translate to policy? There's a lot of thought between A and B. But philosophically, there's a big gap, too, between people who believe their success is 100% or close to attributed to their actions and people who believe that you are building off of others and that we function together.
Really? That's what you take from a politician painting a picture of the rich getting rich on the back of infrastructure and services that "the rest of us paid for"? A philosophy of inter-reliance devoid of policy implications?
No, what I am drawing from is the quote itself, and and what I get is a description of philosophy or view of the world that has very real policy implications, but those implications are varied and can result in a whole range of specific policies.
Like I said, I'm not going to comment on Warren's exact internal motivations or her entire worldview. But the quote has taken a life of it's own, and for many people, it has nothing to do with any particular policy implication you're throwing out there. The sentiment isn't scary to me at all, and people who are raging against it should understand why so many people seem to agree with it.
The picture you are painting -- "That's what you take from a politician painting a picture of the rich getting rich on the back of infrastructure and services that "the rest of us paid for"?" that's not really in there. You're bringing a lot in to that interpretation.
I do agree with Boz that the rest of us is bad phrasing and I would never want to say it that way.