Elizabeth Warren, who hopes to get the Democratic nomination to take on Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, was on the campaign trail in August when she made a stop and talked about taxing the rich, something that has been described as “Class warfare” by some Republicans.
A member of the audience posted the video on YouTube and it’s now spreading around the Internet.
In the video, Warren said nobody in America got rich on their own, and explained that part of the “social contract” means the wealthy should pay it forward, so the next generation isn’t born into a struggling economy.
“You built a factory out there, good for you,” said the fired up Democrat, “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 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.”
She went on: “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,” she said to applause.
Earlier this month, Warren announced her Senate run in a short video on her official website.
She said she was running because “middle class families have been chipped at, hacked at, squeeze and hammered for a generation now, and I don’t think Washington gets it.”