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Elizabeth Warren on Fair Taxation

By on 9.22.11 | 10:59AM

This video of Elizabeth Warren, who is challenging Scott Brown for his Senate seat in Massachusetts, has been making the rounds in progressive corners of the web:

Dave Weigel compares this video to the famous videos of Chris Christie taking on union members and town hall questioners, but it's really not the same. Warren's addressing a more-than-friendly audience, and giving them utter pablum. Weigel has a partial transcript:

I hear all this, you know, "Well, this is class warfare, this is..." whatever. 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. 

This is just stock, Kos-style progressive gesturing. Why would progressive seize onto this clip? What about Warren gets liberals of all kinds so excited? I genuinely want to know. 

Update: 

Jonah Goldberg calls Warren's argument a "pious misdirection." That seems like an apt discription. Warren's little tirade doesn't touch on any issues of the day. Although it's meant to seem relevant, her words would be just as applicable to any other time or place as they are to 2011 Massachusetts.

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