Election 2020

Warren's Presidential Bid Aims to Blame 'the Rich' for America's Problems

It's an inversion of the formula Trump used to get elected by scapegoating illegal immigrants. She's just targeting a different minority group.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, announcing her campaign for president here over the weekend, used the word "rich" or a variation on it—"richer," "richest"—at least nine times in a single 45-minute stump speech.

She called President Donald Trump "the product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else."

She said "America's middle class has been deliberately hollowed out" by "the richest families in America." Warren said those richest families, "wanted to be even richer, and they didn't care who got hurt."

She spoke of "too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else."

She said "the rich and powerful use fear to divide us."

And that's not even counting the other words the Massachusetts Democrat used to talk about rich people—"wealthy," "ultramillionaires," "Wall Street banks and hedge funds," and, at a campaign appearance in Dover, N.H., later on the same day, "billionaires."

One of the innovations of Donald Trump's winning 2016 campaign was that a candidate could get pretty far by blaming a lot of America's problems on a group without enough votes to influence the outcome. In Trump's case, the scapegoats were illegal immigrants. Warren appears determined to follow in Trump's footsteps by providing a single visible villainous category of people to blame for our nation's problems. She is betting that these wealthy people, for all her talk about their supposed influence, are a small enough minority that they lack the votes in a one-person, one-vote system to protect themselves.

The more traction Warren's campaign gains, though, the more it undermines her claim that "the rich and powerful have rigged our political system."

The evidence for that claim isn't particularly strong to begin with. Plenty of rich people would have preferred a Mitt Romney presidency to a second term of Barack Obama. Plenty of rich people would have preferred a Jeb Bush presidency to the Trump administration. Tariffs to protect American manufacturing jobs and a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants don't tend to be top concerns for rich people, with rare exceptions.

Warren's rich-bashing also risks getting a bit awkward in a Democratic Party where the governor of Illinois is Hyatt hotel heir J.B. Pritzker and the governor of Connecticut is J.P. Morgan banking heir Ned Lamont. Warren was introduced in Lawrence as "the next president of the United States of America" by Joseph Kennedy III, a congressman from Massachusetts. His disclosed wealth of about $42 million derives primarily not from the Hyannis Port and Palm Beach Kennedy side of his family but rather from his mother Sheila Brewster Rauch's status as an heir to the Standard Oil fortune.

Can Warren beat Trump?

Voters I spoke to in both Lawrence and Dover seemed open, but not entirely sold.

Bob Regan, 77, a retired stockbroker from Medford, Mass., who was in the crowd standing outside in the cold at the Warren announcement event, said he was planning to start monthly donations to her campaign, but that he preferred both a senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, and a former congressman from Texas, Beto O'Rourke. "My biggest fear is that the Democrats become too special interest and left wing," he said.

Ralph Galen, 71, a Unitarian Universalist minister and community activist from Lawrence, shrugged when I asked if he thought Warren could beat Trump. "Vaguely," he replied.

The past three incumbent presidents—Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama—have won re-election.

Warren chose to stage her event before the backdrop of a factory building. She intended it to be inspiring, the site of a 1912 strike by textile workers. "The women said enough was enough. They shut down those mills and they walked out," Warren said.

The strikers won "fair wages," "overtime pay," and "the right to join a union," Warren said. She described it as "a story about power—our power when we fight."

But when she concluded, triumphantly, that in Lawrence "today there are no children working in factories!" the line was not greeted with the kind of wild applause that Warren apparently expected.

There aren't many grownups working in factories in Lawrence, either. There aren't many factories left in the city, period. Manufacturing has fled, either to right-to-work states in the South or to countries overseas where labor costs are cheaper and where unions not controlled by the government are illegal, nonexistent, or rare.

Today's Lawrence has a serious illegal drug problem, unemployment nearly twice the statewide average, and a public school system that was so chronically bad that it went into state receivership. An Associated Press article in advance of Warren's appearance described the place as "a faded mill city that's one of New England's poorest and most heavily Latino…a hub for the lethal heroin and fentanyl trade."

Blaming all those problems on "rich people" may be politically convenient, but it's an oversimplification that ignores a lot of other important factors such as global and interstate competition. Warren called for "big structural change," including raising taxes high enough to pay for "childcare, college, and Medicare for all."

Warren said she's "not afraid of a fight, not even a hard fight."

"Hard" may be understating the challenge of selling the American electorate on these ideas, let alone successfully implementing them. The campaign, though, is just starting. As Galen put it from the back of the crowd watching Warren amid the mostly empty mill buildings of Lawrence, "We're going to have two years of this circus."

Ira Stoll is editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com and author of JFK, Conservative.

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163 responses to “Warren's Presidential Bid Aims to Blame 'the Rich' for America's Problems

  1. She feigns concern about the middle class, yet her signature proposal is to tax rich folks for high-dollar things that are made of products manufactured by middle-class people, then built into finished for by middle-class people, and serviced and maintained by middle-class people. She’s for them, all right; all for their elimination.

    1. “…built into finished goodsfor by….”

    2. Exactly. Remember the ‘yacht tax’? It hurt many middle class people who rely for their living on those sales, while the rich merely postponed purchases.

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  2. Reason, can you guys stop publishing Cathy Young please? I would like to petition ICE/INS to deport her back to Russia but they fucked up and gave her citizenship.

    1. Uh oh, SIV is triggered again. Maybe stay off Twitter if you are so easily worked up.

      1. We need SIV manning that Twitter wall, ready to call out any past or present Reason writer for every Tweet that dares not strictly follow his Trumpian brand of libertarianism.

        1. You tell them Crusty. God damn it that Trump is a racist and ruins everything. Thank God we have people like you fighting the resistance. Punch a Nazi man!!

          1. Hey Jogn, you fuckiing nitwit, you tell me one time that I called Trump a racist or said it was okay to punch Nazis. Guess what you, can’t you fucking lair. So talk to me when you have a real reaponse and until then go fuck yourself..

            1. You mean you are not part of the resistance? I think you are being way too modest here Crusty.

              1. You knoww John I used to think you were hslfway intelligent but you prove me wrong more and more everr day.

                1. You know Crusty,

                  You love to fuck with me and get me mad. I can’t tell you how fun it is to do the same thign to you and how disapointed I am in you that you can give it out but can’t take it. I am doing the same thing to you that you do to me all of the time. You aren’t handling it well.

                  1. You knoww John,.

                    I love that you think because you are so intensesely attracted to me that you think that I care about whatt you think of me. If you werennt so pathetic I would let you blw me sometime but it would be beneath me. You are such a sad obessive stupid person. I feel sorry for yo. I really do.

                    1. Hey Jogn, you fuckiing nitwit, you tell me one time that I called Trump a racist or said it was okay to punch Nazis. Guess what you, can’t you fucking lair. So talk to me when you have a real reaponse and until then go fuck yourself..

                      Clearly the words of a man who just doesn’t care. And you are just a whinny bitch who comes on here and fucks with people all of the time and then gets all pissy when someone does it to you.

                      No dumb ass, I don’t think you are really a member of the Resistance. But it sure is fun to say you are and watch you get all bent out of shape over it.

                    2. The best part of this exchange is that one person in it doesn’t understand what’s happening.

                    3. Hey Sparky

                      Go crawl under whatever rock stupid people like you live underr. you arent smart enough for this discusion.

                    4. Actually Sparky is. And that tells you all you need to know about the low level of this discussion.

                    5. Its all ironic Sparky.

                    6. I’m enjoying the typos

                    7. John

                      I don’t care wheter or not you think I am part of the resistence. I don’t take anything a stupid person like you says seriously. You are just another sad obessive internet troll that I just laugh at you. I really do feel sorry for you.

                    8. Its good that someone does. I for the most part live a charmed life and wake up every day with the world kissin my ass. Knowing someone feels sorry for me out there makes me feel a bit less guilty about that.

                    9. Wow, it’s like Batman and Joker in the Lego Batman movie…but with a bunch of typos.

                    10. While I am guilty of occasionally dropping a word here or there in my haste to post Crusty you don’t seem to have a handle on spell check. Makes it tough to take you seriously when call someone “hslfway intelligent” or “you are so intensesely attracted to me that you think that I care about whatt you think of me. If you werennt so pathetic” . Again I am not trying to be the spelling police but gosh you don’t appear to be thoughtful.

                  2. And now Crusty knows. And knowing is half the battle.

        2. have to admit he right on about CY she is an annoying twit. If Reason has used her writings for anything other than bird cage liner they have already dropped several IQ points. Then again Reason’s recent move to side with Socialists and Progressives over Trump shows how far down the food chain this magazine has fallen. Talk about biting your nose off to spite your face. Anyway this woman is atrocious mess.

      2. Don’t use words like Triggered that you clearly don’t understand the meaning of. It just makes you look dumb. Whatever Triggered even means, it isn’t “someone objected to something that I like”.

        1. Please, John, give us the definition we should all be using.

          1. How about we just not use it at all? It is a stupid made up use of an otherwise respectable word. Using it adds nothing to the conversation.

            1. Yeah, fuck all those PTSD sufferers. That’s all made up too, right?

              1. So you are telling me that SIV suffers from PTSD because he thinks Young is an idiot?

                So we are back to the original point that you should stop using words without knowing their meaning.

                1. That’s the joke, dummy.

                  1. Its a stupid joke.

                    1. You know, you could have just led with that. I got no problem with you criticizing my jokes for not being funny.

                    2. ” I got no problem with you criticizing my jokes for not being funny.”

                      God you lie so much!

    2. Cathy continues in her comments culminating in:

      Cathy Young
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      Verified account

      @CathyYoung63
      14h14 hours ago
      More
      So you’re fine with the President of the United States saying it’s OK to fuck children? I mean, free speech absolutism and all that

      3 replies 0 retweets 1 like
      Reply 3 Retweet Like 1

      1. Did I miss Trump’s declaration that fucking children is okay? Maybe it got lost in all the news of Dems who say killing them is okay.

      2. SIV is still made he got fired for saying he likes to fuck chicks. Those Tyson Foods managers are such cucks.

        1. OMG, you’re terrible at life, baculum

      3. Like I said before if this idiot really wrote for Reason then this mag has got some serious editorial management issues. She is a pig regardless what her background is.

    3. If a candidate had misrepresented himself as Jewish, would you say it’s fine to mockingly refer to him as “Shlomo” & make jokes about ovens?

      That depends on the jokes.

      Slightly OT: It reminds me of a great anecdote from Bryan Cranston about gassing a Jew.

    4. Reading that thread I think the woman should seriously think about learning to CODE*.

      *note my racist dog whistle to the Navajo code talkers.

    5. “To conservatives defending Trump’s Native American-themed taunts toward Elizabeth Warren as mockery of her shaky claims of being NA: If a candidate had misrepresented himself as Jewish, would you say it’s fine to mockingly refer to him as ‘Shlomo’ & make jokes about ovens?”

      Did Trump say Warren was going on a Trail of Tears or dying from some European-origin disease to which she hadn’t developed immunity? He’d have to go at least that far to get to the equivalent of an oven joke.

      I’d say that if a candidate falsely claimed Jewish heritage, and submitted an “authentic Jewish recipe” for mayonnaise sandwiches on Wonder Bread to a recipe book, I’d find some way of joking about it without mentioning genocide.

      Actually, I don’t remember which specific jokes Trump made about Senator Lieawatha.

      1. I’d say that if a candidate falsely claimed Jewish heritage, and submitted an “authentic Jewish recipe” for mayonnaise sandwiches on Wonder Bread to a recipe book, I’d find some way of joking about it without mentioning genocide.

        Just imagine disqualifying someone for the presidency for making a holocaust joke. Not an earnest denial of the Holocaust, not a joke intended to berate a Jew or Judaism, just a joke about Jews and the Holocaust. In my mind, 6 of the top 10 people you would disqualify out of the gate are Jewish entertainers.

        Trump has a chance to specifically bitchslap the intersectionality horseshit and, in the process, shame an opponent who’s playing it and Cathy’s stepping up to say “Hey, NO FAIR!” If Jared Kushner had made the TRAIL joke would Cathy Young be rebutting with Jews and ovens? HMMMMMMM?!?!?!?!?

      2. I’m a good chunk native, and totally fine with making fun of Warren… And Indian jokes in general. People are too fucking touchy and faggy about these things nowadays. People need to quit whining about everything all the time.

        1. Not a damn thing wrong with calling her ‘Fauxcahontas’. And people should definitely be conditioned to treat her as an object of derision.

          Plus I hate her whiny bitch voice. Can you imagine four years of that cunt’s annoying voice?

    6. Sad. I usually like Cathy Young on women’s issues. But this is pathetic.

  3. I can admit Warren goes too far with her criticism of the wealthy. However, probably the one issue on which American billionaires are nearly unanimous is the need for more immigration. And a Warren Presidency would undoubtedly be more pro-immigrant than another term of Orange Hitler or any other Republican.

    In other words, Warren might talk a good game about opposing the agenda of “the rich,” but when it comes to actual policy we Koch / Reason libertarians could do a lot worse. That’s why she’s still in my top 3 2020 candidates.

    1. your idea makes her FOR billionaires right on the heels of her declaration that she’s AGAINST them. Except for any willing to give her campaign cash, of course.

    2. Considering she is worth is somewhere over $10million part of which was made off a phony Cook book entitled Pow Wow Chow:A Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes : Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. One recipe was borrowed word for word from one concocted by the head Chef at the Pavillon (Cold Omelettes and Crab Cakes) She is a phony

    3. I think an adoption of her proposal or any of AOC’s hallucinogenic “ideas” would stop immigration, legal or illegal, dead in it’s tracks.

    4. I think an adoption of her proposal or any of AOC’s hallucinogenic “ideas” would stop immigration, legal or illegal, dead in it’s tracks.

    5. just keeping the seat warm for AOC, right OBL?

    6. You ‘d think a Native American would have learned her lesson about immigration.

  4. One of the innovations of Donald Trump’s winning 2016 campaign was that a candidate could get pretty far by blaming a lot of America’s problems on a group without enough votes to influence the outcome.

    Donald Trump invented the idea of blaming (((them))) for all the problems in the world? I think the idea of creating a scapegoat, an “other”, to blame for all the failures and problems of a society is just a wee bit older than Donald Trump. By a few thousand years.

    1. No way Jerry. Politics was totally clean and politicians were honest before that damned Turmp came along.

    2. You cannot have an article – certainly one that is political, though this is expanding to all subjects – that does not include a shot of some sort against Trump. Because journo-lism. And standards.

      1. And cucktail parties!!

  5. Trump didn’t “scapegoat” illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration is a problem that a lot of people want stopped. Ira of course disagrees with them. I mean it is not like they go to his school or live in his neighborhood or something. That is fine, but if Trump scapegoated illegal immigrants, then any person who has ever campaigned on solving a problem was doing the same.

    Beyond that, Ira should consider going to court and see if he can get an order evicting Trump from inside his head. We get it Ira. You are part of the Resistance. You are not some scumbag worthless deplorable. You are one of the good guys. You don’t have to waste collumn inches in every story you right assuring us of that.

    1. Trump seized on the number one issue in voter polls that wasn’t backed by any other leading candidate. It was marketing 101, really.

  6. Divide and conquer…

    Just make sure you draw the line high enough to ensure a majority of votes.

    You know who else scapegoated innocent people?

    1. Every politician ever?

    2. New Orleans Saints fans?

      1. They were robbed!

    3. Kenny Hulshof and Ken Anderson?

    4. Ancient Israelites?

      1. Ancient astronaut theorists?

    5. Gargamel?

    6. Nobody cares?

    7. A secret conspiracy between the Trilateral Comission, the Girl Scouts, and laser toner manufacturers?

  7. You can’t have a Galt without a Mouch.

  8. The article is about Warren’s bullshit, but makes the mistake of tangentially dissing Trump, and the comments are dominated by people upset that the Dear Leader was tangentially dissed. And somebody else on the internet insulted the Dear Leader as well! I mean, c’mon people…?…

    1. “Don’t object to the groupthink”

  9. Rich people have restored us to the Garden of Eden. We should be thanking them.

    1. Socialists will restore us to the Garden of Eden – ignorant and naked and homeless and without the blessings of technology down to fire and the wheel. And there’ll only be about two human beings on the planet.

  10. I don’t call her Pocahontas, I call her Locohantas!

    *rolls up sleeve to show off new Totie Fields tat*

      1. She makes a hook-nose Jew joke — ha!

    1. Soon to be known as Maxihaha.

    2. calling Warren Pocahantas is an insult to a great American — Pocahantas.

      It was supposed to be Fauxcahantas, but Trump is too stupid to keep it straight.

  11. I hate to break it to Warren, but she’s actually in the 1%. In comparison to the little people she claims to be representing she’s Scrooge McDuck.

    1. And Lizzie Warren (1%ter) is a stand up Millionaire Native American who wants to stick it to Billionaires. The author lost me when he said he interviewed a 71yr old Unitarian Universalist minister and community activist from Lawrence. As if this idiot had anything important to say.

    2. The 1%ers in general are not evil. Only the tippy top. I’m not exactly sure where the cutoff is but it’s well above Warrens net worth.

      1. and the “tippy top” deserve to have their wealth whittled away so they’re broke 50 years from now.

  12. “Warren’s rich-bashing also risks getting a bit awkward in a Democratic Party where the governor of Illinois is Hyatt hotel heir J.B. Pritzker and the governor of Connecticut is J.P. Morgan banking heir Ned Lamont.”

    I’d say an even more awkward factoid is her and her husbands net worth is reported to be between 4-11 million on FEC filings. Considering the average net worth of an American family is around $250,000, I’d say that makes her pretty damn wealthy. And, they where able to amass that sizable wealth while mainly working for public institutions (universities and government). I don’t know how anyone can take her seriously when she rails against people who earned a fortune in the private sector while getting rich off the government teat. Standing up for the little guys sure seems to be a lucrative vocation these days.

  13. When I was a teenager in the late 90’s, I travelled on 2 separate occasions to Indian Reservations (one in South Dakota, the other near Pueblo, CO) where we would spend a week with other church-groups, fixing up people’s houses and such. That’s not much but I wonder how much time this mouthy skank ever spent on Reservations, while accepting commendations for being a proud “Woman of Color”??? Did she ever rub elbows with “her people”?

    1. Never in a million years

  14. Warren said those richest families, “wanted to be even richer”

    Unlike *normal* people, who strive for poverty.

  15. The rich (some of them) do rig the system, but usually with the cooperation of people in government, whatever party. That’s why our tax code is so enormously complicated with so many exemptions, it’s why in some industries competition is stifled. Monopolies don’t occur without government action.

    1. The rich (some of them) do rig the system

      You ever sail anywhere on a boat that *wasn’t* rigged?

  16. All that is wrong today, is the past century of Democrat-Communists (anyone who follows the Communist Manifesto is a communist). Their ruinous policies have destroyed our cities, our culture of freedom, and our economy. they have created slaves depending on the government dole and unspeakable debt.

    To keep power, they have imported, counting their U.S. born children, 80 million legal immigrants and 22 million illegal invaders who lean toward socialism. They implemented Marx’s progressive income tax to increase demand for government spending and the transfer of wealth, eliminating American’s right to private property through the 16th Amendment. At last communists like Warren are coming out of the closet and AOC is telling their long term plans for destroying America and making it into the image of North Korea.

  17. Funny thing about rich people. They tend to donate large sums of money to aspiring political candidates. Hard to become president without them.

    Every time I see her, she reminds me of the Grinch.

    1. They also keep numerous charities and non-profits afloat.

  18. So to keep ‘the rich’ from ruining the country, how about we make everyone making over $168,000/yr, and / or with a net worth over $2,000,000 leave government service, and prevent them from running for any public office?
    And yes, I picked 168k to get rid of all of congress. Then we can lower their pay to a mere $150,00/yr and hold new elections where only concealed carry holders can vote.

    1. “So to keep ‘the rich’ from ruining the country, how about we make everyone making over $168,000/yr, and / or with a net worth over $2,000,000 leave government service, and prevent them from running for any public office?”

      I’m betting that leaves Tony, our resident shitbag, in good shape to run.
      Ignoramuses can be poor also.

  19. She should be shushing people in a library, not running for POTUS…

    1. Starring in Loose Lakotan Librarians 7?

  20. The false equivalence between illegal aliens and billionaires is pretty hard to take.

  21. The false equivalence between illegal aliens and billionaires is pretty hard to take.

  22. Somehow, I doubt “The Rich” includes folk like Jeff Bezos and Michael Bloomberg.

    1. Only hedge fund types and Waltons, liberal tech entrepreneurs are another sort of rich entirely

  23. Warren’s statements as reported here are pretty accurate.

    I’m not convinced she can win, but I think she’d be a fine VP candidate for Bernie – who very clearly WOULD have beaten Trump.

  24. Something called “income” is taxed, but not directly. To be constitutional, the tax has to be an excise tax. Excise taxes are laid on privileges, or activities. The income tax is a tax on a federally connected privilege. If you want to make a profit off a federal privilege, you have to pay a tax for that privilege. The income itself is not taxed, but merely measures the amount or value of the privilege. Federal privileges are usually in the form of federal licenses to pursue certain occupations. (Tariffs are on the privilege of entering the country for commercial purposes). Federal employment is also a privilege. Excises can also be laid on the manufacture and distribution of certain commodities.
    A surcharge on the wealth itself would be an unconstitutional direct tax on the wealth itself, on its face, and would have to be apportioned by representation in Congress per Constitution.
    The failure of the libertarian/conservative establishment to recognize this distinction is the reason why demagogues like Warren can continue with the Tax the Rich mantra. see http://www.losthorizons.com

    1. Unfortunately, your use of the word unconstitutional isn’t quite accurate. What was once indeed prohibited under the constitution has been legal for the last hundred years thanks to the 16th amendment. This amendment literally legalizes theft, and until it is repealed, the socialistic schemes of “progressives” will always be a very real threat.

    2. After Wrong Way Roberts get’s done with it it will be neither a tax or a fee, it will be a privilege.

    3. “Something called “income” is taxed, but not directly. To be constitutional, the tax has to be an excise tax.”

      No matter how full the jails get, they’ll find room for you.

    4. 16th Amendment:

      The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

  25. “Trump is rigging the game for rich people! I will rig the game for you!”

  26. Warren IS one of those rich people she wants us to hate. As for the idiot’s argument that government has “favored” billionaires, take a look at the taxes even a millionaire has to pay and this LIE Warren told folds like a wet piece of paper. Warren is an elite (you know, those people she tells us have ruined things for middle class people) so why the Hell should anyone vote for her?!!? Take a hike, Betty, you suck and everyone knows it, you crooked fiend.

  27. FUCK YOU FAKEHONTUS

    FUCK YOUR FUCKING COMMUNIST BULL SHIT

    FUCK YOU FAKEHONTUS

    FUCK YOUR FUCKING COMMUNIST BULL SHIT

    1. NOW EXCUSE ME WHILE I HAVE INTERCOURSE WITH MY COUSIN

      1. I hope for his sake you drugged him enough to keep him unconscious for the duration.

      2. Uuuuuhhh. So you got no qualms about doing that because y’all aint “breeders” or some such?

      3. Hicklib Tony projects his childhood again.

  28. Someone needs to tell rocky hillbilly to chill out.

  29. She is not the only one.

  30. Trump actually was right to a degree. Illegal immigration means that you lower the wages of unskilled workers, since there’s more competition for low skill jobs. H1-B lowers the wages of skilled works, since again, it means you have people from overseas who are willing to take much less money to work. And both do use government services that would otherwise go to citizens. Do they pay taxes? Yes. But do they pay more than that US worker who would have had their job? No. And you’ve now got to support the US Citizens who work for less or don’t have jobs.

    China and a lot of places do have tariffs that essentially make American products more expensive. A trade war isn’t the answer, but those countries aren’t going to give up their tariffs just because.

    1. Way too many fallacies in your post! While immigrants do increase the supply of labor, they are also consumers to increase the demand. And they are producers who are creating new goods and services. And many are also entrepreneurs who create new jobs.

      If immigrants are bad for the economy then so are children because they eventually grow up to have jobs too.

  31. Yawnahontas.

    Her attacking Trump is rich in its lack of self-awareness.

  32. “scapegoating illegal immigrants”

    Pointing out that people doing illegal things are doing illegal things is not “scapegoating” them.

  33. Whatever ‘the rich’ are doing wrong, we have one of the most robust economies we’ve had in a long time. Trump can still screw his chances with “the wall” and tariffs, but if he somehow avoids digging those holes deeper than he has, he looks to ride to re-election on a whole lot of ‘good times’.

  34. Deport the rich and MAGA!

  35. Yeah, he should. Whoever heard of an incumbent president losing an election coming off a year of a record low unemployment rate. Right now his approval rate is over 50%.

  36. Warren’s Presidential Bid Aims to Blame ‘the Rich’ for America’s Problems . . .
    This is the bases of all the progressives (since no democrats are running) for the presidency of the US. None of the announced candidates have a plan that will increase private ownership of businesses nor increase private employment. Government is the bases for everything they have proposed. But I guess this is a throwback to what Obama said “You did not build that (name) idea. The progressives (separating the democrats out) have drank the Koolade for so long that they now believe it themselves. How they can believe it is far beyond me though. History will tell them that it will not work but then I guess that state education no longer teaches history any more so how could they know that it will fail?

  37. Yeah, yeah, yeah — and she’s Pocahontas!

  38. What I really can’t stand is the way this lady uses the word “fair.” She says that Americans should receive fair wages, as if that actually means anything. Fair is the word Warren and her dumbocrat cohorts use to mean whatever they want to try to get a few extra votes. Its like they dont understand that wages are fair until someone starts messing with them.

  39. they see billionaires and think “policy failure” or “easy source of cash to steal via democracy”.

    I see billionaires and think “economic freedom at work”

    1. You’ll never be a billionaire.

      Ever.

      There is no chance whatsoever.

      It’s not freedom you’re talking about. It’s jacking off your dick with your finger in your ass to a fantasy comic.

      1. I’ll never be black either, should I hate them too?

      2. Not everyone is a self-obsessed sociopath like you. Some people can watch athletes play sports without a seething desire to chop off their legs because they’ll never be one of them.

      3. Da fuq?

        You don’t wish freedom for other people?

        Anyway, I’m for the freedom of jacking off with a finger in my ass to a fantasy comic. And I wish it for others. Let freedom ring!

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  41. It’s not the rich, it’s Republicans. And it’s the freakish ideologues who donate to their mission (that mission being “give us more money without us having to contribute anything to society!!!) Many rich people are liberals who believe in revising our ludicrous fiscal regime, which seems designed to destroy America more than anything else. Once again, Russian and Republican interests align.

  42. So, obviously none of you actually know any of “the rich.” I do! They are assholes. You need to grow some fucking testicles and stop being such pathetic nutlickers of people you’ll never meet. They already have nutlickers. That’s what money can do for you. Doing it for free is just disgraceful.

    1. If you think the rich are assholes, wait till you meet the poor.

      1. They are assholes too, but they can’t buy congressmen.

    2. Basing your world outlook on hatred and envy is just disgraceful.

    3. To be fair, I’m in full support of an entertainment tax that takes 95% of every dollar over $100,000 made by Hollywood and mass media personalities.

    4. Tony, every post you write you say someone is an asshole. Maybe you should stop projecting on people

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  44. including raising taxes high enough to pay for “childcare, college, and Medicare for all.”

    Of course she doesn’t mention this will require at least doubling taxes on the middle class, on top of whatever she wants to tax the 1% at

  45. The essential fallacy in this article is that it ignores the role of money in politics. Rich people buy politicians, who then write laws that allow rich people to get richer. It happened after the Civil War with the result of the gilded age and massive depressions in the 1870s and 1890s. The progressive era was launched in the 1890s fueled by rage at the rich. The great depression created the social safety net, including the stimulus program called SOCIAL SECURITY, which from a practical point of view is guaranteed basic income for old people who worked and paid in to the system.

    Warren wants to take money out of politics. I think that in a healthy democracy that is reasonable. Nobody needs to have a net worth of a billion dollars. King Midas was cursed and so are we. The future of jobs is in renewable energy, which includes bringing all of our buildings up to 21st century standards of efficiency.

    My favorite metaphor for the wisdom of collective action is a sewer. Without good sewage, people in cities die from preventable disease. Bad bacteria will kill us unless we flush our shit away. If we only built sewers for people who could afford to pay for the sewers, guess what, fellow asshats? The Bubonic Plague could come back to kill us all all over again. Et cetera.

    1. Good point. I mean, the rich control the government and use it to create laws that help them get richer. What we need to do is give more power to the government so it can control the rich people who control it. But then the rich who control the government will use this power for their own gain. Well, that can be fixed by giving more power to the government so it can control the rich people who control it. But then the rich who control the government will use this power for their own gain. Well, that can be fixed by giving more power to the government so it can control the rich people who control it. But then the rich who control the government will use this power for their own gain. Well, that can be fixed by giving more power to the government so it can control the rich people who control it. But then the rich who control the government will use this power for their own gain. Well, that can be fixed by giving more power to the government so it can control the rich people who control it. But then the rich who control the government will use this power for their own gain. Well, that can be fixed by giving more power to the government so it can control the rich people who control it.

    2. Nothing in your post is accurate.

  46. “Warren said she’s “not afraid of a fight, not even a hard fight.””

    She’s already had a fight and lost. Someone beat the hell out of her with an ugly stick (and not referring to the fishing rod).

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  48. I remember this rhyme I learned in elementary school:

    Lizzie Warren took an ax
    Gave the rich folks forty whacks
    When she saw what she had done
    Gave the rest of us forty-one

  49. Nice piece of propaganda Reason has put out here. Accuse Warren of “simplifying” while simplifying itself. Anyone who has read and listened to Warren’s many talks understands that her claims are much more complex than this. But this must make Reason’s sponsor’s a bit nervous. Their gravy train of economic rent might come to an end if Warren were to pull off a win or shift the political frame to the left. So yep, come out with stupid propaganda like this that gins up the rubes in Reason’s comment section…

  50. So, given that her own campaign will be pushing the narrative, helping folks to recognize her as one of the 1% should be sufficient to pull the rug out from under her. I could see asking questions in the inevitable debate about how responsible she, herself feels for the ills that she names.

  51. A woman with a net worth of $10 million raging against the evils of the rich is . . . rich.

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  54. If a candidate had misrepresented himself as Jewish who is submitted authentic Jewish recipe, would you say it’s fine to mockingly refer to him?

  55. BREAKING NEWS: Elizabeth Warren is a moron.

    I hate to even say it because leftists are wrong about EVERYTHING in the way they go about it… But libertarians ignoring the reality that classes DO exist, and that interests diverge is kind of dumb. I do think many laws in the US are slanted against the middle class, in favor of the ultra wealthy/big business.

    The answer isn’t to make shittier laws against the rich… It’s to reduce the shitty laws against workers and the middle class!

    But pretending that even some of the legit gripes don’t exist is not the right thing to do either. According to studies people have some strange inherent belief in fairness as a concept, and if you get too far out of what seems fair, it pisses people off to the point where they’re willing to cut off their own nose to spite their face.

    Hence, reducing burdens on the middle class makes things more fair, reducing the desire to cut off ones own nose, without needing to go after those “evil” billionaires.

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