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Elizabeth Warren Takes on 'Class Warfare': VIDEO


A new clip of Harvard law professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, who is challenging Scott Brown for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, shows why she'll be a formidable debate opponent and showcases her skills in discussing the debt crisis, fair taxation, and the "class warfare" accusations leveled by Republicans against President Obama over raising taxes on the rich.

Explains Warren in this clip from her talking tour: "There is nobody who got rich on his own."


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  1. Oh, Donald Trump is not going to like this...

    I love her and hope she'll make it. The Senate needs somebody like her, with clarity and deep understanding of the issues.

    Posted by: hugo | Sep 22, 2011 10:46:30 AM

  2. Halle-freaking-lujah! Why aren't more Democrats saying this right now? Why aren't they turning the entire "class warfare" issue around and arguing that the rich/elites have been engaged in class warfare against the poor and the middle class for decades?

    Posted by: Vlad | Sep 22, 2011 10:51:08 AM

  3. God I want her to be my president!

    Posted by: MT | Sep 22, 2011 10:51:15 AM

  4. elsewhere in the world, the wealthiest citizens are ASKING to be taxed at a higher-rate, because "it's only fair."


    Class-warfare. yeah. right.

    Class-Warfare is what's been going on for decades.

    I keep hearing these idiots on the street screaming about "THE BEGINNING OF SOCIALISM!!!" which to me means they're ignoring the reality that we're all witnessing the inevitable imploding death of unregulated Capitalism.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 22, 2011 11:04:20 AM

  5. I hate to break this to everyone, but candidates like Ms. Warren are going to be opposed by some large $ corporations (or in Mitt Romney's head, "people"). I have already sent in what little I could afford at the time and anticipate doing more as I can. If you are able to give to her campaign, I believe it will be put to an excellent end.

    There are two ways I use to contribute:
    One is directly to the campaign (https://services.myngp.com/ngponlineservices/contribution.aspx?X=d9HBwacJudJ7Pbq4N0bFv0HgrH6%2b2P%2b%2f6rFOANcgcr8%3d)
    Second is through ActBlue (https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/27666).

    I am not one to post these types of requests, but this is so damn important.

    Posted by: Scott Lumry | Sep 22, 2011 11:07:21 AM

  6. You know what class warfare is? It's looking at the headline of the Baltimore Sun newspaper and reading that 25% of the people in the city live in poverty. That's class warfare!

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 22, 2011 11:11:30 AM

  7. We need more Elizabeth Warrens!!!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Sep 22, 2011 11:29:17 AM

  8. You want to know class warfare?

    DC just raised taxes on people who make 1 million+ a year by .45%

    that is POINT! 45%

    so like only an extra $5,000 a year from someone making 1 million+ a year while roads are being ground down to gravel instead of fixing potholes since gravel roads are cheaper to maintain and discussion of turning public roads into privatized toll roads

    That is NOTHING and yet the wealthy and their teabag robots scream their heads off

    Ah sigh; the nobles at Versailles were surprised and shocked when the peasants finally had enough and stormed the gates to drag them all off to the guillotines

    So it shall be again unless an FDR comes along and saves capitalism from itself by "betraying his/her class" and instituting some forms of socialism

    Posted by: say what | Sep 22, 2011 11:29:47 AM

  9. While I largely agree with Elizabeth Warren when it comes to issues of income inequality, I do think some of you should be very careful about opposing too vigorously Republicans like Scott Kennedy, who played a critical role in DADT repeal, being the first Republican to declare openly his support of it, which broke the logjam that eventually led to the breaking of the filibuster and the passage of the bill.

    If you send the message to such Republicans that even when they take big risks by breaking with their party on gay rights issues (alienating their leadership, among other things), they will still be steadfastly opposed by the gay community every time they run for re-election, then they may just decide it is not worth it to support gay rights, since the political cost to them will exceed the gain.

    I really think that explains John McCain's sudden about-face on DADT repeal--the fact that 75% of gay people voted against him and for a candidate whose position on gay rights issues was essentially no different from his at the time--and that every major gay rights organization endorsed his opponent--caused him to turn on us and become vengeful.

    And without bipartisan support, no gay rights legislation will ever pass Congress or any state legislature in all likelihood.

    Just a thought--it is a fine line to walk, but care must be taken.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 22, 2011 11:37:03 AM

  10. From The Onion: American Voices

    Republicans Call Tax Proposal 'Class Warfare'

    "I hope for their sake they’re wrong, because America's broke people have the guns and the numbers in this fight." "

    Posted by: Tanner | Sep 22, 2011 11:37:56 AM

  11. Now THAT is an American that I would vote for to be President.

    Posted by: ohplease | Sep 22, 2011 11:45:01 AM

  12. Unfortunately I don't think there will be any significant change in this country until there is rioting, blood in the streets, etc. I'm doing just fine, in fact better than ever, but I'm sickened by what I see around me and just anxiously expecting and awaiting the boiling/breaking point.

    Posted by: Vlad | Sep 22, 2011 11:57:15 AM

  13. She's glorious. But its a long road to next November. Keep it up girl!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 22, 2011 12:00:29 PM

  14. Words cannot express my support for Elizabeth Warren. She's the antithesis of Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin. She's educated, well-spoken and I genuinely believe that she won't be bought off by lobbyists and corporations.

    Posted by: Erich | Sep 22, 2011 12:06:50 PM

  15. I am sure the 10 people who were there in person really enjoyed the hypocritical rhetoric she was counting off. She says its not class warfare, then goes on to talk about how all the poor people are being taken advantage of by the millionaires. That would seem to be the definition of class warfare. Preying on peoples envy. "People didnt get rich on their own, they stole it from you" line was classic.

    And by the way, the argument about the factory is complete rubbish. What about the property taxes the factory owner pays, or the payroll taxes, or the insurance for the workers or any number of government fees, not to mention all the other income taxes that the rest of us pay to keep those roads up (or loan out for non-existent green jobs). But the sheep hear what they want to hear. Get your pitchforks grubby masses and hand wringing progressives ;-)

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 22, 2011 12:13:34 PM

  16. @Rick. His name is Scott Brown (calling him "Kennedy" is beyond ironic), and he did one good thing. Meanwhile he shills for Wall Street and gives the gay-hating GOP one more step to a Senate majority. And, though I haven't read their positions, I'd lay money that Warren would support marriage equality, whereas Scott BROWN... not so much.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Sep 22, 2011 12:13:38 PM

  17. @TRANQUILO Oops, my bad (LOL). Anyway, while I understand your point, I hope you and others understand mine. People can support a Democrat they prefer without villanizing a Republican that provided critical support on a key issue.

    Politics is about being practical and I fear that far too many activists are such purists that they just don't understand what kind of damage they do to the prospects for real legislative change by not being a little more nuanced in their approach.

    And one other thing to consider here is that Brown is almost certainly going to win, since he has extremely high approval ratings and is, in fact, the most popular politician in the state.

    So it probably does not behoove any gay rights organization to be anything other than neutral in its public stance on a race like this, given the likely outcome.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 22, 2011 12:22:49 PM

  18. I agree with Scott L, give what you can to her campaign and others like her regardless of where you live. These are the people we need in our government because once in they represent us all.

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Sep 22, 2011 12:24:10 PM

  19. "...--and that every major gay rights organization endorsed his opponent--caused him to turn on us and become vengeful"

    So McCain trying to be as right-wing as his Tea Party opponent in the Arizona Republican Primary for the US Senate had nothing to do with it.

    "...caused him to turn on us and become vengeful"

    Or maybe he just read the Old Testatment.


    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 22, 2011 12:25:13 PM

  20. President Warren!!!

    Posted by: zebraman | Sep 22, 2011 12:26:46 PM

  21. @LISA G Your in that Fox News bubble and don't know it.

    Posted by: ggreen | Sep 22, 2011 12:32:06 PM

  22. Once again RICK proves his cowardice by showing everyone that he's still spending his entire life sucking up to Straight White Men.

    You'll never be one, dude, and no matter how much you kiss their asses they'll never think you're one of them, nor will they respect you.

    Everyone can tell how desperately you want their approval, and you make yourself look like a pathetic doormat.

    Another day, another post from RICK in which he shows us all that he's utterly incapable of standing on his own two feet, and wastes each day looking over his shoulder worrying what Straight White Male Conservatives are saying about him.

    They're saying you're a coward who takes it up the ass. Time to stop caring so much.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 22, 2011 12:34:57 PM

  23. @GGREEN you are ignorantly trapped in that Current tv bubble where you forget or chose to ignore the fact that not only do businesses pay taxes, they also employ people, something we desperately need these days.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 22, 2011 12:41:01 PM

  24. Great posts, Tranquilo and Derrick.

    Want the truth about Scott Brown? Here are the facts:

    He once referred to a lesbian colleague's family as "not normal."

    He was actively involved in the unsuccessful efforts to reinstate marriage discrimination in Massachusetts after the state supreme court ruling there mandated marriage equality.

    Three times (!) last year he voted against the repeal of DADT before finally joining several other Republicans in voting for repeal. While not particularly significant, Rick's comment above that Brown was the first Republican to declare his support for repeal is just factually inaccurate. http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2010/12/16/28523 More significantly, it's clear that Brown finally switched positions after three times voting against us on this issue simply because polls showed overwhelming support for repeal in his state and continuing to oppose repeal would have been a big drag on his chances in 2012. As such, we lose no leverage with Brown in opposing him strenuously in his 2012 race in favor of a great candidate like Elizabeth Warren. If, God forbid, he wins that race, he will occasionally continue to vote in our favor for the one and only reason he did on that one occasion previously: the political realities of his New England state demand that he do so. By occasionally voting for us, he perhaps (hopefully) won't win over the allegiance of scores of (self-loathing) LGBT people but nor will he alienate the many "moderate" Massachusetts voters who do support him and who don't want their Senator to resemble Rick Perry on social issues.

    Scott Brown continues to this day to support DOMA. How are we ever going to break a Republican filibuster of a DOMA repeal bill if we can't even get the votes of both Massachusetts senators?!? If Scott Brown were representing Alabama or Nebraska, I might say he's as good as we can expect to get and we shouldn't rock the boat but this is Massachusetts we're talking about and this is the great Senator Kennedy's seat we're talking about! It should be filled by someone other than a tea party hack with a history of personal homophobia who is opposed to the repeal of DOMA and we should all commit ourselves energetically to taking him out and replacing him with a true ally like Elizabeth Warren.

    Posted by: Patric | Sep 22, 2011 1:05:24 PM

  25. Some of these comments are unbelievable. What is the gay equivalent to the term "Uncle Tom"?

    Posted by: Kenton | Sep 22, 2011 1:05:47 PM

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