Ran across this on the National Journal the other day, and I decided it was worthy of commenting upon. All of my comments will be in red, Mis Warrens will be in black.
By Emma Roller Watch Elizabeth Warren give a speech to her fold, and you realize she’s one of the rare Democrats who can excite her base in the same way Ted Cruz or Dr. Ben Carson can excite their own. As Politico‘s Katie Glueck wrote on Friday, liberals’ minds may be with Hillary Clinton, but their hearts lie with Warren.
Speaking on Friday at Netroots Nation, a convention for liberal bloggers and activists, Warren got the crowd more fired up than Vice President Joe Biden was able to do the day before. (To be fair, the crowd was in a solemn mood at the time in reaction to the news of the Malaysian passenger plane crash). In her speech, Warren outlined more clearly than other Democrats the social issues that galvanize progressives. Her performance was reminiscent of a certain other young senator in 2008. “What are our values?” Warren asked the audience, some of whom held up “Run Liz Run” signs. “What does it mean to be a progressive?”
She went on to outline 11 tenets of progressivism:
– “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”
This is just bluster, for she knows full well that the rules now in place were created by the Democrats. Prymarley the the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, contained hundreds of provisions designed to avoid future meltdowns, Consumer Protections with Authority and Independence: Creates a new independent watchdog, housed at the Federal Reserve, with the authority to ensure American consumers get the clear, accurate information they need to shop for mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products, and protect them from hidden fees, abusive terms, and deceptive practices. Link.
– “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility “to protect this Earth.”
– “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”
You just about have to be a nerd to understand what Net Neutrality is all about. Lat year the FCC tried to impose it by decree via a rule change which the Supreme Court struck it down as an attempt of the FCC to assume power that Congress had not gave them. The argument is over what those who built the infrastructure can charge for its use. I believe that the market should be left to work without government interference. For a more detailed explanation go here:
– “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”
This is the bleeding heart plea ‘have pity appeal’, and it works on way too many emotion, but it is crap. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that is 2.5 percent of all workers and 1.5 percent of the population of potential workers. Within that small group, 31 percent are teenagers and 55 percent are 25 years old or younger. That leaves only about 1.1 percent of all workers over 25 and 0.8 percent of all Americans over 25 earning the minimum wage. For the stats go here: Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
– “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”
Here she is being redundant, see above. But to answer her with some questions: First, why is anyone so unable to educate themselves above a level, or equip themselves so poorly that all they can do is flip burgers, or take orders? Can she not see what forcing fastfood places to pay higher wages will do? One result will be the implementation of robot cooks, and self ordering register at the counter with slots, like a soda machine, to pay. This could cut the required workforce at a fast-food restaurant to two or three.
She would better direct her effort to our failed education system that has turned out so many people who can barely read and write, and have so little math abilities that the fast-food places have had to develop picture cash register, that that calculated the total cost, and tell the cashier how much change is due, all the cashier has to to is to enter the amount tendered. See ‘Robot Bartender’ Can Pour the Drinks Strong…and Order You a Cab
– “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”
The more money that the government makes available to those seeking an education, the higher the cost of that education becomes. I do not owe those students anything, nor does any taxpayer, why should the taxpayer be required to pay for a private benifit. They will argue that it is a ‘Public Good’, but a public good is a good from which you cannot exclude anyone the use of, it is also a good that no matter how much one person uses it their use will not diminish what is available for use for other users. Go here for a longer explanation of what a Public Good consists:
– “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”
She is alluding to the Repubs idea of allowing people under a certain age to decide where a portion of the FICA money deducted from their paycheck will be invested instead of leaving it in government hands. She neglects to bring up that Obamacare is loading Medicare with so many that have never works or paid into it that it cost is skyrocketing. And the pensions she mention are the pensions of government workers, private pensions have been destroyed by government policies which led to indreatries no longer offering a pension, but matching funds in a 401K.
– “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014 —we believe in equal pay for equal work.”
This old horse will just not die. The hollowed Equal Pay Amendment was originally written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman. In 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress and went to the state legislatures for ratification. The resolution in Congress that proposed the amendment set a ratification deadline of March 22, 1979. Through 1977, the amendment received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. Five states later rescinded their ratifications before the 1979 deadline, though the validity of these rescissions is disputed. In 1978, a joint resolution of Congress extended the ratification deadline to June 30, 1982, but no further states ratified the amendment before the passing of the second deadline.
The Progressives have been unable to convince the nation that this is a problem, as it is obvious that time on the job should affect the pay received for the job, but I am sure that she is referring to the Paycheck Fairness Act which is the end run attempt around the failed attempt to get the EPA in the Constitution. This Bill failed to be passed into law in 2010 and 2012. Sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the bill has 52 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Not even Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Oh, yes, the Democrats were in charge of both houses, and the presidency in 2010.
– “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”
Here is an attempt to change the idea that we are all equal under the law into the idea that we all should have equal outcomes. Any disparages in outcome is proof of unequal treatment.
– “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”
And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.” Emma Roller