Impossible. They just *can’t* do it.

A couple of years back, then-senatorial-candidate Elizabeth Warren gave a great (and seemingly-impromptu) soliloquy on how nobody in America gets rich on their own – they get rich with the help of the American people, and they owe it to the American people to put some of their wealth back into helping the next generation of Americans.

“‘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. 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.”

Now that demanding that the 99% eat our peas and other such crap is no longer considered fashionable among national Democrats, some of the Third Way crowd has been trying to duplicate Warren’s schtick — they stumble through some words that are sort of similar, but the effect is like an actor reciting lines they’ve not yet memorized, in a foreign language they don’t understand. It’s like a vampire convincing us they love sunlight.

The latest Third-Way attempt to imitate an FDR Democrat was undertaken by one Hillary Clinton, the video is below. For reference, I’ve included Elizabeth Warren’s original below Clinton’s re-enactment. (Extra-credit question: on which one would you put your money on in a debate?)



(Thanks to DUer cprise for reminding me of this!)

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