This (h/t @merici) is an awesome early sign for what will hopefully be an enlightening Senate campaign.
My favorite part of looking at this: we got $1 trillion on tax cuts for the rich under George Bush, we got into this whole $2 trillion on two wars that we put on a credit card for our children and grandchildren to pay off, and we got into this $1 trillion on a Medicare drug program that a) wasn’t paid for and b) was more expensive than it needs to be because it was a give away to the drug companies. So that’s $4 trillion right there. So part of the way you fix this problem is don’t do those things.
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 maurauding 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.