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Elizabeth Warren is Right -- The System is Rigged

Melanie Sturm | @ThinkAgainUSA Read Comments - 4
Publish Date: 
Thu, 09/13/2012

 

Mark Twain famously remarked, “No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” So when Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren proclaimed “the system is rigged” in her prime-time speech at the democratic convention -- Bill Clinton’s warm-up act – it appeared she agreed with Twain and 69 percent of Americans who believe “politicians break the rules to help people who give them money,” according to an August Rasmussen poll.

 

Before assuming Warren blames politicians for rigging the system, Think Again. In fact, as an advocate of an assertive and growing federal government run by benevolent and enlightened policymakers, Warren is out of sync with Mark Twain, public opinion, and America’s founders who feared a system rigged by powerful elites, like the British one they overturned.

 

When Thomas Jefferson asked if a “man cannot be trusted with the government of himself, can he then be trusted with the government of others,” he expressed our founders’ concern that future politicians would encroach on our newly declared natural rights and liberties, leading America into “debt, corruption and rottenness.” Hence, our founders designed a government with limited powers to serve -- not rule -- the people, and to protect our inalienable rights, not confer privileges to special interests. 

 

Today, our founders’ worst nightmares are reality -- the system is indeed rigged. The government’s share of the economy has exploded to 25 percent, dampening the private sector as powerful politicians allow favored beneficiaries to feed at the federal trough. The negative returns from these policies Warren calls “investments” have pushed America down the “global competitiveness” rankings -- from number one in 2008 to number seven today -- according to the newly released World Economic Forum report that blames unsustainable debt, cronyism, regulation, and economic stagnation for the fall.

 

Politicians promised that “investments” like the 2009 Stimulus would revive our economy and reduce unemployment, yet $830 billion later we’re worse off. Even since the official start of the “recovery” in June 2009: economic growth is 40 percent of the historic average for post-recession rebounds; the percentage of Americans with a job is the lowest in decades and the real unemployment rate is 19 percent as four times more workers left the workforce last month than entered it; median household income is down sharply while food stamp usage and federal disability checks have skyrocketed; and poverty rates are near a 50-year high.

 

As she laments the suffering middle class, why doesn’t Warren evaluate whether the activist government policies she advocates actually underlie this despair? Shouldn’t she query why the president’s 2013 Federal Budget garnered no votes in Congress and why the Senate has failed for the fourth consecutive year to uphold it’s constitutional duty to pass a budget? 

 

She'd find politicians fearful of endorsing a budget that borrows $1.3 trillion to fund the government, after paying for mandatory expenditures such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on the debt. But as federal debt spiked $5.4 trillion since January 2009, topping $16 trillion last week — a sum one-quarter of the combined gross domestic product of every country in the world — why isn't Warren proposing a plan to avert the looming fiscal crisis?

 

Unless reformed, Social Security and Medicare won’t exist for younger generations.  Nevertheless, Warren ignores this tragedy preferring to wax eloquent about “a level playing field where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot”…. because “the economy doesn’t grow from the top down, but from the middle class out and the bottom up.”  But how do we secure a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars?  Does our undisciplined, indebted and special interest-oriented government subvert the private economy, undermining the middle class and those who aspire to it?

 

This is the argument of Senator Tom Coburn’s book “The Debt Bomb,” endorsed by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles on whose fiscal commission he served.  Contrary to the narrative that blames lobbyists and gridlock, Coburn contends, “Congress has been an assembly line of new programs and a favor factory for special interests.  Our economy is on the brink of collapse not because politicians can’t agree, but because they have agreed for decades…to borrow and spend far beyond our means… to create or expand nearly forty entitlement programs, carve out tax advantages for special interests, build bridges to nowhere and earmark tens of thousands of other pork projects.”

 

Anxious to prevent an economic calamity worse than 2008, Coburn urges Americans to drain Washington’s stagnant pond, refilling it with public servants committed to un-rigging the system that’s left millions of Americans “on their own,” deprived of jobs and hopes of finding one. Without a plan to solve our economic and fiscal woes, Warren is an accomplice to the rigged system she denounces.

 

Think Again Elizabeth Warren — telling the truth and taking responsibility distinguish great leaders from mere politicians.

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I read your article today as

I read your article today as my heart breaks for our shattering angry world.

Who is responsible?

Where do we start?

An invisible not vetted president with questionable leadership skills. Our president who should be encouraging building relationships and jobs not dividing our nation on lines of imagined "racial" bias and suspicion of hard working Americans who have done well financially.

Stirring deliberately a stew of hatred among us to create a nation demanding more money from those who support 90% of the taxes now. Creating more and more entitlements discouraging our gifted young Americans not to explore, educate, work hard and also to achieve the dream of every American.'

A president and members of Congress who show donor appreciation by funding pet irresponsible "black holes" projects never to be repaid to the hard earned taxes already in our national coffers. They are totally devoted to personal re election instead of the job of a servant serving his people.

A president with a myriad of friends totally devoted to Socialism and Communism in direct opposition to our way of government. Powerful friends who are in powerful and sensitive places to create dissention

A president much more sensitive to Muslim programs and beliefs than to the continual erosion of Christian value, principles by disallowing us to use any public facility to do so much as even a prayer. Our childen are abused if they wear a Christian symbol or show, in any way, their belief in God.

A leader who has allowed the world to think we are divided and are not militarily

The Muslim foot water baths are a national issue while we languish in continual denial of our God given rights to also worship.

Wow!!! and I only had to think 5 minutes to want to weep!!!!

How do we unrig?

WE CAREFULLY VOTE FOR STRONG CANDIDATES AND THEN CONSTANTLY HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE AND I MEAN DAILY ON EVERY SOCIAL MEDIA POSSIBLE AND DROWN THEM IN PHONE CALLS TO DO THE JOB THEY, AS SERVANTS WERE DIRECTLY ELECTED TO DO.

I have never written to anyone but my heart flows with love for my precious country. My loving country being turned into a county of division and hate by carefully crafted speechs. Abraham Lincoln must have faced many of these same horrible issues when once again we fought brother against brother. Have we learned nothing?

GOD BLESS AMERICA IS NOT A SIMPLE SLOGAN, it is the heartbeat of each American each day who awakes and goes to a job to better his or her family. It is the heartbeat of every volunteer who works in schools to build and shape our marvelous children or one who helps with any and all programs to help other.

GOD BLESS AMERICA IS A SLOGAN OF LOVE, SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY TO EACH OTHER AND WE MUST WORK TOGETHER to DEFEAT ALL THE LIES,PROGRAMS AND SPENDING THAT IS LITERALLY DESTROYING OUR MARVELOUS COUNTRY.

GOD BLESS AMERICA ...STAND WITH HER...AND LET'S GUIDE HER BACK TO STRENTGH BY HARD WORK, LOVE, HELPING EACH OTHER AND BEING..........AMERICAN!

What can I say. Elizabeth

What can I say. Elizabeth Warren doesn't get it either by design or ignorance, but unfortunately many Americans ( pushing 50%) don't either. If we don't win this election , I am afraid we are doomed for a very long time. Maybe you could move with Charlie and me to our pacific island!

Hi Melanie, enjoyed reading a

Hi Melanie, enjoyed reading a number of your editorials over the last year, and I agree with a lot of your perspectives.
That's why I'm writing, and hoping that your next editorial could be a part 2 this one, on Elizabeth Warren.

The importance of Term Limits constitutional amendment passed by the next congress / senate, and signed by President Romney. President Obama would never sign.

I have talked to both liberals, conservatives, and independents, and all agree, and would vote for a Term Limits constitutional amendment.

The system is broken, currently those who reach the house or the senate in DC are lottery winners, with potential life long careers, along with incredible benefits that only politicians enjoy.

Term Limits:
A person can only serve as a representative, or senator, or serve in both houses, for a maximum of 12 years.

The pension Retirement benefits can be received once the person reaches the age of 65.
Early retirement / pension is possible, but at a reduced rate, and starting at the age of 55.

There are no special Medical benefits for serving in either house.

I'm looking forward to seeing an editorial on this, and hoping that yours could be the catalyst to starting a wider national conversation on the time for Term Limits.

Wow This is masterful in its

Wow This is masterful in its clarity and just shows the bias in the media that won't ask your basic questions. You should send this to Romney campaign so they can start using the arguments in their ads. Great Job and keep it up!

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