Elizabeth Warren, via Sociological Images and several FB friends’ status updates:
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 marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory… 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.
Taxpayer-funded infrastructure and services are essential to the social stability that allows entrepreneurship to flourish. Try doing it without a robust law and order system which protects one’s individual rights under contract! Paying it back/paying it forward via the mechanism of taxation is not theft – it’s a fair return on the public’s investment.