Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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More on Elizabeth Warren

my_partner_doug pointed me to this followup piece that continues discussion about Elizabeth Warren's statement of the social contract.  It also includes a quote from President Obama:

Part of what makes America great is, you have this extraordinary idea, you have this extraordinary talent, you start a business, you provide a service, and it works out and you do well—that is good, that's what America's all about. We want to promote that all across the country. But remember: your success didn't come on your own. There was a teacher out there somewhere who helped to provide you the knowledge you needed to learn. We're in this together, and the question is, how do we make sure that we're going to be creating the same kind of America that allows the next generation to succeed?
Right now, following the rules doesn't typically lead to success. The American Dream has turned into a nightmare. If you're a young person, you can't get a job, can't afford a place to live, and going to college will probably put you in debt far deeper than you would be allowed to make the money to pay off. Society has taken the bottom rungs off the ladder. So the first thing that needs to be done to fix this mess is to put those rungs back on.
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